Younger Teens – Georgia

"I'm so glad my parents made me go. I made some great friends who really understood me and learned a lot about myself. And it was fun!"
- TCK - South East Asia

A TCK transition program younger teens!

Our younger program is designed specifically for TCKs ages 12-17

Come join us for a middle school/high school program!

Join us for a retreat in Georgia! Spend 4 nights and 3 days with other global nomads.  We’ll explore how to navigate the challenges, opportunities, and benefits of a cross-cultural life and its transitions. As you understand your unique identity and grow in your sense of belonging and purpose, you will lay a strong foundation for the rest of your life. Come! Intentionally grow with us and other TCKs from around the world. This might just be the best four days you’ve ever spent in America.

 

Are YOU ready to thrive in your transition?

Being a younger teen is rough.  Being a tween or younger teen TCK in transition is even tougher.  You have no plans to stay in your passport country, but here you are.  Normally, 0lder siblings and friends who will stay for university or work get most of the attention when it comes to transition.  We want to change that.

Here’s the thing–older teens in transition tend to be surrounded by others in similar transitions.  All college freshmen are in transition. However, all junior high students are not. Even though most high school freshmen experience some transition, often they do not have a cross-cultural element thrown on top of learning their way around a new school–and usually they expect to be at that school for more than a year.

Traditionally, transition seminars have focused on MKs and other TCKs entering college.  We’re here to change that! At Interaction, we believe kids in middle school and high school should have their own transition seminar.   We can’t go through transition for you, but we can help you do it well.

What to Expect

Come prepared to learn. We will focus on the expected elements of a cross-cultural transition as well as the unique aspects of this transition during early adolescence.  Expect learning to be fun and interactive. We’ll explore themes of TCK identity, transition, how to thrive where you’re planted–even if it is only temporary. We’ll also get a look at American culture through the lens of the southeastern part of the country.

Come prepared for fun and new friends.  Let’s face it, there are very few places you can go where everyone can relate to most of your life.  This is one of them. The staff have all lived and worked overseas with TCKs. We get you, and so will the other participants.  You don’t want to miss this.

It’s not easy being a tween or a younger teen.  We can’t change that. However, we can help as you cross cultures.  Are you ready? We can hardly wait to meet you!

Special Note:

TCKs/MKs ages 13-16 may request to attend the Older Teen program (Georgia, Texas) if that is a better option for your family. Generally at those programs we pull the younger teens together during small group times to keep discussions age appropriate and relevant.

GEORGIA

July 27-30, 2022

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

Ages: 12-17 (exceptions may be made)

Cost: $510 ($245 with need based scholarship*) Plus $50 application fee
There is an Early Bird discount of $25 if you apply 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 shuttle 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
– Board games and card games
– Lots of quiet outlooks to journal, read or talk

And more!

 

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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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 (7/21/21)

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.

Those flying into the program, please be sure to wear a mask in airports and on planes, and wash your hands frequently.

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

Still not sure what you're signing up for? Watch a short preview that highlights the amazing time our younger teens had in Georgia!

2020 Transit Lounge – 4 Day GA from Interaction International on Vimeo