We had a great summer camp 2023. Stay tuned for updated information on this page for summer camp 2024. If you have any questions, please email us at info@hwis.org.

Global Adventures @HWIS

Your child can be immersed in Mandarin or Spanish and learn about the world without having to travel to China or Spain!

We offer a fun, immersive environment integrating language, science, math, art and social studies – all while developing students’ listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in Mandarin or Spanish! Themes include: “A Bug’s Life”, “Exploring the Ocean”, "Dwellings Around the World" and “Inventions that Changed the World”.

In addition to the theme-oriented and project-based learning in the classroom, our camps integrate sports activities to keep the learning active and fun!

HWIS has been a leader in immersion education for over 15 years with camps taught by experienced educators who are native speakers of Mandarin or Spanish.

Our unique camp offers:

  • Mandarin or Spanish immersion
  • Each class is a designated cohort taught in large rooms for safe social distancing
  • Classes are grouped by age and level for optimal language acquisition
  • Sports instruction delivered daily by a PE coach

Camp Hours:

  • Half day: 9am -12pm (an option for students ages 2-4)
  • Full day: 9am – 3pm
  • Before Care: 8 – 9am (additional cost)
  • After Care: 3 - 6pm (additional cost)

Session I – A Bug’s Life (June 26 – July 7)

In this two-week session we learn about the life of a bug. The first week is focused on the lifecycle of different kinds of bugs, how they lay eggs, hatch and grow, the kinds of food they eat, how they reproduce and multiply. In the second week we learn about the role bugs play in the ecosystem, from cycling nutrients, pollination, dispersing seeds, maintaining soil structure to controlling populations of other organisms, decomposition and maintenance of wildlife species. We will touch on various types of bugs including silkworms, bees, butterflies, ants, and many more!

Session II – Exploring the Ocean (July 10 – July 21)

In this two-week session we learn about different ocean habitats, the animals that live there and underwater exploration. Each day we will explore the ocean through science, art, history and culture. With fun science experiments, craft projects and new games we introduce young learners to the wonders of the ocean and its inhabitants. We also learn how the 5 major oceans were formed, the ocean’s physical geography and how they have changed over time. Learning about human interactions and impacts on the ocean inspires us to do our part for ocean conservation and clean water.

Session III – Dwellings Around the World (July 24 – August 4)

Not all houses are four walls and a roof! In this two-week session we learn about different kinds of dwellings all around the world based on climate, geography, building materials etc. From Igloos, huts, caves, castles to modern apartments, houses and buildings, we learn about architecture and building methods. In the second week we learn about types of animal homes and habitats, including bird nests and insect environments and how these homes provide them water, food, shelter, space, protection from predators, harsh weather and other threats.

Session IV – Inventions that Changed the World (August 7 – August 11)

In this one-week session we learn about the most important inventions that changed the world in a fun and interesting way. We explore the stories behind the most important inventions and inventors, learn from true stories of some of the accidental inventions and explore the impact these inventions have on life as we see today. In the end, we discuss and debate what we think are the most important inventions, and using this as a basis and inspiration we also come up with our own inventions.

New Jersey’s Stirling Campus:

As part of the language immersion camp, campers have a 45 min to 1 hour active PE session outdoors in English. Students are immersed in PE, sports, and athletic activities including soccer, kickball, golf, basketball, baseball just to name a few.
  • An outdoor field for learning, sports, and play
  • A full-sized indoor gymnasium & basketball court
  • A fenced-in playground for safe play
  • A library for students to access both Mandarin and Spanish books
  • Large classrooms - fully air-conditioned and equipped with an air purifier in each room
  • Dedicated entrance and convenient exit of each classroom for minimized social contact

New York’s Midtown West Campus

  • A nearby outdoor field for learning, sports, and play
  • A full-size indoor gymnasium
  • A dedicated and well-equipped preschool playroom
  • A library for students to access both Mandarin and Spanish books
  • Large classrooms - fully air-conditioned and equipped with an air purifier in each room
NY students have an option for:
Language Focused Camp – 9am-3pm – students will have outdoor recess for 40 minutes to 1 hour per day

Language and Sports Combination Camp - students are immersed in a Mandarin or Spanish language camp from 9 am-1 pm and are enrolled in sports from 1-3 pm (soccer provided by Super Soccer Star for one week; tennis provided by Tennis innovator for the alternate week, for elementary tennis group, they will take the van to John Jay tennis court at 59th & 10th for the tennis sessions).