An international sleepaway CAMP PROMOTING LANGUAGE LEARNING AND CROSS-CULTURAL FRIENDSHIP JULY 12-25, 2020 BOYS & GIRLS, AGES 12-16
A truly international experience, the YMCA World Teen Camp offers a one-of-a-kind language learning and cultural exchange opportunity for children and teens. International and American campers live, learn and have fun together in a traditional sleepaway camp setting that includes four language villages: German, French, Spanish, and Mandarin. Each village is designed to create a dual immersion experience, allowing campers to be fully immersed in the language they are learning alongside peers who are native speakers of that language. Each village contains 20 campers, about half of whom are native English speakers (who are learning the target language of that village) and about half of whom are native speakers of the target language (who are learning English). For example, in the German village, half of the campers will be American children studying German and half will be German children studying English. Through a combination of academic and recreational activities, campers learn in tandem—building proficiency in their target language while developing friendships that will last long past the last day of camp. Blending the fun of a traditional sleepaway camp with the skills needed to navigate a diverse, multilingual world, World Teen Camp offers your child or teenager an opportunity to: Meet same-age peers who are native speakers of their target language. Develop close friendships and create shared memories that will inspire and promote language learning during and after camp. Engage in tandem learning that enables campers of both languages to receive instruction and practice in their target language, while serving as an expert in their first language. Increase their bilingual and bicultural understanding through authentic language use and instruction.
Cost and Session Information
World Teen Camp runs from July 12-25. Rates Tier 1: $2330 Tier 2: $2230 Tier 3: $2130 When registering, campers should choose the language village—French, German, Spanish, or Mandarin—in which they would like to live. All campers are required to submit one recommendation form from a teacher (ideally, their language teacher) who knows them well and can provide information on proficiency and motivation. This form will be sent to you via email once your registration has been processed.