The Best Vancouver Overnight ESL Adventure Course and Teen Camp!

Fireside’s World Bound Language and Cultural Camp

Cultural and Language Connection with Canada | Life, Social and Outdoor Skills Training| Gourmet Cooking Lessons | Swimming | Water Activities | Hiking | Sports | Touring | Ice Skating | Overnight Tent Camping | Team Building | ESL Studies | Much More

We can respond to inquiries in five languages

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We offer a Canadian style ESL camp experience; this is much more than an ESL tourist camp where participants don’t interact with Canadian youth; this immersive adventure is for teens wanting to experience Canada.

For nearly 15 years, Fireside Adventures has provided a unique educational and cultural-based summer camp experience for many teens. We strive to offer the best immersive cultural summer camp experience at all our BC ESL teen courses. We teach through the lens of cross-cultural competencies, outdoor leadership and experiential education. 

International youth will improve their level of English while seeing some of British Columbia’s most amazing locations and building friendships with Canadian teens. We offer three summer course opportunities. Each course takes the youth to various BC locations

Locations: Galiano Island, Galiano Island Conservancy, Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Fireside Lodge Campus and University of Victoria

2020 World Bound: Language and Cultural Teen Camp Details:

Date Options:
July 06- July 19, 2020 (two weeks)
July 20 - August 03, 2020 (two weeks)

Ages: 12-17 (co-ed)

Rate: $3,559.00 CDN plus 5% tax.
Ask us about our group booking rate.
Group Size: Minimum 10 & Maximum 15 participants


  • Airport shuttle (pick up and drop-off)
  • Land transportation (shuttle and ferrying)
  • 7 nights of accommodation at Fireside Home Place (Galiano Island), 2 nights at University of Victoria and 4 nights at Fireside’s Whistler Lodge Campus
  • Meals (all except 4 lunches where campers treat themselves for lunch)
  • 22 hours of ESL classroom instruction and tutoring with BC certified teacher
  • Admission into Royal BC Museum, Squamish Lil Wat Cultural Centre, Ice skating, Whistler’s Peak 2 Peak, recreation activities (paddle boarding, bike touring, hiking) and learning Fireside’s climate change education and outdoor leadership curriculum.
  • One day tour of Vancouver
  • Two day tour of Victoria, residing at University of Victoria
  • Working and learning with Galiano island Conservancy
  • 24/7 camper supervision

It's a Life Changing Experience

Highlights of Fireside’s World Bound Language and Cultural Teen Camp:

  • Language and cultural summer camp where international teens meet Canadian teens

  • Participate in Climate Change Education and Outdoor Leadership curriculum and activities.

  • Individually customized for each student (ESL instruction/tutoring is adjusted to the English level of each camper, building language aptitude through cross-cultural instruction);

  • Teens are offered the quintessential Canadian camping and travelling experience;

  • World Bound Cultural Camps are conducted in English and taught by experienced educators who are also certified teachers and/or multilingual;

  • Cross-cultural experiences and exchanges between Canadian and international children;

  • A carefully crafted camp environment to respect each child’s developing mind, body, spirit and emotions;

  • Daily physical activities, with engaging and thought provoking cultural-based programs;

  • Visiting University of Victoria, Whistler, Vancouver and Galiano Island

  • Gourmet cooking lessons, an introduction to several recreational activities, visits to popular scenic sites and playing in nature;

Language and cultural summer camp for teens

We know that youth blossom when they learn a new language and have a new cultural experience outside of their country. We also know how important it is for them to see their evolving world in a positive and supportive lens. That’s why we hire the most responsible, skilled, and experienced educators.

Vancouver ESL schools and camps are evolving, and we want to offer you something unique and life shaping” – Jeff Willis, owner of Fireside Adventures

We do more than offer a typical ESL camp experience; we offer an enriching summer camp teen course where international youth connect with Canadian youth and educators.

Fireside offers something different, meaningful and unique for our international campers: youth are immersed in a safe, nurturing environment where they get to share their own language and culture with others. This experience will positively define their summer experience.

We assess each teen’s English before they leave for Canada and reassess upon their arrival to ensure they reach their learning goals.

Sharing, playing, exploring, discovering and seeking adventure are experiences that all international campers should have when visiting Canada. That’s why we offer dynamic lodging and camp activities immersed in an outdoor setting.

It's a Life Changing Experience


Regardless of a participant’s level of comfort and outdoor skills, it is safer to travel in a group and it is much safer to have an experienced instructor supporting them. Our team always prioritizes planning, preparing, and most importantly, teaching participants how to be safe in the wilderness.


A well-nourished body makes a significant impact on a person’s experience in times of physical and/or mental exertion. Participants will learn how to pack and prepare healthy and holistic meals in our camp kitchens, suited for all diets.

Fitness Capacities

If you are concerned about yours or your child’s physical readiness to attend one of our Fireside camps/expeditions, please contact us directly. We modify our experiences based on participants' abilities and capacities. Relax and let us work together to make an informed and shared decision.

Climate Change

We do our best to understand the present and future impacts of climate change. We provide thoughtful discussions and rationale of why we all must do our best to minimize our carbon use including ways to reduce food waste, non-recyclable materials and more. We take public transit or walk as much as possible, and respect nature by reducing our ecological footprints.

Indigenous People

We acknowledge that we are visitors of the traditional lands of Indigenous People. We ask permission to visit and explore their lands while also inviting local First Nations to participate in our camps, share their knowledge and provide a space to collaborate. Fireside Adventures recognizes the unceded traditional lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.

Small Group Focused & Mobile

We purposely place restrictions on group size (minimum 8 and maximum 15) of participants as believe less more for providing an enriched and meaningful experience for each participant. We are not defined by one permanent location as we are rooted in the belief that adventure and learning come from exploring the lands and water around us.

Place and Inquiry Based

All of our selected locations for our camps and expeditions are purposely chosen to provide a platform for inquiry and experiential learning, to learn through the natural world and its significance in relation to culture, geography, history, people and environment.

Social and Emotional Learning

We create a safe place so participants can develop and enhance their resiliency, independence and self-efficacy. We weave learning opportunities throughout our programs for participants to improve the skills necessary to manage and understand their emotions and their relationships.


We are inclusive of all genders, races, cultures, languages, shapes, sizes, colours, abilities and capacities. Those who arrive on the first day of the camp/expedition are important characters of the shared experienced that is to begin. It is a privilege to be the characters in each others stories and experiences, not our right.

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