This year, according to data from IntegralEdu, applications for study camps abroad, dedicated to secondary school students increased by approximately 30% compared to 2015.
Thus, the Romanians sent their children aged between 5 and 16 years to several European destinations, but also overseas to develop their foreign language skills, professional or interpersonal skills or to turn to a subject or educational system that suits them.
"This growth leads us to believe that awareness of the importance of good education, from the early ages, is growing among Romanian parents and, therefore, we expect to maintain this growth rate. These "EduCamps" allow the personal development of participants, betterment of foreign languages skills, professional skills development and help children to discover their affinities for a given professional field. Also, educational camps abroad give students the opportunity of intercultural interactions with children around the world, often in a globalized world, intercultural communication skills are crucial, "said Alexandra Piha, Educational Consultant for EduCamps Abroad, IntegralEdu.
Top destination countries for Romanian children
Countries most wanted by the Romanians were, as in previous years, the UK, Germany, France and Spain and new destinations that grew the most demand were Portugal and Switzerland. These camps offer a complete package of services, in addition to courses offered to students and sports and recreational activities, trips, monitoring and permanent assistance, transfer to and from the airport, unaccompanied minor service and of course, where appropriate, accommodation and meals.
The cost of the camps range from 350 euros for a week in Bulgaria at 700 euro for the same period in Germany or £ 1,000 in the UK, but can be up to 3,000 Swiss francs for exclusive camps in Switzerland. Also this year, the devaluation of the pound has made educational camps in Britain about 18% more affordable.
"Most participants were aged between 12 and 14 years, but we had kids aged 7 both in individual and in group camps, and even 5 years, in day camp," says Alexandra Piha .
Besides classes, children were involved in other unique activities such as pilotage, fencing, skijet, canoeing, climbing, musical, cinema, cooking or riding. Also, some could choose academic activities, such as medicine, experimental psychology, fashion design or software programming and more.
Between September 23 to October 1, 2016 IntegralEdu World Education Fair (WEF) will take place in Timisoara, Bucharest, Iasi, Constanta, Craiova and Galati. The fair will host more than 300 offers for camps abroad. Their destinations include 4 continents in over 15 European countries, as well as more distant countries such as China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, USA, Morocco and Latin America.