Imagine reading in a totally different alphabet—and from right to left! With more than 370 million speakers over five continents, Arabic is the world’s fifth most-spoken language, and it has influenced and contributed to many others—even English. Arab cultures’ global and linguistic influences on astronomy, mathematics, medicine, art and philosophy cannot be understated. At Al-Wāḥa الواحة, you’ll play korat al-qaddam (soccer) and paddle out in a markab (canoe) onto the buhayra (lake). You’ll dine on traditional foods like shawarma (spit-cooked meats), falafel (deep-fried chickpea fritters) and baklava (sweet, flaky pastry). Since 2006, our Arabic Language Village, Al-Wāḥa, has allowed complete beginners and advanced students alike to tap into cultures of the Arabic-speaking world firsthand.
From our flagship summer youth camps to family programs and adults-only sessions, Concordia Language Villages provides a lifetime of language learning and cultural adventure. Find the program that’s right for you!
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Our flagship Language Village camps where language comes to life. A fully immersive cultural experience.
Duration: 1 Week
Daytime programming for young villagers ready to explore the Village experience without overnight stays.
Special programming for school groups and language educators. Introduce your students to cultural immersion or advance your own education!
Training for military, healthcare and corporate clients, with customizable programming designed to bridge cultures and break language barriers.
A global outlook is important for success in the domestic and international arena. Concordia Language Villages offers customized corporate, government and military training programs to meet the specific needs of our clients.More Information
Need-based scholarships are available for Arabic summer youth immersion sessions through the Passport Fund. Scholarships are based on a family’s adjusted gross income, number of dependents and the length of the session.
Additionally, the Minnesota Office of Higher Education offers a $1,000 stipend for Minnesota students who qualify for free or reduced lunch at school.
Located on the same site as our Norwegian Language Village, on the shores of beautiful Turtle River Lake, Al-Wāḥa maintains its own cultural intricacies that make it unique and authentic. Cozy cabins are nestled in the woods along paved trails that connect to the main Village.
Up to 13 villagers and three counselors are housed in each cabin, all of which include a common room for small gatherings. Private restroom and shower facilities are located within the cabins.
Al-Wāḥa also includes a dining hall and meeting space, along with a gym, activity center and swimming beach.
Read more about our professional staff at Al-Wāḥa, our Arabic Language Village.
A native Minnesotan, Lulua has taught Arabic in New England private schools, public schools in rural Pennsylvania and in STARTALK high school summer programs in Boston. Since 2013, she has edited the Arabic Educator Bulletin, now a monthly newsletter distributed to more than 2,000 people across the U.S. and world that focuses on the teaching of Arabic at the K-12 level. She has an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University, taught pre-K at the American Community School in Beirut, Lebanon for two year and attended the CASA program in Damascus, Syria, studying Arabic intensively. She has been a leading member of the Board of the New England Arabic Teachers Council since 2019.
Concordia Language Villages staff may speak a Village language, creatively teach culture, work and play hard. They also develop skills and qualities that will make them excellent employees in any field.