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!
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!
Duration: 1 Week | 2 Weeks | 4 Weeks
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.
Keep your Language Village experience going all year long with our Virtual Clubs, Classes and High School Credit programs.
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.
Choose from a variety of programming options including Conversation Hours, Classes and more, for ages 18+.
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 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.
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.
Read more about our professional staff at Salolampi, our Finnish Language Village.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.