Summer ELL Program Brings 16 International Teens to Charlottesville

Sixteen students from China and Georgia are participating in this year’s English Language Learner (ELL) Summer Program, which runs throughout the month of July. 

“It is amazing the connections that can be built during a three-week program,” said Antxon Iturbe, the School’s director of residential life and summer ELL. “The students come with open minds and we expose them to a wide array of experiences. The goal of the camp is to have campers do as many things for the first time as possible. We consider every space we visit a classroom.”

This year campers have studied topics in humanities, photography, and computer science in addition to taking part in daily group activities. Trips to Richmond and Washington, D.C. allow students to see more of the area while local favorites like hiking, touring the Fralin Museum, and taking part in the Carter Mountain Sunset Series introduce them to Charlottesville. 

“Whether it is trying new food, having a discussion in English, touring Washington D.C., or playing hide-and-seek in the dark in Randolph Hall, the camp is designed to expand their horizons and create lasting memories,” said Iturbe.

To follow along on the campers' adventures, visit the @stab_summer_ell Instagram account.