Learn a New Language at a Family Language Camp!
Whether you’re preparing for an overseas adventure or just want to learn a new language, a family language camp at Concordia Language Villages is the place to go! Their mission is to “create responsible global citizens,” and each Language Village immerses you in your target language from sun-up to sun-down. All activities and meals are carefully planned to provide you with a culturally authentic experience. Discover new international foods, play games, make crafts, enjoy music, and play in the great outdoors. You’ll be having such a great time that you won’t even realize you’re learning!
Where: Camps are scattered throughout the north woods of Minnesota.
Age: All ages may attend. Children under 4 will require more parent involvement.
Camp Info: Concordia Language Villages hosts family language camp in 11 different languages. Languages to choose from include Chinese, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Swedish. Each Language Village has a unique schedule filled with fun activities to keep you immersed in the target language and culture. Activities vary from Village to Village, but consist of crafts, playing sports, swimming, preparing a cultural snack, and much more! Language is taught within the context of culture. For example, you’ll learn futbol in Spanish, Tai Chi in Chinese, sailing in Swedish, or participate in a tea ceremony in Japanese. You’ll be placed in classes and activities based on your self-declared proficiency level. Don’t worry, you can switch classes if you find them too easy or too challenging!
On your first day at the Village, you’ll choose from a menu of activities to participate in throughout the week. If your family members choose different activities, you’ll still gather together at meal and at the end of the day to participate in a cultural activity! Meals are served family-style and consist of culturally authentic foods. You’ll eat borscht in the Russian Village, Brazilian churrasco in the Portuguese Village, or croissants in the French Village. Before you dig in, you’ll learn all about your food and other regional cuisine.
Concordia Language Villages hosts week-long family language camps during the summer or weekend camps during the school year (Friday-Monday, usually over holiday weekends). Week-long camps are $675 for adults and $545 up to age 18. Weekend camps are $290 for adults and $155 up to age 18. Children ages 0-3 are free! Families can stay together in the same cabin. Upon arrival at your Village, you’ll check your cell phone and other electronic devices at the door. This will give you the opportunity to fully engage with the language and enjoy the great outdoors!
Contact Info: 1-800-222-4750, CLV@cord.edu
Bonus: Family can’t decide on one language? Join Concordia Language Villages during their “Swiss Week” where activities and classes are held in German, French, and Italian!