Language Camps for Youngsters

Language Camps Where Kids Can Learn Foreign Languages Including Spanish, French, German and Italian

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This information about summer camps where youngsters can learn foreign languages was submitted by the camps or gleaned from their advertisements.

Academy By The Sea
"We meet the requirements for academic credit through the language programs we teach. Students can obtain a semester of credit since we meet the standards set by the state of California." See their web site.

Alliance Française Summer Camp
"Kids from 8 to 17 spend the first week in August having fun learning French at beautiful Georgetown Lake in Western Montana. Many varied activities at an affordable price."

Has an answering machine and advertises in the classified section of a Minneapolis newspaper as "summer French immersion camp."

Bowers Homestay Services
"We would like to invite you learn about our culture and English language. This is a wonderful opportunity to experience all that Canada and its people has to offer. Live with warm and hospitable Canadian families, become a member of the family rather than a tourist and improve your conversational English skills! We truly want you to have a great time!

"Homestay accommodation provides an excellent opportunity for you to learn about Canadian culture first hand. The host family provides a safe place for you to live while being immersed in the use of English language or other studies. The host family provides students with breakfast and dinner daily as well as a clean private room. Our Homestay program can assist you in your studies by providing you with a family atmosphere and home cooked meals.

"Bowers Homestay Services offers this unique cultural experience year-round. Tours are also available and vary depending upon the season, such as a trip to a cottage in the summer or skiing in the winter."

Bowers Homestay Services
12 Westmount Road
Guelph, On N1H 5H2
519-763-0018 fax 519-763-0094

Camp Ouareau
Camp Ouareau is a English/French camp for girls in Quebec. Its a bilingual / bicultural camp with both English and French speaking girls. French and English alternate every two days. This approach might be a good way to immerse a child in a language without it being too exhausting, getting a break after two days.

Camp Tekakwitha
"Camp Tekakwitha is a french-speaking camp situated in the state of Maine in northern New England, U.S.A. Camp Tekakwitha, recognized for its emphasis on human relationship, offers a wide variety of activities for children from 7 to 13 and a unique program based on mountain trekking for teenagers 14 to 17.
Staff people and the vast majority of children being french-speaking, this is the perfect place for immersion in a french environment.
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(information provided by Louis Geoffroy,

Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano
Costa Rican - North American Cultural Center.

Children's Arts Corner
This unique program combines French OR Spanish and the Creative Arts. French or Spanish songs, cultural activities, sports, creative dramatics, French or Spanish puppet shows (puppetry), art, ballet and fairy tales. Children become knights and princesses and experience the magic of imaginative play as they learn a new language and develop their creativity.

Concordia Language Villages
Big, well known and highly respected. Ten languages, 750 summer staff members, thousands of participants, true immersion. Some buildings are designed in the architecture of their respective nations. Also offer overseas study. High-school credit available to the motivated. Affiliated with Condordia College of Moorhead, Minnesota. Camps at several sites in Minnesota.

Here is a portion of a letter from a satisfied parent, as printed in CLV's Fall 1997 magazine:

It was always a pleasure to visit Concordia Language Villages as Chelsea concluded her summer session there each year. We are most grateful for the enriching experiences she had as a villager and the lasting friendships begun there.
(signed) Bill Clinton

Additional note from webmaster: My 12-year-old liked it a lot!

They also offer college credit courses in French, German and Spanish.

Crossing Borders Group
Teaches English and American culture to children ages 4 to 18. ESL. French and Spanish also available. Home-stay option.

"English-speaking teens are paired with French-speaking teens to make learning easier during morning and afternoon sessions."

Ekocamp International
See their web site. Immersion.

English Bay College
Experience the natural beauty of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. In this resort setting, you will learn and develop friendships with Canadian and International students from all over the world. Live an unforgettable adventure in the mountains through our Wilderness Activities.

I AM ADVENTUROUS - World-Class Specialists in Adventure Programs
“Our activity leaders ensure that all students are closely monitored and activities are modified depending on the ages of the students - we want to bring them excitement, but SAFETY is our number one priority!”
Mike Brown, Director, IamAdventurous

· River Rafting
· Adventure Boating
· Climbing
· Hiking
· River Kayaking
· Canoeing
· Tennis
· Horseback Riding
· Mountain Biking
· Swimming
· Volleyball
· Mountaineering

All of our Teachers are certified and experienced in teaching International students. Classes run from Monday to Friday, 9:00am - 12:00pm. All studies will be held at College facilities, and parents can choose from three areas of study:
English Language Studies- with a focus on conversational English.
French Language Studies - with a focus on conversational French.
Computer Studies - with a focus on Web Design.

All students will live in a dormitory, along with resident tutors, teachers, and chaperones. Living arrangements will be organized according to age and gender. The facilities include a swimming pool, pool tables, hot tub, sauna, fireplace, games room, and Internet access.

All three nutritious and delicious daily meals will be prepared and served by a gourmet chef and his staff in the excellent dining facilities provided by the resort. Snacks are provided in the evening.

Special Features, including a Free Online Course at the completion of the Summer Program. Also, view a sample of our past activities, a complete food menu, teacher profiles, and a sample itinerary.

English Language Institute
Shattuck-St. Mary's School, Faribault, Minnesota. Four weeks of immersion equip international students 11-17 for school and American life. Extracurricular activities include art, dance, sports, and outdoor activities. $2,100. Mike Frankenfield, 800-421-2724. (text copied from Yahoo)

Forester Instituto Internacional
FORESTER INSTITUTO INTERNACIONAL in San José, Costa Rica, offers several exciting programs of instruction in the Spanish language. Its short term courses--1 to 4 weeks--are very popular among visitors to the country. The courses of study are designed to satisfy, in a quick and efficient manner, the growing need for Spanish language skills. The institute also offers long term programs for those interested in staying more than one month.

The Institute is located in a quiet, elegant residential area, a 20 minute walk from downtown San José. It has comfortable, sunny classrooms with a green area and a magnificent vista of the surrounding mountains. Together with an annex building a few blocks away, there are 22 classrooms.

Nicole Allaire-Pena.

French at Home / French at Camp
Fabrice Raud, Director, writes in February 2005: We are a Not for Profit Organisation that specializes in promoting the French Language throughout the region. We would like to bring to your attention that we are launching a Overnight Immersion Camp for 3th to 5th graders early this summer.

Intercultura Language and Cultural Center
A culture and language school in Costa Rica offering intensive summer adventure and Spanish camps for teenagers -- one at their city campus, and another at their beach campus. More information is here.

International School of Indiana
The International School of Indiana hosts a variety of one-week and two-week foreign language and specialty summer camps for children aged 5 through 12, including French and Spanish. For information please contact Kim Rose at (317) 923-1951 ext. 123 or email

IPEE Spanish Language School
I was wondering if you would consider listing our total immersion Spanish Language school in Costa Rica, IPEE, as a resource for many of your visitors. We teach Spanish in Costa Rica, 7 different levels and a Spanish Teachers Course for methodology and technique. We have home stays, excursions, intensive classes, cultural activities, and have an excellent location and staff! Please review our web site for appropriate content for inclusion in your site. Your consideration would be appreciated.

And if you are ever in Costa Rica, please do stop by for a great cup of coffee and some genuine Costarican hospitality. (email received from Robert Levy, Director,

Language Conservatory
This year, The Language Conservatory is pleased to provide day camps in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and other languages at locations in and around the Dallas, Texas area.  Full-day and Half-day camps are available. Camps are available for students entering first through twelfth grades.  Session I runs from June 10-28; Session II runs from July 1-19; and Session III runs July 22-August 2.  Within Texas call 1-888-4FLUENCY (or voice 972-242-2637, fax 972-242-2948) for more information. (email received from Stephen Frank, Dean,

Language Learning Centers
This organization will send teachers to schools, day care centers, etc. to teach languages.

Mijas Spanish Camp
126 Mariposa Road, Edgewood, NM 87015. Owner / Director Frances Boggess. Immersion Spanish, co-ed, resident summer camp for 5-12 year olds. Family camp. Teen study abroad program in the works.

Activities include miniature horses, archery, Latin dance, mountain boarding, ropes course, hiking, farm animals, drama, music. All Spanish levels welcome. A rustic camp setting on a private 132-acre ranch in the beautiful mountains of New Mexico, only 35 miles northeast of Albuquerque. (email received from

Millersville University
January 14, 2001
The Millersville University Foreign Language High School Camp immersion program takes place every year at MU and has been conducted for over 25 years. The camp is a week in duration and students may choose among French, Spanish, and German language study. It is typically held near the end of July or the beginning of August. We usually decide the dates for the camp in February-March of the same year that the camp is to be held. We like to base it on how late the students are in school due to snow days, etc. We usually get about 35 students per language for that one week, but we have considered going higher. It's usually a matter of getting enough qualified counselors for that number of students. We try to keep the student to counselor ratio low to give the students more speaking opportunity.
For a copy of the information that is sent to the local high schools, you can contact MU's Foreign Language Department directly at 717-872-3526 and ask to speak to Caroline. Also, I've been a counselor at the French camp for the past 7 years, so you may contact me via e-mail for more information.
Scott Fabel

Northside College
Northside College is an International British Boarding school overseas based in Québec which organises a French immersion Camp for 10 students aged 15-19 for the month of July.
yours sincerely,
Frederic Fovet,
Head of the French Department

Play With Words
We have a Spanish / French day camp for children in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. Also, we do ongoing weekly classes during the school year. We teach children from birth up and use immersion instruction with children who are able to understand the concept of a foreign language and prior to that we have parent/child classes.
Janet Rau, Play with Words
teaching kids language

Saint John's Prep German Camp
Collegeville, Minnesota. Campers ages 8-16 study German in single-gender one-week sessions. Includes such recreational sports as swimming, canoeing, hiking, and biking. $255. Emerich Sack, 320-363-3334. (text copied from Yahoo) Probably associated with Saint John's University,

San Francisco State University
"Although it is aimed at college students, high-schoolers are allowed to attend the Summer Session at San Francisco State University if they enroll in the intensive Esperanto sessions. These function at four levels from beginner to fully fluent."
Miko Sloper,

SpringBell Spanish School
See their web site. Immersion.

Tachibana Japanese Language School
No further information. Located via search of Usenet newsgroups. No reply received from the e-mail address that posted information to the newsgroup.

Teen Spanish camps (Surf, Volunteer, Sdventure, Extreme Adventure, Children's Spanish Art & Sports)
Language immersion camps in Costa Rica for children, teens and families that want a fun and educational Spanish and cultural experience. I would like very much to be included in your list of language camps.

Wynchemna International Language Programmes
Located in the Canadian Rockies. In October 2002 the web site is obviously not complete.

One good resource is, a commercial listing of all types of summer camps. You can find camps that offer language instruction (often as a part of a larger camp experience) by selecting Academic Camps, then Languages. If you leave all the optional fields at "No Preference" and click Search, you will see the full list of "language camps" with web pages (18 at this writing, Sept. 1997). Scroll to the bottom of the list and you will see an option to see the real, full list of "language camps" (73 at this writing). Note that most of these camps teach language only as part of a larger curriculum, and some are located out of North America.
This site matches up people in different nations via the internet, so they can practice their language skills. Free, at least for now.

The Human-Languages Page
A comprehensive, almost overwhelming list of language-related resources (more than 1400) on the World Wide Web. Includes online language lessons, translating dictionaries, native literature, translation services, software, language schools, etc. Summer camps are not separated out, but you will find many entries under "Schools and Institutions."

The AuPair Alternative
Here is an interesting recommendation that I received from a representative of "Hosting an au pair is like having a language camp at home – this provides excellent language learning opportunities and cultural awareness for the kids. I am sure visitors of your website will benefit from the information and services this quality and family oriented website has to offer."

Please send additions, reviews or corrections to Webmaster -at- Please include "Language Camps" in the Subject line. Thank you!
Notes: Of course, you will want to research any camp before you send your child. Camp programs change from year to year. The author has no commercial interest in any of these organizations.
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