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ENGLISH SUMMER CAMPS IN ANYKŠČIAI 2020

ENGLISH SUMMER CAMPS IN ANYKŠČIAI 2020

FROM JUNE 1, 2020 the camp #yoursummerinEnglish costs 160 EUR 

(meals included)! 


To book a place for 160 EUR pay a 20 EUR advance.

Pick at least preliminary shift dates, you will be able to specify them later IF THERE ARE STILL PLACES AVAILABLE. 

Fill the registration form:CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

English summer camps in Anykščiai are for 11-17-year-old teenagers, most of them come from all over Lithuania, some from Latvia and Belarus. All camps take place in AKS Anykščiai campsite. Teenagers live in the tents they bring themselves. Each shift is led by at least four international camp leaders (up to eight on biggest shifts) and one Lithuanian senior teacher. Register early for the best price.

ASSISTANCE FOR FOREIGN PARTICIPANTS: If you cannot find the information you need, please contact Aurelija on +370 627 24960 for the details in English or Dovile +370 672 40433 for the details in Russian). 

LOCATION: Anykščiai area, AKS campsite (a detached house, far from everything). Approximately 110 km from Vilnius, 120 km from Kaunas, 75 km from Panevėžys, 20 km from Utena, 18 km from Anykščiai, 212 km from Riga and 307 from Minsk. The campsite is in an area full of lakes, four of them quite nearby - the nearest one a 7 minute walk away, the most spectacular - about 20 minutes away on foot. There is no shop in the proximity so bring everything you need.  The campsite consists of three houses and a tent town: one house is a kitchen, another one is for campers (showers, toilets, classroms) and the third one for the camp staff. Activities take place both inside and outside, depending on the weather. 

LANGUAGE: the main working language is English; some teachers can also communicate in Lithuanian, Russian, German, or French. Only one teacher (senior) speaks Lithuanian.

LANGUAGE PRACTICE: all activities are held in English (lessons, games, projects, and events) as most camp teachers do not speak any Lithuanian. Campers are allowed to use Lithuanian, Latvian or Russian among themselves, but usually English is the only comfortable language understandable for everyone and thus most inclusive. 

BUSYNESS: camp activities are based on constant communication. The main objective is to create team atmosphere, therefore children are always involved in various activities and have very little free time (sometimes they moan about that but oh well).

ACCOMMODATION: participants live in tents that they bring themselves. The tent town is super close to the teachers' area so the kids are never left on their own. Usually  at least half of each shift is made up of the participants who have already camped with us and thus know the rules very well; this helps to keep the order and security in the tent town and the camp itself. During the night time one tent in the tent town is for a teacher on duty. In case of super heavy rain everyone moves to sleep indoors. 

FACILITIES: in the camp you can find showers, hot water, toilets, and electricity.  

FOOD: all meals are provided by us. If you want, you can bring your own snacks, especially to share with your new friends by the fire. Attention: if your kid has special dietary requirements, especially severe allergies for common food ingredients, please pack him or her things he or she can eat. We unfortunately do not have resources to prepare a separate tailored menu, we only provide usual and veg options. 

ARRIVAL: participants organise their transport to the camp themselves. You may come to the camp on Sunday evening, since it might be inconvenient to bring kids on Monday, which is a working day (if you choose to come on Sunday, please do that no earlier than 8pm., otherwise you'll just have to wait till we open). For international participants: coming by car the nearest bigger town is Anykščiai or Utena; coming by plane the nearest airport is Vilnius or Kaunas, after that take a local bus to Anykščiai or Utena (it will cost around 10 EUR and last approximately 3 hours. The bus tickets may be purchased online here https://www.autobusubilietai.lt/en/). Usually you will get cheaper flight tickets to Vilnius airport.  

PETS: there will definitely be dogs in the camp, probably two or three. They are friendly and sociable, but if you have any allergies, keep that in mind.

RULES: the use of phones, computers, or tablets is restricted in the camp. All the devices remain with the camp leaders. Camp participants are allowed to use them every evening for half an hour. In case of emergency, parents can contact the camp leaders. We ACTIVELY practice zero tolerance to bullying policy. Smoking and using any type of alcohol are strictly prohibited on the campsite and will lead to immediate sending home.

OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS: you will need a health certificate, parental consent, at least basic knowledge of English, a tent, a mattress, a sleeping bag, dishes, a foldable chair, warm socks and toiletries, toilet paper, insect repellent, a sack with the weirdest stuff (wigs, paint, strange clothes, accessories, glasses, etc.) for several evening activities, broad imagination and willingness not to worry about minor issues (e.g. a mosquito bite).

This camp is ideal for those who: 

  • like English language and meeting new people (many of our campers arrive solo)
  • want to get to know all other campers and feel safe doing that instead of getting lost in the crowd and communicating with a closed circle of peers. AKS ensures an optimal number of participants, their integration, close collaboration with teachers, and does not tolerate bullying
  • do not become upset when they have to spend a week away from home
  • like spending time in the nature, are not afraid of rain, fire smoke, and animals
  • love challenges, various tasks, and teamwork
  • dare ask questions, are curious, love exploring and discovering new things
  • are not addicted to any type of screen or would like that addiction to go away at least for a week
  • see time in the camp as an amazing experience, not a week-long exile

We would like to tell something to boys who like English but are afraid of the fact that such language camps are mainly popular among girls (we had to calm down so many people who called us to ask about this that we have decided to inform you about this aspect in advance and announce this in public): no, language camps are not only popular among girls; gender distribution in most cases is 60% girls and 40% boys, so go ahead and register for the camp, you will not be the only guy!


2020 Anykščiai Camp Dates 

Shift 1 -  06.22-06.27 I Love You, Hater - this shift is devoted to looking for the reasons and consequences of bullying. We will try to find ways to help the bullied, discuss ways to avoid being bullied and - most importantly - where fun ends and bullying starts. We will try to learn to accept others as they are, drop the categories and etiquettes, also understand that 'just like everyone else' or 'as I know it' is not necessarily 'the best'. We'll build a Safe Place together for everyone in the camp - party animals and loners, artistic souls and mathematicians, mainstream and counterculture, the ones still in the closet and already out of it. SOLD OUT

Shift 2 -   06.29-07.04  Open Up Your Mind - a shift about colors and possibilities of the world, thinking outside the box and saying YES to adventures!  We'll be trying to learn to look at situations from different angles and refuse one categorical opinion that seems safe, not to have stereotypes and prejudice, always consider double checking facts before sharing them with others. We'll also try to get out of our comfort zone and let ourselves improvise! We'll find out that the limits are just in our heads and you can be anyone if you believe in yourself and put enough effort!  SOLD OUT

Shift 3 - 07.06-07.11 Brain Power  - we will look into the human brain and its abilities, ways to memorise information and improve your memory! We will also determine what your preferred memorising method is and how to get better at the other methods that you struggle with. We'll analyse how different people can process the same things in a completely different manner - which is acceptable and totally OK. We'll compare how different animals' brains function; we'll also see how brain function can influence one's emotions. We'll discuss ways to relax and clear your mind in order not to burn out during more intense periods of your life. SOLD OUT

Shift 4 - 07.13-07.18 Talk to Me     - a very special shift concentrated around bonding, communication, and  community.  We'll learn to control our negative emotions and speak up even when we think we just hate everyone.  We'll try to understand that despite different ways of speaking, everyone wants to be heard. We'll try to find best ways to approach seemingly distant people, to ask the right questions, to listen attentively and to keep the conversation going. We'll try to help others open up at the same time opening up ourselves. We'll find out that trust is the key, that friendships do not start with one sentence and that quality time can bring together even most distant souls.  SOLD OUT

Shift 5 - 07.20-07.25 Culture Exchange     - different countries and cultures will be in the centre of attention in this shift. Unusual foreign traditions, food culture abroad, different concepts of politeness, exotic music and such will be in your schedule for the whole week.  Foreign teachers participating in this shift will present their own countries and will give you some fun facts about their cultures - you will be encouraged to ask anything that interests you! But also, do not forget to prepare something interesting about your own country! Perhaps you know some traditional dance or song, or an unusual dialect of your language? Or maybe you're a great cook and could make us a traditional dish? Get ready!   SOLD OUT

Shift 6 - 07.27-08.01 Movie Time      - this is shift is for you if you love movies and want to share the knowledge and impressions you have about them. We will discuss your favourite movies, look into the lives of your beloved actors and will try to act out some famous movie scenes ourselves! We'll look into movie production from the very first idea, casting, until the final product and advertising. Why are some movies so popular and famous arounf the world while others have only been seen by very few? What's the difference between Hollywood and Bollywood? What's the most popular language in movies? How are movies dubbed? What on earth is Sindarin and Klingon?   SOLD OUT

Shift 7 - 08.03-08.08 Pics or it Didn't Happen      - Facebook, Instagram, beautiful lives in pictures. The more likes, the better. But what's under all that? How do most popular influencers live when no one is looking? How did they become popular in the first place? How many pictures does one need to get that perfect shot? Is the beauty really in the perfect and pretty? What's the possible harm and obvious benefit of the photography culture? How has photography changed over the past twenty years and what is there yet to come? We'll discuss and - of course - take many pictures!  Register

Shift 8 - 08.10-08.15  Crazy Science         -      It's way more fun to learn when nobody gives you grades!  Which areas of science are most popular now? Interesting facts from every possible area that you have no time for at school. Pop science, discoveries that have shaped (and actuall that still are shaping) the modern world, computers, AI,  the theory of everything, robotics, extreme cosmos,  black holes, life-changing medical breakthroughs (rewriting your DNA to prevent disease, saving your spine with a 3D-printed implant and so on) who are we, where are we and what's waiting for us in a hundred years?  Religion or science, is there a good answer for that?  How did scientists (not just random fiction writers) try to foresee the future and what came out of it? So many things, so little time - how will we manage in six days?!    Register

Shift 9 - 08.17-08.22 Truth or Myth?         -  A shift about conspiracy theories, scams, fake facts and ways to con the society and yourself.  We'll learn to be attentive, to tell fake information from facts, to check reliability of our sources and not to spread gossip if you are not sure how grounded it is. We'll discuss Deepfake, fake news and the influence of new technologies to the spread of information.  We'll find out what audience is the easiest target and why conspiracy theories are so popular. We'll see how 'broken telephone' works in practice.     Register


Camp price depends on the time you make a booking (a booking is made once you pay the deposit):

registered 06.01 and later on - 160 EUR


! Meals and the deposit are already included in this price !


HOW TO REGISTER?

Fill the registration form: Click to register


After making the reservation please pay a 20 EUR deposit (it is not refundable); camp price depends on the date we receive your deposit (as indicated in the price list above).

After receiving the deposit, we instantly book a place for you in a certain camp shift. The last Wednesday before the camp we send out Camp Agreement, an example of Parental Consent, the List of Rules (please bring the documents required to the camp or send us a scanned version of them via e-mail), a list of items needed, and directions to the camp location;

You will be asked to pay the rest of the camp price by making a bank transfer or in cash when you arrive at the camp.

All pictures from the previous camps can be found here: 

https://www.facebook.com/anglustudija.lt/photos/

All camp participants receive a 20% discount for English language courses in Vilnius or Kaunas for the following school year (for one month for every camp shift they have attended).

We will be more than happy to answer all your questions via e-mail of phone or in person if you visit us at any of AKS branches. See you in summer! 

Below you can find a template schedule which will be renewed as the camp gets closer. Schedule structure is similar every year, but topics, interval, and after-class activities change.


MONDAY

09:00-09:30 Getting up, showering, getting ready for the day

09:30-10:00 Morning exercise

10:00-10:30 Breakfast

10:30-12:00 Walking to the Lake, Swimming, Morning Circle at the Lake, Returning to the Campground

12:00-12:15 Registration of participants finishes. The camp program, guides and rules are presented. The postman is elected

12:15-13:30 Language Test (written and oral)

13:30-14:00 Short break, announcing the test results, forming groups

14:00 -15:00 Lunch

15:00-16:30 Language activities in groups

16:30-19:00 Preparing to introduce your English team in the evening event in groups (COLOURS)

19:00-19:30 Dinner

19:30-20:00 Cleaning (indoor and outdoor)

20:00-20:30 Phone time

20:30-22:00 Introductory event (groups present their performances, everyine participates to select the best, we play games, have tea)

22:00 Evening Circle

23:00 Night tea and soup around the campfire

24:00 Silence


TUESDAY

09:00-09:30 Getting up, showering, getting ready for the day

09:30-10:00 Morning exercise

10:00-10:30 Breakfast

10:30-12:30 Walking to the Lake, Swimming, Morning Circle at the Lake, Returning to the Campground

12:30-14:00 Language activities in groups

14:00-15:00 Lunch

15:00-16:30 Board Games / Reading Time

16:30-18:30 Language activities in groups

18:30-19:00 Short sports break outside

19:00-19:30 Dinner

19:30-20:00 Cleaning (indoor and outdoor)

20:00-20:30 Phone time

20:30-21:15 Evening Circle. Camp mail delivery

21:15-23:00 Evening program (hosted by the head teacher)

23:00 Night tea and soup around the campfire, perhaps a round of 'Contact' or 'We are going to the North'

24:00 Silence


WEDNESDAY

09:00-09:30 Getting up, showering, getting ready for the day

09:30-10:00 Morning exercise

10:00-10:30 Breakfast

10:30-12:30 Walking to the Lake, Swimming, Morning Circle at the Lake, Returning to the Campground

12:30-14:00 Language activities in groups

14:00-15:00 Lunch

15:00-16:30 Forum theater. The most successful and most engaging role play ever.

16:30-18:30 Language activities in groups

18:30-19:00 Short sports break outside

19:00-19:30 Dinner

19:30-20:00 Cleaning (indoor and outdoor)

20:00-20:30 Phone time

20:30-21:30 Evening Circle. Camp mail delivery

21:30-22:00 Free time, preparation for the night hike.

22:00-00:00 Night hike! We will travel along the lake to the woods to wake up the night spirits and look for a good fairy with cookies and tea :) Don't forget the flashlights and good shoes, and don't let go of your friend's hand - the witch will get you! ;)


THURSDAY

09:00-09:30 Getting up, showering, getting ready for the day

09:30-10:00 Morning exercise

10:00-10:30 Breakfast

10:30-12:30 Walking to the Lake, Swimming, Morning Circle at the Lake, Returning to the Campground

12:30-14:00 Language activities in groups

14:00-15:00 Lunch

15:00-16:30 Board Games / Reading Time

16:30-18:30 Language activities in groups

18:30-19:00 Short sports break outside

19:00-19:30 Dinner

19:30-20:00 Cleaning (indoor and outdoor)

20:00-20:30 Phone time

20:30-21:15 Evening Circle. Camp mail delivery

21:15-23:00 Evening program (organized by the head teacher) -Talent night! Everyone presents their talents - dancing, singing, reciting, breaking jokes, controlling the ball or cards, do staples or whatever ... :)  Big smiles and red hands from applause will be the most important ingredients.

23:00 Night tea and soup, pajamas evening - everyone dresses in their pajamas, brings their pillows and blankets,  watch movies or take part in telling life stories at the tea and candles. Everyone has a story they would like to share ... Before bedtime, camp leaders read a fairy tale!


FRIDAY

09:00-09:30 Getting up, showering, getting ready for the day

09:30-10:00 Morning exercise

10:00-10:30 Breakfast

10:30-12:30 Walking to the Lake, Swimming, Morning Circle at the Lake, Returning to the Campground

12:30-14:00 Language activities in groups

14:00-15:00 Lunch

15:00-16:30 Board Games / Reading Time

16:30-18:30 Language activities in groups

18:30-19:00 Short sports break outside

19:00-19:30 Dinner

19:30-20:00 Cleaning (indoor and outdoor)

20:00-20:30 Phone time

20:30-21:15 Evening Circle. Camp mail delivery

21:15-23:00 Evening program (hosted by the head teacher) - Movie night!

23:00 Night tea and soup around the campfire, sitting at the campfire playing games. Tonight, if you behave, you are allowed not to go to sleep, it's the last night at camp after all!

24:00 Silence


SATURDAY

09:00-09:30 Getting up, showering, getting ready for the day

09:30-10:00 Morning exercise

10:00-10:30 Breakfast

10:30-12:00 Walking to the Lake, Swimming, Morning Circle at the Lake, Returning to the Campground

12:00-13:00 Cleaning up, crying, sharing emails and instagrams, going home.


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