Fun Camp, good people :)
Stay: 1 week, Course Start: 2017
- After class activities
- Support by GLS staff
The Good & the Bad - what did you like best? What least?
This is a truly amazing experience, despite the rating I gave it. Although I don't think the educational side of this camp is anything out of the ordinary, the social experience is one of a kind. Unlike other camps I've been to, the friendships I made both this year and two years ago are long lasting. It's so fun to meet new people from all over the world and get to know new cultures. Another thing I really liked was that we had a lot to do in our down time. After lunch, we were allowed to walk to the nearby town and go shopping, which was really fun. There was also a basketball court, volley ball net, and ping pong table.The excursions were also fun. I had a great time venturing into Munich and seeing the BMW museum. My biggest complaint is that the staff was unprepared for the weather. It rained for the first 4 days of camp, and we still had to do the planned outdoor activities. It was pretty miserable and no one seemed to be having much fun doing the activities out in the rain. Not only that, but the staff wouldn't let us go inside during activities right outside the house, and many of us got colds (presumably from the cold weather). I think they should've had indoor activities as a back up in case of bad weather. I doubt other weeks were hit with as much bad weather as we were, but again, I still think they should have been prepared for possible weather incidents. On the day that it was sunny, everybody seemed to have a great time, and I would assume that most weeks would have good weather.
Your recommendations for other students
If you're looking for a place to really improve your german, another camp or the Munich intensive program is probably a better choice. This is a good camp for making friends and having fun, but not so much for learning german.
Bring a raincoat and other rain gear! If it rains, you still have to do activities and without rain gear you'll be freezing.
If you don't speak any english, it can be a little hard. The common language spoken between the kids and even sometimes in class is english. It's ok if you don't though, there are lots of people from all over the world and it's likely that at least one of them will speak your language.