Waldsee Blog

Welcome to the blog for Waldsee, the German Language Village. To view photos from our summer sessions, please visit our Flickr page.

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I'm a First Time Parent, What Should I Expect?

Published: May 25, 2017

Maifest at Waldsee

Sending your child away to summer camp for the first time can be scary – especially if they’ve never been away from home before! We know that many first time Eltern (parents) don’t know what to expect, so we went to our staff to see what they think is most important for you to know!

Advice for First Time Family Participants

Published: May 22, 2017

Inge and her two kids, Kaethe and Dirk, with their self-made pizza!

Sommer 2017 is fast approaching and we are getting more excited every day! We are always begeistert (excited), but even more so when families decide to try out our Familienwoche (family week)! Many families are nervous or unsure – it’s a new environment for their kids, and it can be difficult to learn a new language as an adult. But take it from a family that has been coming to Familienwohe for sechs (six) years – take the plunge!

Two week adventure programs: Das Helvetia

Published: May 18, 2017

Living and breathing Deutsch (german) is what Waldsee is all about. But sometimes, after a few summers at Waldsee, Villagers may want to do something new. That’s what our Abenteuerprogramme (adventure programs) for two week Villagers are all about! Today, we take a look at Helvetia, our Swiss adventure program.

Two week adventure programs: Der Märchenwald

Published: May 1, 2017

Der Märchenwald

Living and breathing Deutsch (German) is what Waldsee is all about. But sometimes, after a few summers at Waldsee, Villagers may want to do something new. That’s what our Abenteuerprogramme (adventure programs) for two week Villagers are all about! Today, we take a look at the Märchenwald, our medieval theatre adventure program.

Profiles of Former Villagers: Working for the Environment

Published: April 24, 2017

Peter and LKT Gruene Welle on their week-long camping trip.

Waldsee’s former villagers go on to do exciting things with their Deutsch. Peter, a two-year villager and ten-year staff member, tells us how Waldsee and the Grüne Welle program have led him to a career working for the environment.

Grimm VS. Andersen: A Fairy Tale Battle

Published: August 25, 2016

Don't mess with Sleeping Beauty.

Characters from fairy tales written by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Andersen went head-to-head last night!

A bunte (colorful) Evening

Published: August 24, 2016

"Color" was the key word for yesterday’s Fest der Farben (festival of colors)! Instead of eating in the Gasthof (inn) as we usually do, there was a Straßenfest (street festival) on the Marktplatz (market place)! Villagers were able to go to various stalls and get foods like Döner and Currywurst but were also able to play games and get their faces painted. But that wasn’t all! Following the festival, everyone received white t-shirts and headed down...

Österreich-Tag! (Austria Day!)

Published: August 23, 2016

Austrian ambassador to the United States Wolfgang Waldner speaks to campers about global citizenship.

​When the Austrian ambassador came to visit Waldsee, there was only one thing to do – celebrate Austria Day!

Not Your Average Sunday: Dodgeball, Gameshows, and Party-Autos!

Published: August 22, 2016

​Yesterday was jam-packed!

Spätzle Meets Spaghetti: Ristorante-Abend!

Published: August 21, 2016

Spaghetti rossi col pramigiano and filetto di manzo were on the menu last night!

Fasching!

Published: August 10, 2016

Fasching celebrations in Waldsee!

Eine Reise Nach Spanien

Published: August 7, 2016

​Last night Waldsee took a vacation to Spain!

Heidefest!

Published: August 5, 2016

​Last night we celebrated Heidefest in Waldsee!

Waldsee Recipe: Hungarian Goulash

Published: August 4, 2016

Straight from the Waldsee kitchen, the recipe for our Hungarian Goulash!

Mahlzeit in Waldsee

Published: July 27, 2016

Not only is the food at Waldsee delicious, but it’s a great way to teach German language and culture!

Oktoberfest

Published: June 15, 2016

Waldsee celebrates Oktoberfest!

AGs

Published: August 4, 2015

​Among the programs credit villagers can choose from is something called an AG. What exactly is this, and which ones are being offered this session?

Idealer Tagesplan!

Published: August 2, 2015

​Today, villagers chose between 4 potential day schedules at Waldsee, with the winner being the schedule we would adhere to today! Take a look at what villagers were able to do today.

Oktoberfest

Published: July 28, 2015

At Waldsee last night, many dressed up in a Dirndl or Lederhosen to celebrate the well-known Oktoberfest of Germany. We snacked on foods such as Bretzeln (pretzels), Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, and drank Wurzelbier (root beer).  We also learned how to dance Polka, among other Waldsee dances.       König Ludwig joined us at the feast, leading dances most of the time, but...

Mahlzeit in Waldsee

Published: July 28, 2015

​What did Waldsee eat this morning?

LKT Project: Waldsee wird Hamburg

Published: July 23, 2015

​Today, students from an LKT classroom led a group of villagers around Waldsee, and introduced popular sights of Hamburg to them.

Festival der Farben!

Published: July 21, 2015

​Today we enjoyed all of the events at Waldsee that a traditional German Fest has to offer!

Wildsaujagd and Sinnenpfad!

Published: July 20, 2015

Villagers had an opportunity this week to try out the Sinnespfad (sensory adventure course). The villagers went through a course in the woods while not being able to use their Gesichtssin (eyesight). They had to rely on their other senses, for example touch or hearing. The villagers walked barefoot through a course with different textures on the ground, such as rocks or sticks. They also had to rely on their partner to tell them when they were getting off...

Norddeutschlandtag!

Published: July 14, 2015

​Today we celebrated northern Germany and explored its pirate history in a variety of ways!

Deutschland Wins Big! 

Published: July 9, 2014

​Deutschland wins the game!!!!

I-Tag!!!

Published: July 5, 2014

All of the Concordia Language Villages got together to celebrate International Day at Waldsee.

Waldsee Kasino

Published: July 2, 2014

Waldsee holds a Kasino Abend (casino evening)

Wilkommen in Waldsee und XYZ

Published: July 1, 2014

Waldsee welcomes new T and KT to our village. Our newest villagers get to know each other, and create their own culture to simulate total cultural immersion.

Weltmeisterschaft and Various Performances

Published: June 27, 2014

Waldsee watched the Germany vs. USA World Cup game as well as viewed productions from the theatre and music groups.

Sonntag in Waldsee

Published: June 23, 2014

Waldsee varied the routine on Sunday, playing two games: a human version of Stratego and a very fun simulation!

Samstag in Waldsee

Published: June 22, 2014

Waldsee takes a break from its normal schedule on Samstag (Saturday) to watch Deutschland (Germany) play in the World Cup and eat at our very own Italian restaurant.

Pizza Lieferung und Hausabend

Published: June 20, 2014

Villagers enjoyed a comfy Abend with their house while the sky poured down Regen (rain).

Waldsee Karneval!

Published: June 19, 2014

Waldsee celebrates Karneval

Waldsee feiert (celebrates) Karneval! Everyone is excited and they show it through their bright clothes and enthusiasm.

Lieder in Waldsee

Published: June 18, 2014

Waldsee uses Musik (music) and Lieder (songs) at various times throughout the day to help make learning German even more fun.

Ankunftstag!

Published: June 17, 2014

Waldsee​ welcomes its new villagers.

Straßenfest!

Published: June 11, 2014

Waldsee held a Straßenfest on Tuesday, including Festessen and Festspiele from all sixteen of Germany’s Bundesländer​.

Wilkommen in Waldsee!

Published: June 10, 2014

Waldsee welcomes its first villagers of the summer!

Komm mit nach Waldsee 2014!

Published: September 1, 2013

Bist du bereit? Are you ready for some Spass (fun)? Registration for summer 2014 is now under way. Sign up for one-, two-, four-, and even six-week adventures in German next summer. Bring your friends and meet new Freunde too!