Typical Day

Each Language Village has a unique and culturally influenced daily schedule packed with fun activities, learning and excitement! From sun-up to sun-down, villagers are immersed in the target language and culture in ways you cannot imitate in a classroom setting. Although no two days are alike, and schedules vary by language and program, a typical day at Concordia Language Villages can be expected to flow as follows:

Time Activity
8 a.m. Wake up
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:15 a.m. Cabin Cleaning
9:45 a.m. First Club Activity
10:45 a.m. Morning Language Class
11:45 a.m. Short break
Noon Lunch
1 p.m. Afternoon Relax/Nap
2 p.m. Second Club Activity
3 p.m. Afternoon Language Class
4 p.m. Large Group Sports/Art/Music
5 p.m. Free Time
6 p.m. Dinner
  7 p.m. Evening Program
9 p.m. Campfire
10 p.m. Cabin council
  10:30 p.m. Lights out

Meal Time

At the Villages, you not only speak, play and learn in another language, but you also have the opportunity to eat in another language! More specifically, you have the opportunity to eat culturally authentic cuisine from the various countries that speak the target language.

Mealtime is a very important time of the day where you get to eat culturally authentic foods while learning the language.

The menus are specific to each Village and have been researched and carefully planned by each Village’s kitchen staff. While you enjoy your meals you will continue to learn as you get to know the vocabulary necessary to “pass the salt” or delight in conversation with all of your new friends.

If you have food allergies or special dietary needs, please let us know. We will gladly accommodate you!

Activities

Special activities villagers choose from on opening day vary from Village to Village, but they may consist of anything from writing and crafts, to playing soccer, dancing or swimming in the lake. The best part is, learning a new language through arts and crafts, song or a game on the soccer field doesn’t even feel like learning!

There are many activities to choose from at the Villages, whether it be arts and crafts or biking through the woods, we have something for you!

Free Time

Although there isn’t much time in our busy schedules for it, we do allow for some free time each day. When your days are so full of fun and learning, your mind may need a rest. Visit the Village bank or store, hang out with your friends or go for a swim – the time is yours to relax and do what you enjoy. Before you know it, you’ll be chatting unknowingly with your friends in the target language!

Take advantage of Minnesota summer by swimming at your Village's private beach or canoeing around the lake.

Evening Program

Before bringing the day to a close, the entire Village gathers to take part in a cultural activity. Programs range from serious simulations dealing with current world events, to fun re-enactments of holiday celebrations or festivals. This is a time when counselors coming from around the globe share their own cultures with the villagers.

After leaving the evening program, villagers have time to reflect together on the activities of the day during their cabin councils.

Environmental Awareness

All of the Villages work to model environmentally responsible behaviors, including reducing, reusing and recycling, developing respect for nature and property, and learning outdoor skills. We believe that is how a global citizen should act. Most of America’s children have very little time in their rushed schedules to “be” in nature these days.

In order to help villagers truly become aware of the natural world, and to interact with their woodsy surroundings at the Villages, we prohibit the use of electronic devices such as cell phones, MP3 players, iPods and other noisy devices. Nature is its own music! Join us in the quiet. Listen. We are committed to helping our participants reconnect with the natural world and have employed a full-time environmental education specialist who has cataloged and developed many of the natural settings of our Turtle River Lake sites and who consults with staff at our leased sites.

Worship Services and Faith Diversity

Faith diversity within the Village community is respected. An on-site, non-denominational peace service is held weekly at each Village in support of diverse faith beliefs. Attendance is optional. Villagers may attend weekly religious services in a nearby community, if available.