Where better to learn a language than on holiday immersed in the language while doing fun activities with new friends? Swiss summer language camps provide just that. It’s a wonderful way to start to learn a new language or improve on on one children already have some knowledge of.
Switzerland is a fantastic destination for a summer language camp as it offers a huge range of outdoor activities and cultural opportunities. Lake Geneva, Lake Zurich and the Swiss Alps are popular locations offering beautiful scenery, crystal clear waters and plenty of opportunities for biking, hiking and exploring. Whichever location you choose a Swiss language camp is sure to be a truly unforgettable experience.
What outdoor activities are offered at a Swiss summer camp
The exact activities depend on the location, but some examples are:
- mountain biking
- rock climbing
- ghyll scrambling
- banana boating
Camps often also include trips to local museums, festivals, historical sites and an opportunity to try culinary and craft activities specific to the region. Languages are integrated into the daily life of the camp so children learn without realising.
It’s important to research the type of activities and excursions available when choosing a camp to make sure it suits your child.
How long is a Swiss language camp?
Some camps such as Camp Suisse are very flexible and offer day camps as well as longer experiences of a week or more. If you’re on a family holiday nearby this is a great way for kids to experience a language camp without committing to longer. Campers can often be picked up from a nearby airport or dropped off in person.
What’s the accommodation like?
The accommodation style varies depending on the camp, but includes hotel style accommodation, dormitory style rooms, apartments and sometimes host families.
Some camps also offer a family language immersion experience as well as individual camp options.
Which languages are offered?
The choice of language depends on the individual camp, but German, French, English and Italian are common options.
Language immersion camps offer a set number of hours of language tuition per week and outside this children have the opportunity to practise language with their friends and language teachers outside the classroom. Learning opportunities are available throughout the whole camp and beyond as campers often stay in touch with new friends from other countries.
How much does a language camp cost?
The exact cost varies depending on the camp and the travel involved. I’s important to consider all costs including travel and special items needed for activities or excursions before booking,
Language camps are a great way for children to become more motivated and enthusiastic about learning a language while meeting people from other cultures, making new friends and generally having lots of fun in a new environment.