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: Die Kollegstufe

Published: May 8, 2017

Living and breathing Deutsch (german) is what Waldsee is all about. But sometimes, after a few summers at Waldsee, Villagers 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 die Kollegstufe, our grammar 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.

Two week adventure programs: Die Grüne Welle

Published: April 27, 2017

Living and breathing Deutsch (german) is what Waldsee is all about. But sometimes, after a few summers at Waldsee, villagers 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 Grüne Welle, our nature 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.

Profiles of Former Villagers: Working in STEM

Published: April 17, 2017

Waldsee’s former villagers go on to do exciting things with their Deutsch. Erich, a 6-year villager, tells us how Waldsee has helped his career in STEM.

Advice for First Time Campers from a Nine Year Villager

Published: April 10, 2017

Anika, a nine year Waldsee villager

​Whether it’s your first time at Waldsee or your ninth, it’s always an exciting experience. For first time villagers it can be a little bit more daunting, though - that’s why nine year villager Anika is here to give you some advice

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!

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!

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!

Ankunftstag! Everyone has arrived!

Published: July 13, 2015

​We had lots of fun today welcoming everybody after crossing over the Grenze and entering into Waldsee.

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!

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.

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!

Willhelm Tell

Published: August 21, 2013

The KT’s and T’s played a rather popular game last night; William Tell! The story of William Tell explains how Austria was founded and was told in German, French, and Italian.

Karneval!

Published: August 7, 2013

Yesterday we went to Köln for the Evening Program! We had Karneval, which is a large festival.