At Immersion Island we offer the opportunity for students who have studied Spanish or French for several years, and are ready to use it, to participate as Counselors in Training and help make camp fun and engaging for younger campers. CITs get a discount rate for camp, enjoy all the fun of camp and at the same time grow their leadership and language skills. Some CITs have been to Immersion Island before, and some have not; either way, they are a valuable addition to camp. The CITs participate alongside campers; however, they are held to even higher expectations to use their language skills and are given leadership opportunities at every turn. CITs can be found helping with conversation groups, leading a song or activity and participating in our now-famous morning news show – La Isla TV (te ve) Noticias as it’s known in the Spanish camps.
We have wonderful memories over the years of our CITs who add superb camp spirit and camaraderie to camp weeks. In the picture above, we had these six CITs at one of our biggest middle school overnight camps and we have great memories of that awesome week! They added so much spirit, were among the campers during every activity using their Spanish and and helped us to make the week memorable for all – including themselves!
We want to highlight two CITs here: Makenna and Albert.
Here’s what Makenna says of her time as a CIT: “Immersion Island has done so much for my Spanish learning experience. Though I love my Spanish classes, there’s nothing like being completely surrounded by Spanish. It challenges me to apply the vocabulary I’ve practiced in class and also helps me with my listening and speaking skills in a realistic atmosphere. Sometimes it’s scary to always speak in Spanish or start conversations but the people at Immersion Island are so supportive. They care so much and make sure everyone, regardless of their level of Spanish, is learning and having fun. To help with this, Immersion Island plans amazing activities that are fun for CITs and campers. I’ve gotten to learn about Spanish speaking countries through the interactive morning “TV Noticias” and played vocabulary boosting games like a clothing relay race and camp scavenger hunt. It’s also worth mentioning that la Isla has some of the best food that I’ve ever tried.