At Waldsee, you’ll learn German in a traditional summer camp setting. Language activities 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 your time at Waldsee.
Your immersion into the language and culture of Germany, Austria and Switzerland begins right away as you present your CLV passport at Passkontrolle in order to cross through Zoll (customs). Every villager chooses a Waldsee name and is assigned a Haus where they live with other participants of the same gender and similar age. You will also exchange your dollars for Euros at the Bank.
Choosing a German name to use at Waldsee is fun. It allows you to take on a new identity and really immerse yourself in the unique culture at Waldsee.
Each day the staff will introduce a Frage des Tages, which will focus your language learning in an encouraging and motivating manner. You will have three sessions each day to practice and expand on what you have learned, so that you can apply it to natural speaking situations, such as managing your account in Euros at the Bank, purchasing a Cola or Gummibärchen at Cafe Einbeck, asking for directions or playing a friendly game of Fußball.
Even during meals, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more German. Is it der, die oder das Nutella? Where in Germany do you eat a Bullette, a Frikadelle or a Fleischpflanzerl? Enjoy hits like Wiener Schnitzel, Döner Kebab, Pommes or Kaiserschmarrn, Swiss Raclette or specialties like Rouladen, Spätzle, Bayerische Brotzeit und bunte Salate. Learn how to order take-out auf Deutsch or make reservations at a German Restaurant. Decorate your own Pizza with all the toppings from our wood-fired oven. Guten Appetit!
Be prepared to laugh! Before each meal, a group will creatively present the Essensvorstellung to help us answer the question: Was essen wir? (What are we going to eat?)
Musik is a wonderful part of German culture—not just Beethoven, Bach and Mozart but modern styles from Cro, AnnenMayKantereit and Culcha Candela to Madsen, Mark Forster, DJ Ötzi and Andreas Gabalier. Musik fills our day at Waldsee—it's a great way to find out more about German culture, Germany history, young people and modern life. Einfach super!