RENUKA VIJAY KUMAR
Want to get over your shyness and be more interactive? Join an international camp.If you want something different this summer and at the same time something that will leave you with lasting memories for many years to come then an international summer camp is right up you alley. These camps are held at locations outside India and from a period of three weeks to six weeks, you not only have an exciting way to spend to your vacation period, but also learn activities that you could never learn easily while in India. Cooler climes like Whistler, Lulu lemon and Montreal in Canada, Zermatt and Verbie in the Alps in Switzerland are favourite summer destinations, while Australia is a favourite camp destination during the winter vacations in India. Les Elfes, a Swiss based company that has been conducting summer and winter camps since the last 20 years takes students to destinations like Verbier and Zermatt in Switzerland and the Swiss-Germany border to Byron Bay in Australia. The company expanded into India a few years ago and has representatives in most major cities. Patricia Khimji, the camp coordinator from Hyderabad says, "These camps help children become more confident and teaches them exciting activities like skiing and snowboarding. It also helps beinging them out of their shells and be more interactive.
ActivitiesLanguage classes are included, as are facilities like horse riding, trekking and rafting and surfing. Cultural activities include visits to the Aborginal cuture centre.The Alliance Française is also conducting a annual camp to France this July in association with the Lions Club of France. This camp will be held for three weeks at four venues in France Nice, Toulouse, La Baule, Rochefort sur-Mer and Rosny sous- Bois are the chosen ones this year. This camp promises an extensive international exposure as children get to interact with young students from all over the world, including those from countries like Argentina, Brazil and South Africa. Another highlight is that chosen participants will only have to incur the flight fare to France and will spend their three weeks in the country as guests of the Lions Club. Director Frederic Dart of the Alliance Française says, "About four to five youngsters between the age of 18 - 25 will be chosen from all over the country. The Lions club, Rotary Foundation and encourage children of all age groups to participate in International youth exchange programmes. To find out more contact: Alliance Française on 2770036 and Patricia Khimji on 9849215035