Bilingual is Better

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Yesterday we talked about how important it is to keep your child’s mind active over the summer months. While there are many ways that you can keep kids busy right at home – one popular option is summer camp. Summer camps range from free and inexpensive to costly; some are sleep away camps and others are day or half-day camps. You can choose a local camp or one as far away as Costa Rica or Spain.

To keep your bilingual child’s mind growing over the summer, today we’ll introduce you to Spanish language learning summer camps. Language learning summer camps focus on teaching or immersing children in a second language, and most of these camps even make it a cultural experience as well. Below we’ve provided a mix of Spanish language learning summer camps across the nation and beyond, as well as resources to find camps that teach other languages if none of these fit your needs.

Tip: If you fall in love with a camp outside your home state, consider sending your child to stay with relatives who live in the area while they attend. What could be better than summer camp and getting to spend a week with the abuelos, tíos or primos?

Spanish Language Summer Camps by State

California:

Bay Area – Juguemos en Español Spanish Summer Camp

Glendale – Gift of Language

Irvine – Camp Hola

San Diego - Lingua Natal

Los Angeles area:

North Hills – The Language Garden School

Hollywood – Kallpachay Summer Camp

Glendale – Art Box

Glendale and La Cañada – Lango

Colorado:

Denver – Fiesta Camp

Lowry – DMIS Language Summer Camps

Florida:

Weston – Camp Lingua

Miami – Isabella & Ferdinand (also in Washington, D.C.)

Illinois:

Chicago – Camp MK

Elgin (and other cities) – Language Stars

Maryland:

Bethesda – Sidwell Summer
Bethesda – Language Stars

Massachusetts

Charlestown – Spanish In Motion

Michigan

Detroit – Bilingual Fun

New York & New Jersey:

Various locations – The Language Workshop for Children

NYC – Queen Sofía’s Spanish Workshop

North Carolina:

Chapel Hill – Immersion Island

Raleigh and Cary – Spanish For Fun

Texas:

Austin – Live the Language

Virginia:

Alexandria (and other cities) – Language Stars
Charlottesville – WishWish Language Camp

Other camps to check out:

OBG Adventures specializes in “travel and learning excursions for girls ages 11-16 with an emphasis on a multicultural camp experience.” (Excursions leave from the Bay Area, California.)

Mis Amigos annual week long summer camp in Silver Spring, Maryland is especially for children adopted from Latin America, and their siblings.

La Semana Culture Camp in Minnesota for children from Latin America.

Experiences that stand out from the crowd:

Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota – (Wow! Click through and check it out!) You can also read more about this program in this post from our archives.

Study Abroad opportunities for older children:

KidsCamps.com- (searchable by language/location)

ZandorSpain.com- (various types of camps offered in Spain)

SpanishAbroad.com- (various programs in various countries)

Don Quijote Spanish Summer Camp- (Spain)

SpanishInTheWorld.com Camps- (various locations across Spain)

TeenSpanish.com Camps- (various locations)

Resources to search for Camps Which Teach Various Languages:

Swopnet.com

KidsCamps.com

We hope you come back for more: tomorrow we’ll have a guest post from someone who attended a kind of study abroad/exchange program here in the U.S. as a teenager from Peru. She shares how the experience shaped her in terms of both being bilingual and bicultural.

Do you know of a great language/culture summer camp we didn’t include?  Please tell us about it in comments section or in our SpanglishBaby Playground and help us build a list for all to find a bilingual summer camp in their city.

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