Discover Berlin and make the most of your summer with a German language summer camp by the lake!
The Verbalists Language Network is famous for its young learner programs, which are designed and coordinated with the world’s best language schools in such a way as to extend language learning beyond a classroom setting.
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The Berlin Water Sports program is action packed and designed for 12-16 year old students. It provides young learners with an opportunity to practice German during a great variety of outdoor and indoor activities – sailing, canoeing, surfing, barbecuing, biking, climbing walls, playing sports…
That’s not all! In the camp, our students will meet German teenagers who often participate in the activities, so there will also be lots of opportunities to speak German in informal settings with native speakers of the same age group. And Berlin is not far away, so every week there are 2 excursions to Berlin.
2023 RISK-FREE BOOKING – The health and safety of everyone is still the first concern. As an internationally accredited and world-leading language network, Verbalists have taken special steps to give you peace of mind when making bookings in these still uncertain times. We have agreed with all the schools the FLEXIBLE GUARANTEE, which allows our students to cancel or postpone their booking without incurring any tuition or accommodation cancellation fees as long as the enrollment/booking cancellation is made 4 weeks prior to a course start date.
Learning will be safe – GLS school strictly observes public health rules as defined by the German government. This school has been repeatedly praised by the “Gesundheitsamt” (i.e. public health office) in Berlin for its exemplary preventive measures during the corona crises.
The program is organized by our long term partner, GLS (German Language School), which was awarded by Study Travel Magazine five times the “best German language school in Germany” award. Established in 1983, GLS is one of the largest language schools in Europe. It has its own 16.000 sqm campus with two hotels, located in the very center of Berlin. More than 5000 students from up to 60 countries attend GLS courses every year.
Camp Location and Facilities
The Berlin Water Sports camp is located in the village of Blössin, about 30km from Berlin, and right on the edge of one of the beautiful lakes that surround Berlin – Lake Wolzig. Please see the camp location here.
The camp is very safe, with classrooms, accommodation, restaurant, playgrounds and private beach all in one place. The water sports center has a campus with several little houses on it, where students live. The 10 classrooms are in a central building, and there is a cafeteria. The center has fantastic water sports facilities – with lots of canoes, sailing boats and surfing equipment. Additional facilities: indoor gym, fitness studio, basketball court, beach volleyball field, soccer field…
Age: 12-16 year olds
German course: 20 lessons, each 45 minutes long per week. The courses are provided on site by qualified and experienced German language teachers. Lessons are interactive, with all four levels offered – beginners, elementary, intermediate, advanced. There are maximum 12 student per class.
Activities, excursions & sports: Every week there are activities and excursions outside of the camp. It is during this time that students get to visit Berlin or other famous places in the region, like Potsdam.
- 2 activities daily in international groups: sailing, surfing, canoeing, badminton, volleyball, climbing
- 1 full-day and 1 half-day excursion to Berlin per week
The activities change every week. If it is raining there will be different other indoor activities.
There is 24-hour student supervision. Members of GLS staff and tutors live on campus and are available all the time.
Sample week at the Berlin Water Sports camp:
|Sunday||arrival until 5 pm, introduction and language test, welcome evening|
|Monday||4 German lessons||canoeing or badminton||barbecue|
|Tuesday||4 German lessons||volleyball or inlining||breakdance|
|Wednesday||4 German lessons||excursion to Berlin||camp fire|
|Thursday||4 German lessons||surfing or football||Film|
|Friday||4 German lessons||sailing||disco|
|Saturday||full-day excursion to Potsdam and Sanssouci Castle||party|
|Sunday||departure or swimming||badminton|
Students are accommodated in 2-3 bedded rooms, with own shower/WC. Program is delivered on a full board basis (the restaurant is on the campus).
Dates and Prices
25 JUN – 06 AUG 2023
Arrival / departure: on Sundays
|1 week||2 weeks||3 weeks||additional week|
Included in the price:
- 20 lessons/week
- 12 per class
- 4 levels: beginners, elementary, intermediate, advanced
- 2 activities/day on campus or nearby, i.e. surfing, canoeing, swimming
- 2 excursions/week to the city center of Berlin
- on campus accommodation: 2-3 bedded rooms, own shower/WC
- full board
- transport costs and entry fees for GLS activities
- Insurance (medical, luggage, liability)
- 24 hour tutoring by GLS staff on campus
- transfer from Berlin airports and stations (Sundays 8 am – 10 pm): €90 one way
- transfer from Berlin airports if you book it out of schedule or after enrolling: €150 one way
- extra day: €110
In addition to airport transfers, the Verbalists Language Network offers an Unaccompanied Minor service for children under the age of 18, where a member of GLS/school staff will meet your child at the airport on arrival and wait at the airport until your child’s departing flight leaves the ground. If you would like us to provide this service for your child, please notify us.
If your child is under the age of 15, it may be a mandatory requirement for you to register your child as an Unaccompanied Minor. It is a student’s responsibility to check this with the airline and pay any relevant costs to the airline as well as the €100 Unaccompanied Minor fee to German Language School (GLS).
Please note that filling out the PRODIREKT Application Form and Terms & Conditions does not secure a place on the program, nor does it mean you are under obligation that your child attends the course you are inquiring about. It is simply the first step in the application process, so that we can give you precise program details and check program/accommodation availability. A contract is signed directly with the school, and a place is confirmed after a deposit or the whole course fee is settled. Please fill out and sign:
- Application Form (download here) and
- Terms and Conditions (download here), and send back to email@example.com
The Verbalists Language Network is part of the PRODIREKT Education Group, which is a certified representative and partner of prestigious schools and colleges in world renowned university centers. When you enroll for foreign language study abroad with the Verbalists you are not only getting the expert advice, guidance and dependability of an accredited organization and a world-leading language network, but you also enjoy special privileges, such as:
- scholarships offered only to PRODIREKT/Verbalists students and our International Ambassadors;
- special discounts – you often pay less than what a school charges for the same program;
- enrollment advantages – faster processing, lower or no deposits, no charge when you change your booking;
- priority in reserving your residential or homestay accommodation;
- less strict cancellation policy;
- free visa application assistance;
- travel and airport transfer arrangements;
- in case of some young learner programs, guidance and care of our staff and group leaders during the duration of a program.
PRODIREKT and its Verbalists Language Network are accredited by the leading language travel and higher education associations – English UK, Alphe UK, FEDELE Spain, FELTOM Malta, ICEF Germany, and many more. You will find more information about our international accreditation here.
Program Berlin Water Sports – VIDEO
Only 80 students from up to 40 countries get to enjoy the action packed German learning at this popular camp. As the main partner of German Language School, the Verbalists Language Network has a certain number of beds reserved only for its students, nevertheless, we strongly recommend an early enrollment to reserve your place on time.
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