Cultural Understanding is the over-arching component of our camps. It is an all important mindset-growth element. International understanding begins with an appreciation of our own culture when we encounter and consider other cultures, other worldviews and other ways of looking at the world. The richness of the South Pacific Polynesian culture is the background cultural inquiry in our program, alongside a very diverse student body. The Polynesian culture is introduced to our students though ateliers, presentations and hands-on participation in crafts, dances, music, traditions and interactions with local elders.
History. Students will have the opportunity to reach out to the local community through service in the district of Taputapuatea. This community hosts the site of the Marae of Taputapuatea, a vast temple-grounds regarded as the center of Polynesian civilization, the nesting place of Polynesian culture and the original place from which the Polynesian people adventured, sailing north to Hawaii, west to New Zealand and east to the Easter Island, forming the famed Polynesian triangle. Students will help one of the local organizations preserve this future UNESCO World Heritage Site and its unspoiled environment.
French Language. The program is bi-lingual: the academic component is in English, with activities and interactions with the locals conducted in French (translated in English for our students). Optional formal French language classes are also available as part of the program, from beginner to advanced.