Mandarin Institute STARTALK 2023 Language in the Wild Adventure Camp

The Mandarin Institute and STARTALK are pleased to present Language in the Wild Chinese Adventure Summer Camp—a residential language learning summer camp that is actually a camp! We've combined our experience running 20+ successful STARTALK programs with our background running wilderness high adventure language learning camps to create a truly wild opportunity for Chinese language learners.

Program Dates
Session I: June 5 - June 17, 2023
Session II: June 19-July 1, 2023
Pre-camp works starts in Spring 2023

Location: Our camp is located on a secluded private ranch just north of the Utah border in Malad, Idaho 90 minutes from the Salt Lake City airport.

Go to for all the details and to submit your application. We have room for 60 adventurous and motivated participants from grades 9-12, with Chinese speaking proficiency from Intermediate-low to Intermediate-high.

We are accepting applications now!
Pre-camp activities start in Spring 2023. We will close registration as soon as the program fills so apply today.

The program is free thanks to a grant from STARTALK. Students are responsible for their travel to and from the camp.

Please contact with any questions.

The STARTALK Award lets us offer this program tuition free to a limited number of students. STARTALK is a component program of the National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) which seeks to expand and improve the teaching and learning of strategically important world languages that are not now widely taught in the US. STARTALK’s mission is to increase the number of Americans learning, speaking, and teaching critical need foreign languages by offering students (K–16) and teachers of these languages creative and engaging summer experiences that strive to exemplify best practices in language education and in language teacher development, forming an extensive community of practice that seeks continuous improvement in such criteria as outcomes-driven program design, standards-based curriculum planning, learner-centered approaches, excellence in selection and development of materials, and meaningful assessment of outcomes.