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Willkommen to Waldsee!
Join us for übercool immersion adventures in the German language and German-speaking cultures in Europe and around the world. From your first “Guten Morgen!” until your last “Gute Nacht!”, you’ll build an impressive foundation of German skills and cultural knowledge by participating in small language learning groups, joining cultural and camp activities, playing games and sports, dancing, singing, cooking — and most of all, having fun with friends new and old. German Musik rocks the Haus! In all these ways, you’ll learn German by living it – naturally and with confidence.
Waldsee is the name of the German Language Village.
At Waldsee, you’ll learn German in a traditional summer camp setting. Language classes are tailored to learners of all ages and stages. Whether you’re looking for an early introduction or an intensive language program, we’ll meet your level of language and help you to advance during a 1, 2 or 4 week session. We also have a variety of scholarships available to all villagers.
Sports and Games
You can enjoy European sports from Fussball (soccer), Bogenschiessen (archery) and Fechten (fencing) to Schwimmen (swimming), Kanufahren (canoeing) and Radfahren (biking). Active, hands-on adventure learning is the key. You can try giant Schach (chess) Mühle, or play the crazy Swiss chocolate game.
Soccer is great and so is German, but putting them together is Wunderbar!Waldsee, the German Language Village of Concordia Language Villages and Auf Ballhöhe, a German youth soccer organization, are cooperating with partner schools across the United States to offer young Americans the opportunity to train and learn with German soccer coaches. Germany is a world-class soccer powerhouse with 7 World Cup and European Cup Championships. Have fun and gain a competitive edge by learning from these German Soccer Federation trained coaches.
At our artists’ colony Worpswede, you can try Buntglas (stained glass), Töpfern (pottery) and Drucken (printing) and many other crafts and arts. If you like drama, our Stadttheater (City Theater) adventure program at Waldsee brings language to life through acting. Villager Rockkonzerte will knock your Socken off!
At Waldsee, you'll have plenty of outdoor experiences. You can try das Matterhorn (our own language-immersion ropes course), visit our mystical Zwergensumpf (the dwarves’ swamp) and wander through the magical Märchenwald (fairy tale forest).
Join our Grüne Welle nature adventure for a walk on our own unique Sinnespfad (path of the senses). Of course, there’s nothing like sitting around the Lagerfeuer (campfire) at the beach watching the Sonnenuntergang (sunset)!
You’ll be amazed at how quickly Waldsee feels like your home-away-from-home. Our talented and caring staff knows how to make you feel included and how to help you learn, no matter what your background. Learning German has never been so effective – and fun!
· Founded: 1961
· Borders: Turtle River Lake
· Population: 176
· Language: German
· Currency: Euro/Swiss franc
· Time zone: CDT (Daylight Savings)
The Waldsee BioHaus won the Minnesota Environmental Initiative Award for its ultra-comfortable, super energy-efficient environment.
Waldsee offers five choices of Summer Villages for young people:
· One- and two-week sessions for ages 7-17
· Four-week sessions for middle school and high school students (grades 9 through 12 eligible for credit)
· Four-week sessions college credit sessions for high school students
· Four-week German apprenticeship sessions for high school students GB 26, GB 66, GB 86
· Adventure Day Camp sessions for ages 6-11
· Swiss Helvetia, ages 7-18
Want to learn more about Waldsee?
Visit our Village Page to see videos and pictures of last year’s villagers and camp activities.