Finnish Language Camp Enables Students to Fulfill High School Language Credit in Four Weeks During Summer

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Students in grades 9 - 12 who attend Salolampi, a unique Finnish language camp in Minnesota, can fulfill their high school language credit in just four weeks over the summer.

Salolampi staff say "Tervetuloa!" (Welcome!)

It's a terrific opportunity for students to take advantage of one year's worth of language experience, concentrated into a one-month program, while learning about the world outside their borders in a great summer camp environment.

This summer, teenage students who attend Salolampi, a Finnish language camp operated by Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji, Minnesota, will be fulfilling their high school language credit while having fun and preparing for their future as global citizens.

"Thanks to our innovative, fully-accredited program, students can earn their high school language credit in just four weeks over the summer," said Amy "Iida" Tervola-Hultberg, Salolampi Dean. "It's a terrific opportunity for students to take advantage of one year's worth of language experience, concentrated into a one-month program, while learning about the world outside their borders in a great summer camp environment."

At Salolampi, students can become proficient in a foreign language within a summer program that prides itself on providing a unique immersive experience, where native Finnish speakers encourage natural conversation. Students learn words, phrases, the history, and traditions of Finland within a beautiful lakeside camp that boasts Finnish architecture, delicious Finnish food, and fun Finnish activities.

“Our goals at Salolampi is to help students learn about themselves within the context of a global framework,“ said Tervola-Hultberg. “As a result, they are prepared to take advantage of opportunities to study abroad, and eventually be better able to compete within an increasingly globalized economy.”

Indeed, the Salolampi experience has helped prepare high school student Ben Leinonen, age 16, of Atlantic Mine, Michigan. He attended Salolampi in 2015, and now he is headed to Finland this fall to study for one year.

"Participating in Salolampi's four-week summer camp enabled me to fulfill my high school language credit," said Leinonen. "In addition, this program inspired me to study abroad in Finland for my junior year, and now, I feel well-prepared to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to expand my knowledge of Finland while gaining valuable international experience."

In addition, thanks to the generosity of the Finnish-American community, significant scholarships to Salolampi are still available.

The deadline to register for camp and receive a Salolampi scholarship is April 1st. The link to register is here: http://bit.ly/1oN7I1B

More scholarships from Finlandia Foundation National are available for students who apply by May 2nd. The link to apply is here: http://bit.ly/1TDO9DU

About Salolampi Foundation
Salolampi Foundation is committed to sustaining Finnish language and culture through scholarships and funding to support the Salolampi Finnish Language Village.

About Finlandia Foundation National
Finlandia Foundation National is committed to sustaining both Finnish-American culture in the United States and the ancestral tie with Finland by raising funds for grants and scholarships, initiating innovative national programs and networking with local chapters.

About Concordia Language Villages
Concordia Language Villages, a program of Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., is a recognized leader in global education offering 15 world language programs. Concordia Language Villages attracts more than 10,000 youth, educators and adults annually from all 50 states and more than 40 countries. Youth ages 7-18 and adults of all language experience levels can take advantage of on-site learning options ranging from a weekend to four weeks.

For inquiries regarding Salolampi Finnish Language Village, please contact:

Amy “Iida” Tervola Hultberg
atervola(at)cord(dot)edu

For inquiries regarding Finlandia Foundation National, please contact:
Kath Usitalo
kathusitalo(at)mac(dot)com
313-530-1129

For inquiries regarding Concordia Language Villages, please contact:
Lisa Steffens
steffens(at)cord(dot)edu
218-299-3247

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