Our Culture: Learners and Lovers
Learn more about our mission and values in this blog!
Our mission is what drives our decision-making at El Pueblo, and our values are the foundation for the community we want our campers and staff members to experience at camp.
Our Mission: To create an engaging and supportive community that inspires and develops lifelong learners and lovers of languages and cultures.
The summer camp setting is a unique place to experience success with learning a new language. We love how the energetic, silly, and out-of-the-box nature of camp lends itself to a level of engagement that is difficult to replicate elsewhere. Campers also experience a special kind of relationship building at camp. In just a couple of days, campers may feel more connected to their cabin mates than they do to with classmates after a year of school.
All of these camp characteristics lay the foundation for a powerful language learning experience. And we realize that a language can’t be learned in a week, our team works hard to inspire our campers to be lifelong learners and lovers of languages and cultures. We want the camp experience to be a transformative one they carry with them when they leave El Pueblo each summer.
We take two key words from our mission, learners and lovers, and highlight them as our camp values:
Our Values: Being Learners (Aprendices) and Lovers (Amantes)
This is how we describe our values of being “Learners” and “Lovers” to our staff members in our Staff Manual:
As Learners, we dedicate ourselves to the growth of our team, to our community, and ourselves. We develop a fun environment, recognizing that learning happens best when it’s accompanied by laughter and smiles. We learn each day from our successes and also from our mistakes, through reflection.
As Lovers, our team is characterized by the love we have for each other, for the people around us, and also for the people that are far from us. We always strive to show compassion in our words and actions, and by doing so we build a strong and inclusive community. There’s no job too big or too small that we wouldn’t do for the good of our community.
Our campers help us make our values a part of El Pueblo life, and we want every camper to experience this special kind of community while they are with us. As a team, we don’t just talk about our values. Each of us demonstrates them and models them every day while encouraging our campers to do the same. We hope that when campers leave our camp, they have not only grown as learners of languages but also as people who demonstrate love for others in their community.
The Language South year round team can’t wait to see a new group of counselors and campers join our community of Learners and Lovers at El Pueblo 2019!