4 Great Spanish Camps For Kids and Teens
The camps that we’ll discuss in this blog are The Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota, Middlebury Summer Language Academy in Vermont, Immersion Island in North Carolina, and Language South’s El Pueblo Spanish Camp in Tennessee.
Each of these Spanish camps gives participants an opportunity to really advance in Spanish, and have fun while doing so. They’ll make friends and learn about Spanish language and culture. They’ll connect with a language in a way that just can’t be replicated in the classroom. You can learn a bit about each camp in our descriptions below!
The Concordia Language Villages (CLV) got its start in 1961. A professor from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN launched their first German camp, at the time called “Camp Waldsee.” Two years later, they launched their first Spanish camp: “El Lago del Bosque.” Since then, thousands of young people have had the opportunity to “live the language” at Concordia’s summer camps.Today, CLV offers day camps, family camps, abroad programs, and other language learning services. Despite the growth, they remain very passionate about their residential youth experiences. They have two primary locations for Spanish camp, one near Bemidji, MN and the other near Cass Lake, MN. At Bemidji, campers even experience Spanish culture through the buildings that were designed with Spanish architecture in mind. At Cass Lake, campers live in a more traditional setting. There, the cabins sit on the eastern side of a lake, and campers enjoy beautiful sunsets.
- Located in Minnesota
- Accepts campers ages 7 to 18.
- 15 Different Languages
- Programs range from 1 to 4 weeks in length.
- 4-week credit programs accredited by NCA CASI/AdvancEd.
- Camps available from early June to the middle of August.
- Cost ranges from $1,000 to $4,000 for U.S. programs.
CLV not only teaches languages but supports young people in becoming “courageous global citizens.”
Another Spanish camp option is the Middlebury Summer Language Academy. It began in 2008 as the Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy (MMLA). That first year, high school students attended four-week residential camps in Spanish, French, Chinese, and Arabic. As their program developed, it drew on the expertise of language schools for adults at Middlebury College and the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Since then, Middlebury Interactive Languages was created to oversee their summer language camps for young people.
Today, young learners attend U.S. based Language Academy programs on the campuses of St. Michael’s College and Green Mountain College in Vermont. They still have camps for learning the original four languages, but have also added German and have programs abroad. The Summer Language Academy is known for its Language Pledge® where participants commit to only use the target language for the duration of the program. Beginners may make a modified pledge that allows a little bit of English during the first week.
- Located in Vermont
- Accepts campers in 8th through 12th grade.
- Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, German.
- All camps are four weeks long.
- Programs take place from late June to late July.
- Cost ranges from about $5,500 to $6,500 for U.S. programs.
Motivated students who are ready to take on the Language Pledge can expect to really benefit from Middlebury’s Summer Language Academy.
Jennifer de Lima taught Spanish in the classroom setting for more than ten years before launching her own Spanish camp in 2011. Immersion Island’s Chapel Hill location makes it convenient to serve families that live in the “research triangle” of North Carolina. They offering residential camps and day camps in Spanish and French. Immersion Island is also the only program in this list with hybrid programs where campers spend a few days in day-camp and then conclude the week with an overnight stay.
Immersion Island is committed to offering a 1 to 5 counselor/camper ratio, and limits each week to 25 campers. With a relatively small camp community, everyone can get to know one another and each camper is sure to get support and attention from the counseling staff. Campers enjoy all the fun they might expect to have at summer camp, all while interacting with Spanish language and culture. Immersion Island is particularly proud of the way they incorporate cultural foods into the program. Campers can explore the cultures of Spanish-speaking people by trying foods like yuca frita and tortilla española.
- Located in North Carolina
- Accepts campers ages 7 to 18.
- Programs in Spanish and French.
- Camps take place from Monday through Friday.
- Camps are offered from late June to early August.
- Cost ranges from about $575 to $800 for overnight programs.
Immersion Island offers a uniquely intimate and supportive setting for young people to connect with another culture and develop new language skills.
Last, but not least, is our very own El Pueblo Spanish Camp, located in Chattanooga, TN! This program has been cancelled for 2020, and the Language South team currently does not plan to run camp in 2021.At El Pueblo, we offer a transformative and inspiring experience to our campers. If a camper arrives unsure of their ability to learn Spanish, they leave knowing they really can learn a new language. If they arrive moderately interested in Spanish, they’ll find inspiration to fall in love with language learning. Campers who already passionate about Spanish upon arrival will connect with others that share their love for Spanish, and leave camp with a renewed desire to explore the Spanish-speaking world.
Our founders, Teo and Emi Valdés, met while working as counselors at the Concordia Language Villages in 2011. Later, they got married, moved to Chattanooga, and decided to start their own camp. They established Language South in 2017, and launched El Pueblo Spanish Camp in the summer of 2018.
If you’d like to know more about El Pueblo Spanish Camp, please click here to see more videos, pictures, and information right here on our website. We’d also love for you to give us a call at 423-771-9137 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
More and more parents and kids in the US see the value in speaking more than one language and learning about other cultures. Lots of teachers do an amazing job of teaching the language within the walls and constraints of the classroom, but there’s something truly special about connecting with Spanish in the immersive summer camp environment.
If you think a Spanish camp experience might be great for your child or teen, we hope you’ll explore the four options we shared in this blog. Whichever camp you choose, we wish your camper all the best with his or her Spanish journey!