Adoptive families! I was asked if I could share a list of culture camp locations for kids adopted from Ethiopia (and their families!) and so I began to gather names and web sites. Then out of the blue, a good friend- and founder and president of Roots Ethiopia– shared her (more extensive) list with me.
These camps usually takes place in the summer, and focuses on exposing kids to their heritage culture, while having a lot of fun with other adoptive families. Anna, one mom who recently attended a culture camp, describes her experience:
“Being at the East Coast Ethiopian Culture Camp not only gave my son the opportunity to see other families that were similar to his, he was able to see his own culture, his heritage, reflected in the faces of the children around him, reaffirming his sense of self and identity.”
I have heard parents criticize culture camps and say that we should be teaching culture year round, and one isolated week would only be a drop in the bucket. Well of course we should be! (see here for 14 ideas to incorporate birth culture into our children’s lives). But that doesn’t mean culture camps aren’t fun, and a chance to meet up with friends from around the country!
Ethiopian Culture Camp Locations in the US
East Coast Culture Camps:
Midwest Culture Camps:
Hands Around the World, Chicago suburbs (I attended this camp several years!)
Western Culture Camps:
Ethiopian Culture Camps In Canada:
If you would like to learn more about what goes on at culture camp, check out this lovely post from a family who has gone.
PLEASE tell me in the comments if you know of another camp that isn’t mentioned here! Especially if you can find one near us, in Texas:).