Village Weekends

Village Weekends are three- and four-day programs for language students in grades 3-12. Programs are currently offered in Spanish, French, German, Chinese and Japanese. Participants have continuous opportunities to use their present language skills and develop a higher level of proficiency during fast-moving, activity filled weekends based on a theme related to the target culture.

Rates & Dates

Program Length 2016 2017
Three-Day $168 $173
Four-Day $238 $245
Transportation Costs* Oct.–Dec. 2016 Jan.–May 2017
Twin Cities Metro Area to Bemidji $75 $78
Fargo/Moorhead to Bemidji $55 $58

*Transportation from locations outside the Fargo/Moorhead or Twin Cities Metro Area may incur additional costs.

View a PDF of our 2017-2018 dates.

For up-to-date and available Village Weekend date options, please call (800) 222-4750, ext. 1, then 4, then 4 again, or call (218) 586-8600.


Students learning German at Waldsee.


All Village Weekends are held at one of our year-round Turtle River Lake sites, located northeast of Bemidji, Minn. The sites feature indoor spaces for activities, crafts and meetings, as well as soccer fields, forest trails, and other outdoor recreation areas. Residential facilities are fully winterized.

Villagers stay in comfortable, winterized cabins, arranged by gender and age. It is common for different school groups to share a cabin. When possible, there is never one student from a school alone in a cabin. Each cabin houses 10-14 villagers plus staff and other adults.

Teachers who feel strongly about their students’ cabin assignments may contact the dean at least 30 days before the program to inquire about the possibility of submitting housing requests for pairs of students.

Lead teachers and chaperones alike have a supervisory role during the weekend. All chaperones will stay in cabins with students, unless moved to other housing by the dean. The lead teacher will be housed with students as necessary and determined by the individual program dean.


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