In 2017, I worked for two weeks teaching technical English in a robotics camp. The President of Chile even visited!
In her own (translated) words from a press conferance she gave on site:
HER EXCELLENCY the President of the Republic, Michelle Bachelet, visits "English Winter and Coding Camps 2017" - within the framework of the English Opens Doors Program of the Ministry of Education.
We have been able to share a brief, but very pleasant, moment with the young people who are part of this English camp, this winter vacation. And we've yet to feel cold!
First we had an interesting meeting with students who last Friday finished their Coding Camp English Coding Camp, and they showed us [...] a protocol of the robot in the who worked throughout the past week, we commented on how interesting the experience was for them and we were able to see their work.
Then we shared with the young people, with different students from different [neighborhoods of Santiago] that today start their Winter Camp, here at Benjamin Vicuña Mackenna High School.
We have shared their experiences, talked with the students, monitors, facilitators and volunteers, who are the ones who make this initiative possible. A tremendous opportunity to ... [conduct] everything in English.
During the past [two weeks], a total of 42 camps will be delivered in all regions of the country, which will be attended by 2,400 high school students from [public and charter] schools.
I believe that -and we have seen it- these camps are a very good opportunity to learn, to practice English in everyday contexts, through topics and activities that are of interest to [students].
Thus, some camps are made around the practice of English in general and others are more focused on specific topics, such as programming or debate. With different entertaining, interactive and dynamic activities, such as competitions, songs, group projects, role-playing games, among others, you practice, you learn, you share and I hope that, above all, you have a good time, because above all, holidays are holidays.
And during all this time, a group of Chilean English teachers, students of pedagogy in English, but also English-speaking volunteers, are in charge of giving life to these camps and supporting all the activities that take place during the week.
The idea is that a double objective is fulfilled: on the one hand, that they continue learning English and put into practice the knowledge of the entire school year; but also, that it be an instance to meet new friends, strengthen ties and work together with their peers.
The English camps are an initiative of the Ministry of Education, through the English Open Doors Program, which are developed both in summer vacations, as in winter and are a great opportunity to, in a fun and entertaining way, strengthen [themes] students have been learning in high school.