Masks are required for all staff, villagers and family members on opening day and Villages will have designated drop-off areas.
For more information see our COVID approach.
You will be immersed in language right from the beginning! Join two of our credit villagers at Lac du Bois - Bemidji as they walk you through what to expect on opening day. (Note: our villagers are using English to help explain what you will experience, but during your actual experience you will hear our staff speaking and interacting with villagers and parents in the target language.)
In order to simulate and establish an authentic cultural atmosphere, villagers go through customs on the first day of their session. During customs, their Village Passport is verified and stamped. They choose a Village name, receive their cabin assignment according to age and gender, and have their proficiency in the language determined. In addition, villagers are screened by our healthcare staff.
A health screening is conducted on Opening Day.
“Contraband” is all items that detract from the immersion experience in the target language or violate Village policies. All luggage is checked for contraband items. Contraband is held and returned at the end of the session. Perishable items such as food may not be returned.
As part of customs, villagers exchange their U.S. currency at the Village bank for the currency of the Village. It is policy that villagers deposit all spending money in the bank for safekeeping. Villagers are able to withdraw appropriate amounts from their account daily. Village currency rates are posted at the Village banks.
Because foreign currency is very difficult and expensive to procure, we require villagers to exchange all foreign currency for U.S. dollars at the end of the session and not to take foreign coins home as souvenirs.
We have charter transportation services available.
If you choose to do the driving yourself, please check out our locations for maps and directions. Camp begins on Monday with check-in taking place from 1-5 p.m. Plan an hour to go through customs and get your villager settled.
Please check out our locations for maps and directions.
Each session closes on Saturday, with a closing program starting at 10 a.m., lasting approximately one hour. Families are welcome to arrive after 9:30 a.m. All villagers and visitors should depart the Village by noon.
Villagers are expected to arrive healthy and able to participate in the program. Call the Village dean if your child is ill or becomes ill on the way to the Village. We reserve the right not to admit villagers who arrive ill or who have been exposed to communicable diseases.
Be sure to pack the Village Passport. All correspondence with us regarding your villager should contain the Village Passport number, which is located inside the passport, on all forms sent to your villager, and on the front of the Welcome Packet. U.S. citizens DO NOT need a real U.S. passport to attend the Villages in Minnesota.