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Cultural Explorers

Beyond the Postcard, the trip of a lifetime starts right here in Charlotte this Summer!


A Cross Cultural Focus


Charlotte Day Camp was founded with a focus on cross-cultural exploration and learning to think beyond our immediate surroundings. This philosophy remains at the core of our camp program. We are hosting our 2017 camp in partnership with the Midwood International Cultural Center, which houses the International House of Charlotte, to help with the vision of creating a hub of cultural and international activity.


Global Awareness Interdisciplinary Theme

The Partnership for 21st Century Education has identified Global Awareness and Cross-cultural competency as a key interdisciplinary theme that students must master to succeed in work, life, and citizenship.


What exactly does it mean to be globally aware? See some of our Cultural Explorer program objectives:

  • Using 21st century skills (our 4 Cs + Leadership) to understand and address global issues

  • Learning from and working collaboratively with individuals representing diverse cultures, religions, and lifestyles in a spirit of mutual respect and curiosity

  • Understanding other nations and cultures, including the use of non-English languages



What cultures and countries are we exploring? We're glad you asked!

2018 Summer Day Camp Weekly Themes

 

June 11-15: Turkey

 

Turkey is one of the world’s great cultural crossroads, sitting at the intersection of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Written histories go as far back as the Greeks and Romans, but this region has been a center of innovation, conquest, and art since the Agricultural Revolution. Dive in as we explore the rise and fall of the Persian, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires. From Constantinople to modern day Istanbul, Turkey has been no stranger to the world stage for thousands of years.

 

June 18-22: Brazil

 

Welcome to Brazil, South America’s largest country and home to the largest population of Portuguese speakers in the world. Brazil boasts one of the of the world’s fastest growing economies, and is sure to play a pivotal role in the 21st Century. Brazil has already captured the world’s attention as a recent host of both the World Cup and the Summer Olympics. The world’s largest river can be found here, and the Amazon Rainforest is one of the densest regions of biodiversity in the world. Hold on tight as we explore this large, exciting, and maturing world power.

June 25-29: China

 

The next hundred years of history could be largely influenced by Chinese and US relations. Join us for an exploration of the Middle Kingdom, and a better understanding of the largest country in the world. Many Chinese people claim that two of the most important aspects to its culture are Food and Writing. We will explore these as well as the art, history, and landmarks of some of the world’s most recognized cities.

July 2-6: Peru

 

We return to South America to explore Peru. This Spanish-speaking country was the home of the great Incan Empire, and still holds one of the great cultural and historic sites in the world (Machu Picchu). Peru is both coastal and mountainous, providing a diversity of terrain that matches its multiethnic population. Peru was claimed in the 16th Century by the Spanish Empire, which remained in power until Peru declared its independence in 1821. Today, Peru is recognized for its diverse production of art, food, music, and literature.

July 9-13: United Kingdom

 

The United Kingdom is comprised of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Despite being the 78th largest sovereign state today, the British Empire used to control nearly 25% of the land area in the world. The UK remains a global power, boasting the world’s 6th largest economy. Its capital London is known as a global financial and cultural center. The United Kingdom has produced some of the Western World’s most important writers, thinkers, and scientists spanning the centuries from the Renaissance to the modern age. While not famous for culinary prowess, the celebrated staple fish and chips is known around the world.

July 16-20: France

 

Bon Voyage! France is famous for its fashion, food, shopping, and café lifestyle, but there remains much to discover about our Western European neighbors. Do you know why there are so many strange words in English with multiple vowels next to each other like chauffeur and lieutenant? Even the English kinds once only spoke French. America likely would not have won the Revolutionary War without France’s help. France is a country that has influenced our lives down to this very day. We will explore how France’s culture and national identity have changed over time and the impact it has had on us today.

July 23-27: Ethiopia

 

Ethiopia is an East African country near the horn of Africa. It is often considered the birthplace of humanity, with many of the earliest human skeletons found in this region. Ethiopia is Africa’s second most populous country, and happens to be the most populous landlocked country in the world. We have Ethiopia to thank as the place of origin of the coffee bean, and it holds more UNESCO World Heritage Sites than any other African country.

July 30-August 3: Australia

 

G'day, mate! Ready for a trip down under? Australia is the only country in the world that covers an entire continent. Australia began to be settled as early as 70,000 years ago, but it was only discovered by Europeans in 1606. Much of the country is made up of a semi-arid expanse known as “the outback”. Australia is home to a large number of endemic species (which means that they can only be found in Australia). It may be famous for koalas, kangaroos, and the Great Barrier Reef, but Australia also ranks second in the United Nation’s Human Development Index.

August 6-10: Thailand

 

We travel next to Southeast Asia and the beautiful country of Thailand. Officially the Kingdom of Thailand, the country was known to outsiders as Siam until 1948. Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to be colonized by Europe. Thailand is now known as being a center for manufacturing, agriculture, and tourism. The capital Bangkok is one of the largest and most important cities in Southeast Asia.

August 13-17: The Caribbean

 

Yo ho, Yo ho, a pirate’s life for me! While the history of pirates plays an important role in popular culture, there’s actually much more to the fascinating region known as the Caribbean. The Caribbean is made up of over 700 islands and is generally considered a part of North America. Some of the largest islands are Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola (home to Haiti and the Dominican Republic), and Puerto Rico. The Caribbean region played an integral role in the European colonization of the Americas, with nearly every colonial power claiming some portion of the Caribbean. Today the region is defined by a diversity of people, languages, geography, and culture. 

And of course, no visit to the Caribbean would be complete without an exploration of some of the most beautiful beaches in the world!

August 20-24: Charlotte

 

That's right, during the last week of camp we are exploring none other than the Queen City! Charlotte is a city that is changing quickly, and this week we get to explore the cultural diversity present in our very own hometown. This week will be largely field-trip based as we get out to explore Charlotte culture and places of interest.