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Young foreign Estonians – start making plans for summer!

In 2018, throughout which Estonia will be marking its centenary as a republic, we look forward to welcoming Estonians who live abroad on visits to their homeland. What better gift could they give the country for such a special birthday? Another reason for visiting is the Estonian language and culture summer camps being organised by the Integration Foundation.


In 2018 we’re inviting more than the usual number of foreign Estonian youngsters to take part in the language and culture camps being held in Estonia. The camps, which are open to young people aged 13-18 who have an Estonian background but live in other countries, give the participants the chance to study the language, get to know Estonian kids their age and learn more about Estonia’s cultural environment. They go sightseeing and on excursions and play sport together. The organisers of the camps want Estonian youngsters living abroad to feel a connection with their homeland and its language.


Five camps are planned for 2018:

Camp 1: 25 June-5 July at Venevere Holiday Village  

Camp 2: 9-19 July at Venevere Holiday Village  

Camp 3: 23 July-2 August at Venevere Holiday Village

Camp 4: 24 July-3 August at Sammuli Holiday Village

Camp 5: 6-16 August at Venevere Holiday Village


Taking their language skills into account, we recommend that the youngsters choose their camp so that beginners attend Camp 1 or Camp 3, those with intermediate language skills attend Camp 2 or Camp 4 and those with advanced language skills attend Camp 5.


The camps are being held in areas of outstanding natural beauty in Viljandi County at Venevere Holiday Village and Sammuli Holiday Village


Parents can register their children for the camps on the website of the Integration Foundation. Registration is open until 31 March 2018 HERE


The foundation will inform the selected applicants by e-mail by 15 April 2018.


Language and culture camps for young people with Estonian roots are supported by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education and Research via the ‘Countrymen programme 2014-2020’ and as part of the ‘Estonia 100’ project of the Government Office.


For further information please contact:

Jana Tondi
Head of Language and Cultural Immersion
Telephone: +372 659 9069