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Salolampi

Finnish Language Village
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About the Village

What do Angry Birds, Nokia phones, Santa Claus and saunas have in common? They all originate from the great country of Finland! From the moment you arrive at our Finnish Language Village, Salolampi, Finnish will be incorporated into every daily activity—from summer camp favorites to culturally authentic activities like mölkky (classic throwing game) or pesäpallo (Finnish style baseball). Personalized, hands-on learning activities give you fun opportunities to learn and practice new vocabulary as native and expert speakers introduce you to modern Finland. Your time at Salolampi's beautiful, wooded lakefront site will give you the chance to live like the Finns!

Our Finnish Location
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Culturally Appropriate Cuisine
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Swimming in Turtle River Lake
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Fishing from the Dock
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Weaving Loom
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Traditional Finnish Sauna
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Campfire Community Time
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Homemade Bread
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Wood Whittling
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Visiting the Village Bank
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Experience

Salolampi

A Lifetime of Learning

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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Youth Overnight

Season: Summer

Duration: 1 Week | 2 Weeks | 4 Weeks

Our flagship Language Village camps where language comes to life. A fully immersive cultural experience.

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High School Credit

Season: Year-round

Duration: 4 Weeks | 24 Weeks

Earn a year’s worth of language credit in just four weeks (24 weeks for Virtual fall/spring option). Accredited by Cognia.

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Adventure Day Camp

Season: Summer

Duration: 1 Week

Daytime programming for young villagers ready to explore the Village experience without overnight stays.

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Youth Virtual

Season: Year-round

Duration: Varies

Keep your Language Village experience going all year long with our Virtual Clubs, Classes and High School Credit programs.

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Adult Overnight

Season: Year-round

Duration: 3 Days | 1 Week

Learn a new language or advance your skills in a fully immersive environment. Choose from Workshops, Weekends or Week-long programs.

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Adult Virtual

Season: Year-round

Duration: Varies

Choose from a variety of programming options including Conversation Hours, Classes and more, for ages 18+.

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Government & Corporate

Season: Year-round

Duration: Varies

Training for military, healthcare and corporate clients, with customizable programming designed to bridge cultures and break language barriers.

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Upcoming Finnish Camps & Programs

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Finnish Youth One Week
Youth Overnight
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Finnish
Dates:
Jul 1
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Jul 6
2024
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 10 - 14
Cost: $
1345
Registration closes
Jun 3, 2024
Male openings:
7
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Female openings:
7
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Session Full
Registration Closed
Limited Availibility
Registration opens on
October 11, 2023
Finnish Youth Two Week
Youth Overnight
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Finnish
Dates:
Jul 1
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Jul 13
2024
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 10 - 18
Cost: $
2600
Registration closes
Jun 3, 2024
Male openings:
9
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Female openings:
8
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Session Full
Registration Closed
Limited Availibility
Registration opens on
October 11, 2023
Finnish Adult Weekend
Adult Overnight
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Finnish
Dates:
Sep 12
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Sep 16
2024
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 18 - 99
Cost: $
800
Minimum registration fee $50
Registration closes
Aug 29, 2024
Male openings:
40
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Female openings:
40
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Session Full
Registration Closed
Limited Availibility
Registration opens on
March 10, 2024
Finnish Family Weekend
Family Overnight
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Finnish
Dates:
Jan 17
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Jan 20
2025
Location:
Bemidji
N/A
Cost: $
395
Adult price $395 Youth price $215 Ages 3 and under free Minimum deposit $50 per paying participant
Registration closes
Jan 3, 2025
Male openings:
50
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Female openings:
50
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Session Full
Registration Closed
Limited Availibility
Registration opens on
March 10, 2024
Finnish Adult Week
Adult Overnight
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Finnish
Dates:
May 11
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May 17
2025
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 18 - 99
Cost: $
1245
Adult Week Standard price $1195 65+ and students $1100 Minimum deposit for registration $125
Registration closes
Apr 27, 2025
Male openings:
40
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Female openings:
40
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Session Full
Registration Closed
Limited Availibility
Registration opens on
March 10, 2024
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Upcoming Holiday Workshops

Nordic Holiday Workshop
Adult Overnight
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Nordic
Dates:
Dec 6
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Dec 8
2024
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 21 - 99
Cost: $
325
Minimum deposit $50
Registration closes
Nov 22, 2024
Male openings:
50
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Female openings:
37
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Session Full
Registration Closed
Limited Availibility
Registration opens on
March 10, 2024
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Government & Corporate Programs

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.

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OPPORTUNITIES

Need-based scholarships are available for Finnish 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.

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Our Location:

Salolampi

Turtle River Lake

Your time at Salolampi's beautiful, wooded lakefront site will give you the chance to live like the Finns, who typically spend a lot of time outdoors. All the facilities at Salolampi combine a quaint, rustic, authentically Finnish feeling with up-to-date features. The cabins, dining hall and activities buildings feature Finnish language signage, Finnish-style architecture and authentic décor representing the Finnish-speaking cultures of the world. All cabins accommodate a maximum of 16 people in bunk beds and have their own bathroom/shower facilities.

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Read more about our professional staff at Salolampi, our Finnish Language Village.

Jen Jenna Pulju Porter

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Jen Jenna Pulju Porter is a Finnish to English literary translator, specializing in children’s and young adult fiction. She enjoys playing a part in bringing great Finnish literature to English-speaking audiences. Jenna holds a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Washington and continues to study Finnish, Estonian and Literary Translation at Indiana University-Bloomington. She currently resides in Colorado with her family and enjoys spending her free time skiing, cooking and knitting.

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Tiina Watts

Program Leader

Tiina Watts has been teaching Finnish at Salolampi adult weeks since 2003, and her seven children and husband, Ed, have all attended many Salolampi programs. In addition, Tiina teaches Finnish at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, as well as online in a variety of Zoom classes. She holds a master’s degree in Second Language Teaching and enjoys using what she has learned to improve the speaking, listening, writing and reading skills of her students.

Kata Hyvärinen

Program Leader

Kata is a Finnish teacher who reads lots of books in Finnish, and listens to blues in English. She loves nature and the sauna...and coffee!

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Jessica Dina Korynta

Program Leader

Jessica Dina Korynta is part of the leadership team of Skogfjorden, the Norwegian Language Village. Dina has been a villager, credit villager, counselor, volunteer, business manager and staff counselor as well as now leading the Nordic Holiday Weekend. Dina earned her B.A. in Linguistics with a minor in Scandinavian Studies from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

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Work at Concordia Language Villages

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.