WWU International Youth Program

Western Washington University-Extended Education
  • Science
  • Academic
  • Summer

About the Host

WWU Youth Programs invites visiting international youth groups to learn directly alongside local American students through two of our existing programs - Western Kids Camp and Odyssey of Science & Arts (grades 4 - 12) – both of which are offered each summer on Western’s campus.

Odyssey of Science & Arts offers specialized morning and afternoon workshops in science, art, or technology taught by local area teachers and Western professors.

Western Kids Camp combines morning academic enrichment with afternoon recreation for a full day of learning and fun.

These programs also offer ESL, American culture, and/or evening tutoring opportunities.


Custom Programming (Grades 4-12)

Western Youth Programs is happy to work with your organization to create customized programming that meets the needs of your students.  Programs can be designed just for your students, or integrated into an existing youth program to allow for learning alongside American students.

Customized programs often include the following components:

  • Specialized curriculum
  • Relationship-building activities
  • Access to specialized labs and college classrooms
  • Recreational activities
  • Field trips to community attractions
  • Weekend excursions

Sample themes from previous years include:

  • Rocketry
  • Geology
  • Vehicle Design
  • Kitchen Chemistry
  • High School physics, environmental science or engineering


Global Connections: Bellingham

Registration for summer programs will begin February 1, 2019

Discover the fun of being on a college campus as you participate in engaging week-long summer enrichment programs designed to:

  • Combine academic and physical skill development
  • Create an environment for successful learning
  • Showcase and use real college facilities
  • Explore academic topics through hands-on enrichment
  • Develop leadership skills through recreational activities
  • Form new friendships with local and international students

Youth program participants and staff must abide by all University regulations and program rules.


Morning enrichment will focus on science and provide an opportunity for local and international Korean youth to build connections. Lunch in Western's all-you-can-eat cafeteria (except Wednesday) and a field trip on Wednesdays are included at no additional cost. JLS Academy sponsors students from Korea and underwrites some program costs. The afternoon will be filled with recreation activities in the award winning Wade King Student Recreation Center (WKSRC) and athletic fields, including swimming, rock climbing, archery, crafts, Wednesday lunch concerts, and much more. The blend of academics and recreation provides an engaging and fun learning environment unique to a college campus.

Students are divided into classrooms to ensure an adult to student ratio of 1:10.

Science Exploration Themes:

  • Week 5 (July 23 - July 27) - City of the Future: Challenges in Engineering and Design
    • Dive into the architecture, engineering, and designs for the cities of today and how the process is evolving.
  • Week 6 (July 30 - August 3) - Let's Talk About Cycles
    • From bicycles to recycling to seasons, cycles are a large part of our daily lives, but how do they work?
  • Week 7 (August 6 - August 10) - Building Solutions with Pop Bottles
    • Students will explore creative problem solving skills for many real world dilemmas using simple items like pop bottles.

Students are asked to bring:

  • Two snacks and refillable water bottle
  • Sack lunch for Wednesday field trips 
  • Attire for swimming and sporting activities (swimsuit, towel, tennis shoes)
  • Sunscreen and any other sports gear

Parents must sign their children in and out each day.

Daily Schedule (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri)

8:45 – 9 a.m.


9 – 9:20 a.m.

Entry activities, team building games

9:20 – 9:50 a.m.

Interactive read aloud based on theme and snack

9:50 - 11:40 a.m.

Lessons based on theme

11:40 - 11:50 a.m.

Closing and clean-up

11:50 – noon

Pack-up/wash hands

noon – 1 p.m.

Supervised lunch time in the WWU Cafeteria

1 - 3 p.m.

Activity rotations (vary each day)

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.


3:30 – 4:15 p.m.

Pool time

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Pack up

4:30 – 4:45 p.m.


*Field trip schedule is different on Wednesday. Please review the information below and include a sack lunch.

Field Trips

On Wednesdays, students will go on field trips. Students will need to bring a sack lunch for trips.

Wednesdays from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Field trip locations are tentative and are subject to change.

  • July 25 - Museum of Pop Culture
  • August 1 - Pacific Science Center
  • August 8 - Birch Bay Water Slides

Odyssey of Science & Arts: Anacortes, Grades 3-6

Dive into investigating science and arts at Western’s Shannon Point Marine Center in Anacortes. Students enjoy and learn in specialized labs at a college marine science education research center. Taught by WWU faculty and education students, courses are designed to engage students through interactive, hands-on activities that foster success in a fun and learning environment.


Adventures of a Marine Scientist

Have you ever thought about what marine scientists really do? In this program students engage with different marine scientists at the Shannon Point Marine Center. Through hands-on activities, students apply the principles of the scientific method to discover unique aspects of the marine world. 

Instructor: Cristina Villalobos

Students are asked to bring:

  • A healthy snack and water bottle
  • A curious mind
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Repellent
  • Sack lunch


Students will enjoy class at the Shannon Point Marine Center from Monday through Friday. Maximum enrollment is 20 participants. Supervision is not provided for participants that arrive before the daily start time and/or after the end time.

8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Check in
8:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Class period
12:15 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Check out



Cost Details

Global Connections: Bellingham

$300/week + tax

Odyssey of Science & Arts: Anacortes, Grades 3-6

$278/week + tax


Camp costs are per child, per week. All costs must be paid in full before your child is enrolled in camp sessions. Space is limited; early registration is encouraged.

Costs include staffing, instructional/recreational equipment, materials and supplies, cafeteria meals and Wednesday field trips (transportation and admission).


WWU International Youth Program

USD $328.8 9.6 (Tax: )

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