Our English Immersion Camp at the Ilha do Tesouro was a grand success! We want to share two special items: first, a heart-warming video of our campers singing “Northeast Roads” (a version of John Denver’s “Country Roads” that we invented at camp); and second, some inspiring quotations from our camp evaluations.
The goal of our camp, ultimately, was to provide something that doesn’t exist in the sertão of Brazil: a full immersion experience in English. Our students were challenged to speak English the entire weekend; each one had a bracelet that could be taken away by another camper or teacher if the student were heard speaking Portuguese. (Needless to say, many bracelets were lost and gained again.) We are thrilled that many of our evaluations point to the importance of this immersion experience, as well as other benefits of the camp: motivation to study, learning new vocabulary, and good new friends.
“I would recommend this camp because there isn’t this kind of experience around here, and it’s really important if you want to learn English.”
“I know myself better. Now I know what I have to do to improve.”
“It couldn’t be better, I learned so many expressions I didn’t know yet. I spoke 90% in English and as I wanted to do a trip to the USA but I don’t have enough money, it was an exchange program in Sobradinho!”
“My English was automatic, even when I forgot that I should speak English, my mind was ready to speak.”
“I am only a beginner in English and this camp was very stimulating for me. I will definitely study with more motivation now.”
“I would definitely recommend the camp because it is an incredible opportunity to meet new people, improve my English, and develop various skills!”
“It is an opportunity to learn English while having fun.”
“This experience helped me a lot because it made me practice my English, which I had left to the side for a long time.”
“It was a great experience, aside from being an opportunity to grow intellectually, the camp transformed unknown people into good friends.”
Up next: a special Treasure Island fairy tale (nonfiction!)