International Day 2017: July 7 and August 11

Everyone is welcome at International Day! International Day is a gathering of nearly 2,000 villagers, staff, parents and guests. It is also a day that we welcome back former villagers and staff and invite them to “renew their passports” by reliving some of their favorite memories.

What is International Day? 

Getting to International Day

International Day takes place at Waldsee, the German Language Village. Free shuttle service is available for the public from the Turtle River Community Center, located near the entrance to the Concordia Language Villages Turtle River Lake sites. Parking lot opens at noon for early arrivals and those needing handicapped parking.  Shuttles begin at 12:45 p.m. to Waldsee and back.


10:15 Special Event at Salolampi Arrival
10:30 Special Event at Salolampi Program Begins
11:00 Global Summit Round One begins at Berndt’s Stage
  International Day Biathlon begins at the Waldsee waterfront
  World Cup Soccer preliminary games commence on TRL Sites
11:15 Special Event at Salolampi Lunch Begins
12:15 Peace Site Rededication Peace Site (30 minutes)
12:45 Song Exchange
  Shuttle busses begin (from TRCC to Waldsee and back ONLY)
1:00 Retail Opens
1:15  I-Day Announcements are made by team members
1:20  Parade of Flags to Marktplatz
1:30 Festival rolls into action with activities and exchanges at various locations
  First Bus Tour –sign up and meet at the Information Booth
  First Biohaus Tour- sign up at the Information Booth and meet at Biohaus 
  Dragonfly Story Stage begins at Berndt's Stage
  Dancing at Cafe Einbeck begins
  Total Immersion Dunk Tank Begins!!
  Rope Making begins at the Forest Theatre
1:40 The Voyageur Canoe/Chinese Dragon Boat race begins
  World Cup Soccer preliminary games continue
2:00 Human Foosball begins-meet at the field, all are welcome, circulatory games
2:30 Second Bus Site Tour
  Second Biohaus Tour
  Dragonfly Story Stage ends
3:00 Iron Chef Showdown begins at Grillplatz
  World Cup Soccer final games
3:15 Voyageur Canoe Ride sign up at the Infor Kiosk, meet at the beach
  Seats are set up for the closing ceremony
3:30 Third Bus Site Tour
  Third Biohaus Tour
  Global Summit round two begins at Berndt's Stage
3:45 World Cup Soccer Championship game!
4:00 Final food ticket sales
4:15 Iron Chef Showdown ends
  World Cup Soccer open play begins
4:20 Retail and food booths close
  Total Immersion Dunk Tank ENDS!!
4:30 Villages to parade spots for closing program
4:45 Closing Program Parade
5:00-6:15 Closing Program
6:15-6:30 Dance Party for All
6:30 Busses depart/tear down

Important International Day Information

FIRST AID: Nurses are on duty to handle emergency medical needs at the first-aid station located in the Bosch Health Center on the north end of the Marktplatz.

INFORMATION/LOST & FOUND: The Information Booth is located at the entrance of Waldsee. If you have any questions about International Day or Concordia Language Villages programs and activities, please inquire at the Information Booth. Lost and found items will also be located at the Information Booth.

WATER: Two drinking fountains and four water bottle refill stations are available around the International Day site. We encourage the use of reusable water bottles, but disposable cups for water are also available at the Information Booth. Reusable water bottles from each Village can be purchased at the International Bazaar, and bottled water can be purchased
at the International Café.

LAVATORIES: Portable blue lavatories are placed around the International Day site.

“WHERE IN THE WORLD?” MESSAGE CENTER: Near the information booth on the Marktplatz is a large, cylindrical message stand. Arrange to meet your friends and family here or leave notes for each other.

RECYCLING: Learn the German recycling system by using the colorful plastic bins throughout the site, which are marked with what items are accepted in each container. Recycling receptacles for aluminum cans and plastic bottles are marked and located throughout the site next to regular trash receptacles.

NO PETS: We’re sorry, but pets are not allowed on our site.

Each year, generous individuals, foundations, corporations and organizations support the Passport Fund, Village Vision Fund and Leadership Fund, as well as capital campaigns and other special projects at Concordia Language Villages.

Nearly 15 percent of villagers at all 15 Language Villages receive scholarships to support their attendance. For more information on how you can support Concordia Language Villages, visit or call 800.222.4750.