Villagers experience French language and francophone cultures through an immersion experience that features wilderness adventure, outdoor living, and an exciting camping expedition into the northwoods of Minnesota.

Two week sessions include one week on our main site in Bemidji as well as a one-week excursion to either Voyageurs National Park, the Mississippi, or The Boundary Waters to put all of our skills to use and immerse ourselves in the outdoors. Learn more about what you can expect from a week excursion into the wilderness with Les Voyageurs! Blog post: Turtle River Trip Log, 2015

Building a campsite, splitting firewood, cooking over an open fire, identifying plants and birds, canoeing, portaging, and paddling through sun and rain are just a few of the ways that villagers develop their adventurous side and leadership skills. Woven throughout the day are songs, foods, games, cultural stories, and artistic activities from around the French-speaking world.

Language skills in listening comprehension and speaking are emphasized in a two-week session. No experience in the language is necessary, and new villagers will absorb the basic vocabulary for daily life, nature, and camping as well as simple conversation skills and many, many songs. Villagers of all proficiency levels will grow and sharpen their skills through the immersion experience and conversation practice.

Learn more about daily life at Les Voyageurs.

Two-week sessions may be available to villagers beginning at age 12 or 14 (depending on the session). All levels of experience in the outdoors are welcome!

A Typical Day at the Main Site
Wake up at sunrise
Breakfast
Canoeing excursion
Small group activities (villager choice)
Lunch
Break time to rest, write letters, read, etc. A mid-day camp-fire
Free to spend at the café or boutique, playing games or doing arts and crafts
leveled learning groups
Dinner
Canoeing Excursion or whole-group activity
Camp-fire and songs
Bedtime
A Typical Day En Voyage
Wake up at sunrise
Work together to break down camp
Breakfast
Canoeing on the great lakes and rivers (while singing and enjoying conversation)
Lunch on the go
More canoeing to get to the next site
Work together to set up camp
Free time to explore, play games, etc. Pitch in to cook the evening meal.
Dinner
Evening Activities – conversation, journaling, credit villager class time
Camp fire and songs
Bedtime