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Press release
NGO Lõimeleer
November 26, 2019

 

The Lõimeleer series of summer camps is designed to give Estonian youngsters living abroad the chance to get to know kids their own age from Estonia, learn handicrafts and traditional music, songs, dances and games, ride a horsecart, go boating and much more. For example, at the camps being held in 2020 there will be a combined football and poetry workshop and an introduction to the traditional kama or mixed-grain dishes prepared by women from Urvaste, both hosted by poet and sportsman Contra.

Lõimeleer is being held for the fifth time in 2020. Priit-Kalev Parts, the director of the Lõimeleer non-profit organisation, says that children from the U.S., Canada, Sweden, Kazakhstan, Finland, Ireland, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Norway and Estonia attended the camps last year.


The leaders at the camps are community education and hobby activities teachers, students of the field of study and other specialists from Viljandi Culture Academy, who will introduce the youngsters to traditional cuisine, skills, dances and games, tell them stories and guide them in making handicrafts.


“The camps will help the kids, who are all young foreign Estonians, strengthen ties with their homeland, learn something new and develop their Estonian skills through a range of fun activities,” explained Parts, the man behind the Lõimeleer concept and the camp’s resident horse whisperer.

 

“There won’t be any school lesson-type learning, but since the camps are run in Estonian, it’s advisable for the kids taking part to have at least a basic ability to speak and understand the language. Parents will also have the chance to get involved in 2020, so that kids under the age of 10 can take part as well, and so that parents who speak other languages can practise their Estonian.”


There will be four six-day Lõimeleer camps in 2020: July 12-18, July 19-25, July 26 - August 1, and August 2-8.

 

Registration is now open, with discounted rates available until January 5, 2020. Camp tickets can also be purchased for family members and friends as a Christmas present at a discount until the same date.

 

For more information, see https://www.loimeleer.com or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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