Language Camps

Practice your language skills with native speakers during your full immersion language camp abroad, and make international friends from around the world.

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Perfect your language skills on a summer language camp program abroad!

Studies show that 4 weeks of a full language immersion experience can be equivalent to a yearlong college language course. Let us help you have a summer you will never forget while getting a head start on your language fluency.

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    • Full Name : Megan Arzbaecher
    • Role : Language Camp Programs Manager
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      Greenheart Travel’s teen language camp programs have start dates that run throughout the summer months, depending on the program destination. Read on to learn more about application deadlines and available discounts and scholarship opportunities.

       

      Teen Summer Language Camp Program Deadlines:

      Summer of 2017 program application deadlines:

      May 1, 2016

      Brazil | China | Costa Rica | France | Germany | Italy | Japan | Spain

       

      CCI Greenheart Host Family Discount:

      Families who have hosted a student through CCI Greenheart in the United States are eligible for the following program discounts. Programs must start within 12 months of the last date of hosting a student.

       

      Hosted one semester or less:

      $100 discount on a Teen Summer Language Camp Program

      Hosted one full semester or longer:

      $200 discount on a Teen Summer Language Camp Program

       

      Greenheart Travel Correspondent Scholarship Opportunities:

      Please check back for more information on how to apply for a 2017 scholarship award to attend a summer language camp abroad.

      Deadline to apply: April 1, 2017

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      The decision to send your teenager abroad can be difficult and there are a lot of questions to consider. We understand your concerns and the Greenheart Travel staff is there for you every step of the way! Here are some of the common questions we get from parents as they consider the program.

      What does it mean to be in good mental health in the program eligibility requirements?

      Moving to a new culture and staying in unfamiliar surroundings without your normal support structure can be very stressful, even to the most well adjusted student. Sending a student with pre-existing conditions on a program could exacerbate whatever challenges the student was previously facing. In order to ensure the safety of our students, we must be rigorous in our pre-screening of our applicants.

       

      We cannot accept students who have struggled with any kind of mental illness within the last 2 years and/or are reliant on medication to address their existing mental health condition.

      These include, but are not limited to:

      • Depression
      • Obsessive compulsive disorder
      • Debilitating anxiety
      • Eating disorders

       

      If the student’s mental health issue has been resolved (post-medication) for over 2 years, we will ask for a note from his/her relevant practitioner (psychologist, therapist, psychiatrist, etc.) as part of the application process.

       

      How much supervision is on the program?

      Students will be supervised while at school, during the excursions and at the host family home. However, there will be times, such as commuting to school, or going for a walk with friends, when the students will be unsupervised.

       

      Should my child fly using an unaccompanied minor service?

      Greenheart Travel does not recommend this service. The “additional” services advertised by the airlines are already provided to all travelers. At any time, a student can ask an airline’s professional for help finding their gate or for connecting flight information, and most of our high school students successfully fly independently. If you would like the peace of mind this service provides, Greenheart Travel offers self-empowering alternatives (such as reviewing airport maps, mapping connections, etc.) that we believe teach teenagers relevant life skills about traveling independently.

       

      How many other students will there be on the program and where are they from?

      A majority of our students are American between 14-17 years old. However, there are students participating from around the world, so your child will have a cross-cultural setting both in the classroom and out. While the number of students does vary by start date, classes will accommodate no more than 12-15 students.

       

      Will my son/daughter be required to speak the language outside of the classroom?

      Language practice and immersion are the main priority of this program. While we do not require the students to sign a contact stating they will only speak in the local language, it is highly encouraged that they use their language skills when talking to friends, partaking in the daily excursions and at night in the residence hall or host family home. Program staff and chaperones primarily communicate and answer questions in the local language to encourage this immersion culture.

       

      How will this program improve my child’s foreign language skills?

      In a traditional classroom, students may learn language skills; however, they are not forced to practice these skills in real world situations. Through language immersion, your child will both learn the practical language skills in a classroom while also being forced to use them with local, native speakers during the excursions and/or host family experience. Studies show that 4 weeks of a full language immersion experience can be equivalent to a yearlong college language course because of the intensity of use.

       

      Why should I choose Greenheart Travel?

      Greenheart Travel provides 24-hour support to you and your child throughout the application, program and alumni processes. We are a non-profit audited and accredited by CSIET, which requires organizations to meet high-level standards in the industry. We pride ourselves on providing personal and responsive support throughout the entire application process and while your student is on program, giving you a peace of mind that all your questions and concerns will be addressed by a personal program manager you know by name.

       

      What if my son/daughter have an allergy/specific dietary requirement?

      We can cater to vegetarian needs quite easily. Any other specific diets should be discussed so we can make arrangements with the school and host family.

       

      What happens if my child gets sick while abroad?

      They will be covered by mandatory health insurance. You will receive a policy brochure and insurance card via email 2 weeks prior to their departure. Our partners at the language school will also be in contact with us notifying of any illness or medical needs that we would immediately communicate with you if anything were to happen.

       

      Can they apply with friends?

      Absolutely! We are happy to accept friends and groups.

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      Does your high school require you to volunteer to meet graduation requirements? Are you applying to top colleges that are asking for your service learning experience? Once you are accepted on a Greenheart Travel program, you will be eligible to join our Greenheart Club!

       

      The Greenheart Club is a great way to:

       

      • Receive resources to help you find projects in your host country
      • Track and present all your service-learning hours during and after your program
      • Earn rewards and project grants based on the number of service learning hours you record
      • Explore you host community, meet international friends and make a positive impact while abroad and when you return home

       

      Once you are accepted on your Greenheart Travel language camp program, we’ll help you get started! In the meantime, get inspired by our alumni stories on our blog.

       

       

      “While in Spain, I experienced many amazing things and I got the chance to volunteer through awesome organizations. My experience actually inspired me to major in international relations.” – Eleanor Brow, Greenheart Travel alumna in Spain.

       

      “It is a great feeling to know that I am able to make a difference. I have also had students tell me that I’ve made them realize how important studying in school and learning English is. I’m glad I was able to help these students and show them how much potential they have if they apply themselves. They are amazing people and I will miss them all when I return to the U.S.” Diana Freedman, Greenheart Travel alumna in Italy

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      There are a so many factors to consider when choosing a language immersion program overseas. Below are a few ways Greenheart Travel can help make this planning process as stress-free as possible, and help make sure this is a successful and life-changing adventure!

       

      Cultural and Language Immersion

      Greenheart Travel high school students receive a full cultural and language immersion experience with language classes taught by native speakers. Through language immersion, your child will both learn the practical language skills in a classroom while also being able to use them with local, native speakers during the excursions and/or host family experience. Studies show that 4 weeks of a full language immersion experience can be equivalent to a yearlong college language course because of the intensity of use. A highlight of the program is not just the cultural immersion of the country, but also a chance to meet international students from around the world.

       

      Unique Programs Around the World

      Whether it’s learning Spanish in Costa Rica or Japanese in Japan, Greenheart Travel programs will give you an authentic glimpse into the many facets of life abroad while practicing a second (or third) language in a structured course setting. Where are dreaming to traveling? We can help you get there with a diverse list of program destinations.

       

      Flexible and Affordable Programs

      Traveling abroad doesn’t have to interfere with the school curriculum or your graduation timeline. Greenheart Travel’s summer programs average between 2-3 weeks, giving you a chance to experience life abroad without missing out on classes or summer obligations.

       

      Service Learning Opportunities While Abroad

      Need to meet service learning requirements to graduate? Greenheart Travel alumni are eligible to join the Greenheart Club, offering resources for finding volunteer projects around the world and resources for grant awards even after your program.

       

      Personal Program Manager for Every Student

      Greenheart Travel has a personal program manager for each student traveling abroad, offering support from the time you or your child inquires to the time they return home, by someone you know by name.

       

      Academic Development

      Greenheart Travel alumni are provided with the guidance and tools they need to translate their impactful experiences abroad into tangible skills that can be highlighted on their college applications. Through our Alumni network, your child will have a chance to connect with like-minded students, and mentor future participants.

       

      CSIET Accreditation

      Greenheart Travel is annually audited by the Council on Standards for International Education Travel (CSIET), which acts to ensure that we offer quality programs for our participants. To learn more about their process and standards you can find information on their site.

       

      Greenheart Travel’s Commitment to Helping You Prepare for Your Program

      Our language camp program managers care about each student’s experience abroad. To help facilitate a successful and life-changing program we offer each student an in-depth pre-departure orientation, as well as in-country support during the program.

       

      Continued Support During and After a High School Abroad Program

       

      Once a student has started their language camp program, Greenheart Travel program managers continue to support both the parents and the students during their time abroad.

       

      Even after a student has returned home, their program manager will offer support with reverse culture shock or translating the experience abroad to be used on college applications, as well as introduce them to our Greenheart Travel alumni community and opportunities.

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      Committing to a language camp program can feel a bit daunting, but we are here every step of the way to make the application process as simple as possible. Below are the 4 steps you’ll need to take to be accepted on a Greenheart Travel program.

       

      Step 1:

      Click the APPLY NOW button. Once the short form is complete, you will be connected to a Teen Summer Language Camp program manager.

       

      Step 2:

      Once you complete and submit the initial form, you will receive an email with a unique link to the rest of the application where you’ll need to provide general information about yourself to help us get to know you.

       

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      After we receive the completed Part 1 of your application, you will be asked to sign the Terms and Conditions of the program, showing you understand and agree to the requirements and details of the program. This will be emailed to you.

       

      Along with the signed Terms and Conditions, you will need to submit your $250 deposit. A deposit is required in order to reserve your spot on the program and is subtracted from your total program fee.

       

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      Once we receive the signed Terms and Conditions and program deposit confirming your commitment to the program, we will send you the link to the final part of the application. Part 2 is the final part of the application that includes more detailed information about yourself and why you would like to learn a language abroad.

       

       

      You’ve Been Accepted, Now What?

      Once the deposit, the full application and signed policies are submitted, Greenheart Travel will thoroughly review your application and will contact you within 2-3 business days to confirm your acceptance. If we find something in your application that we have concerns about, we will let you know immediately. 95% of applicants are accepted on the program they apply for.

       

      Your program manager will be in touch with you directly about your acceptance. You should expect to receive an orientation packet via email, which talks more about your program, as well as supplemental information about dealing with culture shock and our insurance program. We will also schedule a pre-departure orientation to answer any lingering questions you may have.