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Living the Language with Your Haus

Published: November 18, 2019

When a villager first enters the Bahnhof on Ankunftstag (arrival day), campers choose their new Waldsee name and learn which Haus (house) they will be living in for their one-, two-, or four-week stay. Each Haus is named after a city in German-speaking Europe, from Haus Stuttgart to Haus Berlin to Haus Salzburg and Haus Zell am See, and villagers are assigned to a Haus based on age and gender. Each Haus typically consists of 10-15 villagers and 2-3 Betreuer (counselors), and there are lots of special activities and opportunities during the day to spend time together as a Haus.

Taking a Break: Pause at Waldsee

Published: November 10, 2019

Twice a day, we take a Pause (break) — but there is no break from practicing German and experiencing aspects of German culture. There are lots of activities to participate in during each Pause, from Kartenspiele (card games) to Volleyball (volleyball), and there are even some special places around Waldsee that are only open during Pause.

The Complex History of November 9 in German History

Published: November 8, 2019

Thirty years ago, on November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. It was the day the Cold War ended, the hour the German people came back together after decades of division, the night the Soviet empire cracked. In other years, November 9 was a much darker date.

Alumni Spotlight: Irene

Published: November 7, 2019

As we gear up for the 60th summer at Waldsee, get to know some long-time members of the Waldsee community! This week, meet Irene! Irene has come to Waldsee as both a counselor and a camper since 2010 and serves as our second half Waterfront Manager and coordinates the curriculum for the two-week campers.

Mauerfall at Waldsee

Published: November 4, 2019

Do you remember where you were when the Berlin Wall fell? For many of our villagers the answer is, “Yes.” If you’re trying to do the math in your head, I understand the confusion. Most of Waldsee’s summer programs are for youth villagers, aged 8 to 18. Almost every summer we recreate, relive, and then discuss, the Mauerfall( Fall of the Berlin Wall). We’re lucky that every summer we can approach the history from a different perspective and with new ideas alongside different groups of campers.

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