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El Lago del Bosque

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About the Village

At El Lago del Bosque, the Spanish Language Village, you’ll be immersed in the sights, sounds, tastes and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Our enthusiastic Spanish-speaking staff will inspire you as you learn, play and eat up the experience of living in a variety of Spanish cultures, from Spain to Mexico to Argentina and beyond. Enjoy traditional foods like tamales, asado argentino (Argentine BBQ) and churros con chocolate. Take part in cultural activities like telenovela (the Village soap opera), canto (singing), stories around la fogata (bonfire) and learning about cultural attire and traditions. Language and imagination come to life at El Lago del Bosque!

New for summer 2024: additional youth overnight sessions will be held across Turtle River Lake at our Russian Language Village (north site). This former resort makes the perfect backdrop for language learning in a natural setting with each cabin nestled into vivid green forest. Villagers at this site can expect smaller cabin groups and smaller language and activity class sizes. Select "North Site" when registering.

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Dance Party on the Plaza
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Music Lesson
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Mealtime Presentation
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Traditional Desserts
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Weekends Together as a Family
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Day Camp for Our Young Learners
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Culturally Appropriate Cuisine
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Teaching Through the CLVway!
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Fútbol (Soccer)
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Experience

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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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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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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 Spanish Camps & Programs

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Spanish Adult Conversation Hour
Adult Virtual
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Dates:
Jan 28
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Mar 10
2024
Location:
Virtual
Ages 19 - 99
Cost: $
210
Intermediate B1-B2, 3:00-4:00 p.m. CST, Sunday for 6 weeks Intermediate Advanced C1, 4:30-5:30 p.m. CST Sunday for 6 weeks Superior C2, 7:30-8:30p.m. Central, Sunday for 6 weeks
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Jan 26, 2024
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September 19, 2023
Spanish Adult Virtual Class
Adult Virtual
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Dates:
Jan 28
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Mar 10
2024
Location:
Virtual
Ages 19 - 99
Cost: $
470
Spanish Adult Class, Beginner A1-A2 Sunday & Tuesday 6:00-7:00 PM Central No class Feb 18
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Jan 26, 2024
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September 19, 2023
Spanish Youth Virtual Class
Youth Virtual
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Dates:
Jan 29
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Mar 6
2024
Location:
Virtual
Ages 8 - 18
Cost: $
470
Elementary Class ages 8-11 4 to 4:45 CST Middle School / High School Class ages 12-18 Beginners 5 to 6 PM CST Intermediate 6:30 to 7:30 PM CST
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Jan 28, 2024
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September 19, 2023
Spanish One to One Tutoring
All Ages Virtual
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Dates:
Feb 20
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Mar 26
2024
Location:
Virtual
Ages 10 - 99
Cost: $
270
Sign up for a series of six weekly one-on-one sessions with a native Spanish speaker to supplement your Spanish study or refine your language skills! These sessions are open to youth and adults who already have some Spanish experience, and can provide you with additional tutoring or conversation practice. Instructors have training and experience in language teaching and supporting language learners’ growth. (For more beginning language learners looking for more of a “class” experience, sign up for one of our virtual classes or come to one of our overnight adult programs.)
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January 23, 2024
Spanish One to One Tutoring
All Ages Virtual
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Dates:
Feb 22
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Mar 28
2024
Location:
Virtual
Ages 10 - 99
Cost: $
270
Sign up for a series of six weekly one-on-one sessions with a native Spanish speaker to supplement your Spanish study or refine your language skills! These sessions are open to youth and adults who already have some Spanish experience, and can provide you with additional tutoring or conversation practice. Instructors have staff members with training and experience in language teaching and supporting language learners’ growth. (For more beginning language learners looking for more of a “class” experience, sign up for one of our virtual classes or come to one of our overnight adult programs.)
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Feb 20, 2024
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January 23, 2024
Spanish Adult Week
Adult Overnight
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Spanish
Dates:
Mar 21
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Mar 27
2024
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 18 - 99
Cost: $
1195
Registration closes
Feb 22, 2024
Male openings:
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October 8, 2023
Spanish Adult Week
Adult Overnight
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Dates:
Apr 25
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May 1
2024
Location:
Bemidji
Ages 18 - 99
Cost: $
1195
Registration closes
Mar 28, 2024
Male openings:
19
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15
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Need-based scholarships are available for Spanish 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 Locations:

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Turtle River Lake

Both of El Lago del Bosque’s sites are located on the shores of beautiful Turtle River Lake. Our main site is on the southern side of the lake, while the north site is on the site of the permanent Russian Language Village but will be used exclusively for Spanish programming during the first half of the summer.

MAIN SITE: Our main, permanent location for El Lago del Bosque is the larger of the two sites in terms of both size and capacity. The entire Village is made to resemble authentic Spanish architecture complete with a traditional central plaza and fountain to highlight the gathering place for sharing a dance or song.

Many of the activities that take place in large group settings will happen on the plaza. In addition, there are ample spaces including volleyball and basketball courts, soccer field, waterfront with canoes and a patio for the evening fogata (bonfire).

Cabins are furnished with bunk beds and bathrooms with private shower facilities. This site is used year-round and the cabins are winterized. During the winter, one may also use the Nordic ski trails located conveniently on site.

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NORTH SITE: Our north site is the smaller of our two sites, housing fewer villagers and staff than our main site. The former resort sits on a small peninsula with excellent views from the north shores of Turtle River Lake. The site features two-story, sun-filled pine log cabins housing between six and 14 people per cabin, typically in bedrooms sleeping four people each.

Each cabin features one or two private bathrooms with showers shared by the participants and staff living in that cabin. The cabins are fully furnished, with plenty of table space for lessons and games. They also have kitchens for cooking activities. The charming living areas provide a place where you can sit and chat or read a book in front of a cozy, wood stove. Living quarters, activity spaces and the health center are in several centrally located spaces on the site. The cabin area is a short walk to the main building, which includes a dining hall and Village store. Other highlights of the site include a beautiful beach and several nature trails.

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Read more about our professional staff at El Lago del Bosque, our Spanish Language Village.

Kirsten Cristina Addison

Dean

Kirsten Cristina Addison is the dean of both Mar e Floresta, the Portuguese Language Village, and El Lago del Bosque, the Spanish Language Village (first half). She goes by Salome at Mar e Floresta and Cristina at El Lago del Bosque. Kirsten has been on staff at Concordia Language Villages since 1987, serving as dean in various capacities since 1996. Fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and French, she graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Western Ontario and studied at the University of Salamanca in Spain and the University of Lisbon in Portugal.

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Colette Nicoleta Feehan

Dean

Colette Nicoleta Feehan is the dean of El Lago del Bosque (second half). Nicoleta started as a villager at El Lago del Bosque in 2003 and has demonstrated leadership since 2010 on the staff of both El Lago del Bosque and 森林湖・Sēn Lín Hú. Nicoleta recently completed her doctoral degree in linguistics, with a focus on the articulatory and acoustic phonetics of speech. Outside of the Language Villages, Nicoleta works as Audiobook Director with Hachette Audio Group.

Rachel Raquel Schaefer

Dean

Rachel Raquel Schaefer is the dean of El Lago del Bosque (second half). Raquel has been on staff since 2013, and prior to that was an El Lago del Bosque villager for nine years. Raquel graduated from Concordia College with a degree in World Language Education and recently completed her masters degree in education from Clemson University. Outside of El Lago del Bosque, Raquel works as a middle school Spanish immersion teacher in Anchorage, Alaska.

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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.