Just Dilijan IT! Are non-standard summer vacation programs for children and parents, which take place annually from June to August on the campus of the international boarding school UWC Dilijan. In the approach to the organization of programs, modern trends in education have been combined: eduitainment format – learning through the game, project activity, attracting talented professionals who share their experience and act as mentors. Thanks to this approach, each of the participants will discover new horizons for development, gain new experience in teamwork, develop current skills, and learn how to interact with different cultures and traditions.
“Most summer camps have a specialization or a general program aimed at socialization. We managed to create an unusual format for summer programs for children, and now for families, where relaxation is combined with an exciting educational program, sports activities and, of course, immersion in a unique Armenian culture and history, “says Andrei Khodzhikyan, Deputy President of the Scholae Mundi Armenia Foundation , the organizer Just Dilijan IT!
Within two months, the campus will organize four two-week shifts for children from 9 to 16 years, two of which will be in Russian, two in English. In each shift, the guys will be able to choose one of five thematic areas for working with experts and preparing projects – Performing art, Visual Art, Leadership, Nature and Technology, Healthy lifestyle and sports.
Also in 2018 for the first time there will be family programs for children from 6 to 9 years with their parents. In an informal atmosphere, participants will attend interactive master classes on history, ethnography, architecture and mathematics, and at the end of the program will arrange unusual theatrical performances.
“We want our children and parents to go beyond the usual limits and limitations and, together with our experts and counselors, try themselves in a new role, so that they again have aroused a passion for studying the world around,” said Andrei Hodzhikyan.
One of the most important components of programs Just Dilijan IT! will immerse the participants in the richest culture and history of Armenia. In each program participants are offered the author’s excursions and hikes, developed by professional guides, as well as classes in Armenian, familiarity with culinary traditions, dances and music.
The UWC Dilijan space meets the highest safety and comfort requirements. The territory is completely closed from strangers and is under 24-hour private protection, its own medical center, where the doctor and nurses are constantly present. The school has a modern infrastructure: comfortable residences for participants, classrooms, scientific laboratories and art workshops, FIFA-compliant football field, an Olympic size pool, tennis courts and basketball courts, a fitness center, a BlackBox concert complex. The building of the boarding school was the first in Armenia certified according to the green standards of BREEAM. “School of the Future”, as many call UWC Dilijan, became the winner of the world competition of development projects FIABCI World Prix d’Excellence Awards 2016.
International summer education programs in Dilijan started for the first time in 2013. In 2016, the project received a new name and new content, and in two seasons its participants were more than 500 children from the USA, Germany, France, Belgium, the United Arab Emirates, Russia, Armenia, Artsakh, Belarus, Poland, Latvia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Italy, Spain, Cyprus, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.