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Summer Estonian language and culture camps for young foreign Estonians


The Integration and Migration Foundation awaits applications from youngsters with Estonian roots between the ages of 13 and 18 to take part in the language and culture camps to be held in Estonia this summer.

“There’ll be three camps between June and August,” said Marje Sarapuu, coordinator of the Multicultural Education Unit. “They’re open to young people aged 13 to 18 who have an Estonian background but live outside of Estonia and give them the chance to study the language, get to know kids their age and learn more about Estonian culture. They do lots of stuff together, including playing sports and going on excursions, seeing some of the country’s best sights.”

The first camp will be for young people who speak no Estonian or understand only a little of the language. It will be held from 25 June to 5 July at Venevere Holiday Centre in Viljandi County.

The second camp will be held from 20-30 July and will be for young people who speak Estonian at an upper-intermediate level. The venue for this camp will be Marja Farm in Valga County.

The third and final camp will be for young people who speak Estonian fluently. It will be held at Venevere Holiday Centre in Viljandi County from 3-13 August.

Parents can register their children to take part in the camps on the Integration and Migration Foundation website. Applications are open until 24 April.

“We’ll be selecting which applicants will take part based on their Estonian skills, their motivation, how old they are, where they’re from, how long they’ve lived outside of Estonia, whether they’ve attended camps before and the cost of getting here,” Sarapuu explained.

The foundation will inform the selected applicants by e-mail by 5 May.

The language and culture camps are organised for young people with Estonian roots as part of the ‘Countrymen programme 2014-2020’. They are run with the support of the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry and Education and Research and organised by the NPO HeadEst.

For further information please contact:
Marje Sarapuu
Coordinator, Multicultural Education Unit
Integration and Migration Foundation Our People
Telephone: +372 659 9068