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The Lamda Project

About

The λamda (λάμδα/lamda) Project was founded in May 2018 in Athens, an ancient city with historical roots, as an effort to spread the Modern Greek culture worldwide. We offer modern Greek language classes, as well as the opportunity to choose between several different options related to Greek history and culture (Greek philosophy, ancient Greek, Greek mythology, Greek historical figures).

Reviews

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Maria
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best time ever

I took a 3 weeks of Greek standard intensive immersion course in this school in Athens. It was definitely the best time of my life! It totally deserved my time! Everything was great. Classes, amazing teachers, classmates, school, central location, great neighborhood, friendly and professional staff, free social activities, excursions, free city walks, bares, restaurantes! Great life for 3 weeks. It was like I was a part of a big family! I am planning to come back again soon during next autumn or winter!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I never thought myself as a chifteteli dancer....I was wrong. I was damn good!!
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Heidi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Quality all the way through - highly recommended!

I spent two week at The λamda Project doing a 30 hours/week intensive course in modern Greek. The programs are very flexible and adaptable to individual skills and needs. The teachers are highly educated people with very good pedagogical skills - who teaches with great enthusiasm and energy.

The provided working book is tailored for everyday situations at different levels, facilitates interaction, and gives a systematic and gradual approach to grammar - perfect for the small size class model.

Private/ individual sessions were also very good and professional.

Very modern and suitable facilities with bakeries and many charming restaurants in pedestrian streets close by.

The staff are very service minded, friendly and including people - felt like a home with very good energy. They also arranged trips, guided city tours, Greek dancing lesson, trip to museum.

I made good progress during the stay, and plan to come back for another session later.

It is quality all the way through - I highly recommend this place for learning Greek in Athens!!

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Anna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience !

I took a 3 weeks Standard Intenive Modern Greek course and I am planning to go back soon.
Very good facilities, modern and alternative. Great location , at the center of the city, with easy access. Higly qualified and professional teachers with very good and easy to follow teaching materials. I had fun at the classes and they helped me improve my language skills.
The staff and the teachers were very friendly and helpful. There were a lot of social activities, such us Greek dances lesson, Greek moovie screening, City walks or museum visits. We had a great time altogether:students, teachers, staff! At the neighbourghood there are also a lot of coffee places, cute bars and restaurants. At last but not least, there was always a small free buffet waiting for us with coffee, tea, greek snacks and traditional delicasies or even ouzo and raki during the dance lessons! I will go back again very soon! Highly recommended!

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Anita
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

outstanding experience

Good concept, highly professional teachers, nice location. I had lessons in modern Greek for 3 weeks at the Lamda Project. As we were a small group of students, the lessons were arranged very individually. The teaching material is absolutely up to date and easy to follow. I made a large profit from the classes. The atmosphere was very welcoming, sympathetic and committed. They also offer a wide range of cultural activities and a well equipped library. There is also always a little buffet provided. Highly recommended!

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Eleni
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A truly beautiful experience

I fully recommend "The λamda Project". I am Greek myself and my Japanese husband studied Greek here. We were both very satisfied with the fast progress of his language skills.
The teachers are all highly educated, always encouraging and helpful. The textbooks are modern and easy to follow. The school is located conveniently in the centre of Athens, in a beautiful, newly renovated building, with spacious classrooms and an extensive library.
The intensive courses are really suitable for those who visit Athens for a short period of time and want to combine tourism with education. Students can additionally follow classes on Greek history, mythology and philosophy, either in English or Greek. There are also Ancient Greek lessons, cultural events, workshops and seminars on various topics, such as theatre and arts, psychology, sociology and education. 10/10, highly recommending!

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Magda Serafeidi

Job Title
Education Culture Center Manager
Magda Serafeidi was born and raised in Athens. She got her BSc in Social and Education Policy, specialized in Education Leadership, from Social Sciences Faculty of the University of Peloponnese. She completed her MA studies in International Relations, Diplomacy, Conflict & Peace Studies at the University of Nicosia.

Her expertise is in designing and managing Educational programs based on quality education, and she had a great opportunity to perform her skills in NGOs during the recent refugee crisis in Greece.

She is the founder and manager of The λamda Project.
Magda Serafeidi

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory is when I stayed for almost 3 months to Spain (Malaga more specifically) to enhance my Spanish language skills. I participated in an Intensive Spanish language course and I only have great memories of it.

I stayed in an apartment with 2 more roommates. Everyone was from another country and this was a great opportunity for me to improve my English skills as well. We traveled inside Spain a lot - we had extremely fun times there. We ate a lot, we danced a lot, we laughed a lot! It was my first time traveling alone and it was by far my best vacation ever!

I strongly recommend this type of vacation (thus also why we started λamda Project: to support people socializing, learning, experiencing).

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Working on my own company, and especially in Greece of crisis, was (and still is) a great challenge for me.

I was always working for providing quality education, but now, having everything under my own control is even more challenging. This helped me grow in several sectors, as I am trying to improve my work and the offered services on a daily basis.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

There was a student who came all across Australia to here to be supported with his Greek language skills, as he was a second-generation Greek ex-pat and had communication problems with his Greek family, who was still living in Greece. For me, it was a great success and really fulfilling the feedback that he actually succeeded in having a real conversation with his grandmother, as well as she was also thrilled to actually communicated with her grandson!

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I think I really need to participate in our Ancient Greek course, as speaking Modern Greek is like speaking a totally different language. It would be of great personal interest (and I will definitely do that in the future) to deepening my knowledge in Ancient Greek, as I am really fascinated by its complexity and almost magic symmetry.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Our company is unique due to our vision. Our vision is to create an efficient world-class learning system that engages and potentiates people from all around the world to be familiar with modern Greek language and culture.

We give prominence to the contemporary elements of Greek culture worldwide through our “λearn the λocal” approach. Our mission is to treat every student as an individual, creative and potential cultural representative. In our center, we emphasize the social, emotional and intellectual aspects of what we think as the contemporary Greek culture.

We unify the past with the present, we walk the road to the future. We prepare people who love our culture and want it to be part of their lives.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Our company is unique due to our vision. Our vision is to create an efficient world-class learning system that engages and potentiates people from all around the world to be familiar with modern Greek language and culture.