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Waldsee

German Language Village
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About the Village

At Waldsee, our German Language Village, we do Deutsch. On the lake. At the beach. On the Fußball field. At the Café. In the Gasthof (dining hall). In the cabin. Have fun learning everyday German you can really use with friends and in games, arts, sports, cooking, baking, environmental, historical and cultural activities. The authentic architecture of Waldsee will transport you to another world, where the immersive experience makes the language come alive. From the cabins to the Gasthof, to the innovative BioHaus, Waldsee inspires villagers to live the language and culture of Germany.

Our German Location
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Biking Around Our Site
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Culturally Appropriate Cuisine
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Archery
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Giant Chess
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Woodfired Pizza
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Ordering at Cafe Einbeck
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Starting Our Day with Yoga
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STEM at BioHaus
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Canoeing on Turtle River Lake
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Village Store
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Fencing
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Experience

Waldsee

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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Family Weeks & Weekends

Season: Year-round

Duration: 2 Days | 3 Days | 1 Week

Fun and learning for the whole family (and friends)! Enjoy culturally immersive activities, meals and tailored learning.

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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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School & Educator

Season: Year-round

Duration: Varies

Special programming for school groups and language educators. Introduce your students to cultural immersion or advance your own education!

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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 German Camps & Programs

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German High School Credit
Youth Overnight
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German
Dates:
Jul 15
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Aug 10
2024
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 13 - 18
Cost: $
5710
Registration closes
Jun 17, 2024
Male openings:
5
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Female openings:
2
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Limited Availibility
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October 11, 2023
German High School Credit
Youth Overnight
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German
Dates:
Jul 15
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Jul 27
2024
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 13 - 18
Cost: $
3110
Please note: This two week program is the equivalent of one semester, or 1/2 Carnegie Unit. Our four week credit program is a full Carnegie Unit, or one year. Minimum registration fee $325
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Jun 24, 2024
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-2
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May 12, 2024
German Youth Four Week
Youth Overnight
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German
Dates:
Jul 15
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Aug 10
2024
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 11 - 14
Cost: $
5400
Registration closes
Jun 17, 2024
Male openings:
2
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Female openings:
3
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Limited Availibility
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October 11, 2023
German Youth One Week
Youth Overnight
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German
Dates:
Jul 15
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Jul 20
2024
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 8 - 15
Cost: $
1345
Registration closes
Jun 17, 2024
Male openings:
0
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Female openings:
4
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October 11, 2023
German Youth Two Week
Youth Overnight
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German
Dates:
Jul 15
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Jul 27
2024
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 8 - 15
Cost: $
2600
Registration closes
Jun 17, 2024
Male openings:
22
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Female openings:
20
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October 11, 2023
German Adventure Day Camp
Adventure Day Camp
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German
Dates:
Jul 22
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Jul 26
2024
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 6 - 11
Cost: $
375
Registration closes
Jul 8, 2024
Male openings:
8
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Female openings:
9
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October 11, 2023
German Youth One Week
Youth Overnight
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German
Dates:
Jul 22
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Jul 27
2024
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 8 - 12
Cost: $
1345
Registration closes
Jun 24, 2024
Male openings:
12
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Female openings:
10
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March 10, 2024
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Upcoming Holiday Workshops

European Holiday Workshop
Adult Overnight
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European
Dates:
Dec 6
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Dec 8
2024
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 21 - 99
Cost: $
325
Registration fee $50
Registration closes
Nov 22, 2024
Male openings:
30
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Female openings:
30
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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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LEARN ABOUT

scholarship

OPPORTUNITIES

Need-based scholarships are available for German 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:

Waldsee

Turtle River Lake

When you see Waldsee for the first time, you might be surprised to find yourself transported to a small German village. Every detail from the Bahnhof (train station) to the Gasthof (dining hall) immerses you in German life and culture. Even the modern-day Passivhaus standard of “green” building is reflected in our Waldsee BioHaus, the first building of its kind in North America. Cabins at Waldsee are comfortable, safe, beautiful reflections of German architecture. Most program participants are housed in five winterized cabins (restroom and shower facilities are located within the buildings) with sleeping rooms housing 12-16 each on bunk beds. Waldsee also has a sauna building with private showers and bathroom facilities. Birch, oak and pine forests offer shade on hot summer days. This site is known for spectacular sunsets, a cozy feel and the sound of loons.

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Read more about our professional staff at Waldsee, our German Language Village.

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Jon Berndt Olsen

Dean

Berndt is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he teaches courses in German, European and Public History. He has held numerous fellowships, including from the Fulbright Commission, the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Social Science Research Council. He is currently writing a book on the history of East German travel culture. In his free time, Berndt is an avid woodworker and baker.

Angela Johanna Schneider

Dean | Program Leader

Johanna has worked in many roles at Concordia Language Villages since 2008. She has a degree in Education and has spent time studying and working in Magedeburg, Bonn, Minden and Linz, Austria. The Waldsee people and community are what keeps her coming back to play in the woods and on the lake.

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Maddie Thusnelda Flom-Staab

Program Leader

Thusnelda is a lifetime Concordia Language Villages villager and counselor at Waldsee and Lac du Bois. She has led the Family Program at Waldsee since 2021 and loves it! Thusnelda is a German teacher at a middle school in St. Paul, Minn., and always looks forward to her time at the Villages.

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Gwen Liese Child

Program Leader

Gwen Liese Child is a French and Francophone Studies major at Hamilton College in upstate New York, hoping to teach English abroad with Fulbright in 2024. She has loved sharing her German skills at Waldsee over the summers, and is excited to bring this to a virtual setting at the Virtual Youth Club! In her free time, Liese can be found painting, playing the saxophone or flute, singing with her a cappella group or baking.

Megan Mirabelle Baldwin

Program Leader

Megan Mirabelle Baldwin is part of the year-round staff in our facilities department with a special focus on risk management for all the Villages. She also serves as our liaison with the American Camp Association and currently sits on the Local Council of Leaders as the Membership Chair in our region. After spending a year as an exchange student with the Rotary in France, she discovered the Language Villages and fellow francophone culture enthusiasts. As a longtime staff member at the French Language Village, she honed her skills in sharing culture through art and baking activities. Megan is the program leader for our European Holiday Workshop.

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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.