Communication and Leadership Skills Summer Camp

The camp

AUBG's Communication and Leadership Skills Summer Camp will bring together high-school students who want to spend part of their summer vacation learning, having fun, and making new friends.

Communication and Leadership Skills Course Overview

The Communication and Leadership Skills course is one week long (five days, three hours per day) and taught in English. 

The ability to communicate effectively is critical to an individual's success in personal relationships, organizations, and in the world at large. That is why in this course students will 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. 

We will utilize a variety of activities and techniques to practice both verbal and non-verbal communication skills and explore the elements that compose interpersonal communication. 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.

The course will also 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, policymakers, and world leaders often need to face. They will approach those problems by applying both the theoretical knowledge gained during the course, but also creativity and critical thinking. 

Students can expect to come away from the class with a better understanding of the qualities and ethics of good leadership, and with an idea of some of the trade-offs and limitations leaders face as they make decisions. By employing strategies and ideas seen in class, as well as their own, students will develop their problem-solving skills and will be provoked to think about how to tackle big and complicated challenges.

Afternoon classes, sports, movie nights, group games and competitions are an essential part of the camp program, making it both intensive and entertaining. Field trips and excursions take students to places of cultural and historical interest in Bulgaria.

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Registration

The camp's maximum capacity is 20 people and participants will be enrolled on a first-come, first-served basis, after completing the entire registration process. 

Please complete your registration by July 24, 2020.

The camp is open to high school students who:

  • Have at least an intermediate level of English*
  • Currently reside in Bulgaria
  • Are interested in non-formal education  
  • Want to make new friends from Bulgaria  
  • Want to improve their English language conversational skills  
  • Are 14-18 years of age**  
  • Can follow instructions and abide by camp policies

Students need to demonstrate their English proficiency by providing one of the following:

  • A certificate that shows English proficiency level (English Basic User A1 or A2; English Independent User B1  or B2; Proficient English User C1 or C2)  
  • A letter from a teacher. Please use this form.

*Students with little knowledge of English are not advised to register as they will not fully benefit from the program.

Students must have turned 14 and not have turned 18 years of age by the start of the camp.


Fee

340 EUR

! 10% sibling discount !

Fee information

The camp fee covers:

  • Communication and Leadership Skills morning classes 
  • Sports and recreation activities 
  • Teaching materials 
  • Computer lab access
  • Housing and three meals per day 
  • Field trips and excursions 
  • Entrance fees to cultural and sports facilities 

The camp fee does not cover:

  • Personal expenses 
  • Health insurance

The full camp fee should be wired in advance to the AUBG bank account:

Bank: Raiffeisenbank, branch Blagoevgrad
Address: Bulgaria, Blagoevgrad 2700, T. Aleksandrov str. 47
IBAN: BG 85 RZBB 9155 1487 0037 89
BIC: RZBBBGSF  -  EURO
Beneficiary name: American University in Bulgaria

Registration for the Communication and Leadership Skills Summer Camp is complete only once you have sent the completed Registration Form and Camp Rules Agreement, and have paid the full camp fee.

Cancellation Policy 

Cancelations before July 20 will result in a full refund. Cancellations after July 20 will result in an 80 EUR fee. No refunds are made once the program has begun. 

Cancelations on behalf of AUBG (due to the pandemic situation etc.) will result in a full refund.

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Accommodation and meals

All students, teachers and counselors will be live at AUBG’s Skaptopara I Residence Hall and dine in the America for Bulgaria Student Center Restaurant.

Accommodation and meals overview

Accommodations

Students will stay two per room according to a rooming list, prepared by the Camp Director. 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. Laundry service may be available for additional payment.

No change of rooms will be allowed after students arrive at the camp.

Students should be in their assigned rooms at 10:30 p.m. and go to bed at 11:00 p.m. so that they are well rested to go to classes in the morning, and have enough energy for the sports and other camp activities. Smoking and alcohol are not allowed anywhere in the residence hall. 

Camp counselors will stay in the residence halls to take care of students’ safety, well being, and discipline. Additionally, the residence halls have a 24/7 security service. 

Meals

We offer students breakfast, lunch and dinner. Soups, meat and vegetarian dishes, as well as fresh salads and fruits, will be served to the students on a daily basis.

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