Lately, my academic work has got me thinking about ethnic summer camps and homeland trips for youth. My parents couldn’t afford summer camps or trips abroad, so I never went to any of these things, but from what I’ve heard, spending the summer with co-ethnic peers can be a life changing experience. I’ve read a bit about “Love Boat” trip to Taiwan, “In Search of Roots” visits to China, and Birthright tours of Israel, but I’m sure similar programs exist in other communities as well. I just spoke with a director of an Iranian diaspora youth camp who said that many attendees go back home wanting to improve their Persian language skills and get to know their culture better.
Anyone out there went to an ethnic summer camp or homeland tour? What was your experience like? Would you send your children to something similar? Let us know in the comments!