Learning English, Culture and Environmentalism with the AELP

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Accelerated English Language Program at New Hampton School

New Hampton School is alive again with a new group of students on campus for the summer. In addition to the Winnipesaukee Playhouse summer program and the Skillz Check Soccer Camp, the Accelerated English Language Program is in full swing with students from around the world.

Environmental Sustainability

This week, AELP students focused on Environmental Sustainability. They  explored this topic in the classroom each morning, and then in the field each afternoon. Afternoon activities led the students to a local recycling plant and a visit to the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center to learn about conservation and the local animals of the region.

Community Service

On Wednesday afternoon, students participated in an intergenerational program with elderly veterans who have served the country, therefore continuing to build out New Hampton School partnerships with the community. At the Veterans center, students practiced their English and learned about the importance of community service.

Local Geography

On Thursday, students visited an eco-farm and learned about food security and permaculture and on Friday afternoon explored Lake Wicwas by canoe, embracing the beauty of the Lakes Region of New Hampshire in the summer. Students had the opportunity to fish and swim in crystal clear lake waters. AELP students have also enjoyed recreation time at Newfound Lake, Squam Lake, and the Pemigewasset River.

AELP students and faculty visiting an eco-farm where they learned about food security and permaculture.

The Maine Coast

Over the weekend, students ventured outside of New Hampshire while still focused on exploring the theme of environmental sustainability. They visited the Maine coastline and explored Portland and Kennebunk. One highlight activity was going out on the sea aboard a lobster boat. Students assisted in baiting traps, helped bring up the traps, and learned how lobster fishing addresses the topic of sustainability.

AELP wrapped up their week by eating lobsters and southern-style barbecue. Quite a culinary experience for this international group!

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