Juniors and teens Dutch language camp in Bruges

Bruges is a beautifully-preserved medieval trade city built over a network of narrow canals and waterways. Often referred to as “the Venice of the North”, this UNESCO World Heritage site’s inspiring backdrop offers the perfect environment for young learners to improve their language skills while making the most of their holidays in this idyllic location. Located about ten kilometers from the North Sea, Bruges is also a popular seaside destination with bike paths and sandy beaches.
Our Language Camp centre « Aan de plas » is located in this superb setting.

Camp stays take place at the outstanding “Aan de Plas” Sports & Leisure Centre. It’s ideally located for both lessons and sports activities, and a great starting point for exploring Bruges and the area during Spring and Summer holidays.

General information

  • Minimum stay : 1 week
  • Lessons duration : 50 minutes
  • Number of students per class : average of 12
  • Level assessment test on Sunday arrival
  • Bank holidays : July 21 and August 15 (programme may vary on these days)
  • Activities duration: 2 hours every afternoon Monday to Friday.

Our Dutch & Activity programme in Flanders is a fun and engaging way for 8-17 year old to learn Dutch and take part in a varied, specially designed activity programme with full supervision and friendly, approachable teachers and camp counselors in a safe and secure campus environment. Perfect for a first study abroad stay for young learners.

Our students are international and diverse, giving all participants the chance to make meaningful international friendships and learn about other cultures while improving their Dutch and making the most of their holidays.

Options

Dutch & Culture: the most intensive option with 3 Dutch lessons per day with particular focus on oral communication alongside excursions to the coast/Bruges and sports, leisure & evening activities. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn all about Flanders and Belgian culture in general while improving your Dutch skills.

Dutch & Sports3 Dutch lessons per day plus 10 hours of your chosen activity per week. Activities are taught and monitored by professional Flemish instructors. Also includes evening activities.

  • Dutch & Tennis: Tennis lessons are held at established sports clubs in the area – Brughia TC (Bruges) or Centre Laguna de Heist (Knokke). Both clubs have indoor tennis courts in case of bad weather.
  • Dutch & Multisports: includes hockey, basketball, table-tennis, squash, football, beach volleyball and kayak lessons, weather permitting and depending on each group’s preferences.
  • Dutch & Horse Riding: Lessons are held at De Blauwe Zaal, one of Belgium’s biggest riding schools. The school has two indoor riding areas and around 100 horses.
  • Dutch & Windsurfing: Windsurfing lessons are held at the VVW Water Sports Club in Bruges. Groups of 8-10 students. All materials (surfboard, life jacket) are provided. To participate, students must provide a swimming certificate or be able to swim 100 metres.
  • Dutch exams preparation. This personalized programme includes 5 Dutch lessons per day (3 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon). Only available from August 11 to August 24 (one or two weeks)

This last option is ideal for :

  • Preparing for an entrance exam
  • Handing in a Dutch coursework
  • Working on frequently occurring problems
  • Preparing for a language level upgrade

This preparation can really make all the difference ! From the lessons review programme given by the student’s regular teacher (to send us prior to the course) a tutor will determine all the points and insights that need to be developed so as to work out a personalized programme every morning. The reviewed subject is then studied and tested on a daily basis and before the evening meal.

Combo Course: students who want to stay for several weeks while changing afternoon activities can try our Combo Course (for example one-week Dutch & Culture course followed by a one-week Dutch & Sports course). Just make a note to specify your required Combo Course on the booking form.

Please note : some activity options are only available at specific dates. See Dates & Prices tab for details.

The school provides top quality language education. Classes are held in small groups and activities are always fun to allow young students a rapid acquisition of the vocabulary, comprehension and practice of the language.

Every evening, organised and coached activities are offered to the participants (films, bowling, games without frontiers, table tennis, pools, table-soccer, etc.). Younger students are coached by bilingual teachers who can also communicate with them in their mother tongue (English or French), if necessary.

Students enjoy on-site residential accommodation and have lessons in the same building. They are fully supervised by trained camp counselors.

Boarders

Each of the 16 rooms in the centre (4-6 students per room) is fully-equipped and very comfortable with a view of the 39-acre lake outside. Each room includes its own ensuite bathroom with a separate toilet and free WiFi. Full board is included. For 2-week stays or longer, there is an additional fee for Saturday night stays (see “Dates & Prices” tab.)

Day Campers

Families on holiday nearby can choose our Day Camper option, including French lessons (one fewer lesson per day than the Boarders option), lunch, excursions and sports or cultural activities. The programme runs 09.00-17.00 daily and all options are available (See Dates & Prices tab for more details on pricing and corresponding discount).

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Bed linen is not included. Please bring your own sleeping bag or a set of single bed sheets and pillow case.

Transport

We can arrange your transfers from Brussels Zaventem Airport, Charleroi Airport or Bruxelles-Midi (Brussels South) Train Station on arrival and/or departure.

Practical details

  • Campers’ Age: the Dutch & Activities Course is a fully-inclusive programme designed specifically for children aged 8-9 (Spring session and the first 2 weeks of July only), 10-12, 13-15 and 16-17. 
  • Arrivals: Sunday 15-16 hrs, departures Saturday 10-11 hrs
  • A placement test is held on Sunday immediately after arrival, so students are placed in the right class and ready to begin their course from Monday morning.
  • Car park available for easy drop-off and pick-up on arrival/departure days.

We are aware that this particular period also requires a particular attention to ensure the safety of your children and the organisation of their stay.

That is why we have established new measures as follow.

Organisation and visualisation of contact bubbles for the students and members of the permanent staff :

The boarded participants attending the multi-day overnight camp will be divided into contact bubbles of 50 people, as foreseen in the generic youth protocol.

In actual facts, this means that the camp will be organised in such a way that contact within the bubbles takes place in a rather normal way, while keeping a formal distance between the different bubbles.

This implies the following organisation FOR EACH BUBBLE :

  • Infrastructure (building and/or grounds/tents) to be subdivided into sleeping areas, eating areas, play areas, sanitary facilities per bubble. The same space can be used by different bubbles as long as it is used by teams and disinfected between uses. This rule does not apply to sleeping areas.
  • Use of the equipment: wherever possible, we plan to distribute the equipments in different trunks per bubble. Objects that cannot be divided can only be used between groups, provided that the contact surfaces are disinfected in the meantime.
  • Clear visualisation of the bubbles, also with regard to infrastructure and equipment.
  • Fixed supervision per bubble. If a supervisory team meets, the social distancing rules in use at the time in the company will apply.
  • A multi-day overnight camp can consist of several contact bubbles at the same time.
  • Bubble structures will be maintained from the beginning of the camp and contact with outsiders will be avoided: no visits, agreements with parents to drop off and pick up their children, on departure and return.

Emergency procedures and duty system :

A standard emergency procedure is developed for multi-day overnight camps. The main components of this emergency procedure are :

  • Presence and use of a quarantine area in case of suspected infection.
  • Sick participants will leave the camp.
  • The organiser can rely on a policy of permanent assistance from the coordinating organisation.
  • Close contact with a physician operating in the vicinity of the multi-day camp and who can be contacted in case of suspected coronavirus infection.
  • In case of infection, contact with grandparents and other risk groups should be avoided for at least one week.
  • In case of infection, the local administration of the camp site, as well as the camp participants, accompanying persons and parents of the participants will be informed.
  • All parties involved (participants, parents, suppliers, etc.) will be informed about the rules and measures taken.
  • Clear agreements will be made with all participants in the overnight camp about the measures taken and this will be supported (visually) by communication/pictograms/standard situations.

Sanitation and hygiene :

  • Handwashing should take place at least at the beginning and end of the activity, before and after meals, and upon each visit to the toilet.
  • The infrastructure, planning and equipment will be adapted to the respect of hand hygiene as much as possible.
  • The layout and use of the building will be properly planned in the context of bubble compliance and hygiene conditions.
  • Cough into the crook of the elbow, use single-use tissues and use closed waste bins.
  • Mouth and nose masks will be used outside the contact bubbles by the 12+ age group in accordance with global guidelines.
  • Wound care will be provided for 12+ with a mouth and nose mask and possibly gloves.
  • Contact surfaces will be cleaned regularly in accordance with the guidelines.
  • Living and sleeping areas will be regularly ventilated.
  • The equipment should remain in the bubble as much as possible. If the equipment is nevertheless passed from one bubble to another, the contact surfaces will be disinfected.
  • If any equipment is provided by outsiders, it must be provided and/or delivered in absolute respect of the hygiene and sanitation measures.

Nature of the activities :

  • Activities will be organised as much as possible in the outdoors.
  • The bubbles will be spread over the maximum capacity of the field/building (whether or not extended to an additional play area/infrastructure).
  • Activities with physical contact between bubbles will not be possible.
  • Activities will take place as much as possible on the camp site. We will avoid organising walks with the bubble because of the contact with outsiders.
  • When leaving the holiday camp site or estate, the groups will follow the measures concerning the contact with others. The structure of the bubble will be maintained by not allowing any outsiders to enter it.
  • When coming into contact with other people in the public space (forest, sports or playgrounds, public squares, streets, …), we will keep a sufficient distance from those who do not belong to the bubble.
  • Outings during which the contact bubble comes into contact with other people and/or other bubbles will be avoided as much as possible. If this does occur nevertheless, it must be done in accordance with the official guidelines applying to that location (e.g. swimming pools, leisure/recreational areas such as amusement parks/provincial areas, etc.).
  • When, during a camp lasting several days with overnight stays, contact is made with outsiders for a specific activity (e.g.kayak rental, mountain bike rental, ropes course, etc.), strict rules of safety and hygiene will apply.
  • In general terms, activities where there is intense contact between people will be avoided in order to prevent possible contamination within the contact bubble.
  • For children of 12 years or more, the staff will pay particular attention to the nature of the activity (if light contact is possible, intensive contact is never recommended).

The supervising group leaders are aware of the impact of fatigue on the youth’s immune system. They will take that particular aspect into account when preparing the programmes and will provide sufficient night rest for the participants and for themselves.


Dates & Prices 2021

Dates 2021

Courses run Sunday-Saturday (7 days, 6 nights) and are held every week during the  Summer holidays.

Summer Camp 2021, 8-17 years old:

  • July 04 to 10
  • July 11 to 17
  • July 18 to 24
  • July 25 to 31
  • August 01 to 07
  • August 08 to 14
  • August 15 to 21
  • August 22 to 28

It is possible to combine a Dutch course with different activity options (i.e. Culture on first week and then Tennis or Multisports or Windsurfing or Horseriding if the stay exceeds one week and runs over several weeks).

Prices 2021

All taxes and enrolment fees included

Programme Prices – per week

WPCS 42.0.1

Lessons & activities - Residence, full board (1 to 4 weeks) 
SummerCultureMultisportsTennisWindsurfingHorse Riding
04/07 - 10/07 595 595 655 715 725 715
11/07 - 17/07 595 595 655 715 725 715
18/07 - 24/07 595 595 655 715 725 715
25/07 - 31/07 595 595 655 715 725 715
01/08 - 07/08 595 595 655 715 725 715
08/08 - 14/08 595 595 655 715 725 715
15/08 - 21/08 595 595 655 715 725 715
22/08 - 28/08 595 595 655 715 725 715
Accommodation extras
Extra night from Saturday to Sunday between two weeks (stays exceeding 1 week) 90
Bed linen hire (per week) 25
Special diet (vegetarian, halal, etc...) 30
Airport or train station transfers
DestinationOne-wayRound trip
Zaventem Airport or Bruxelles Midi Station (Thalys) 150 270
Charleroi (Bruxelles South) Airport 240 420
Transfer extras
Arrival or departure between 20.00 & 10.00 30
Unaccompanied Minor transfer (UM) 75
Discounts
Day Camp: course without accommodation (per week) 165
Family Discount (starting from 2nd enrolment) 15

Prices include:

  • Dutch lessons
  • Placement test on arrival and progress test at the end of the stay
  • Certificate of completion at the end of the stay
  • Residence accommodation, full board
  • Shared room, shared bathroom, free Wi-Fi
  • Course materials
  • All sports and use of sports facilities
  • All activities (daytime and evening) and weekend excursions, including transport and entrance fees
  • 24hr supervision
  • Emergency accident insurance coverage

Prices do not include:

  • Transportation to Bruges or transfers from Brussels Airport (Zaventem), Charleroi Airport (Brussels South) or Brussels Midi Train Station
  • Saturday night stay if 2 weeks stay or longer (see extra fee in Prices & Dates tab)
  • Bed linen loan extra (€25 per week)
  • Riding boots (Horse Riding activity only)