Teens Language & Adventures Camp - Monte Carlo, Monaco. France
Since 1988, we have welcomed over 12 000 teenagers during the summer period, aged between 13 and 17 years old and coming from around the world. Between mid-June and the end of August, the Centre accommodates about 500 teenagers – a limited number which allows us to pay special attention to each and every student.
The programme favours intercultural exchanges between young people. A global educational concept
to learn French in an international class at your level, choose sports or cultural activities in the afternoons and evening entertainments to have new experiences and form new friendships and share your room with young people from other countries, respecting safety regulations and the rules of living amongst others.
The international meeting contributes to opening the minds of teenagers and preparing them for a global future. All the are compulsory, as is Saturday’s weekly excursion. However, all evening and afternoon activities are optional in order for students to benefit from their independence. Nevertheless, our team leaders’ role is to encourage the students to take part in a maximum number of activities.
51 shared rooms with shower and toilet in 3 housing units, they have between 3 to 5 beds and wardrobe space.
- Les Olivers
- Les Orangers
- Les Cypres
- 8 classrooms
- The amphitheatre
- The terrace
- Outdoor facilities
Catering is self-service, offering balanced meals cooked in our kitchens. The cafeteria stays open in the evenings: students can meet up in a friendly, festive environment. Various forms of entertainment take place here several times a week: cinema, magic displays, dances, tasting of new foods.
We have four teams of staff working together in order ensure a quality of service. At the height of the summer season, a total of more than 50 people work with a maximum of 170 teenagers. The reception team welcomes, informs and advises teenagers, from 8am to 12.30 pm and from 2pm to 7pm.
Qualified and carefully selected staff is on site 24 hours a day. They handle all transfers to and from the centre as well as organising cultural and sports activities in the evening and supervise the dormitories, ensuring the well-being of the students.
Working alongside the course leaders is our security team, which controls access around the clock. Course leader to child ratio: 1:9 or 1:10 (French Government standard: 1:12). Our teachers are all graduates in the teaching of French as a foreign language. Their lessons are not only beneficial but also enjoyable for teenagers.
Our team of housekeepers looks after the practical side of the campus: they manage the cafeteria and meal preparation, they clean the bedrooms and they maintain the overall cleanliness of the centre, not forgetting the upkeep of our fabulous garden of 3 hectares.
Pocket money is distributed securely 3 times per week: every Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30 pm and on Sunday at 11.30 am.
Each week: the laundry is collected Sunday morning, and returned on Wednesday at the latest. The laundry must be endued with a label. Do not give too delicate clothes to launder.
First Aid is on hand at reception where members of staff in possession of their First Aid Certificate (AFPS) take care of all minor injuries under supervision by the management at the Camp. In cases of illness or more serious injury, a doctor of Monaco would be called in to intervene.
The nearest hospital is only 1 kilometre away situated in Monaco. Nota Bene: The medical form which you receive on enrolment must be carefully completed and returned to the centre before your child’s stay.
For the protection of young minors (health and safety and risk of fire) smoking is strictly forbidden in schools in accordance with French law. This visit is authorized by the Youth and Sports Ministry.
Arrival at the Centre
On their arrival at the centre, the students are greeted at the reception for check-inn in order to hand over documents and a part of their pocket money.
We also provide students with their room key, their own personal card fort the centre, a folder containing important information, the rules and regulations for the centre and a timetable listing the programme of events for the following week. They are then allowed to settle into their rooms and they are invited to go on a tour of the centre with a member of staff.
There is a welcome barbecue on Sunday evening on the terrace following an introduction to members of staff, where students are also briefed on important information relating to their stay. After dinner, group games are organised by the facilitators to encourage communication among everybody.
Each student is also offered the chance to meet with a team leader individually on Monday following the French test to discuss any queries or problems and also to give us the opportunity to get to know each and every student personally.
Pick up at Monaco Railway station or Nice Airport
11:30 – 12:15 Collect your pocket money
14:00 Mala´s Beach
15:30 Marquet´s beach
19:15 Welcome and presentation of the weekly by camp counselors dinner welcome group games crepes and disco
8:45 Languege Evaluation test
11:00 Welcome fruit juices
13:30 Menton: Cocteau museum and Anglais
14:00 Rollerskating “Promenade des Anglais”
14:30 Dodgeball (water games)
15:00 Excursion to Eze (the perfume factory and the old town)
18:30Collect your money
20:30 Basketball tournament Circus introduction Cooking: French toast
8:45 – 12:45 Meeting Roll call Language Courses
13:30 Monaco Oceanografic museum
13:30 Adventure Labyrinth
13:45 Catamaran at Marquet’s beach
14:45 Tennis at Marquet’s beach
14:10 Monaco’s pool
18:30 – 19:15 Get back your laundry
20:30 Giant Babyfoot
Cocteau’s paiting workshop
8:45 – 12:15 Language courses
13:30 Catamaran at Marquet’s beach
14:00 Greek Villa “Kerylos”(audio-guided tour)
Excursion to Villefranche surmer ( the citadel, the beach)
18:30 – 19:15 Collect your pocket money
20:30 Olympiacs games Postcard workshop “Monacoby night”
8:45 – 12:15 Language courses
13:30 Marquet´s beach: Tennis courses
13:45 Nice: modern art museum and beach
14:15 Water games
14:30 Soccer and ultimate in Cap d’Ail
Excursion to Monaco (the “Palace, the harbor, Casino Square)
20:30 Cassino Party Salsa initiation sculpture workshop
Ping Pong tournament
8:45 – 12:00 Language courses
Course certificates delivery
13:30 Climbing to Tête de chien
14:15 Exhibition in Monaco (Grimaldi Forum)
14:30 Excursion to Nice (old town, Massena square)
14:30 Mini-golf and Monaco’s exotic garden
20:30 Weekly slideshow
8:45 Full day excursion
18:00 Boat trip on an old sailboat and Marquet´s Beach
Excursion to Biot(glass-blower workshop) and Jean lespin’s beach
San Remo´s typical market (Italy) and Menton’s beach
20:30 Movie on big screen
From Monday to Friday
Our team carefully selects activities to suit all tastes. The programme and the choice: sport, culture or tourism! The students are free to enrol with their team leaders using their personal card in order to take part in the activities. Mode of transport depends on the destination: on foot (Cap d’Ail, Monaco), by county bus, 9-seat minibus, private bus licensed for school transport.
Accompanied by our staff, helped by qualified specialists when necessary, sporting activities are organised in Cap d’Ail, Monaco and the Nice region:
- Banana boat
- Surf rescue (successful swimming test required)
- Tree climbing
- Rock climbing
- Beach volleyball
Cultural and Touristic Activities
Discover the French Riviera in the company of our staff (Monaco, Nice, Menton, Villefranche, Eze, Beaulieu, Le Cap Ferrat, Roquebrune, etc..) : walks and/or museums visits…But you can also relax at the pool of the port of Monaco or the prettiest beaches (supervised) between Nice and Menton: Mala and Marquet beaches in Cap d’Ail, Larvotto in Monaco, etc.
And for those who prefer to stay at the Centre with friends, the staff regularly organise water games at the large terrace and under the shady pinewoods: fun and refreshment guaranteed !!!
They are specially prepared and organized by our entertainment staff and are practised collectively or individually on the “grand terrace” with a space measuring 400 square metres overlooking the sea. Young people move, participate in activities according to their preferences and according to what their friends are doing. If they just want to relax in small groups, the “lounge” corner is there to welcome them.
Every night at least 3 different activities are offered, such as:
- Sports tournaments
- Team games
- Fine arts
- Introduction to circus
- Pottery decoration
- DJ competitions
- An accompanied outing to Monaco by night is regularly scheduled throughout the summer.
- Finally, at the Jean Cocteau amphitheatre there are some great performances by young entertainers (talent evenings!)
- In August there are classical music concerts and an evening of theatre.
It is optional (except the one on departure), with your team leaders:
- Grasse the world capital of perfume
- Agay Bay
- The Italian Border
- Sail in a schooner between Monaco and Cap Ferrat.
These trips include a touristic/cultural tour followed by free time in the city and/or a relaxing time at the beach.(Mode of transport: private bus company approved for school transport or schooner approved for coastal navigation).
Dynamic French lessons!
- From complete beginners to B2 level in French.
- Written and oral level test on arrival, and distribution of students into classes by level.
- 15 students per class maximum.
- Full 15 hours per week.
8:45 to 10:30 a.m.: general French to develop comprehension, oral and written expression.
11:00 to 12:15p.m.: creative expression workshops (role playing / stage sets, editing a newspaper, writing poetry or literature, French music, short films, photo story and workshops by level, speciality or student preferences).
Priority for spontaneous expression and understanding
We offer interactive teaching, communicative and active, based on simulations, role plays, surveys, while including elements of the extraordinary natural and cultural heritage of the French Riviera.
Our courses also help to develop the skills required when passing:
- The DELF / Junior – diplomas A1, A2, B1, B2. We are licensed for the DELF / junior by the National Academy of Nice.
- Bilingual bachelors’s: EsaBac Franco-Italian, BachiBac Franco Spanish and AbiBac French-German.
TCF (French Knowledge Test). See our dates of handing over to the School.
- French exams or end of school year cycle, the “Advance Placement” (AP College Board) and IB “French language”.
A certificate of French studies is awarded at end of stay, evaluating the final language skills according to the criteria of the CEFR (Common European Framework for Languages) and the quality of class participation.
A Methodological Approach
The intensive teaching provided to the international group of teenagers aims at mastery of the structure of the language, and the imparting of knowledge of French culture based on the communicative approach. This approach promotes interactions within the class group and intercultural exchanges. It also systematically integrates action-oriented activities, as prescribed by the European language framework.
In fact, the Centre adopted the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) upon its inception in 2001, in order to change and update our placement test (for summer courses), standardise our teaching programmes, provide a means of monitoring progress, and, upon completion of the courses, confer on each student a certificate of French language studies.
This certificate, created according to CEFRL criteria, indicates the final level of language competence attained by each participant, including a reference to the student’s degree of participation in class. Our learning materials consist primarily of authentic multimedia materials, occasionally supplemented by extracts from FLE teaching materials.
In addition, our teaching team creates its own activities, documents and educational materials, adapted and designed for different levels, and listed in an internal course reference subdivided into four learning levels: A0 and A1 (for complete beginners and intermediate language learners, respectively), A2, B1 and B2.
Formative assessments are regularly integrated into our lessons in order to verify and consolidate students’ achievements. Due to its on-going interest in maintaining the motivation of students, and adapting to each student’s pace of learning, the team offers activities aimed at stimulating creativity and encouraging participation (role play, simulations, inter-class quizzes, rallies and communication-themed scavenger hunts, both in the classroom and on the grounds, as well as investigations and lessons in real-world contexts in the town of Cap d’Ail), etc.).
While the four language skills (comprehension and expression, both oral and written) are brought into play in our lessons, about 70% of these lessons are predominantly oral/auditory, while 30% are predominantly written. This ratio represents our response to the most common needs, but it can be modified upon specific request (for school groups).
Finally, our fabulous garden, which plays host to one of Jean Cocteau’s major architectural and graphic works in the midst of some 300 plant species, allows for the preparation of activities unique.
The Teaching Team
Our experienced teaching team are university graduates specialising in the teaching of French as a foreign language (Master FLES [Master of French as a Foreign or Second Language]).
The Educational Director, Vladi SINI, is a lecturer at CUEFLE [University Centre for the Teaching of French as a Foreign Language], and occasionally lectures in the Master FLES course at the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis. Sini is also a CIEP-approved marker and instructor for the DELF/DALF examinations, as well as a jury member of the VAE.
She is assisted in her role by Magali FAGGIO, a teacher and instructor, formerly a lecturer in French as a Foreign Language teaching at the University of Nice. Together, these staff members regularly present educational workshops for teachers of French abroad, in partnership with the Alliance Française and Institut Français systems.
More generally, both instructors regularly attend continuing professional development courses for teachers of French as a Foreign Language offered by the CIEP (the International Centre for Educational Studies of the French Ministry of Education), as do all permanent teaching staff; attendance at these courses is on the basis of assessments of the team’s evolving training needs.
Additional fee 95€ / week
Afternoons sessions (2x3h) on Tuesday, Thursday (5 to 10 students groups). This course allows you to improve general language skills and could be useful, if you wish, to prepare the TCF (French language test awarded by the French Ministry of Education) and to take here.
(Please note that places are limited for registering for the separate TCF French Language Test).
LOCATION & GETTING HERE
Set in a beautiful park overlooking the Mediterranean, the spectacular amphitheatre, three accommodation units, cafeteria, classrooms and reception area make the Centre a refreshing and stimulating place to live and work.
The proximity to nature, the magnificent panorama and the presence of Jean Cocteau’s graphic and architectural poetry in an enclosed and well-kept area fill our participants with a feeling of well-being which aids academic work and international exchanges.
Nice Côte d’Azur Airport. Direct bus N°110 “Airport-Monaco” by motorway.
By train, get off at Monaco train station, taxis are available to bring you directly to the Centre.
By car, follow the Route Nationale (D6007) from Nice to Monaco (Moyenne Corniche).
We provide a caring service ensuring all students are met on their arrival at Nice airport or Monaco station and subsequently dropped off on their departure.
PRICES & PACKAGES
The sessions start on Sundays and end on Saturdays from:
- 18th June
- 25th June
- 2nd July
- 9th July
- 16tht July
- 23rd July (2 or 3 weeks)
- 30th July (2 weeks)
- 2 weeks € 1.695 per person
- 3 weeks € 2.330 per person
- 4 weeks € 2.950 per person
- All meals
- Language courses
- Cultural activities
- Afternoon sports activities
- Evening entertainment
- Saturday excursions
- Extra Intensive French – € 95 per person per week