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AFS-Roeland Intercultural Summer Camp in the United Kingdom

This short program is taking place in the UK in partnership with Roeland, a Belgian NGO. We're looking for young people aged 14-17 years to take part in the camp and form an international community. It takes place in a boarding school with a program of language lessons, sports, workshops and day-trips that help to facilitate the AFS educational goals. Intercultural learning will be facilitated by qualified AFS trainers. It gives participants the opportunity to form knowledge of international citizenship and different cultural contexts. They gain an exposure to intercultural learning that will hopefully inspire more experiences with AFS in the future and a positive trajectory for AFS in the UK. Sutton Valence 2 16 – 28 July 2014 Ages 13 – 16 years

Sutton Valence 3 30 July – 11 August 2014 Ages 15 – 17 years

About Roeland VZW Roeland organizes leisure activities for young people aged 7 to 19 in Dutch, French and English to improve their language skills and to stimulate their interest in foreign languages. Roeland developed its own playful, creative teaching methods, aiming at total immersion. Roeland was founded in 1971 and its offices are situated in Gent, Belgium. Its team consists of ten employees, working together with more

than 1,000 volunteers. Through their activities, they reach an average of 13,000 children and teenagers annually. During the school holidays Roeland organizes residential camps as well as day camps in Flanders, Wallonia, France and the United Kingdom. School groups can participate in annual youth drama projects in French (Artscène) or English (Artscene). In 2008, they started Dutch language day camps for foreign newcomers. With success: in 2011 these projects won the ELIT* label (*European Label for Innovative Language Education). For more information, please refer to their website:

AFS and Roeland Since the pilot program in 2012, AFS and Roeland have been collaborating to produce entirely natural contexts for learning English with a strong intercultural learning base. This program offers an exposure to an intercultural and international context in the UK that will inspire active global citizenship and awareness. Through success, it could lead to further AFS volunteering and participation, and strengthen AFS establishment in the UK.

Roeland’s basic principles The intercultural setting means English is the only language spoken, not only during lessons but also during sports activities, games, meals and breaks. Instructors encourage students to speak the target language through ‘active presence’ and encouragement. Instructors will also correct mistakes and help participants to learn so as to facilitate full cultural immersion in the camp.

The team Roeland and AFS have taken great care to select instructors with either teaching or youth work experience. The AFS instructors will also be Qualified Trainers. Together, the team will create an international community where intercultural learning takes place through workshops, activities and immersion, as well as simultaneously improving English language skills.

The school and the program The camp takes place at Sutton Valence School in Kent, a beautiful English boarding school, set in lush grounds. The school has state-of-the-art classrooms and full sports facilities (for swimming, tennis, hockey, soccer, basketball, rugby, baseball). Here is website for the school:

Address Sutton Valence School, Maidstone, Kent ME17 3HL, United Kingdom

Program dates The camps are 13-day group exchange programs. Sutton Valence 2: 16 July - 28 July 2014. Sutton Valence 3: 30 July - 11 August 2014. Sutton Valence 2 is aimed at participants aged 13-16 and Sutton Valence 3 at participants aged 15-17 years. Both camps are based on full board in single/double/triple room style accommodation. There will be a maximum of 82 participants on the program, with an average of 10 participants per class. There is a 1 staff member to 4 participants ratio at the site. Two excursions are included: a half-day trip to a city (Canterbury or Brighton) and a full day trip to London.

Daily timetable 8:00

Get up

8.15 – 8.45


8:45 - 9:15

Sutton Review – The daily newspaper

9:15 – 10

Lesson 1

11:15 - 11:45

Sports – football, basketball, hockey, yoga, aerobics, swimming, tennis, badminton Showers + tuck shop

11:45 - 12:45

Lesson 2

10 - 11:15

12:45 – 2


2 - 2:45


2:45 - 3:45 3:45 – 5 5 - 5:15 5:15 – 6 6–7

Lesson 3 Afternoon activity – Music videos, international market, fair trade game, 50 challenges, egg drop… Refreshments Free activity – Village walk, relaxation, films, sports, music… Lesson 4

7 – 7:15: 7:20 – 8 8 - 9:30 9:30 – 10 10 - 10:45 10:45 – 8

Singing session – bringing together singing, dancing and learning! Supper Workshops - Intercultural learning, journalism, drama, lifeguarding, cooking, environment, art… Tuck shop Get ready for bed Lights out - Good night!

AFS Educational Goals Throughout the camp these goals will be approached:

Personal Realm Self-awareness Participants will become more fully self-aware, willing and able to view themselves objectively and to see themselves as deeply influenced by their own culture. Critical thinking Participants will look beyond superficial appearances and to be skeptical of stereotypes. Defining self in terms of ideals and values Participants will define and value themselves in terms of ideals and goals rather than material worth and to resist peer pressure that belittles the value of other individuals or groups.

Interpersonal Realm Empathy Participants will listen and be mindful of the needs of other people and to use different perspectives in approaching problems and everyday situations.

Cultural Realm Cultural knowledge and awareness Participants understand the concepts of “culture” and intercultural adaptation. Foreign language skills and non-verbal communication Participants communicate effectively in multicultural environments: to speak, read and write in another language and come to understand its jokes and humour.

Global Realm Commitment to contributing to the world community Participants will be willing and ready to work with others to help build peace, to improve world conditions and to commit to actions that will bring about a just and peaceful world.

Participant reports At the end of the camp Roeland provides a report offering feedback to the parents/guardians on linguistic progress. These reports will be sent to the parents by e-mail, or in lack of a valid address, be handed to the participant on the last day of the camp.

Photos You can find hundreds of photos of previous camps here on the Roeland website:

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AFS-Roeland Intercultural Summer Camp in the UK  

Bringing young people from all over the world together to an intercultural exchange experience in the UK. Ages 14 - 17.

AFS-Roeland Intercultural Summer Camp in the UK  

Bringing young people from all over the world together to an intercultural exchange experience in the UK. Ages 14 - 17.