Our 2013 July (Level I Ninja) and August (Level II Samurai) sessions are open for registration! Spots are filling up fast—especially for Level II, when we’ll be joined by our Japanese high-school interns—so register soon!
This year we added an extra week with a higher level to accomodate demand—check your level below.
Level I Ninja Jul 14/15-20
Ages 9-14; Low to mid beginners
Sleepaway $825 (Jul 14-20); Day participants $350 (Jul 15-20)
Level II Samurai Aug 4/5-10
Ages 10-17; High beginner through intermediate
Sleepaway $850 (Aug 4-10); Day participants $375 (Aug 5-10)
Questions? Mail program director <kurtpipa at hotmail dot com>
Welcome to our unique semi-immersion, low-pressure language program with emphasis on hands-on cultural experiences. Experience a fun and energetic way to improve Japanese language skills and gain cultural exposure in a safe, stimulating and supportive environment.
Set in Ithaca, New York, the heart of Upstate New York’s Finger Lake Region, just over four hours away from New York City and based at our home in EcoVillage at Ithaca. We take full advantage of resource-rich Ithaca, including its scenic beauty, playful kid-centric sites and thriving sustainability movement.
Five sleepaway participants stay at our home, with day participants joining activities during day. Meals include real Japanese home-style cooking—a rarity anywhere in the U.S.—and use local organic food. In addition to Japanese language sessions and Japanese cultural activities (which could include calligraphy, tea ceremony, mochi rice pounding, ikebana flower arranging, origami paper folding), other summery camp activities may include the following:
- Hike, swim, check out waterfalls and picnic (including Japanese-style picnic food) at a local State Park or two
- Visit a farm, learn about CSAs and pick vegetables
- Go berry-picking, and make a dessert using the berries
- Visit a local award-winning museum (in case of rainy weather)
- Create a video showcasing what participants learned
In evenings and nights, full-time participants might watch a Japanese movie, read Japanese tales, play Japanese games, try a Japanese dessert or two, and maybe even dream Japanese dreams. There is time most nights for calls, chats and emails to home (including free WiFi and Skype access), but students are encouraged to leave computers and devices behind for a relatively unplugged experience.
Day-time participants arrive in the morning after eating breakfast at home, stay through lunch and return home in the afternoon. You will receive a detailed time schedule for day-time participants after registering. Day-time participants who want more language immersion can be included in evening activities for an extra fee. Please contact director <kurtpipa at hotmail dot com> or call 631-731-1834.
Come join us! We pride ourselves on a high level of personal care and interaction with and among our participants, which means there is limited availability. Spots go fast, so register now!