it’s great to see you here, because that means, you are interested in our English Camp. If you haven’t seen already you should definitely get some impressions of what English Camp looks like in our Trailer:
That's what volunteers say about serving at EnglishCamp:
„I love the spiritual atmosphere of the camp! There's always someone to pray with 🙂 The worship was wonderful, and the project videos were my highlight. I also loved praying with the campers after.“
„I love how interested my girls were in the project. It was good that they stayed in their small groups because they trust each other and feel more comfortable in speaking English and maybe making mistakes, they helped each other a lot, they were friends, and they had so much fun together. I like the fact that we had co teachers. That way we could split up.“
Being at Englisch Camp as a staff member and a camper, I had the opportunity to experience it in a special way. I got to see not only the effort and motivation the staff-members put into planning the creative program, but also feel the enthusiasm and appreciacion the campers had for it. It made me realize how extraordinary the community was because it is about bringing joy to others and being valued. I especially noticed it during the project in which I performed as teacher: Everyone's contribution was valued by the others and through supporting and improving each others‘ ideas, the campers were able to create great products of which I am very proud!
English Camp is a place where I experienced God's unconditional love and acceptance through the community of staff and campers. Everyone was so incredibly kind and supportive, and made me feel welcome and appreciated. English Camp was a place where I could be myself, where my talents were recognised, and where I felt like I could make a difference.
English camp has a very special place in my heart. The way everyone interacts, staff members as well as campers, is so loving and it's like we are one big family! The workshops and activities are creative and diverse which makes everyday exciting and different.
Being a teacher, it was really nice having a co-teacher to create and lead the project with. We could brainstorm, prepare and support each other which helped us improve and have an amazing time during the project.
I really enjoy the time at English camp and am looking forward to being back next year!
If you have specific questions, you may find them answered here in our FAQs:
ABOUT OUR MINISTRY
We are a Christian youth retreat and believe that every person should get to know God personally. This is because He is the center and source of life and our work. We believe that each participant is uniquely created by God, and that God longs to get in relationship with everyone. We believe that the Holy Spirit is real and is at work today, and that He is the power of God in us and around us.
As an EC staff member, you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who became man, died on the cross, and rose again. You believe that he is the only way to God. You believe that the Bible contains God's Word and is a guide for your life. You want your life to reflect the ethical principles of the Bible and be an example of what it means to live with God.
You understand that believers from different backgrounds and traditions come together at this place and therefore you are willing to accept other ways of believing and views. It is important that we trust each other, respect each other and recognize the authority of the leaders and team leaders. The EC should be a space for you to grow, to incorporate your gifts and to try yourself out. To do this, we want to learn from each other.
There are many ways to support us, even if you can’t be there at the camp.
- The easiest and most important possibility is to pray for the camp. That god supports us with volunteers and finances to prepare the camp, that he protects and blesses us during the camp and that he will bring forth fruit in the life of the campers.
- You can support us financially by donating for our Youth ministry:
IBAN: DE97 8505 0300 3100 2167 16; BIC: OSDDDE81XXX
- We are constantly looking for Native Speakers who are willing to support us. So, if you have friends who could fit in, invite them to get in contact with us or inform us so that we can get in contact with them.
ABOUT THE CAMP IN GENERAL
The next camp will be August, 2nd – 11th, 2023.
We will start as a staff team with our Orientation Days on Sa, July, 29th, 2023 at the camp location.
The Address is:
Bei der Liebethaler Kirche 2–4
There are about 40 campers, aged 13-18 years old, about 15 German staff members from our church, and 4-8 English native speakers from all over the world.
Depending on where you come from the transfer will take more or less preparation. If you will need to fly, the closest airport will be Dresden International Airport. When you come by train Dresden, Hbf will probably be the closest station. No matter where you come from let us know about you. We will find a way.
The costs for Housing & Food for one staff member are about 400,00€.
We want to keep the camp affordable for the campers, so we are happy if our supporting staff team is able to take the costs. But if that’s not possible, don’t hesitate to get in contact with us, so we can figure out how we can make it happen that you can join us.
In our invitation to the camp we present an opportunity for students to improve their English skills while having a great time during their summer break. The campers know that we are a Christian camp. Most of the campers who come to us for the first time are not really sure what to expect. Some of them are even sent to the camp by their parents just to improve their marks in English. But most of them are invited by friends who’ve already been to the camp. And they know that besides the English aspect we will talk about God, faith and what that may have to do with them. For some of them, this camp is a long-expected refreshment of their relationship with God.
Almost every day at English Camp is different. Nevertheless, the schedule for orientation looks like this:
8:45 Staff Praise Prayer
9:15 Small Groups
10:00 English Class
19:00 Staff meeting
20:15 Evening Program
21:30 Small Groups
22:15 To Rooms
22:45 Lights out
There are a lot of opportunities for you to get involved in EnglishCamp besides teaching English:
If you sing or play an instrument you’re welcome to join the band for the evening program.
If you have an idea for a workshop (crafts, sports, art, etc.) you could lead a workshop that will take place in the afternoon on four days.
If you like sports, you are invited to join the activity teams as a team coach. That means to support one of our campers activity teams during the afternoon by cheering for them, encourage them and help them to grow together as a team. Or you could join the ghost team, the staff team that will compete with the campers teams in some games.
If you have experienced something with god you want to share with the campers, we’d love to hear your testimony in the evening program.
If you like to even preach a sermon let us know so that we can find out, where your message would fit in the evening program.
There are a lot of more things going on during EnglishCamp where we invite you to share your ideas, support the team and jump in.
Four days in advance of the camp (August, 8th, 2020) the complete staff team will meet at the campsite to prepare the camp. There will be time to get to know each other and to grow together as a team. We will focus on God in worship and ask him what he has in store for us and the camp. There will be enough time for the teachers to prepare the lessons, go through the schedule of the camp and all its details.
ABOUT TEACHING ENGLISH
No. Teaching English in EnglishCamp is not like it is in school. Our goal is to build relationships with the campers, to encourage them to speak English.
Don’t worry too much about preparing for the classes in advance. There will be experienced English Camp English teachers who will help you prepare the classes during the Orientation days.
No. Basically the complete camp will be in English. Most of the time there will be a German translation for the campers. Of course, it can be an advantage if you at least understand or speak a little German, because if the campers are on their own they use to speak German. Sometimes even the German staff members fall back into speaking German. If that’s the case feel free to mention that so that we can switch back to English.