Written by Camille Gix and Leslie Mendez
3 minute read
It’s no secret that this year looked quite different with 100% remote learning due to the pandemic. Although students have been able to adjust to their new reality, it’s evident that they miss interacting with their friends outside of the (online) classroom.
So to kick off the summer and celebrate a year of adapting to online learning, we gave students at our partnership schools the opportunity to have some classic U.S. summer-camp-style fun.
Since 2012, BE has collaborated with various schools in Santiago to expand educational opportunities across the metropolitan region. This summer, we teamed up with two schools – Colegio Padre Jose Kentenich, partner since 2012 and Colegio Villa Lourdes, partner since 2015 – to make summer camp a reality!
We were inspired by typical summer camps that many young learners in the United States participate in to create an online summer camp, led in English, by our team of school-experienced teachers.
The week before the summer camp, we delivered bags of materials that students would use during the week such as t-shirts, tie-dye paint, and ingredients for cookies. On the week of January 18th, about 30 of our most enthusiastic English learners joined us for daily summer camp activities.
Our energetic and dynamic teachers led physical activities like yoga and Zumba to get their bodies moving and sweating. We also did a scavenger hunt where students searched for common household items. We learned how to bake delicious and healthy! 😉 cookies. And to end with a bang, we tie-dyed t-shirts, which was the favorite and most popular activity, leaving each student with their own personalized and colorful takeaway.
Students’ responses were overwhelmingly positive. Every student had a blast, with 100% of them saying they enjoyed the experience. Parents and guardians also loved the summer camp their kids participated in, saying “They were excellent classes and very empathetic teachers,” and “Thank you so much for the very entertaining and special week.”
It was a joy to share this experience with students and families who were eager to keep learning and having fun with us.
Would you want your young learner to participate in a summer camp with BEclassmates? What kinds of activities would you be interested in doing? Tell us in the comments!
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