All programs—no matter how long or short they may be—offer the authentic Concordia Languages immersion experience. Villagers experience the “grand simulation” of living in another language and participating in cultural activities from a variety of French-speaking countries. They learn language, culture, and global perspectives through their counselors who hail from all corners of the globe. The natural setting of the Minnesota North Woods and the small, close-knit community of the villages offer a safe and comfortable environment in which to explore and learn.
With nearly three times as many program days (not counting arrival and departure days) as the Youth Exploration sessions, Youth Immersion villagers experience a variety of learning group and activity themes, will encounter a wider swath of francophone culture, and will have more opportunity to extend their language skills and personal growth. The learning curve in a language immersion environment tends to be exponential, and with two weeks to develop their skills, language learners can really blossom! Open to all proficiency levels, ages 8–18.
Both Lac du Bois sites incorporate CLV’s education model into unique summer camp experiences:
Lac du Bois Hackensack’s beautiful, 1920's-era site encourages a focus on ecology and sustainability as villagers live and play in a pristine wilderness setting. Learn more about life at Lac du Bois Hackensack. Lac du Bois Hackensack also offers two two-week parallel programs for villagers looking for a more in-depth learning experience.
- Aventure Nature villagers learn French through mastering wilderness skills based upon the model of Scouts Canada. Their experience culminates with an overnight camping trip.
- Afrique! villagers learn about traditional and modern life in the French-speaking nations of West and Central Africa through music, dance, geography, food, and folklore.
Lac du Bois Bemidji offers villagers the chance to live, learn, and play in a village mirroring the architecture of various regions of France. Learn more about life at Lac du Bois Bemidji.
Note: The Voyageurs site also offers two-week sessions. At Les Voyageurs, two-week villagers depart for the Grand Voyage, a six-day canoeing and camping adventure. Click here for more information.