Join us for LanguageBird’s Summer 2020 Culture Camp!

Fun, interactive, live cultural immersion sessions this summer will transport you abroad without leaving your room!

Learn about Spanish, French, Russian and Italian cultures from LanguageBird’s engaging instructors. Connect through video chat for live lesson. Choose one of the cultures or explore them all! One high school credit is earned by attending one session a week or more and participating during the lesson. A transcript may be requested at the conclusion of the course or if you are a current LanguageBird student, the Culture Camp seminar can be added to your transcript.

  • Students ages 12-18
  • No homework required
  • Suggested study or materials to learn more are provided
  • Enroll by July 15.

When you can’t actually travel, make the travel come to you.

  • 4 weeks (July 13- August 7)
  • 1 new lesson a week per language.
  • Students will have 3 day/time options to attend each week.  Teachers will teach the same lesson 3 times each week.
  • Students can attend any or all language sessions.
  • Camp will be taught in English with opportunities to use the target language. Lessons are recorded for future viewing.
  • No homework or outside study required. Just have fun, participate and meet other teens online who are interested in languages and cultures!
  • Students earn 1 high school credit.

Cost: $249/student

Get live access to all 4 Immersive Cultural Language Experiences. Students can choose to attend one series of workshops or all four (16 lessons in total) while Culture Camp is in session.

Cultural Experiences.

Meet other teens interested in culture and languages! Go abroad without leaving your home this summer. LanguageBird teachers will act as guides sharing their culture. Each week focus on different topics for an introduction to a language or to compliment current language studies.

Explore Our Culture Seminars:

Spanish Culture

America Barcelo and Dominique Roberts

Pick a day each week for a new lesson:

Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday 4:00 pm PST.

America: Hola, my name is America Barcelo Feldman and I am Spanish professor and journalist. In my free time I love to travel and visit historic sites in the world. I am passionate for History; it is the reason in my classes my students always travel virtually to explore the Hispanic World in different websites, documentaries, and movies. Another one of my big hobbies is watching movies. It is the reason my academic research has been always focused on cinematography. Here in United States I have been working as journalist covering movie premiers, reviewing new releases and attending festivals. Every year, I am involved in San Diego Latino Film Festival. Every weekend, I go to the movie theater to watch a movie. I love all cartoons, adventures and funny comedic movies. I love cinema!!!

Dominique: Native from Buenos Aires, Argentina, I hold a BA in Teaching and an MA in Foreign Languages and Pedagogy from the University of Delaware, where I taught Spanish to undergraduate students. As a Fulbright Scholar, I was chosen to be the cultural ambassador of my country in the US. I organized cultural performances in DC for the staff of the White House and in libraries, schools, and universities in Massachusetts.

I have 12 years of experience teaching in elementary school, high school and university levels in Argentina, Spain and the US. Apart from my passion for education and teaching, I am a jazz and tango singer, and I love to paint and practice yoga as well as going to the beach. Come and share culture with me!

Explore The Lessons...

Explore some of the greatest Old civilizations that provide to the world different perspectives and advanced knowledge. We will travel back in time before 1492 when Christopher Columbus arrived to America. We will take a virtual tour of the great Tenochtitlan, the major city of Aztec Empire, in the center of Mexico. Then, we continue the travel trip to encounter The Mayan civilization visiting their ruins in the Mexican Riviera and Yucatan Peninsula, which expanded along Central America countries. Finally, we will arrive to South America to find the ancient Inca Empire and their Lost City hidden in highest mountains in Peru.
We will explore instruments, music, and dance in the Spanish Speaking world. We are going to South America, learning from tango and folklore to modern music. Then, we will listen to music from the The Caribbean and its influence in the US. And finally, we will cross the Atlantic to learn all about flamenco from Spain. Be ready to move and have fun!
Join us to immerse in tastes, family recipes and traditions, and to learn about some of the most amazing celebrations of South America and Spain. I’ll give you easy to prepare recipes for you to try at home and we’ll have a virtual potluck! We’ll also bring to life festivals and have a virtual celebration.
This summer we will explore the different Legends in Mexico: Have you ever heard about the Llorona? Or the Mummies in Guanajuato in central area of Mexico? Did you hear about the spectrum Nahuala in Puebla or the Charro Negro? Do you believe that these traditions and old customs can be presented in different ways? Discover these stories through very funny movies and cartoons. You’ll even have the opportunity to make up your own stories and legends!

French Culture

Yasmine Martinet and Cheick Nombre

Pick a day each week for a new lesson:

Week 1 & 2 : Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. PST
Week 3 & 4: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 9 a.m. PST

Yasmine: Raised by a French dad and a Brazilian mom, I was set up for a life of languages and adventures! I have lived in both countries, and a couple more: Germany, in Berlin, and the United States, in Oakland, California. I consider myself a cultural chameleon, and I look forward to sharing a whole bunch of things about culture together with you!

Cheick: Hello! I’m Cheick(pronounced Shaq). I’m a native French speaker. I’m a graduate of the University of Illinois. I have lived in Burkina Faso, France, and New York City and Chicago. My hobbies include reading French and African literature, international travels, listening to podcasts and binge-watching series and movies on Netflix. I Look forward to sharing my enthusiasm for the french language and culture with you.

Explore The Lessons...

Did you know that about half of all French speakers in the world are in Africa? Did you know that French was spoken in the United States, in Louisiana? The French language is everywhere! This week we will take you on a world tour of the Francophonie! Hold on to your seats.
Let’s get to the thick of it. France is a small country, but very varied in landscape, history, food, music, accents, and culture! Every corner of it has its own “thing”, and French people love to talk about it, for hours …! We have picked a few regions to introduce to you, and hopefully inspire you to get on a plane ASAP.
French gastronomy is shining throughout the world. It has been added by the UNESCO to its list of the world’s intangible cultural heritage! From one region to another, there are distinctive dishes that will make you want to have a French tour from North to South! Are you ready for a culinary travel session?
France and other francophone countries have a long and rich history of cultural production: from the invention of cinema, to the Nouvelle Vague, to French rap … You’ll come out from our camp all set for travels and adventures into francophone country: giddy up!

Russian Culture

Aleksandra Price

Pick a day each week for a new lesson:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 3 p.m. PST

Hello! I am a senior Russian Language Instructor at LanguageBird. I am super passionate about teaching Russian Language through Project-Based Curriculum and although I have worked with all age groups in my 20-year teaching career, my heart, interest and expertise are middle and high school Russian Language learners here at LanguageBird. I have tremendous empathy for and connection with my students, likely because I know exactly what they are going through. I’ve had the experience of being at both sides of the table, learning a foreign language, when I was my students’ age and now teaching one. I am currently pursuing my PhD in teaching and Counselling.

Explore The Lessons...

This lesson helps students quickly learn about famous Landmarks, Food, Art and the Culture of Russia. Students will explore one of the most famous Russian traditions: Tea time. Tea in Russia is not just a beverage—it’s a social activity with a long-reaching tradition behind it. Activity: “Tea Time”. Materials: brewed tea and cookies (optional), plain drawing paper, colored pencils, markers.
This lesson students escape online to any Russian City of their choosing. After exploring the Field trip, learning about their city’s history, landmarks and notable people, students complete an Art Project. Activity: Byzantine Architecture: Russian Cityscape Silhouette Art. Materials: Plain drawing paper, scissors, watercolor or pencils, black construction paper, glue stick.
In this lesson students are presented with images and history of different aspects of one of the most famous Russian Folk art genres: Khokhloma. Students will explore the city of Nizhny Novgorod, the birthplace of Khokhloma and will see the Artisans at work. The students will learn about Russian Fairy tales, traditions and culture depicted in Khokhloma Art throughout Russian History. Activity: “ Firebird” Fairytale and Khokhloma Art. Materials: plain drawing paper, colored pencils, markers, scissors (optional).
Cross-curricular approach to learning covering topics such as Geography, History, Russian Arts, and Music. Students will learn about the history and the meaning of the Russian Wooden doll as a symbol of Russia and its Culture. Activity: Make your own Matryoshka Doll. Materials: plain drawing paper, colored pencils, markers, scissors.

Italian Culture

Antonietta Fabiano

Pick a day each week for a new lesson:

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 6 p.m. PST

Ciao to everyone! My name is Antonietta! I am Italian, but I currently live in California. My great passion for art and my interests ranging from history to literature and cinema to music, make me an open minded, curious, and creative person. What makes me excited about being an Italian teacher is sharing my knowledge and passion for Italy and revealing to students the beauty and culture of my country.

Explore The Lessons...

La Befana is an old woman very popular in the Italian folk tradition, who visits children during the holiday season. Depending on children's behavior she can be nice or mean with them. In any case, everyone loves La Befana! If you want to know more about her and you want to know how to receive gifts from her, come to chat with me! I would love to share all La Befana's secrets with you!
Coins and banknotes have secrets hidden in their design. Through the ongoing Italian currency, we will start a journey in the History and History of Art in Italy, to deepen knowledge regarding artists, artworks, and cities that made the country so important for its cultural heritage.
Venetian Carnival is an exciting celebration, full of colors and extremely fun. It is a really old institution and many of its traditions are still alive nowadays. Come with me to discover what is behind the mask!
Follow your taste and pic one of the following tasty dishes. We will cook together a classic from Italian cuisine! Buon Appetito! Traditional: SPAGHETTI ALLA CARBONARA (pasta, Italian bacon, eggs, and olive oil) Vegetarian: SPAGHETTI ALLA PUTTANESCA (pasta, capers, anchovies, black olives, garlic, olive oil) Vegan: SPAGHETTI AL POMODORO (pasta, tomatoes, garlic, olive oil)

Excited For Culture Camp?

If you have questions, give us a call. No need to adventure abroad this summer, let us bring the experience of culture to you. New friends, enthusiastic teachers, conversations and opportunities for growth and cultural awareness await you!

Call LanguageBird at 844-700-2473 if you have additional questions.