Older Teens – Georgia

Each of us, though we've all been TCKs, have our own story to tell that's unique to us. Hearing the experiences of my peers and their faith through it all, I am encouraged and strengthened, ready to face what is to come."
- Samantha - TCK from Haiti

Join us in Georgia!

Welcoming TCK ages 16-20 to participate in our seven day programs

Spend seven days with us and other global nomads.  We’ll explore the challenges, benefits, opportunities, and predictable processes of transition.  Consequently, you will learn how your TCK background provides an important foundation for the skills you will use throughout your life.  This seminar is intentional, practical, critical, and timely to you and your transition.

You’re already working to understand your identity, purpose, and sense of belonging; let us help you solidify those beliefs with fresh information and a godly perspective.  The seminar is a good mix of large group sessions, small group time, and one-on-one coaching.  Join us for a week that will help you navigate your next steps while building on the foundation you’ve laid.  We are looking forward to a week with you!

Surviving or Thriving?  It’s Your Choice

Any major transition can be tough.  Cross-cultural transitions are some of the toughest–especially if you’re not prepared.  You want to do more than survive. We want that, too. We’re here to help you thrive.

We have 30 years of experience moving MKs and other TCKs along the continuum from surviving to thriving.  We are prepared to come alongside you and help you flourish on your journey into your passport culture and your new stage of life.  Interaction’s transition seminars are a proven investment in your future.

Come prepared to learn.  Lectures, activities, large and small group discussions will be led by our staff who have all lived and worked abroad with TCKs.  Consequently, we get you. We want to walk with you through this transition. You can discover a deeper understanding of your identity, your purpose, and your sense of belonging.  Let us help.

Come prepared to play.  Each location has unique opportunities for exploring the outdoors, checking out the local attractions, and having fun.  Playing and spending time with people who have lived a life similar to yours is invaluable. We want you to have that.

Come prepared to build community. Every year community forms and continues beyond the week you spend with us.  While the teaching times are an important basis for community, unstructured moments provide the best times of connection.  You don’t need to be alone in your transition. We want to help you enter into a safe space for those who travel the road across cultures and into a new adventure.

We have no doubt you can survive this passage into your passport country and your next stage of life without us.  However, we want more for you. We want you to flourish; we can help you do that. What do you want?

GEORGIA

July 31 - August 6, 2022

This program is currently full. If you choose to apply you will be placed on a waitlist.

Location: Fort Mountain Retreat And Conference Center in Chatsworth, GA

Ages: Older teens aged 16-20 (will consider younger teens) We also have a younger teen program

Cost: $815 ($495 with approved scholarship) plus a $50 application fee. There will be an Early Bird discount of $50 if application is submitted by March 15th.

For more information, contact Interaction International at:

Phone: 630.653.8780
E-mail: office@interactionintl.org

Driver Accommodations: There are potentially a limited number of family cabins or hotel style rooms in the lodge that may be available if you need to spend the night at drop off or pick up. Meals will need to be on your own and you won’t have access to most of the “active” recreational activities. Contact Fort Mountain directly to  discuss options and pricing – (877) 251-1800

Airport Shuttles:  A shuttle will be available to pick and return students to the Chattanooga airport (CHA) in Tennessee for a $35 fee. There will be no shuttles to or from ATL.

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FUN ACTIVITIES

We are pleased to partner with Global Youth Ministry who runs the Fort Mountain Retreat Center. They were blessed with amazing facilities in the middle of the breathtaking Fort Mountain State Park. The retreat center offers a variety of outdoor spaces and lots of recreation opportunities. There is a wonderful mix of small and large group meeting rooms. The amazing sunrise over the Cohutta Mountains are perfect for the morning people.  The night owls will appreciate both the sunsets and times of gathering around the fire pit.

Here are some of the free time activities that you may choose to take advantage of:

– High ropes swing and climbing tower
– The Blob (pictured above)
– Hiking trails
– Indoor basketball/volleyball
– Lots of quiet outlooks to journal, read or talk

And as a day excursion during the week:

River tubing!

NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIP

Due to the generosity of Interaction’s donors, we are able to provide scholarships for those experiencing financial challenges- especially families working with NGOs and with 501(c)3 ministries. We want to remove the cost as being a factor for students not attending.

To apply for the scholarship, opt for either of the following:

1) Email from parent giving a brief statement about your work and confirming your need of the scholarship. Keep it simple. We trust you. Then attach to the email a 200-300 word (1 page) reflection by the participant on their positive and negative experiences of living as a TCK/MK.
Send email to office@interactionintl.org

OR

2) At the end of the application, have the participant fill out the “Optional” questions, which includes a written reflection from the participant as described in option one.

We are grateful to our donors who make it possible for us to offer the scholarship to all qualified applicants. Use the donate button below if you would like to join our donors- enabling us to keep the doors open for all students who want to attend.

 

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"Everyone's story/transition is their own and can't be invalidated by comparison"
- Participant from Transit Lounge 2021

Covid-19 Protocols

Because we specialize in working with TCKs, will be tracking closely the travel restrictions and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our internationally mobile families.

We remain fairly confident (as much as anyone can be these days) that we will be able to run the programs at Fort Mountain this summer. We were able to run them safely in 2020 and 2021. Here are answers to questions we’ve been asked lately.

What safety precautions will we take?

REVISED COVID Policy (5/31/22)

We are now requiring all staff and participants to take an extra measure to minimize spreading. Staff and participants must either have completed their series of COVID vaccines (any type) or tested negative for COVID 48 hours prior camp (an OTC drug store test is fine). This is on the honor system and no proof will be required.

All parents will be required to affirm their children are symptom free for 2 week prior to arrival (fevers, coughing, or other related symptoms). Additionally, all participants will be immediately screened upon arrival for symptoms by our staff. Students who show any symptoms at any point during the program will be immediately quarantined in a separate housing. Daily temperature checks will be conducted. Masks are optional and social social distancing will not be possible in many of our contexts.

If the participant is experiencing any concerning symptoms related to COVID prior to arriving at the camp, please drop from the program. Full refunds will be given for COVID related cancellations.

Why do you think the Fort Mountain Cultural Transition Seminars won’t be canceled? Fort Mountain has committed to being open for us unless restricted by the authorities. There are currently no restrictions in place for camps in GA. We were able to run the program in 2020 and 2021 safely in the midst of the pandemic.

What would cause it to be canceled at the last minute? The ONLY reason we foresee canceling these programs would be if authorities make restrictions for overnight camping for groups our size (likely under 50).

Refund Policy

*NOTE on Refunds* Due to the special circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we have revised our refund policy for 2022. If you have paid and will not be able to make it for any reason, full refunds will be issued up until May 1st and a 50% refund up until June 1st.

If we have to cancel the program due to government restrictions (or any other reason) we will offer full refunds. Those who are flying, we encourage the purchase of additional travel insurance to minimize potential risk.

Georgia 2020

Not sure what you're signing up for? Watch a quick preview that highlights some of the amazing things our older teens experienced in Georgia!

2020 Interaction Transit Lounge from Interaction International on Vimeo

Can't Make One of Our Programs?

We’ll miss you. But we highly recommend you attend one of these transition retreat programs run by some outstanding friends of ours:

Wilderness ReBoot (for MKs ages 21-35)
Dates: June 26-July 2. 2022
Blue Bronna, AB, Canada
sponsored by MORE Network

MK Transition Seminar:
Dates: July 10-22
Cedarville, OH (at Cedarville Univeristy)
sponsored by Barnabas International

ReEntry Seminar:
Dates: July 17-29, 2022
La Mirada, CA (at Biola University)
sponsored by Narramore Christian Foundation

Classic ReBoot 
Dates: July 15-22, 2022 (Calgary), August 5-12, 2022 (Toronto)
Calgary, AB and Toronto, ON, Canada
sponsored by MORE Network