AUBG's annual Educational Summer Camp for high school students is designed for students 14-17 years of age who want to spend part of their summer vacation learning, having fun, and making new friends from Bulgaria and abroad.
Educational Summer Camp
All classes are taught in English. Students will be involved in projects, discussions, debates, and the exchange of ideas in a relaxed and informal atmosphere on AUBG's modern campus.
In this course, students will learn vital business skills such as idea generation, market research, real-world problem solving, raising capital, and much more. During the week, the students will form their very own companies, develop a product or service, and create a business plan. In order to guide the students through this process, we will study actual business cases to highlight key aspects of how businesses operate. At the end of the week, students will present their business plans in an informative and creative way to the rest of the camp, similar to how they would actually pitch a business to potential investors. This course emphasizes learning-by-doing; therefore, all of the lectures and activities will be based on actual companies and their respective markets. Regardless of a student’s career aspirations, this course will teach them highly transferable skills that will aid them in whichever path they choose.
Words are the way we start to live differently. We use words to focus our attention and help us see the world in a completely new way. The course will begin by discussing the basic tools we use as writers: words, sentences, and paragraphs. There will also be extensive instruction on practices that help students generate interesting new material such as writing prompts, free writes, and other exercises. Then we will consider four different writing genres and examples of each: poetry, short fiction, personal narrative, and journalism. Students will learn about the wide spectrum of topics covered by journalists, how to write and edit news, opinion articles, conduct interviews and cover live events and we will also look at how to think critically about news and sources. On Friday, the student will present a special capstone piece of their own chosen theme and genre at the All Camp presentation.
This course will explore different ideas and theories about leadership and the qualities a good leader must possess. It will also provide students with an understanding of decision-making processes, behavioral economics, and simple game theory in order to help them grasp how people interact and make decisions, and what strategies can be used to “nudge” human behavior. Students will work in teams throughout the class and will have to develop solutions to both hypothetical and real world challenges that managers, policy makers, and world leaders often need to face. The ability to communicate effectively is critical to an individual's success in personal relationships, organizations, and in the world at large and a vital skill for any successful leader. Thus in this course students will also explore theory and practice of speech communication behavior in one-to-one, small group and public situations. Students will learn more about themselves, improve skills in communicating with others, and prepare and deliver formal public speeches. By strengthening communication skills during this course, students will be able to enhance relationships with others, have confidence when speaking in front of groups, and consistently deliver clear messages to their audience.
In the drama course,the students will learn about all aspects of theater. They will learn the fundamentals of acting, directing, and writing plays. To start with, we will play games together, will help the students learn to create characters, express themselves, and work together. The students will read and analyze play scripts, do writing exercises, and even will get to direct each other. We will then work on how to write a script and the students will work together to create short plays in groups. At the end of the course, each student will have had a chance to write, direct, and act.
Afternoon classes in areas such as arts and crafts, cooking and well being, photography, and more will be offered to the students. The evenings will be busy with group games, presentation programs, disco and film nights.
Students dance national dances, sing songs from their home countries, present scenes from their culture and traditions. In previous years students and their teachers used to bring national costumes. Participation is by countries.
This is the evening where every student may show his/her talent to sing, play an instrument, dance, or recite poetry. Participation is individual.
Different sports will be offered on a daily basis. Students will sign up in the morning for a selected sport or other afternoon activity for the same day.
Students can join outings to explore nearby historic and culture sites in Bulgaria.
Accommodation & Meals
Students and camp counselors will have rooms and meals provided on campus. The campus has day and night security service. Camp counselors will stay in the dormitories to take care of students’ safety, well being, and discipline.
Students and counselors will be assigned rooms in the Skaptopara II Residence Hall on AUBG's Blagoevgrad Campus.
- Students will stay 2 per room according to a rooming list
- Students will be mixed by nationalities in the rooms. If you want to stay with a specific student in one room, please let the Camp Director know this in advance, preferably during the registration procedure.
- Rooms have private bathrooms and refrigerators.
- Linen and towels will be changed every 4-5 days.
- No change of rooms will be allowed after students’ arrival at the camp.
Students will have breakfast, lunch and dinner in the America for Bulgaria Student Center restaurant. Soups, cooked meals with meat (or vegetarian) as well as fresh salads and fruits will be served to the students on a daily basis.
Health & Safety
Our main priority is to ensure a healthy and safe environment for all participants, and a pleasant, risk-free experience for all our campers.
The camp is open to high school students between the ages of 14 and 17.
- Have at least an intermediate level of English (English Basic User A1 or A2, English Independent User B1 or B2, Proficient English User C1 or C2)
- Be interested in non-formal education
- Want to make new friends from other European and Asian countries
- Want to improve their English language conversational skills
- Be able to follow instructions and abide by camp policies
Registration & Fees
Registration for 2023 is not yet open. If you want to be added to the Waiting List, please contact us at [email protected]
The camp fee for 2022 is 850 euro.
Make your payment by visitng AUBG Payments. All payments must include the program (Summer Camp) and the name of the partcipant.
- A variety of academic morning classes
- Sports and recreation activities
- Teaching materials
- Access to AUBG computer laboratories
- Housing and 3 meals per day
- Excursions during the weekend
- Entrance fees to cultural and sports facilities
Early Bird: 50 euro discount if payment is made by March 21
Siblings: 50 euro discount
NOTE: Only one discount is applicable, if eligible for both!