Family Programs

Join us for an international learning vacation for the entire family—right here at home!

Our summer family weeks and academic year family weekends are a great way to spend time together, discover new international foods, play games, make crafts, enjoy music and take part in some old-fashioned outdoor fun. And while you’re all busy having such a good time, you’ll experience together the wonder of speaking a new language through our fun and natural immersion environment. Why not invite aunts, uncles and grandparents, too?

Great preparation

Family programs offer great preparation for a family trip abroad or for a child’s summer experience at the Villages. Explore family heritage or learn about an entirely new culture! The best part is simply being together in a beautiful setting where you can reinforce the importance of being a good citizen in our global community.

Learning together and apart

Adults and children spend time together at meals, evening programs, or while dancing, singing and enjoying the outdoors.But there are also special times set aside where kids get to be kids together, learning language through fun songs, games and play while the adults take a language or culture class, learn a new craft or visit with new friends. Language Village counselors are trained and have become renowned for their skill, professionalism, and competence in addressing learners at any level.


Our family summer weeks are held at various Language Village locations throughout Minnesota. Family weekends during the academic year are held at our International Retreat Center near Bemidji, Minn.


Delicious homemade meals are served family style. We also serve regular snacks and homemade baked goods authentic to the culture in which you are immersed. We can accommodate vegetarians and villagers with food allergies.

What to Pack

Downloadable packing list.


Families stay with other like families in cabins with shared bathrooms.


Families are responsible for arranging transportation to the Village. Most families will drive to our sites in private vehicles. For a fee, limited transportation options may be available from the nearest regional airport. Specific information regarding this option will be provided in the welcome packet after you register. For questions, please contact or call 1-800-222-4750 ext. 2.


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