- Business and Entrepreneurship
- Journalism and Creative Writing
- Communication and Leadership Skills
Educational Summer Camp
July 4 - July 17, 2021
AUBG's annual Educational Summer Camp for high school students is designed for students 14-18 years of age who want to spend part of their summer vacation learning, having fun, and making new friends from Bulgaria and abroad. The following short term courses are offered to the camp students:
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.
Each course is one week long (5 days a week, 3 hours per day). Students select in advance the courses they want to attend according to their interests. Each student will attend 2 out of 4 courses during the 2-week camp. The students specify the courses they want to attend in the registration form.
All classes are taught in English. Students will be involved in projects, discussions, debates and exchange of ideas in a relaxed and informal atmosphere, on the modern campus of the American University in Bulgaria. Thus, besides gaining knowledge in their selected areas of study, the campers substantially improve their English language conversational skills.
Afternoon classes, sports, movie nights, group games and competitions are an essential part of the camp program, making it both intensive and entertaining. Weekend excursions take students to places of cultural and historical interest in Bulgaria.
Join us for an unforgettable summer experience!