In American Society, young people are encouraged in learning a second language. Being bilingual promises a future for each person possessing this skill that will result in higher wages and being more competitive in the job market. With this being a growing pressure for young people, what can you, as an adult, do to help make a difference in your child’s language endeavors? How about allowing your child the incredible experience of spending time at an international camp? Surrounded by skilled and responsible adults as well as other kids their own age with similar interests, your child can be enveloped in the invaluable experience of visiting a foreign country, being immersed in the culture and language, and becoming a well-rounded individual having studied abroad.
When considering an international camp for your kids, it is important to place your children where there are shared interests, not just language learning opportunities. Many international camps specialize in sporting activities, such as soccer, or as countries outside the United States call it, futbol. Not inclined as an athlete? Your child can pursue interests in art in Japan, music in Berlin, dance in Russia, or even archeology in Egypt. The possibilities are endless.
Probably the biggest question parents bring to the table when discussing such a great and independent undertaking for their child is this: Is it safe? It is extremely important that you do your homework. Camp staff will be under strict guidelines to insure the safety of your child, but you need to know the current political climate of the country you are willingly sending your child into. Read reviews, talk to other families, and research, research, research. Know well the system you choose to allow your child to travel with, and be assured because of your diligence that your family will be benefited by the experience you are giving to your child.
Tips for getting started? Speak with a school counselor, a church youth leader, or a well-known organization. Start researching this great resource at your fingertips called the Internet. For many, the answer to this request of traveling to an International Camp will always be no. For those of you who are willing to encourage this travel experience for your kids, it will be invaluable, and you are imprinting eternal cultural values on their hearts. Happy Camping!