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

Our Dutch & Activity programme in Flanders is a fun and engaging way for 08-17 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 French and making the most of their holidays.

  • Minimum stay : 1 week
  • Lessons duration : 50 minutes
  • Number of lessons : 3 per day, 15 per week
  • 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)

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.

Several options are offered:

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.

Option activity duration: 2 hours every afternoon Monday to Friday.

  • 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.
  • 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 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.

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

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, 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.)

IMPORTANT NOTE:
bed linen is not included. Please bring your own sleeping bag or a set of single bed sheets and pillow case. If you are travelling by plane with restricted luggage, a set of sheets and pillow case is available at an extra cost (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).

Transport

We can arrange your transfers from Brussels Zaventem Airport, Charleroi Airport or Bruxelles-Midi (Brussels South) Train Station on arrival and/or departure (see extra fee in Dates & Prices tab).

Practical details

  • Campers’ Age: the Dutch & Activities Course is a fully-inclusive programme designed specifically for children aged 8-9, 10-12, 13-15 and 16-17. Note: 8-9 years-old may only attend during the Spring session and the first 2 weeks of July only
  • 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.

Dates & Prices 2020 – 2021

Dates 2020 – 2021

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

Autumn Camp 2020, available dates :

  • November 01 to 07

Activities offered : Culture, Multisports or Horse Riding

Spring Camp 2021, available dates :

  • April 04 to 10
  • April 11 to 17

Activities offered : Culture, Multisports, Tennis or Horse Riding

Summer Camp 2021, available dates:

  • 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 2020 – 2021

All taxes and enrolment fees included

Programme Prices – per week

WPCS 42.0.1
Lessons & activities - Residence, full board (1 week)   
AutumnCultureMultisportsHorse Riding
01/11 - 07/11 595 595 725
Lessons & activities - Residence, full board (1 to 2 weeks)
Spring / EasterCultureMultisportsTennisHorse Riding
04/04 - 10/04 585 585 635 695
11/04 - 17/04 585 585 635 695
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)