Athens is a place where history meets the present to create an exciting and vibrant city. The hub of one of the most famous civilizations in history, Athens was formed over 3000 years ago upon the rock of Acropolis. It spawned some of the greatest minds of all times and is of huge significance to fields such as art, history, philosophy and religion. Athens became capital of Greece in 1834 and since then has become an important European capital city.
The home and origin of the Olympic Games also hosted the games in 2004, something it was able to do in no small part due to the new airport, metro and tram lines and railway services and a whole host of shopping and sport centers. The port of Piraeus has also been transformed into one of the most important Mediterranean ports. The reminders and treasures of the past combined with the dazzling features of the ‘new’ Athens makes it a fantastic location to take your TEFL course.
The historical significance of Athens is clear to see and this makes it hugely popular with tourists. The highlight is probably the famed Acropolis, thought the ancient theatre of Dionysus the original Herodes Odeon, hills of Pnyx and Filopapos, ancient Agora and temple of Hephaestus push it close. Athens has almost too many sites of historical interest to list, the best advice is just to go out and explore!
If you are looking for shops, cafes and restaurants, Plaka is very popular, while those who want to see traditional whitewashed houses built amongst winding streets and steps should visit Anafiotika.
Getting around Athens is not be a problem, with buses, trams and the metro service available. For those who love to shop, Athens has something for you. Amongst the modern stores and chains to be found in the famous shopping areas of Ermou Street and Aiolou Street, you can also visit the local markets, most famously found at Monastiraki.
Food lovers will also find Athens to their taste with a whole host of Greek and Ethnic foods available.
If the sheer amount of History and things to do gets too much there are plenty of beaches in which to recharge those batteries. Vouliagmeni, Varkiza, Glyfada and Kavouri beaches are all nearby, with Alimos nearest to the centre of Athens. The east coast of Attica also has sea resorts which are very popular with the local population.
We are located near the Athens University campus in downtown Athens. Our TEFL International Athens centre has nine classrooms spread over three easy accessible floors, as well as a comfortable basement, ideal for lesson preparation. During your teaching practice you will gain the perfect experience for your future TEFL career as you will be teaching real Greek learners of English.
We are based in a peaceful neighborhood, but still close to all the required facilities. This includes numerous shops, bars and restaurants. There is also a very conveniently located bus stop which regularly serves buses travelling to the central Syntagma Square.
A variety of accommodation options is available for your stay during your TEFL course in Athens, to suit any preference or budget. Apartments, hotels, and hostels (with private and shared dorms) are available. Your choice will depend on the number of people travelling together, your budget and the time of year. All of our choices are ideally located centrally, with easy access to the TEFL training centre.
Once you have enrolled in the course, you will be provided with an extensive list of suitable accommodation and your options for staying alone or sharing with other trainees.
Your options include:
- An apartment for one or two people. This will cost around 800 euros per month.
- A single room in a budget hotel will cost around 25 euros, with a double costing 18 euros. This will rise in peak season with a single room costing 40 euros and a double at 25 euros.
- Those who wish to share can choose a bed in a 4 to 6 bedroom dorm. This will cost 12 euros, rising to 16 euros during peak times.
- 2 September 2019 - 27 September
- 4 November 2019 - 29 November
We are presently in the process of establishing a new course in Athens and therefore there are currently no dates available for this location. We anticipate that the course should be running here within the next 6-8 months. If you would like to attend a course at this location, please let us know and we will send you full information as soon as the course dates are finalized.
Please check out our other course locations if you wish to attend a course before this one becomes available...
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are my payment options?Expand
Course deposits must be paid to our administrative center. Credit/debit card payments are the fastest and cheapest way to pay, but we also accept payments via Western Union, Pay Pal and bank transfer. While there are no deadlines for a deposit, courses can fill up quickly and your seat will only be reserved after the deposit has been paid.
Once you make your deposit, you will receive an email with an informational packet that provides detailed information about the course and Athens itself.
The balance of course fees is payable in cash, certified cashier’s check, or by credit/debit card. Bank transfers are also possible but funds will need to be received before the first day of the course.
Course fees are all-inclusive so you won’t be asked to pay additional costs for course related materials or services. This also includes course moderation, accreditation fees and lifetime job assistance.
What are my accommodation options?Expand
We recommend a variety of accommodation options in Athens, including apartments, hotels and hostels offering private rooms and shared dorms. Choices depend on individual preferences and budget, the number of people travelling together and the time of year. All the options are centrally located to provide easy access to the training center.
At the time of your enrollment, we will provide an extensive list of suitable accommodation and will advise you on options for sharing with other trainees on the same course.
An apartment for one or two people costs from around 800 euro for the month.
A single room in a budget hotel costs from around 25 euro per night and a double room from around 18 euro per person per night. In the peak season, rates rise to around 40 euro per night for a single and 25 euro per person for a double.
A dorm room with between 4 and 6 beds costs from around 12 euro per person per night, rising to around 16 euro at the height of summer.
What travel documents will I need for greece?Expand
All visitors to Greece are required to carry a passport valid for at least six months after their arrival date. EU passport holders do not need a visa for Greece. American and Canadian citizens entering Greece for a period of less than 3 months require a valid passport, not a visa. For visits exceeding 3 months, authorization must be obtained in person by applying to the Aliens Bureau at least 20 days prior to the 3-month expiration date.
Provided that your stay in Greece or the wider Schengen area is for no more than 90 days, nationals of the following countries do not require a visa to enter or transit through Greece, as long as the passport is valid for at least 3 months from the date of return from Greece:
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, El Salvador, Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Macao, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Romania, South Korea, San Marino, Singapore, United States, Uruguay, The Vatican and Venezuela.
Citizens of all countries not mentioned above do need a visa to enter Greece.*
* As this information is subject to change at any time, we advise you to contact your local consulate for current travel regulations prior to planning your trip. For more information on obtaining visas please check with your local Greek consulate or embassy.
What is the course schedule?Expand
The first class will take place on Monday morning at 9:30 a.m. you will also receive the full course schedule at this time. Sessions generally run between 9:30 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. with appropriate breaks throughout the day.
Monday to Thursday:
- 0930 – 1230: Input Sessions
- 1230 – 1330: Lunch
- 1330 – 1700: Guided Lesson Preparation Time
- 1700 – 2000: Teaching Practice
- 0930 – 1230: Input Sessions
- 1230 – 1330: Lunch
- 1330 – 1430: Unknown Language
- 1430 – 1530: Job Guidance
There are two input sessions each morning covering grammar, phonology, teaching skills and classroom management.
What can I expect during teaching practice?Expand
Teaching practice takes place in the afternoon, generally between five and eight o’clock.
Each trainee usually teaches once per day to make up the total of ten hours during the course. Trainers provide extensive help with planning each lesson and give written feedback which forms the basis of the feedback discussion after each lesson.
Lessons are based upon real teaching resources found all over the world and you will have the chance to create your own materials as well. You will also receive the aid of your course trainer throughout lesson planning and receive immediate feedback on your lesson after it’s been delivered. Practicum is assessed and a satisfactory assessment is required to earn your TEFL/TESOL certificate.
Who usually attends the course?Expand
Most of the participants are American, British, Canadian or Australian, although we do accept non-native speakers of English who have a high proficiency in the language.
Is there a dress code?Expand
For all input and tutorial sessions at the training location, there is only one specific dress requirement: Both men and women should have a shirt covering their shoulders. The course operates from within a school so we ask you to be mindful of this, as well as being mindful of your peers and to respect the fact that you are a visitor in another country.
During teaching practice there are specific requirements that adhere to the local dress code. All trainees are expected to dress professionally according to the following guidelines:
Women: Shoulders should be covered, blouses with sleeves are suggested. No low-cut necklines, very short skirts or bare midriffs. Open-toed shoes are acceptable, but not hiking or flip-flop sandals.
Men: Long pants, slacks or trousers are required, jeans are not acceptable. Short or long-sleeved shirts with a collar are necessary, although a tie is not required. Loafers or dress shoes are both fine, sandals are not acceptable. Long hair should always be tied back.
What should I bring for course studies?Expand
Please be sure to arrive on the first day of the course with a notebook and a pen. We also encourage you to bring a laptop as we have Wi-Fi at the training center. We will provide all course materials for you so there is no need to bring anything else for the course itself.