Summer Camps

Fun Activity-Based Language Camps

Call for Language Summer Camp Organisers

2023 will be the fifth year of heritage and lesser taught language summer camps funded by Languages Connect. There have been heritage language camps in Polish, Romanian and Lithuanian over the last few years. The first Mandarin Chinese camp was held in DCU in 2022.

We are now calling for applications from coordinators to organise heritage language camps and universities to organise lesser taught language camps this summer. The two week camps are for post-primary students. They support and inspire students through a combination of fun, creativity, and learning.

Play Video about Teacher and student enjoying outdoor summer camp activity

Summer Camps FAQs

Please submit your application, along with your budget, programme and educational curriculum here.

The camps are two weeks, so Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm

The camps should be held for a two week period in June, July or August 2023.

There is a maximum of one full-day outing per camp.

The camps are fully funded however students should pay a €100 deposit on booking which will be refunded in full at the end of the camp, providing they have attended every day and have arrived on time and stayed until the end.

Camp coordinators are responsible for every aspect of the camp. PPLI/Languages Connect may visit the summer camp. A time and date will be agreed in advance with the coordinator.

PPLI/Languages Connect require photos from the camp for future promotional purposes, and they may send a video crew to film the camp and/or a photographer to take photos. If any filming is to take place, the time and date will be agreed in advance with the coordinator.

Please allow one administrator per camp, and €1,000 per administrator. We would suggest that the camp administrator manages the following pre-programme, during the programme, and post-programme responsibilities:

  • Selection of an appropriate site with sufficient space for activities
  • Liaising with PPLI/Languages Connect
  • Managing student applications
  • Communicating with parents
  • Making purchases (materials, food, equipment, office supplies, first-aid kit)
  • Checking students in and out at the beginning and end of each day
  • Ensuring that equipment is set up in classes and for activities
  • Copying and distributing materials to instructors
  • Managing transportation for field trips
  • Managing budgets, revenue, and expenses
  • Ensuring relevant policies, insurance, garda vetting, child protection guidelines, etc. are in place.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 28th February 2023. All applicants will be informed whether or not their application was successful by Friday 31st March 2023.

For teachers hired post January 2011 the unqualified rate is €43.84 and the qualified rate is €49.51. These are the rates as per DES scales and are available on the ASTI website.

There is a minimum of 12 students.

There is a maximum of €500 per student available. Funding covers everything except lunches. Applicants will receive 50% of their budget before the summer camp and the balance after the summer camp.

Please get in touch with Agnieszka Matys-Foley if you have any questions