Campus life

Leben auf dem Campus; Foto: sturti, E+, Getty Images Foto: sturti, E+, Getty Images

What happens on day one
To ensure that your child feel safes and well taken care of, we have organized the first day so that all needs are met right from the time of pick-up at the airport. That means a calm arrival, unpacking, getting to know the school, the grounds, the teachers and the counselors, and starting to get acquainted with the other children and teens.

Once again, here is how the day unfolds:
  • arrival
  • welcome at the airport
  • transfer to course location
  • welcome at the boarding school
  • moving in to rooms, unpacking
  • snacks and beverages
  • contacting home to report a safe arrival
  • getting to know the school grounds and other course participants
  • time to relax
  • dinner with the group

Here's what happens on a typical day on a young learners course:
 
8:00 - 9:00 Breakfast with the group
9:00 - 10:30 Classes at various levels, language games, grammar
10:30 - 11:00 Break with refreshments
11:00 - 12:30 Lessons
12:30 - 2:00 Lunch with the group
2:00 - 3:30 Learning through fun and games
Learning games and exercises, fun language activities
3:30 - 4:00 Break with refreshments
4:00 - 6:30 Leisure program
Sports, creative activities, hiking, short excursions, sightseeing. Flexible breaks with refreshments
2:00 - 6:30 Two days per week
Afternoon classes
with focus on project work
6:30 - 7:30 Dinner with the group
Starting at 7:30 Evening program
Sports, creative activities, movies, disco or free time
  Weekends
Leisure program
The leisure program also runs at weekends.

Internet at every course location
At all of our course locations, computers with internet access are available to course participants so that they can keep in touch with family and friends.

WLAN and Skype are available at only a few locations.

There is generally no need for participants to bring their own notebook computers.

Internet yes, but not at all times...
Participants can generally use the internet every day, but not for unlimited periods. We ensure age-appropriate internet use.

Contacting home after arrival
After your child arrives at the course location, we will remind him or her to let you know. Participants who do not have their own cell phone with them can write an e-mail.

Telephone contact is possible at all locations
You can call your child at all course locations. The children will be informed of times and telephone numbers on arrival.

You can contact the course management by telephone or e-mail to ask how your child is doing. If your child is in class or taking part in an activity, you are also welcome to leave a message. Your child will then call you back.

Less is more
Contact with your child is a good thing and it is also important. However, our experience has shown us that children and teens adapt more quickly to their new surroundings when parents do not call, visit the school or pick them up for weekends too frequently. This gives the children and teens a chance to spend time with their group without distractions and become even better integrated.

Learning and having fun in an international atmosphere: Our courses are attended by children and teens from all over the world. Every course session brings together 60 to 100 young people from an average of 20 different countries.

Most participants come from Spain, France, Italy, Russia, the USA, Turkey, Switzerland, Greece, Poland and the UK.

The percentages of participants from the various countries varies by course location and session date.

As far as possible, children share their rooms with children from other countries so that they speak as much German together as possible.

Safety
Schools, boarding schools, continuing education facilities and youth hostels are subject to strict legal provisions regarding fire protection, emergency equipment, etc.

House rules
In all schools, boarding schools, continuing education facilities and youth hostels, the applicable house rules must be followed; in some cases (e.g. regarding the prohibition of alcohol), these rules may be stricter than those required by law.

General rules
  • Order and cleanliness in rooms
  • Respect for other cultures and religions
  • Absolute ban on alcohol
  • Rauchverbot (entsprechend dem deutschen Gesetz)
  • Under our house rules and general regulations, sexual contact is not permitted either on or off campus during the course or the leisure-time programs.
  • Bullying or physical aggression will not be tolerated.
  • Unaccompanied departure from boarding school and campus is not permitted
  • Departure from campus or absence is permitted only by arrangement with the course management.
  • Overnight stays outside the boarding school are not permitted.
  • Overnight guests in the boarding school are not permitted.
Leaving the campus
In the interest of safety we must know the location of the children and teens at all times, around the clock.

Participants in children's courses may not leave the boarding school property (i.e. the campus) unaccompanied.

Older children or teens may leave the campus only by arrangement with the service team, but only in small groups of three of more participants. If course participants break these rules, we will inform their parents.

Please note that we cannot permit minors to travel unaccompanied. Children must be picked up at the course location by a relative. We will also require your written consent in advance. Bitte fordern Sie das Formular hierfür beim Kundenmanagement an.

Hitchhiking is not allowed.

Note
In case of repeated violations of regulations and house rules, early departure may be necessary in exceptional cases.

Sexual contact of any kind between participants, including consensual contact, will result in immediate departure. The same applies to repeated instances of bullying or physical aggression. Violations of the law may be reported to the authorities.

Parents will be required to pay the costs resulting from early departure.

During the sessions of our young learners courses, German schools are usually closed for holidays. German families are often away on summer vacation during this time.

To arrange for contact with native speakers in addition to our team of teachers and supervisors, activities are set up during lessons such as interviews with Germans who live or work at the course location. We also organize visits by German youth groups if possible (for a soccer game, for example) or other institutions.

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