Jul 07, 2011
Dancing. Singing. Celebrating. Eating food and learning customs from a multitude of nations.
Nearly 2,000 people, representing more than 10 languages and cultures, gather twice each summer for International Day at the Concordia Language Villages. This year, the celebration is two-fold – it is the 50th anniversary of the Villages.
The Concordia Language Villages has always focused on language learning in the context of cultural immersion, says Christine Schulze ’78, executive director of the Villages.
“When it [Concordia Language Villages] started in the ’60s, that [cultural immersion] was a fairly innovative concept,” she says.
At International Day, villagers, parents, staff and the public experience cultures in a hands-on environment. This year’s theme is “Become the Change.”
The dates for this year’s event are July 8 and Aug. 12 at Waldsee, the German Language Village in Bemidji, Minn. It is free and open to the public with food available for purchase.
Watch Schulze talk about the Concordia Language Villages.