Bilingual Connections Youth Leadership Course

Over 21 days, participating youth will be immersed in a blend of wilderness and urban settings throughout British Columbia while using both languages to explore their leadership potential, connect with the land, and learn about real climate change impacts and solutions in Canada.

Instructors are fluent in Spanish and English, and facilitate language acquisition through encouragement, guidance, and by organizing activities specifically for participants to practice speaking with native speakers.

Overview of the course

This course is taught 50% in English and 50% in Spanish each day. Fireside instructors are fluently bilingual and have a depth of experience in leading our courses.

The course begins in BC’s Southern Gulf Island region and the capital city of BC (Victoria) to develop language ability, get to know one another, create intercultural connections & competencies, and begin building a foundation of skills and knowledge in outdoor activities. Youth will participate in paddle-boarding and canoeing workshops, and will bike around the quiet trails of Galiano Island. On day eight, the group will travel to the Sunshine Coast’s Sechelt Inlet, where participants will be well-prepared for our course challenge: a multi-day shoreline ocean canoeing experience, complete with alpine hiking and getting a 360-degree view of BC from a mountain-top! Upon completion of this adventure, youth will get the opportunity to spend a day in Vancouver, and two days in Whistler to wind down and visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.

What it Includes 

Pre-course check-in and language assessment call, accommodation, food, use of group camping and course gear, ground and ferry transportation, climate change education and outdoor leadership course curriculum, informal language instruction and feedback (written and oral), Fireside eco-swag (t-shirt, water bottle, and more), course certificate, and post-course follow-up.

This course is intended as a language exchange summer course, where participants from English and Spanish speaking countries and backgrounds may connect with other youth to deepen their skills in their second language – be it English or Spanish.

Participants will gaze up at the stars and learn about constellations, have a cozy movie night in the forest, go for evening paddle sessions, take a polar bear dip, engage in fun art-based workshops, play tag (in canoes!), capture the flag, and so much more! Be prepared for a great time in the outdoors!

Striving to be the best Canadian Bilingual Language Teen Camp and summer course.

For more information on the course itinerary and learning modules, please see our trip plan.

​ Highlights of the course

  • Daily language guidance, coaching and personalized feedback from instructors.

  • Opportunities to form friendships and cultural connections with English/Spanish youth from across Canada and around the world.

  • An introduction to canoe paddling, bike touring, paddle boarding, backcountry camping, expedition planning, and other outdoor skills training.

  • Travel between Galiano Island, Victoria, Sunshine Coast, Vancouver, and Whistler.

  • Participation in climate change education and outdoor leadership learning modules through Fireside Adventures curriculum.

  • Daily bilingual activities where youth put their language learning in action through informal communication and direct experience speaking/writing in their second language.

  • Meeting and learning with local First Nations, environmental organizations, and other community change makers.

  • Cycling and paddle boarding along the quiet trails and majestic coastlines of the Southern Gulf Islands.

  • Participating in a series of wilderness gourmet cooking lessons so youth can create delicious, healthy and wholesome food in the backcountry (and at home!)

  • Staying in University Residences to get a taste of the post-secondary experience.

  • BC Wildlife – Orcas, eagles, seals, and intertidal creatures!

  • Strong focus on Indigenous perspectives/education and climate change education as a way to create solutions for a changing world and to practice reconciliation in action by learning from elders and the land.

  • Support from experienced and skilled fluently bilingual instructors who provide around-the-clock supervision for the entirety of the course.

  • Increasing self-knowledge, clarifying values, strengthening decision-making skills and processes, and learning how to set short and long-term goals.

  • Learning about leadership styles and competencies to become more self-propelled and self-motivated in community and school.

  • Breathe Canadian fresh air and experience the call of the wild!

  • Receive a leadership certificate.

  • Have a ton of summer outdoor fun!

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