…the essential concept of the Carrousel camp is creating room for bilingual children from Europe, America and Asia. The default languages of the camp are English, French and Russian; further languages on demand. The idea is quite natural: to blend second language training (or even foreign language learning) with other activities
Tired of a constant pressure from school? If you are concerned with you children’s performance in the second half of the school year marathon, a good incentive for your child (and yourself) at this point would be to think of the future summer vacations.
No doubt, the prospect of a longer break is pleasing for both, a schoolchild and a parent. However, both parties have usually very different ideas of a time well spent. Clearly, the parents’ perfect holiday would provide some kind of healthy recreation, while – preferably – contributing to the long-term school success. Children between 9 and 13 would rather describe their ideal summer as cool and fun. At such constellation, travelling might turn out to be one of the few shared interests. However difficult all this may seem to combine, there is a whole branch of tourism with its numerous education camps that cater for exactly these needs.
Among specialized camps we find those that focus on sports and physical wellbeing; help modern metropolitan kids to get involved with activities close to nature. Others would gather young actors or journalists, or provide a controlled and structured environment for beginners and intermediate learners of a foreign language. Out of these simple varieties evolves a new type of education camp which combines all of those features and also adds some more.
A next generation camp has a tentative plan for the whole summer period. The program varies from week to week to accommodate a whole range of topics for all kinds of children’s interests. During the registration parents are asked to specify their children’s interests, so that the program is adjusted interactively.
One of the few of these modern camps is located in spectacular Swiss Alps and called Carrousel. It operates predominantly in summer and winter seasons. After just two years of existence it has already gained loyalty of several families who advertise it as an insider’s tip.
The camp is a brainchild of Irina Salimova, a businesswoman and a mother. Her idea is to surround children with the warmth of a home-like atmosphere while arranging a breathtaking and unforgettable holiday; to inspire kids for more physical activity while providing sophisticated and school-relevant coaching. She offers to tailor the holiday program to the interests and ambitions of children – particularly if they bring their friends along! According to the Latin principle of a sound mind in a healthy body, the camp’s agenda is filled with the whole range of activities – from riding, tennis, swimming (or skiing in winter) to classic disciplines like languages, history, music and astronomy.
The camp instructors create perfect learning conditions and achieve best results in a brief time span. There are no classrooms in Carrousel, but there are clear class times. Children learn to learn in a casual atmosphere and a low pressure environment. Their motivation is kept high due to the particularly friendly summer weather and a full fun schedule that features games and excursions.
Yet the essential concept of the Carrousel camp is creating room for bilingual children from Europe, America and Asia. The default languages of the camp are English, French and Russian; further languages on demand. The idea is quite natural: to blend second language training (or even foreign language learning) with other activities.
At Carrousel all children are treated with respect and considered to be bright and capable. Here they learn to be independent and responsible, and take their first steps towards adolescence.