Q: Will my child be able to participate in the camp if he/she does not speak Serbian?
A: Most of the leaders of the camp, as well as the children, have a basic, if not better command of English. This first year we had two Russian youths from Germany and two from the USA participate in the camp. They got along wonderfully with our Serbian children, all mainly communicating in English, which is a required subject in Serbian schools. Whatever they could not manage to communicate verbally they succeeded through gestures. It was surprising how much the children bonded; the language barrier did not prove to be a problem in the least.
When the Russian children left the camp, which they were obliged to do before its conclusion because of previously-set travel plans, all the children gathered to say their goodbyes and see them off. The parting was truly touching. After their departure all felt their absence very much, for their joyful spirit and substantial experience in other camps greatly contributed to the overall atmosphere of the camp.
With this example we would just like to encourage and assure parents that their children who do not speak Serbian should not feel the least embarrassment or discomfort at our camp because of language. Our spiritual and camp leaders, along with the children, are exceptionally open and welcoming to visitors from abroad. A shared love for Christ and Christian values easily bridges any language barriers, and children coming from abroad will have the opportunity to be exposed to the unique, rich Serbian Orthodox culture and tradition.
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