Welcome to the website dedicated to the INTERNATIONAL VILLAGE cultural – language project.
We are proud to say that this project is unique in its scale. This project is an interesting alternative to traditional school trips organised in the participants’ home country as well as trips to England where students don’t really have a chance to speak English.
The Project is targeted at teenagers aged 12-17, who can speak English well enough to communicate (at least A2 level).
INTERNATIONAL VILLAGE is for students aged 14-17 years old.
INTERNATIONAL VILLAGE Junior is for students aged 12-14 years old (only Round 4 in Slovakia).
The main idea of the INTERNATIONAL VILLAGE project is:
Participants from different countries meet in a hotel located in CROATIA, SLOVAKIA or POLAND and stay there for 7 days. During that time they take part in different activities such as language workshops with native speakers from USA, UK, Canada and Australia, sports activities, art and intercultural ones as well as workshops about EU and many other interesting activities.
Through this project they will have a chance to meet their peers from other countries and make new international friendships, get to know them better, the music they listen, the idols they have etc. It will enable them to get to know the cultures of other nations. The project will also make them more open-minded and tolerant and will show them that they are not much different from their peers from other countries, and that although they speak different languages they are very much alike.
We know that through being together, sharing and cooperating in different activities, they will overcome all prejudices against other nations or races. and break their stereotypes about other cultures which they have
The official language of the INTERNATIONAL VILLAGE project is English, which means that all the activities will be led in English by native speakers from USA, Canada and UK. The participants will be obliged to use that language all the time throughout their stay. It will help them break the barrier of shyness when speaking English what is a great problem for those who learn the language. There is no bureaucracy involved in registering the group to the project. Only 2 documents are required to register a group. Only 2 x A4 sheets of paper ….. More info in REGISTRATION.
So far we’ve hosted students from 29 countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Guadeloupe, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, North Macedonia, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Vietnam and Ukraine.
You can see some pictures and videos from those editions in GALLERY . You can visit project’s Instagram @realinternationalvillage, Facebook profile and You Tube account where you will find much more pictures and videos.
More info about the dates can be obtained from the page INFO
••• Students can practice their English speaking skills with their peers from other countries and with native speakers in a friendly and fun environment, moreover all the activities put an emphasis on the ability of speaking English. It all helps them break the barrier of shyness when speaking English. Thanks to that they will be able to speak the language freely, without being ashamed or afraid.
••• Students can make new international friendships. From our experience we know that many still keep in touch long after the project’s finish. Moreover some of them visit each other in their countries …
••• Students become more open minded and tolerant for other cultures thanks to being so close (sharing a room) and so intensely (they spend almost 24 hours with each other). All the activities are designed to make students cooperate and socialize, they also break their stereotypes about other cultures. They learn to respect other nations’ cultures and other people’s opinions, through the activities they learn to cooperate with other people.
••• Students learn some important life lessons. By sharing a room with a person from other countries they need to learn to cooperate together and compromise on many things and in many situations (like for example using a toilet, bathroom or a time to put the lights off for sleep etc.).
••• Participating in the project greatly strengthens the bonds between students and their teacher since they spend quite some time together on such adventurous trip
••• Participating in the project also strengthens the bonds between students in each country group.
••• Students get to visit new countries.
••• Through being together, sharing and cooperating in different activities, students overcome all prejudices against other nations or races. and break their stereotypes about other cultures which they might have.
••• Participation in the project makes the students realise that although they speak different languages and come from different cultural backgrounds they are very much alike.
••• All students which participated in the project in the recent years agreed on one thing – they all said it was the best week of their lives, they said they expected another boring camp with uninteresting workshops, dull activities and generally nothing exciting, but at the end of their stay they all said that they were surprised by how great experience it was. Some of them returned 4 years in a row …