German Adult Immersion Programs | 18+
Getting ready for a trip to the German-speaking world? Want to use German for fun or need to use it in your work environment? Our unique program is designed with you in mind.
Programming includes delicious authentic food, conversation, cultural presentations, and many other activities such as Spazierengehen, Musik, Film und Tanz. Opportunities abound to enjoy the beauty of our lakeside setting, explore the natural world on walks through the forest, and discuss German themes with native speakers. Through these hands-on experiences you will gain confidence and further your abilities in German allowing you to apply your newly acquired language auf der Stelle.
New! Summer 2019 Adult Weeks
Join us for a summer adult immersion experience in German language and culture in August 2019. Participants in the August German Adult Weeks have the opportunity to hone their German in a variety of situations and particularly through three themes:
- Sustainability and Energy Futures
- Germany, America, and the World
- Personal Explorations
These three themes frame a variety of engaging, hands-on activities and training sessions that will engage you at your level of ability to learn and apply your language skills in communicative settings -- naturally, and with ease.
The Waldsee BioHaus, the first certified Passivhaus in North America, is a ground-breaking language and cultural incubator for issues of sustainability and energy.
In addition, Waldsee is a national leader in innovative methods combining language with contemporary issues of international affairs.
You will literally learn German with all of your senses. The key toWaldsee's results is the ability of its staff to harness participants' individual interests to create motivating and supportive language sessions with personally rewarding results.
Week 1: August 12-17, 2019
Week 2: August 19-24, 2019
Note: August Adult Weeks are held concurrently with German family and youth programs. The Waldsee site can accommodate multiple programs operating independently from one another. Occasional interactions among program also enrich language and cultural learning opportunities.
The talented and motivated staff members at Waldsee provide expert instruction in small and large group settings catered specifically to participants’ language abilities. You can focus your personal interest in German, develop skills that help you professionally, or prepare for a trip. The Adult Week is tailored to the way adults learn language and include cultural immersion activities and opportunities to engage on contemporary issues, with maximum opportunities to use your language as you are learning it -- all in a supportive, educationally-rich atmosphere. Language sessions are friendly, fun, accessible, and practical.
Waldsee German Adult Week is located at Waldsee German Language Village near Bemidji, Minn. Waldsee provides a beautiful, architecturally authentic backdrop with buildings modeled on a real German Language Village. Everything from the mailboxes to the street signs is authentic to German style. Housing is geared to adult needs and expectations. Mealtimes are a signature experience of the CLV approach to language learning, and combine authentic regional cuisines with practical opportunities to use German in social settings.
Meet the Program Leaders
Dan Karl Hamilton is dean of Waldsee, the German Language Village, in July and August. During the academic year he serves as the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Karl has served as a senior U.S. diplomat, including as Associate Director of the Policy Planning Staff for two U.S. Secretaries of State. He also served as a Senior Diplomatic Fellow for German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and as a member of the Futures Advisory Group of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Karl is a prolific author and a regular media commentator on international relations and international education. He has been awarded Germany’s Federal Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz), France’s Ordre des Palmes académiques, Sweden’s Royal Order of the Polar Star, and the U.S. Department of State’s Superior Honor Award.
Edwin Dehler-Seter, a native of Fulda, Germany and Language Villages staff member for over 25 years with summer and year-round programs, is the dean for German Year-Round Programs and the Villages’ Environmental Education and Natural Resource Management Specialist. He holds a teaching degree from the University of Regensburg, Germany, and a Master’s of Science in Environmental Studies from Antioch New England Graduate School in Keene, N.H.