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 2018 2019
Three-Day $180 $185
Four-Day $255 $260
Transportation Costs* Jan.–May 2018 Jan.–May 2019
Twin Cities Metro Area to Bemidji $80 TBD
Fargo/Moorhead to Bemidji $60 TBD

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

Transportation prices for Village Weekend for 2019 are now determined:

  • Twin Cities to Bemidji for Jan-May 2019 is $82.
  • Fargo to Bemidji for Jan-May 2019 is $62.

Academic Year 2018-2019 Schedule

Start End Chinese French  German Japanese Spanish
Elementary only weekend
10/26/18 10/28/18        
11/01/18 11/04/18          
11/02/18 11/04/18          
11/08/18 11/11/18      
11/30/18 12/02/18      
01/25/19 01/27/19      
02/01/19 02/03/19          
02/21/19 02/24/19          
03/01/19 03/03/19      
03/21/19 03/24/19      
04/04/19 04/07/19      
04/11/19 04/14/19    
05/03/19 05/05/19      
05/09/19 05/12/19      
05/16/19 05/19/19          

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.

NEW for the 2017-2018 school year:  school groups must provide their own chaperones for cabin supervision.  We will operate as most specialty academic programs in the Midwest region and thus will not have staff available to supervise cabins overnight.