French and Spanish Language, Culture and History Camps at James Monroe’s Highland
Speak!, the Alliance Française of Charlottesville and The International School of Charlottesville (ISC) are thrilled to announce our French and Spanish camps for kids at Monroe’s idyllic farm, (Ash Lawn) Highland. The combination of gorgeous outdoor learning and play spaces (formal gardens, endless lawns, vegetable, flower and herb gardens) and both historic and modern indoor spaces (event barn, pavilion, kitchen/craft rooms, Monroe’s house and out-buildings) make for an ideal summer camp setting.
Speak!, the Alliance Française of Charlottesville and The International School of Charlottesville (ISC) are thrilled to announce our French and Spanish camps for kids at Monroe’s idyllic farm, (Ash Lawn) Highland. The combination of gorgeous outdoor learning and play spaces (formal gardens, endless lawns, vegetable, flower and herb gardens) and both historic and modern indoor spaces (event barn, pavilion, kitchen/craft rooms, Monroe’s house and out-buildings) make for an ideal summer camp setting. Each camp will integrate language learning with history, nature and culture exploration – i.e. we’ll learn and practice house vocabulary, design our own house with masking tape in the giant barn, then tour Monroe’s actual home in French and Spanish; we’ll get to know the farm’s animals while talking about them in the target language; we’ll learn about vegetables and herbs, go outside to pick/harvest them, cook something yummy and then devour our edible creations! At the end of each week, children will perhaps lead parents on a tour of Ash Lawn Highland in French or Spanish, display their artistic creations and/or perform songs and dances learned during camp.
Note: This camp is extra special because we’ll have Spanish and French camps going on simultaneously. Though they’ll be with their chosen language group for much of the time, children will also be exposed to the other tongue throughout the week, during free play and historic activities with Ash Lawn.
Summer 2017 Camps
Ages: 4*-10 years
(mature 4 year-olds welcome!)
Languages: French or Spanish, no previous exposure required! These camps will be taught in an immersion style (i.e. avoiding English, lots of repetition and gesturing), though instructors will adapt accordingly to each child’s level of comfort and familiarity.
2017 Camp Dates : Monday-Friday, 8:45am-5:15pm (new, extended day!)
- June 12-23 (1 or 2 week camps)
- July 10-21 (1 or 2 week camps) FULL!
- August 7-11 (1 week camp only). SPANISH FULL! (3 spots left in French)
Tuition: $795 (two weeks of camp); $395 (one week of camp)*
*Sibling Discount! $700; $350
*Financial Aid available. Apply here.
*Interested in CARPOOLING? Fill out our carpooling form!
LUCIA CAYCEDO (June camp)
A native of Colombia, South America, Lucia has been teaching Spanish to children at the International School of Charlottesville (ISC) sincce 2008, just after moving to Charlottesville. She graduated as an Occupational Therapist from University of Nuestra Senora del Rosario, Bogota. Since 1992 when she arrived to the USA, Lucia has also worked as a medical interpreter in Alabama and Virginia as well as a Spanish teacher substitute for middle and high school in both states. Lucia is also trained with “Radiant Child Yoga” and plans to incorporate some daily yoga into her summer camps. Her sense of team work, patience, happiness, creativity and her kindness are the assets that will guarantee that your child will have a very valuable and unforgettable experience at Highland.
ALI SULLIVAN (July and August camps)
Ali Sullivan is a native from Bogota, Colombia, where she graduated from college with a degree in journalism. Ali has a certification from the North American Montessori Center and a certification for teaching Spanish as a second language from the Universidad Externado de Colombia. She began teaching Spanish in 1994 at the International School of Indianapolis and also worked at the International School of Charlottesville for seven years. Ali currently teaches at Mountaintop Montessori. She is a huge fan of the full immersion process, believing it is the best and most efficient way for young children to learn a language. She uses singing, dancing, storytelling, creative movement and games to keep the children interested and involved in learning Spanish.
SOPHIE PARSON (June camp)
ANTHONY RAVANEL (August camp)
Anthony was born and raised in Brittany (Bretagne) in the west of France, and received degrees in Social Work and Physical Education in Rennes in 2004. Since then he has lived in different places around France–Paris, Toulon, Grenoble–before moving to Charlottesville in January 2015, where he has worked as a French language immersion teacher at the International School of Charlottesville ever since. Anthony enjoys cooking a variety of cuisines from around the world, hiking, cycling, skiing, climbing, traveling, and running.
Teen Language+Kid Lover?
Consider Becoming a Camp Intern! You’ll learn so much about language+culture teaching and help us keep kids safe, happy and engaged. Interested? Please fill out our intern application form. Qualified interns of high school or college age will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.