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Breaking Barriers and Building Friendships

Breaking Barriers and Building Friendships

Diversity at Altitude

One of the brilliant things about our Camps is the diversity of our campers. Last year we had campmates from 16 different nations! For some children, this could even be the first time they’ve met someone from a different country or continent, especially in an environment where they are able to live and enjoy activities together.

 

How can international camps be beneficial?

In today’s world where the ease of international travel is making the world a smaller place, it can be important to teach our children acceptance of others’ cultural heritage, appearance, religions and nationalities. An international school or camp environment can help do just this, as children and teenagers learn about different cultures first-hand. This unique opportunity to discover the differences and similarities between other cultures can also help children develop their sense of self, and discover what is important to them about their own families, heritage and culture.

Friendships and teambuilding

At Altitude, a huge focus of the camp is teaching how, despite their differences, everyone should be treated with respect and friendship. There is no better way to teach this than for staff to demonstrate this to campers, and whether attending a day camp or a residential camp, the focus in each activity is to ensure everyone gets involved and feels part of the camp community.

 

Each day, children take part in various team-building activities from kite making to shelter building, and team games such a mini-olympics, and talent shows to name just a few. These activities encourage children to work together; developing their communication skills, learning to identify their own strengths and weaknesses and supporting others when they need help.

Learning about differences 

Language campers learn about their fellow campmates countries and give presentations on their own countries in their new language.  With our camps based in Switzerland, campers see and experience the traditions of the Swiss Alps, and learn to identify the food, landscape and traditions that help define their own countries.

 

These life lessons are transferrable way beyond the duration of the camps, and children gain insight and confidence into how to interact and show respect to other cultures or people in future situations. International friendships can help children better appreciate the world around them, and value the diversity, skills and experiences that their peers from different backgrounds have. 

 

Being in an environment that helps celebrate everyone’s differences, whether that be in their background or personality, can help develop children’s emotional maturity. Promoting acceptance also makes children less likely to pick on or bully others for their differences, or be the subject of bullying themselves.

 

Providing your children with opportunities to build lasting, meaningful and diverse friendships and teaching them to show understanding and kindness towards others from all parts of the world, we believe to be one of the main benefits an international camp has to offer.

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