Our Summer Camps in 2014
Spring is here, Summer vacation will be here in the blink of an eye. Plan ahead to make more of your Summer Break. Have you ever considered going to Summer Camp?
WHY SUMMER CAMP?
This is your summer, so why would you spend your precious months in classes and activities? Because this is a fun way to meet new people who share the same interests as you. Each program at PEOPLE TEAM offers a different experience with a unique blend of fellow campers and experienced leaders. You will learn skills and knowledge that can only be learned in such an intensive and supportive environment.
CAMP SESSIONS IN 2014
1st session: 13–19 July, 2014
2nd session: 20–26 July, 2014
3rd session: 27 July – 2 August, 2014
• Language camp (English, or Hungarian as a Second Language)
• Media and Film
• Information Technology (IT)
• Literature – Creative Writing
• Green Camp – Natural Sciences
• Fine Arts**
• Acting: The Rehabilitation Institute of Imagination*
Click here for camping fees.
* only available in triple session
** only available in the 1st and the 2nd sessions
(1) LANGUAGE CAMP
This is an immersion experience, where you will not only eat, sleep, and drink your new language, but, hopefully, dream in your new language. With the help of easy-going and inspiring teachers, you will learn how to apply your rapidly expanding vocabulary and language skills, and grow to love the language.
“Linguists” can choose English or Hungarian as a Second Language.
Our teachers are a mixture of senior-undergraduate university students, professional (native or non-native) teachers resident in Hungary and foreigners coming to Hungary for the camp. By working together we’ll find the method that is most suitable for you to learn and in the meantime you’ll get more confident in your speech in English and make new friends. And if you are fluent already? As you converse with natives, you’ll lose your accent and perfect your language skills!
When you get to camp, you’ll have a short conversation with a teacher and take a brief, low-key test in the language you’re interested in to determine which skill level is most suitable for you.
You’ll receive a booklet and handouts specifically designed for your group. Each day you will receive 240 minutes of language tutoring, and you will also receive a printed copy of all the material you cover during your week(s) at language camp. “Verba volant, scripta manent”, in other words: “spoken words fly away, writings remain”. At the end of the course we will give you a final written test to demonstrate how much progress you have made; the result of which will be included in you PEOPLE TEAM-certificate, alongside with a comprehensive written evaluation of your work and progress during the classes.
For those of you with a special interest in practising a language, we suggest that you choose a double session. Then you’ll get at least 50 language classes altogether.
Our English program offers interactive whiteboards and laptops for students, small groups, a mentoring system that offers continuous professional monitoring, and adept placement procedures. It is our guarantee that all students will receive personalised attention.
The English section has gone through a complete transformation in the past few years. Teachers will be provided constant professional guidance and mentoring depending on the needs of their students throughout the whole course of the camp. The main goal of this method is to prevent losing precious time and energy if there are differences in the language levels of the members of the group.
All age groups and language levels will find the teaching material, group and method that suits them best. Technology and cutting edge methods are used to ensure that a Summer spent learning will yield long-term results while still being exciting.
We have native English speaking teachers who speak no Hungarian, so you won’t be able to help but speak in English to them. They are also part of the team, like the other teachers and coaches, so they will be available any time.
HUNGARIAN AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Those who are interested in sending their kids to study Hungarian as a Second Language are usually tied to Hungary in some way (Hungarian descent living in a different country, expats who would like their children to learn a bit more Hungarian, etc.). Hungarian can be a difficult language, and campers who come are at all different levels. We don’t want you to be discouraged! We’re all here to learn and help each other grow. If you’re having difficulties, come talk with us and we can help you through your session. And what we want the least is to turn you off learning Hungarian for good, so if need be, you can switch to a different program and pick some Hungarian up while spending time with your Hungarian peers. We don’t want you to feel like you’ve came to the wrong place!
For those campers who register for Hungarian as a Foreign Language but demonstrate a considerably high command of the language, we suggest joining the Pongrác section. “Join” here in fact means that they will have their own group – so in a sense it is rather an advanced level group of Hungarian as a Second Language – but will have the opportunity to try experimenting with activities, books, poetry and various other text related tasks that are similar to those that campers in the Literature with Pongrác section are exposed to.
To gauge your level of Hungarian we will have a little chat with you and ask you to write a few sentences but we surely won’t do anything that would discourage you.
(2) MEDIA AND FILM
We started taking videos of camp from the very beginning: life at camp, classes, etc. We realized that campers were interested in this as much as we were, and that’s how we started the Media and Film Program. Since 2001, campers have been able to make their own films.
Campers can shoot films, do interviews, write articles and edit the camp’s daily newspaper. There are lots of options so they can do whatever they feel like doing.
Some of the possible activities that campers applying for the media section can choose from are: editing, effects, animations, green box, stop motion, fictional and documentary films, video clips. Each session starts with team-building and go from there.
Our media library with more than 500 films can be found here: PEOPLE TEAM media
Our journalists edit and publish a daily newspaper entitled KecskeNEWSás (an untranslatable pun in Hungarian). A selected collection of the articles published at the camp can be found here (in Hungarian).
Some of the courses offered are: 3D, motion picture, web editing, flash, programming, CG, animation, and – on request – a number of other topics. You will be provided with your own, brand new, state-of-the-art PC for the classes.
We normally have about 25-30 campers who register for the IT section in one session. They are divided into 5-6 groups, based on their interests, and each group is assigned a teacher (an IT specialist or a software engineering mathematician). The fun, however, doesn’t end with the classes: IT students can use the computers after the morning classes as well. IT students, just like “linguists”, will be tested on the last day of the camp.
With the guidance of proficient artists and adept specialists you can experiment with the various branches and techniques of photography.
This section is supervised by Dani Ránki, Bálint Mendlik and Dani Bedő. We also invite special guests, renowned photographers (for example Attila Korbely, etc.) so that you could learn a few tricks of the trade. At the end of the session we will organise an exhibition of the works of the photography students created during the session.
(05) LITERATURE WITH “PONGRÁC”
Poems, tales and other stories, writings and interpretations! A good book contains a whole world. At least that’s what we believe. Have you ever considered writing literature yourself? “Pongrác” will guide you how and where to find good books and genuine literature.
The major aim of this section of the camp is to develop the campers’ writing skills and make them more well-versed in the field of literature. We introduce them a number of tools which will help them realize their potential and develop their talent.
We find it essential to broaden the campers’ horizon, so they will be introduced a wide range of genres, from poems and short stories, through songs and journals/memoirs to monologues. Special emphasis is put on creativity and inspiring atmosphere. The course develops the students’ self-expression and confidence, and helps them loosen up. We are convinced that the intense curriculum and the continuous creative work conducted under the guidance of very competent instructors will by no means be burdensome for the kids as they will be doing what they like the most.
We have invited the following littérateurs for the 2014 camp: Judit Berg, Viktória Bosnyák, Gyula Böszörményi, László Darvasi, Petra Finy, János Lackfi, Etelka Görgey, Ottó Kiss, Endre Kukorelly, Zsófia Lázár, Laura Leiner, Andi Máté, Lídia Nádori, Gábor Nógrádi, Judit Nyilasi, Lajos Parti Nagy, Gábor Schein, Krisztina Tóth, Miklós Vámos, Dani Varró. (This is a comprehensive list containing the names of all the people we have invited. Right now, however, we do not know yet who will be available at the time of the camp. Last year we had 4 guests at the literature section of the camp in each session.)
(06) THE GREEN CAMP OR “NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC”-STYLE NATURAL SCIENCES
Thanks to our cooperation with National Geographic and National Geographic Kids, our campers can peer into the core of the secrets of NG: people, animals, continents, Egyptology, entomology, volcanoes, catastrophes, stars, the theory of relativity, cosmology and a whole lot more.
Our guests and tools guarantee that students will be able to absorb plenty of new information and get a new perspective on the world around them.
There are campers who start the day with running and other exercises, but it isn’t mandatory! There will be a number of options to choose from each morning. There are no “musts”, only “cans”, and every camper gets to enjoy the sports they love the most.
We offer the following sports:
– Soccer – we have an artificial turf football field,
– Squash (depending on how many campers are interested in playing squash on a given day, there might be various venues that we take the kids to by bus),
– Basketball – we have an asphalt basketball court,
– Tennis – we have two professional tennis courts,
– Beach Volleyball – there are two competitive courts that are regularly serviced,
– Table-Tennis – with indoor tables,
– Weightlifting and Body-Building – in an averagely equipped gym,
– Swimming – in the city’s swimming pool,
– Trampoline – we have 10 trampolines,
– Wakeboard – we have a contract with the Kecskemét theme park, so they provide us with a trainer and the necessary equipment any day we request during the camp.
We also make sure that during one (7-day) session there will be 3-4 guests (teams or individuals) who present new sports, i.e. ones that are not available during the normal course of the camp. They work with the “sportsmen”/”sportswomen” in the mornings and offer free time activities for the rest of the camp in the afternoon:
– American football,
Horse riding will only be organised for rainy days.
(8) DANCE CAMP
Each session offers different dance styles, from hip-hop to folk dancing.
(9) THEATRE AND ACTING: The Rehabilitation Institute of Imagination
This camp provides voice projection exercises, stage movement skills, singing-music-dance, from the run-through to the dress rehearsal. And at the end of the double session the curtains rise and the characters you and your fellow actors have developed come to life.
The Rehabilitation Institute of Imagination was invented by András Ötvös. The scheme took a long time to develop, and since it is still an ever growing and changing project, The Rehabilitation Institute of Imagination has endless potential. We managed to recruit members for the team (in fact team members themselves volunteered to join) who are invaluable for the camp not only professionally but also personally. Eszter Bánfalvi, Miklós Bányai, Attila Gigor (film director) and András Ötvös (Katona József Theatre, Budapest) already are and will long be influential characters of the Hungarian theatre and film world.
DAILY SCHEDULE AND ACTIVITIES
07:15–07:25 REVEILLE, I.E. “WAKE UP AND SHINE”
08:30–10:00 90-MINUTE LESSON
10:30–12:00 90-MINUTE LESSON
12:15–13:15 60-MINUTE LESSON
15:00–18:00 PROGRAMS/AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES
20:00–22:00 PROGRAMS/EVENING ACTIVITIES
22:00–22:30 LIGHTS OUT
There are about 35-40 language- and IT-groups in the mornings that work independently according to their own curricula. For their sake, we need to provide a precise timetable. For the rest of the groups the schedule will be more flexible since the subjects are structured differently (e.g. the length of one “class). Nothing is mandatory in the afternoon, but we do offer several fun and rewarding activities for campers to experiment with. We’re sure that you will find something rewarding to fill your time with. We are flexible and open to all (reasonable) suggestions. If you have an idea of what you want to do in the afternoon, let us know, and we can help make it happen. We want you to have a positive experience at camp that will make you want to come back again next year.
Campers form teams for the duration of camp, which will be in constant (friendly) competition against each other throughout the 7 or 14 days of the camp. Whether it be a sports competition, a quiz or a talent show, points are gained or lost any time on the “battlefield”. Certain battles may be won by one, others by another team, but the competition itself can only have one winner. We, however, will always make sure that even the last team will be rewarded for their efforts.
There will be lots of camp- and camper-related presents and prizes: cool camp T-shirts, baseball caps, hats, umbrellas, cameras, mask, compasses and stopwatches, games, comics, books, CDs, DVDs, video cassettes, rollers and treats, to name a few!
This amazing shower of gifts and rewards will start right at the beginning of the camp, when you get your PEOPLE TEAM T-shirt and folder.
We’ll also make sure that your camp experience will be digitally recorded so you won’t have to rely on memories alone. We take lots of photos (about 3000 pics each session) and video recordings.
THE CAMP’S BUFFET
On arrival each camper will get an account in the buffet and receive a bar-coded buffet card. This card works just like a regular bank card: it is protected against unauthorised use, and only you, i.e. the owner of the card, can use it. That’s how we jointly protect everybody’s money and other valuables in the camp and cut down on the time spent in line. If you want “the maximum safety” for your valuable items (money, watch, mobile, iPod, etc.), you may deposit them in the camp’s buffet where they will be under continuous watch of our staff. Your discount will also be credited to you buffet account.
DISCOUNTS, BONUSES, POCKET MONEY
In 2014 the cost of participation of a 7-day camp is HUF 60 000. All discounts will be credited to the campers’ buffet accounts when they arrive at the camp.
INFORMATION ABOUT CAMPING FEES, BENEFACTORS’ PAYMENTS AND DISCOUNTS IN 2014 CAN BE FOUND HERE.
It’s up to you and your parents how much pocket money you’ll bring to the camp. You can get small treats, all sorts of goodies (chocolate bars, ice-cream, pretzels, soft drinks) and other similar stuff in the camp’s buffet. All the other camp related expenses (entrance and other tickets, local transportation etc.) will be covered by PEOPLE TEAM.
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
In 2014 the PEOPLE TEAM-bus will leave Budapest at 12.00 pm (on Sunday) and will arrive at the dormitory in Kecskemét at about 1.00 pm. After you register, find your room, and unpack, you can have a quick look round, find old friends, have a sandwich and check the place out.
The camp opening ceremony will start at 3.00 pm. If you plan to study a language in the camp, you’ll have to write a placement test on arrival or by 6.00 pm the latest. If you have chosen another section, you will get to know the other members of your group (i.e. the other campers you will be spending the mornings of the camp with) and you will quickly review the planned syllabus of your course with your teacher/instructor/coach etc. (depending on the topic you’ve chosen). After that, it’s dinner! If you don’t want to miss the camp opening ceremony, make sure you’ve registered and settled in your room by 3.00 pm.
Linguists and IT students will do a final test on the last day of the camp to prove that they have spent their time beneficially in Kecskemét. The PEOPLE TEAM-bus will leave the camp at 10.00 am on the last day and arrive in Budapest at about 11.00 pm. If you choose to leave with your family instead of taking the PEOPLE TEAM-bus, you can tell them they can pick you up any time after 9.00 am on the last day.
Those who have applied for a double session will stay on and continue working with the teachers/leaders at camp.
We will arrange private buses from Budapest to Kecskemét, and back to Budapest at the end of the sessions. The buses will leave Budapest from the car park of the Lurdy Shopping Centre. The price of the bus ride is included in camping fee settled by the benefactor. It is, however, not mandatory to take the coach (for further information please consult the section about discounts on our website). Nevertheless, we strongly recommend it to “veteran” campers, who wish to reunite with their camp friends as soon as possible, as well as to “newbies”, who would like to meet their fellow campers, and of course to anyone whose family cannot personally bring them to the camp venue, whatever their reason might be.
BE THE FIRST TO SPREAD THE WORD!
Pass on the news of the camp to your mates, schoolmates, friends, so that they won’t miss out on the party. We’ll provide you with all the information, materials and help you may need (brochures, posters, leaflets). Should you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at info[at]peopleteam[dot]hu.
Bring pens and pencils, a notebook and a small dictionary. Bring a photocopy of your health insurance card. If you are not a resident in Hungary, we suggest that you also get a travel insurance for the time of your stay in the camp. Just in case. Better to be safe than sorry. And make sure you don’t leave your good mood at home either!
WHAT TO BRING TO CAMP
It’s important that you only bring as much as you, yourself, can carry. We are extremely child-oriented and our staff will be there to help you, when you get to the camp, but (not so surprisingly) there are always more campers than staff members, so you should be prepared to manage on your own, at least to some extent.
A toothbrush, soap and some similar stuff are, of course, indispensable... and you should also pack 7 + 1 clean pairs of socks and underwear. The same applies to T shirts and shorts. Don’t forget to bring a pair of trousers, a warmer sweater, a windbreaker and some proper shoes, too, because of inclement weather in the Summer! Pack at least two changes of swimwear and some high SPF sunscreen, especially if you like sunbathing. It’s also a good idea to bring two towels (one for daily washing and one for the swimming pool). Last but not least, make sure you bring a light cap or hat (e.g. your last year’s PEOPLE TEAM cap!), which will help protect you from sunstroke. Make sure your parents check your bag to make sure you’ve packed everything!
If you are required to take special medicines (regularly or on an occasional basis), you will have to hand your medicine to the camp leader on arrival. We are prepared for all kinds of accidents and incidents in the camp. We also provide continuous medical attention and have all the necessary medical supplies. Rest assured that your health needs will be met while you attend our camp.
We have no rules against parents visiting their kids while at camp. If a camper isn’t having the experience they expected we encourage them to talk with their parents. If you’re independent, feel free to let your parents know that you’ll be good on your own for camp. We are flexible and willing to work with any situation.
OPEN COMMUNICATION 24/7
We are here to make sure you have a good time at the camp! (And you are here for the same reason, in case that’s not clear yet!) Despite our 21 years of experience, even though we try to do our best, some problems still arise. If there is ever anything that you’re having a problem with: health issues, difficulty with other campers, you’re struggling with your classes, don’t hesitate to come and find us (Szilvi or Ater) or another member of the staff. We are available 24 hours a day. Communication is the best way to let us know what is troubling you. Talk with us about anything!
For practical reasons we really cannot always call the campers to the camp land line. We suggest that you give your parents the mobile numbers of our two camp leaders (+36 (20) 933-5495 and +36 (30) 283-0844) in case they want to reach you. It might, however, still happen that we cannot find you at once, because of how big the camp is (there are several venues going on simultaneously etc.). The best way to keep in touch with your parents would be if you called them occasionally from either the public payphone or using your own mobile phone, if you have one. The only thing we can guarantee is that no camper has ever been lost... for long.
If there are things you don’t (or can’t) eat for health (or other) reasons, or you are required keep a special diet, whatever your reasons might be (diabetes, gluten allergy, vegetarianism, you name it), just let us know before the camp starts, so that we could prepare accordingly. (It might also be a good idea to keep reminding us during the camp as well.) The kitchen that prepares our meals works directly for us, so we – and you – can rightfully expect to be served according to your special needs.
SUPERVISION AND RESPONSIBILITY
We have about 70-80 teachers, instructors, coaches and other miscellaneous staff members supervising the life of the camp during each session. (So there is one teacher to 6-7 students.) However, if you cause any damages, for which our staff cannot be held responsible, you and your parents will be held responsible. So let’s take care of ourselves and our environment! The same applies to your valuables. We will only take responsibility for your valuables if you deposit them with us (see the paragraph above about the camp’s buffet). The building is only used by the foundation’s staff and the campers, so if something goes missing, it usually turns out to have been lost, and not stolen.
We have the two strict rules: 1). The morning classes are to be taken seriously and 2). no harmful habits are permitted. This is a children’s camp! We as ”adults” and you as “participants” are both expected to respect that. Whoever does not comply with these two rules will be sent home immediately. In these cases we offer no refund of the participation fee. Our intent is that we respect each other and the whole community. We’re sure that you and your parents agree with us on that. We most certainly believe in it!
CAMPING FEES IN 2014
The camping fee (which can be reduced with discounts) is HUF 60 000 / session and it must be settled by an individual or a legal entity that acts as a benefactor of the camper at the time of the application... But that’s probably all gibberish to you, so leave that part to your parents.
CAMP SESSIONS IN 2014
1st session: 13–19 July, 2014
2nd session: 20–26 July, 2014
3rd session: 27 July – 2 August, 2014
Language camp (English and Hungarian as a Second Language), Media and Film, Information Technology (IT), Photography, Literature with “Pongrác”, Natural Sciences*, Sports, Dance, Fine Arts, Acting: The Rehabilitation Institute of Imagination.
Do you have any questions? Don't hesitate to contact us!
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FOR PARENTS AND BENEFACTORS
TUTORING AND PROVISION
Our campers will get 25 hours of professional, intensive tutoring in the chosen subject during the 7 days of the camp.
Full board in all our camps means at least three meals a day. Please carefully study our list of dates and venues, and let us know if you have any questions.
THE AIM OF OUR THEMATIC CAMPS
Depending on the subject the camper chooses, the aim of the morning activities is:
– communication centred, intensive language tutoring in small groups (linguists),
– to arouse and effectively maintain interest in IT and computers (IT specialists),
– to unveil the secrets of acting and of the world of theatre, as well as the secrets of words and of dramatic situations (Theatre and Acting),
– to expand the participants’ knowledge about journalism, television program production and film making (Media & Journalism),
– to increase the campers’ comprehension of language usage and literary texts, and to enhance their ability to express themselves in the language of literature (Literature with “Pongrác”),
– to offer the participants the opportunity to experiment with different photo techniques and new perspectives (Photography)
– to provide the campers with the opportunity to expand their understanding of nature and humanity, and of their immediate and wider environment, and to learn about the secrets of Earth and the universe (Natural Sciences with National Geographic)
– to offer the participants active pastimes and the possibility to get to know and try new branches of sports (Sports)
– to offer the campers the possibility to learn and practice new (modern and popular) dance styles (Dance).
We take these objectives very seriously, but also strive to ensure that campers enjoy a relatively high (but still reasonable) degree of freedom, are in good company and have a terrific time.
Our campers have at least 240 minutes of tutoring / day (for details see the daily schedule). The camping costs also cover all the relevant teaching material. Every teacher compiles their own teaching material specifically designed for each particular group, and each camper will receive a copy in a booklet form.
The courses end with a final test (for “linguists” and IT students) or with some form of overall evaluation (depending on the exact nature of the chosen topic). The result will be included in the certificate issued by PEOPLE TEAM at the end of the camp.
FOREIGN PARTICIPIANTS OF THE CAMP
We consider it extremely important to raise our campers’ cultural awareness, and we are convinced that one of the best ways to gain such knowledge is to meet peers from other countries to get first-hand information and experiences. We also find it highly beneficial if our “linguists” can apply their language skills outside the classroom. These were our underlying ideas when we first decided to seek possibilities of cooperation that would result in the arrival of a larger number of foreign students at the PEOPLE TEAM camps.
In 2014 we anticipate the arrival of American, Austrian, Bulgarian, Egyptian, Estonian, French, Irish, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Serbian and Slovenian students. We will surely have campers and staff members from all over the world, which ensures that PEOPLE TEAM camps will again be a colourful and exciting melting pot of different cultures offering a wide range of experiences to all their participants.
THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION
We haven’t had a deadline for applications. If we have free beds and vacancies in a course, we will accept all applicants anyway. It should be noted, however, that in the past four years the first two sessions were full by mid-June. The sooner you decide to apply for camp, the better.
The size of the luggage should match the size of the campers (i.e. they shouldn’t be too heavy for them to carry), toiletry essentials, several changes of underwear, shirts and shorts (ideally as many as there are camping days plus an extra one...)... At least one pair of pants, a warm sweater, a windbreaker, a pair of proper shoes, two changes of swimwear, some high-factor sunscreen, two towels, a light cap or a hat. Bedding will be provided, so no bedclothes or sleeping bags are required.
These obviously are just the very basic items, so you may wish to add to the above list.
If a camper is required to take any special medicines (regularly or on an occasional basis), the medication has to be handed over to the camp-leader at registration. We are, of course, equipped with all regularly necessary medical supplies and also provide continuous medical attention.
VISITING THE CAMPERS
Sometimes being away from home can be difficult for a child. We hope that the parents can help, either with a phone call, or a visit, if it becomes necessary. We want to make sure the kids have fun, and that anything that’s bothering them won’t result in bad memories down the road. At the same time, the learning environment and a child’s sense of freedom can be distracted with an unnecessary parent visit. We know that parents know their children best, so please use your discretion when thinking about visiting your child at camp. Parents are always welcome.
You can use the following numbers to reach you kid at the camp: +36 (20) 933-5495 and +36 (30) 283-0844.
Because the afternoon programs are so diverse (with activities at different locations), we sometimes can’t find a camper right away. Not to worry, we will always find your child and make sure they call you back. If you have a younger kid, be sure to teach them your phone number or, as campers are allowed to bring a mobile phone to the camp, program your number to the phone they bring!
If a camper has any special dietary needs, s/he shouldn’t hesitate to let us know before the beginning of the camp and to keep reminding us during his/her stay, if necessary. We’ll cater for all such requests. The meals of kids with gluten-allergy, for example, will (naturally) be prepared in a separate kitchen.
CUTTING SHORT A CAMPER’S STAY
We’ve always had two principles: 1) Campers are required to take part in the morning classes and 2) No harmful habits or behaviours are permitted. Both kids and staff are expected to respect these rules. Whoever does not comply with these two regulations will be sent home immediately. In these cases we offer no refund of the participation fee. Basic discipline is an absolute necessity for the sake of the whole camping community. There are no grounds for appeal against the above.
If someone is required to cut their camping short due to obvious and serious disciplinary problems, they lose their right to any refund of the camping fee. If, however, someone leaves the camp before the end of the session for some other reason (basically anything from family reasons to some illness), we will refund a proportionate part of the camping fee, as it is stated in the PEOPLE TEAM-guarantees.
We have about 70-80 teachers, instructors, coaches and other miscellaneous staff members supervising the life of the camp during each session. (So there is one teacher to 6-7 students.) If campers cause damages that the staff is not responsible for they shall bear all the consequences – regardless of their age and the other circumstances. Parents will be informed immediately and damages will have to be reimbursed on the spot in cash.
All campers are expected to take care of their own valuables. PEOPLE TEAM will only take responsibility for valuables deposited with them (see the paragraph about the camp’s buffet). We don’t lock the rooms. The building is only used by the foundation’s staff and the campers, so if something happens to go missing, it is generally due to negligence.
THE COST OF CAMPING IN 2014
The cost of camping for one camper for a 7-day session is HUF 60 000. Payment is expected with the application, either by an individual, or a benefactor of the camper. All costs of the 4 sessions of camping incurred by PEOPLE TEAM are covered from subsidies/donations. Having considered the nature and variety of the programmes, the accessories necessary for camp, the costs of accommodation, full board and other ancillary costs, we have calculated the above (HUF 60 000) amount for one camper.
HUF 60 000 would, therefore, give one kid the chance to spend an unforgettable week with PEOPLE TEAM and gain matchless experiences. We count on everyone wishing to help and welcome any contributions, subsidies, donations that would allow us to invite more kids “pro bono” to our camp.
The foundation issues a so-called “benefactor’s certificate” about the subsidies received, provided that the donation is given irrespective of the person of the camper. (For further information please contact our office.) When transferring the amount, you are kindly requested to indicate the full name, full address and tax (identification) number of the benefactor on the payment order and enter only the word “támogatás” (i.e. “donation”) in the remark section. No other comment or identification is necessary.
The donations that PEOPLE TEAM receives from its benefactors allows the foundation to offer scholarships to persons it deems worthy, to subsidize educational and cultural institutions and to organise its own educational programmes, in accordance with the decisions of its advisory board.
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PEOPLE TEAM’S SPECIALS
Things you may not be able to find in other camps – in alphabetical order
PEOPLE TEAM camps are celebrating their 24th anniversary in 2014. This confirms to us that our camp and methods work! We have 24 years of success and a high percentage of returning campers!
2 + 2 BEDDED, SELF-CONTAINED APARTMENTS
We are convinced that – despite the images that come to mind when you mention the word “camp” – camping can in fact be just as convenient and comfortable as being at home, even if Mom’s not there to tuck you in at night. That’s why we stick to the GAMF Dorms in Kecskemét.
50 LANGUAGE LESSONS IN 14 DAYS
Taking the usual, 45-minute long school lessons as a basis, during the 14 days of camping (in the case of a double session) our campers receive 50 lessons of tutoring, and they cover a complex curriculum specifically designed and compiled for their particular study group. Our camp offers an exceptionally intensive language course, which guarantees significant progress even in the case of the less assiduous students.
By the end of the summer of 2014, PEOPLE TEAM will have run its 104st session of camping. Ninety-seven sessions and almost 17,000 participants altogether. We have gained invaluable experiences during that time that we’ve used to make sure our campers have a terrific Summer.
15 922 CAMPERS
By the end of the summer of 2013 we hosted 15 922 campers. The one thing we’re most proud of is the extremely high percentage of retuning campers!
We have brand new computers each summer. There will be 80 brand-new PCs with internet connection at the campers’ disposal: for IT students in the mornings and for anyone wishing to surf the net or play some computer games in the afternoon.
CAMP BUFFET CARD
We run our own camp buffet, where all participants (students and staff alike) can shop using their camp buffet cards. We use a bar-coded system to ensure absolute security for everyone’s valuables.
Of course, you’ll get your PEOPLE TEAM T-shirt! Do you, by any chance, also have one from 1995? It’s indeed rare, but thanks to older siblings or generous friends every now and then we encounter a T-shirt from long-past years, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see one in 2014 either. All campers will receive a brand-new PT T-shirt in 2014 as well.
CERTIFICATES AND ASSESSMENT
At the end of the session each camper receives a certificate with the evaluation of his/her progress in the morning classes. The aim of the certificate is to give campers guidelines as to what aspects of the given subject they need to pay more attention to (for example some practical advice for “linguists” preparing for a language exam).
In 2014 one 7-day session at the PT-camp will cost HUF 60,000. Anyone can be eligible for a discount. For details please visit the discount section of our website. All discounts will be credited to the campers’ buffet accounts.
Have you had troubles applying your second (or third) language(s) outside the classroom? Do you feel that your diffident attempts have repeatedly failed so far? Well, worry no more: we also host lots of foreign students who will surely help get you through the initial difficulties.
The highest level language groups are, naturally, run by native teachers. This guarantees that even the most advanced students, who would otherwise try to take the lessons easy, will definitely have to make some effort. Everyone has areas they need to work on, and our teachers are here to find ways to help you improve them.
GET-TOGETHERS ALL YEAR ROUND
We simply can’t let camp friends drift apart after the end of the sessions! We have several PT get-togethers throughout the year, so that friends can reunite from time to time outside the camp as well.
In order to guarantee that the time spent at its camps will really be unforgettable for the participants, PEOPLE TEAM distributes an incredible number of gifts and prizes during each session. Nobody goes home empty-handed!
We offer the guarantee to refund a proportionate part of the camping fee if a camper decides to cut his/her stay short (in Kecskemét) whatever the underlying reason might be (some sudden illness or any family reasons). We wouldn’t want even the smallest tinge of bitterness to linger when a family thinks back to the time the kid spent in the PEOPLE TEAM camp.
ENDLESS SUPPLIES OF FRUITS
Fruits (bananas, apples, oranges, apricots, plums, sometimes melons) are available to everyone any time throughout the camp for free! This is both healthy and practical: we don’t need to distribute or portion fruits at meals, and the camp buffet is continuously open.
All staff members are expected to speak at least one foreign language. The “official language” of the camp is, of course, Hungarian, but speaking at least one other language is an important part of our everyday life and is also vital in order to be able to communicate successfully with all participants of the camp.
PHOTOS AND VIDEOS
We usually take more than 10 000 photos and make an incredible amount of videos of life at Camp. Our aim is to assure that you wouldn’t have to rely only on your memories. After the last session we will produce a camp DVD, but everything will be downloadable from the internet as well.
PIZZA AND HAMBURGER DAYS
We like your taste! It is also one of the many traditions of PEOPLE TEAM that every now and then we order pizza and hamburger for everyone. We know some people would argue that both are unhealthy or junk food, etc., but... well, kids like them... and so do we.
PROGRAMMES IN THE AFTERNOONS AND EVENINGS AS WELL
The mornings will be spent at the classes of the chosen subject, and we’ll make sure that you’re not bored in the afternoons and evenings either. We are always prepared with lots of fun and games for the camps, so don’t worry, you’ll have something to do all the time!
In 2014 we will arrange transfer buses to Kecskemét for each session. Our returning campers seem to enjoy meeting their camp friends even before the scheduled start of the session and our new campers tend to be eager to make some friends as soon as possible. Apart from the obvious and practical reason (getting to the venue), that’s also an advantage of the PEOPLE TEAM-bus. The transfer fee is included in the cost of camping, but it is by no means mandatory to take the bus (for further information please consult the section about discounts on our website).
SEPARATE WASTE COLLECTION
Protecting our environment is a key principle in our camps. We are strongly committed to separate waste collection and management. We consider it our duty!
We are like “one big family”. And that’s exactly what our camp is! We don’t insist on excessive or purposeless hierarchies or authorities, and don’t like emphasizing differences between kids and grown-ups. We prefer if campers consider our staff to be their best friends, just like their peers they play their pranks with.
STUDY GROUPS OF 5–10 KIDS, CUSTOMIZED SYLLABUS FOR EACH GROUP
We pay special attention to grouping campers for the morning classes according to their age, and the level of their knowledge and skills in the particular topic. We also make sure that the groups are small, because we wish to make sure that every member gets enough attention and has to participate actively during the classes. A PEOPLE TEAM camp is not a school, it’s more than that! Everyone will be supplied with their own learning material and handouts that they can collect and take home in a fancy PT-folder.
TAX BENEFITS, AN OPPORTUNITY TO SUBSIDIZE OUR FOUNDATION
PEOPLE TEAM Foundation is a public benefit organisation. If you donate to our Foundation, you will be eligible for certain tax benefits.
TRY OTHER MORNING TOPICS IN THE AFTERNOON
Although you will have to stick to one topic for the mornings, in the afternoons you can try out what the others do during their thematic classes. Even if you’re a “linguist”, you can still go horseback-riding in the afternoon, or if you’ve signed up for IT, you can join the “green camp” and study the sky with the “astronomers” at night. There are quite a few things that might be worth trying!
We are at your disposal all year round! The Foundation’s office is open 365 days a year, and of course, during the camps as well. We’d be glad to help with anything we can.
Organising and managing the camps is a challenging task. Staff members need to be alert and on their toes all the time, and be able to keep calm and collected even if faced with unexpected situations. That’s why it is important to us that all our teachers are, without exception, experienced team members.
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Frequently asked questions and feedback on our camps
QUESTIONS IN 2011
We have received the confirmation about our registration. My question is how much the two sessions of the Acting camp cost, because I couldn't find anything about that on your website (last year two sessions of Acting cost the same as one session of any other subject).
In 2013 the conditions of taking part in the acting camp are the same as those of any other sections. The fees can be found here.
The acting program has been part of our camp since 1992–1993, the new Acting section (entitled KÉPREHINT, i.e. The Rehabilitation Institute of Imagination) was put into practice in 2008–2009. We've dedicated a lot of time, energy and money to establish a distinguished program, and we still have more ideas on the horizon. We look for, and support the talented kids who come to our camp. We’ve invited a group of excellent artists who are invaluable to our camp, not only professionally, but also personally, to lead the sections in the camp. Some of them include: Eszter Bánfalvi (National Theatre), Miklós Bányai, Attila Gigor (film director) and András Ötvös (Katona József Theatre, Budapest) and Dániel Reich (cameraman), who already are and will long be influential characters of the Hungarian theatre and film world.
With all of the planning we’ve had for the Rehabilitation Institute of Imagination, and all the planning we are currently doing for it, we always need to carefully plan our resources. We don’t offer any discounts this year, a two week section of Acting costs the same as any other two-week session. Right now we don't plan to modify the policy that we follow, which basically means that talented kids who we have already worked with in the acting session of the camp would (or could) get the priority over the ones who wish to get the taste of the Rehabilitation Institute of Imagination for the first time.
My daughter has just turned 10, but she is already 1.5 m tall and weights 50 kg. I've checked the website of the Kecskemét Water Slide Park, and it says that kids under 12 cannot ride. I, however, specifically gave her the permission on the application form, because she loves water slides and would practically „die” of not being able to ride.
The Kecskemét Water Park has slides for all ages along with awesome swimming pools. We guarantee that your child will have fun no matter what. As for the age regulations, that is up to the water park, not us. If we arrive at the park and they say she can ride the bigger slides, great! But if they tell us she can’t because of the age requirement, we have to follow their rules. We’ve been to this facility a number of times, and no one has ever complained that they didn’t have a good time!
What should a 7-year-old kid take to the camp?
We always say that the camp is quite similar to a longer vacation with extended family. Parents are not there, it's true, but we do our best to try and substitute for them. We have an orientation letter for the parents that includes a paragraph about what we suggest that kids bring with them. You can download the letter here. And the one from last year – here. There is no significant difference between the two.
How “independent” should a kid be?
Campers are expected to be able to get dressed, wash and maintain some order in their immediate environment (bed, room), but of course we will provide all support necessary. There are about 6 kids to one staff member in each session.
How many changes of clothing do you suggest a kid should take?
It is best to calculate how many days your kids will be staying with People Team and pack enough clothes for their stay. We understand that there are unplanned events, clothes get dirty while kids are playing sports, food is spilled during dinner, so we have washing machines on site to help out with any unexpected messes.
Can my kid extend his stay?
Of course, he can! It is common for kids to come up to camp only planning on staying for a session or two and they end up staying longer. A lot of the times these are the kids who come up not knowing anyone, and they end up having so much fun with their morning classes and afternoon activities, and meeting so many new people, they wish to extend their stay. We have never told (and will never tell) anyone that they couldn’t extend their stay.
QUESTIONS IN 2010
I am a returning camper. If I bring three new campers, for how many weeks can I come for free?
If any returning camper (just like yourself) recruits 3 new campers, they can come for free for one session. To be more exact: If a camper recruits 3 new campers for 1 session, the camper gets one session free. If the camper recruits 3 new campers for 2 sessions, the camper gets 2 sessions for free, etc. (Note: If campers recruit other kids to attend camp, they DO NOT have to attend the same camp session as the “recruiters”.)
I cannot upload the photo to the application form. What shall I do? And do you need a profile picture?
We like to have pictures of the campers in their profiles, so we can get to know them even before camp starts. We like our colleagues managing the applications to be able to match faces to names. If you are having technical difficulties, choose a picture you like and forward it to us via email, and we’ll match it with your profile.
Based on your experience do campers attending the English courses (provided that they have the right attitude) make measurable progress during two sessions? I'm planning to sign my kids up for 2 x 2 weeks, but I really would like them to profit from the courses.
We, ourselves, also suggest that “linguists” come for at least two weeks. One of our favourite stories we were told was from a parent whose child came as a “linguist”: “my kid lives on what he learns at the camp the whole school year. He spent two weeks with you in the summer and received only good marks at school in September. He'll be there with you next summer for sure, too.” Although this remark might say more about that particular school than about our teaching methods, we are convinced the campers eager to learn will most definitely progress in the camp and at school, and also have a good time while they’re here with us.
I have two kids, one is 15, the other is 13. I'd like to sign both of them up for 3 or 4 sessions, one for English, the other for German. My question is if I need to fill out two registration forms and indicate the name of the sibling in the “Notes” section. Do you offer a discount for siblings? If so, where shall I record that we are eligible for it?
A separate registration form has to be filled out for each camper. You can, however, sign up a camper for more than one session with the same form. We do offer a siblings discount. Any comments you would like to make and cannot register anywhere else can be marked at the “Notes” section of the form.
I'd like to know the dates of this year's camping sessions. I'd also like to know whether someone can sign up for more or only one subject for one week.
Theoretically campers can try their hands at different subjects/topics, but to be practical, one week is a short amount of time to be changing your area of study. Campers who switch around usually end up disappointed. We also get a lot of questions like, “If I am in the photography section, can I also shoot films in the afternoon?” Or, “If I sign up for horseback-riding, can I also join the Arts section every now and then?” The answer is “yes” and “no”. There are lots of activities to try out in the afternoon, but we can’t promise in advance that it will work out.
For those who sign up for the Language sections: they need to stick to their assigned morning classes. If they miss classes, they will fall behind.
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The History of Our Foundation
Year 0, the summer of 1990. That’s when it all began. In a small town in Somogy county (Hungary) a few young adults joined hands to enrol kids from the county’s schools for a summer camp at Balatonfenyves. Altogether some 70 enthusiastic students stayed with us that summer. With the success of the camp that year it was decided: we would make a tradition of this camp!
Year 1, the summer of 1991. The first PEOPLE TEAM camp. The formation of the first PEOPLE TEAM Association and the year of the first PEOPLE TEAM camp. Hoping to add international interest, the language camp began accepting American applicants. Lake Balaton was still the main source of entertainment, along with hiking and sports. We already had returning campers, and little did we know that we could continue to see those campers each Summer for the next 10 years.
Year 2, the summer of 1992. The second PEOPLE TEAM camp. Ádánd is a little village on the south coast of Lake Balaton. We rewarded the 150 strong kids – mostly from western Hungary – for the intense mornings dedicated to language lessons with horseback-riding, sports, swimming, competitions, and many other forms of entertainment within or outside the castle’s walls in the afternoons. Much time was spent at the lakeside, but this was the first year we offered a whole range of camp activities organised by ourselves.
Year 3, the summer of 1993. The third PEOPLE TEAM camp. The word of our camp spread throughout the country. We had no marketing, no advertising, yet many children arrived from the capital or from the eastern part of the country. We were still at Lake Balaton, but we realized that with so many new and returning campers, we needed to change locations. We had 300 students and a permanent drama teacher.
Year 4, the summer of 1994. The fourth PEOPLE TEAM camp. We found a wonderful location: Kőszeg. Memorable camp fires, torch-fired enamel jewellers, car washing competitions, steal-the-teacher games, raffles and loads of prizes embellished that year at Camp. There were 200 children holidaying together in every session of the camp. They kept arriving up to the very last minute and – as they were having so much fun, they didn’t want to leave – so they stayed for the next session, too. We distributed our first PT “loyalty cards” to offer discounts for returning students. Then the kids came up with a wonderful idea: a winter camp in Kőszeg, too!
Year 5, the summer of 1995. The sixth PEOPLE TEAM camp. We had two venues: Kőszeg and Vajta. The camp was bigger than ever, but we still managed to handle the huge number of students. We were joined by clay artists, actors, game masters, all sorts of jokesters and lots of excellent language teachers. There were so many gifts and prizes... it would have been impossible to count them. We were sponsored by photographers and toy makers. A lot of ice cream was consumed! We had a wondrous sixty-six days and the camp was superb! We owe most of our thanks to the kids: there seem to be more and more of them choosing us for Summer camp each year.
Year 5, the winter of 1995. The seventh PEOPLE TEAM camp. Tiszadob, Andrássy Castle. In spite of the awful weather, everything worked out really well. Two-hundred and forty minutes of daily lessons, a masquerade ball, a casino, the first attempt to publish the camp’s newspaper, parties, a fantastic New Year’s Eve, Murder Mystery game, a “bank card” café, “The Pál Street Boys” Theatre, the first “camp dog” (Izolda), raffle prizes and countless light-hearted quizzes. There were 100 campers altogether and everyone knew everyone since it was the “cream of the crop” who attended the winter camp, those kids who didn’t want to wait till next summer to see everyone and wouldn’t miss a PT-camp for the world.
Year 6, the summer of 1996. The eighth PEOPLE TEAM camp. The Castle Hill in Tata. The camp ran 5 sessions and there were times when we had over 200 children camping together. What’s our secret? Returning campers! There wouldn’t be a PT-camp – and nor would we want one – without previous year’s campers. There were plenty of new ones, too, all excited and thirsty for knowledge. We had native teachers, computers, IT experts, clay ovens, artists, a theatre space, huge parties, whole camp get-togethers, fireworks, cool raffles and our own marching music.
Year 6, the winter of 1996. The ninth PEOPLE TEAM camp. Because of some last minute issues we couldn’t camp at Lake Balaton, and it was a lucky coincidence that we found a suitable venue in Eger. The results were memorable: intensive language and IT lessons in small groups, 15 PCs, 300 CD prizes, a lot of baseball caps, T-shirts, games, cameras, fireworks with snowmen, mask making, films, competitions, a fabulous New Year’s Eve party, and a guest actor from the Csiky Gergely Theatre (Kaposvár), who impersonated Mikkamakka and Dömdödöm, the popular characters of Ervin Lázár, the well-known Hungarian children’s book writer.
Year 7, the summer of 1997. The tenth PEOPLE TEAM camp. In the picturesque village of Bér, we experienced both the advantages and disadvantages of the countryside. It didn’t go as smoothly as we had hoped: we had a pool, but we couldn’t always use it; if something ran out, we didn’t always have the ability to get new supplies. However, we did have horses, ponies, a camel, dogs, lamas (a real animal paradise), a good many computers from Qwerty, and loads and loads of prizes, just like in previous years. We had sleepless nights, we had some storms and rain. We had a few foreigners, some American teachers, and unforgettable Jubilee memories.
Year 8, the summer of 1998. The eleventh PEOPLE TEAM camp. We chose Eger, just like in the winter of 1996, but a different institution. The town was beautiful, but the weather, roasting! We studied, enjoyed the summer holiday, went horseback-riding, sweat and hung out at the swimming pool a lot. We did some hiking, introduced the PT Survivor Game, had to save our computers from the challenges they were exposed to due to the heat-wave (and occasionally due to the campers). We produced our first camp CDs.
Year 9, the summer of 1999. The twelfth PEOPLE TEAM camp. Almost the last camp of the millennium. Once again in Eger, within the now familiar walls of Érseki Szent József College. We had veteran and brand-new teachers, yo-yo mania, water-pistol-battles, digital cameras (producing over 3,000 photos). The basement echoed with the sounds of the evening discotheque, and the DVD room filled with lots of movies – watched in movie marathon style. There were plenty of guests and sponsors: Coca-Cola Company, Valton Security, Shyguys, Animal Cannibals, Vakvágány band, Judit Pogány, István Znamenák, graphic artists, kempo and aikido masters, and the Archbishop himself. There were so many choices for extra curricular activities: sports, hanging out at the swimming pool, horseback-riding all the time.
Year 10, the summer of 2000. The thirteenth PEOPLE TEAM camp. No question: Eger! Three sessions, with the usual timing! Plenty of brilliant, new language teachers, 30 computers, internet, lots of rooms, new programmes, returning and new guests. Picasso Branch, Animal Cannibals! 200 DVDs, in-house cinema, lots of novelties. Well, this year at camp had it all. Basement parties, teacher-student competitions (soccer, etc.), the Game of Life, hiking in the mountains, PT Survivor Game. T-shirts, pants and shoes got soaked in the water-gun battle. It was an awesome year of camp!
Year 11, the summer of 2001. The fourteenth PEOPLE TEAM camp. Zsámbék rules: local mice, mouse run races, church ruins, PT Survivor Game with jeeps, self-defence, roller skating, skateboarding, ruined showers, eggs and melons, the best pizza in the area, mega water parties, hiking, lakes and puddles, Contrade, huge feasts, and discos, just to name a few things from this year!
Year 12, the summer of 2002. The twelfth PEOPLE TEAM camp. Everything was focused around the “5 Houses of the Camp” (Miraculum, Tarantulla, Hippopotamus, Grimalkin, Purratos)! It was a summer that could be summed up in these words: activity shows, Animal Cannibals, As Ready As Cheese, Bahaii Dance Group, camera obscura, candlelit concerts and film club marathons, capoeira, city quizes, didjeridoo, disco, drums, elections, “faitez-vous jeux”, glass painting, jewellery making, litany, melon-eating, puppet-making, space walk, PT Survivor Game, under-14 party, zone quizzes!
Year 13, the summer of 2003. The sixteenth PEOPLE TEAM camp. We were prepared with several awesome surprises for the camp this year. One of them already began in 2002, when PEOPLE TEAM published the first issue of KRÉTA students’ magazine. The most memorable components of this summer were the great many language whizzes in the camp, the myriad of star guests from the world of theatre, the IT battles and other meets, bathing with horses, film, the great cauldron parties, cooking/baking, hiking, all kinds of crazy races and get-togethers with music and dancing.
Year 14, the summer of 2004. The seventeenth PEOPLE TEAM camp. In Tata, again. We hosted 900 kids altogether during the course of the two months’ camping. (Not bad!) Our campers could choose from six themes altogether: Languages, IT, Acting, Horseback Riding, Crafts and Media. In every session 12 teams, which, in fact, represented 12 EU-countries, competed against one another for an incredible number of prizes and experiences.
Year 15, the summer of 2005. The eighteenth PEOPLE TEAM camp. Not simply a camp, but multiple camps! With venues in Kecskemét, Káptalanfüred, Balatonföldvár and Germany. We tried something totally new: we had found a huge, brand-new site in Kecskemét, which is one of the highest quality students’ establishments in the country. Here you could find everything you could possibly desire, from 2 + 2 bedded apartments with a telephone, bathroom and internet available in all of them. A buffet, sports fields and a gym, kitchens and a barbecue site. The three affiliated camps, the one with Összpróba Foundation in Balatonföldvár and the two international camps (in Káptalanfüred and in Germany) were just the icing on the cake.
Year 16, the summer of 2006. The nineteenth PEOPLE TEAM camp. Still in Kecskemét. We hosted more children than ever before: there were altogether over 1,300 kids! We enriched our repertoire with a number of new themes: Sports, Discover the World! and the EU. It was the first time that we hosted groups of campers who formed separate teams within the PT-camp, making them parts of the whole. Such were the GameStar- and the Förderkreis Ferienzentren-teams, and the groups arriving from schools from all over the country.
Year 17, the summer of 2007. The twentieth PEOPLE TEAM camp. Once again in Kecskemét, and we didn’t leave out the German chapter this year either. We offered new topics to choose from for the mornings: National Geographic – Nature and Sciences, Photography, and last but not least: Jonatán Bookworm Training and Writer’s Academy. There were 12 themes altogether! Language lessons with native and non-native (Hungarian) language teachers, Acting with Ildikó Hűvösvölgyi and Ilona Bencze, the NG-section with famous photographers and scientific experts, Jonatán with Petra Finy and friends... And that wasn’t all.
Year 18, the summer of 2009. The twenty-first PEOPLE TEAM camp. Kecskemét. Even though we were used to it, a few new things surprised us. This year, for example, we found out what it was like to do the washing up for 450 people twice a day. We had a dishwasher, but we discovered it was not enough to accommodate as many campers as we had. We also had: a Real Action dance camp, new light and sound equipment for the parties, a private mug for each camper, possibly the best PT T-shirts ever, Julius Caesar, Indiana Jones, Love Mafia, wizards and fairies, and of course, loads of other things! Not least our guests: Sándor Csányi, Gábor Csupó, Nándor Grosch, János Karsai, Gábor Kálomista, Éva Póka, Tamás Rozs and many more.
Year 19, the summer of 2009. The twenty-second PEOPLE TEAM camp. Kecskemét. Creative Writing, Literature and Arts, The Rehabilitation Institute of Imagination, folk dancing, films, actors and directors, linguists and technicians, horses and horsemen, sportsmen, lots of games and experiences, freedom and non-stop fun!
Year 20, the summer of 2010. The twenty-third PEOPLE TEAM camp. We had so many international campers this year! Austria, Bulgaria, Egypt, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Romania, Spain, Serbia, Slovakia and the USA (of course strictly in alphabetical order) were all represented. Languages, computers, actors, films, photos, graphic arts, natural sciences, horses, sports, dances, tents in Germany, water battles, heaps of gifts, DVDs, PT T-shirts, PT baseball caps, WiFi everywhere, and friends, friends, friends!
Year 20, the summer of 2011. The twenty-fourth PEOPLE TEAM camp. Our international community of campers continued to grow, perhaps more so than ever before. American, Austrian, Bulgarian, Egyptian, Estonian, French, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Serbian and Slovakian kids (of course, still strictly in alphabetical order) were camping together.
Year 22, the summer of 2012. The twenty-fifth PEOPLE TEAM camp. For the linguists: almost all language groups started working in a so-called “mentoring system” (under the direction of one native and one non-native (Hungarian) language teacher). This innovation produced even better results for the “linguists”. For the sportsmen: thanks to the excellent contribution and convincing arguments of the management of our favourite dorm we installed two professional tennis courts in 2012!