Traveling abroad is eye-opening and life changing -
— Parent of a Row Abroad Athlete

Berlin & More  GerMany

June 12- 25

A Trip, beginning at the Rowing club at the Wannsee Berlin, (Rowing club at the Wannsee eV, 
Scabellstraße 8, 
14109 Berlin)
 with full room board and boats.  The athletes will row twice a day with educational touring of Berlin on bikes done during the middle of the day. Rowing twice a day will improve the sculling strokes of all the participants of the program.  Video review and individual coaching will be a part of the program.  The athletes and coaches will then pack up and go with a German team from Osnabruck and tour down one of the German rivers (river to be announced soon).  The rowing tour will involve rowing between 30 and 40km per day in coxed touring quads.  The athletes will be mixed with the Germans for the rowing and will be staying in camping style with the German rowers during the rowing tour.    At the end of the rowing tour they will have the ability to spend time with the German athletes at their homes in Osnabrück and spend a few days immersing themselves in the German culture.  This is a once in a lifetime event.

Florence, Italy

one-Week

    June 18-24 2017

Coaching by Olympians & rowing in the heart of Florence on the Arno

An  Italian adventure,  a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore Florence through the eyes of a native Italian Olympic rower..  Our hosts will be two Olympians,  Claudia Belderbos who rowed for the dutch Olympic Team in the last two Olympics, getting a bronze medal in London.  Francesco Fossi rowed for the Italian Olympic team in last two Olympics in the men's 2X.  

These two Olympians will host our groups at the boathouse in the heart of Florence, at the Canottieri Firenze, this is a very exclusive club located in the heart of Florence was established in 1886 and is still one of the most exclusive rowing clubs in Italy.  Rowing on the Arno river  just below the Ponte Vecchio.  

Experience Florence through the eyes of rowers Each day will be filled with seeing the sights of Florence.  Housing will be in a location that is convenient to the rowing and provide the athletes with a place to rest between outings to the sights of Florence.  The food has been organized through the hosts and should be amazing tasteful and real Italian.  This trip will give students a good chance to immerse into the Italian culture and really get a feeling about how Italians live and enjoy Italy like the Italians.  This is a trip of a lifetime to inspire the travelers to see the world in an exciting new way.. 

Sevilla, Spain

June 25-July 8

Rowing & Language Immersion at the Spanish Training Center

Rowing at the national training center in Sevilla is one of the many things that make this a great trip.  Sevilla has been hosting national athletes training from many different countries for years.   training center side by side with the Spanish national team as well as athletes from many other nations who come to train at the facility.    Teaching the athletes to scull and steer and be responsible for their boats is a skill that develops the skills and creates independent, motivated athletes.  The rowing will focus on sculling.  Athletes must have at least one year of competitive rowing.  Sculling is not mandatory, but a desire to train and improve is required.

Language immersion

Language is best learned when you have time to hear it spoken by native speakers and are encouraged to speak to communicate.  We hire rowers, with the same passion as the athletes to teach them about rowing, speak to them about life and take them around Seville to explore and practice their language skills.   For two to three hours a day for most of the trip, the athlete will spend time working on their speaking and comprehension skills.  In 2015 the athletes felt they learned a greater mastery of the language during this time than they had ever gained during school.  Being able to speak and listen and hear the native language increased their comprehension immensley.

Annecy, France

July 9-July 23

ROWING & LANGUAGE IMMERSION in the French Alps

Living in the town of Annecy in the French Alps.  Athletes will fly into and out of Geneva Switzerland and will be transported to Annecy in Vans.  The vans will be used to take the athletes on daily trips around Annecy and up into the Alps for a truly wonderfully rounded trip. Athletes will row daily in the mornings on lake Annecy.   The coaches  will teach the athletes to scull and steer and be responsible for their boats, this is a skill that develops and creates independent, motivated athletes.   Athletes must have at least one year of competitive rowing.  Sculling is not mandatory, but a desire to train and improve is required.

Language immersion

Language is best learned when you have time to hear it spoken by native speakers and are encouraged to speak to communicate.  We will hire a group of native french speakers, who know the areas of Annecy well to speak with the athletes and experience the Alps with the group, to make the athletes speak and hear french as much as possible.  For three or more hours a day, the athlete will spend time working on their speaking and comprehension skills.  In previous years, the athletes felt they learned a greater mastery of the language during this time than they had ever gained during school.  Being able to speak and listen and hear the native language increased their comprehension immensely.

My child went to Europe an unmotivated child and returned with maturity and confidence and the motivation to succeed in School. The life lessons learned from traveling abroad are unimaginable.
— Parent of a child on German Exchange