SSiW Bwtcamp – Welsh in the Wild!
The Bŵtcamps will soon be starting again after an extended break due to Covid-19. They will be running in a different location to previously, but the videos will still give you an idea of what the Bŵtcamp experience entails. For up-to-date information, go to https://forum.saysomethingin.com/t/bwtcamps-2022/34449/31
For a maximum of 10 people on each camp, there is a new and dramatic way to improve your Welsh more than you could possibly expect. [For location and other details, please scroll to the bottom!]
Hear what Allan thought of it:
If you already use SaySomethinginWelsh, the way in which our Bwtcamps work should come as no surprise!
If you don’t use SaySomethinginWelsh, it might be a great idea to give it a go before coming to one of our Bwtcamps – because it seems to do a great job of helping even advanced learners actually use their Welsh more confidently and spontaneously, and you will have to have completed at least Level 1 before attending.
Filling in the Gap
SSiW Bwtcamp is designed to fill in the gap between Welsh lessons (ours, or anyone else’s) and real life – or ‘Welsh in the Wild’, as we call it.
It is NOT a course! We will NOT be having lessons!
Instead, we will be having fun…:-)
Here’s what Deborah thought of that promise:
SSiW Bwtcamp ia a week long holiday, running from Saturday to Saturday at the Centre at www.Tresaith.net, in one of two cheerful dorm-rooms with bunk beds for 20 (one for women, one for men).
You’ll need to chip in a bit each day for communal meals (that’s part of how we keep the cost so extremely competitive). This is ususally £4-5 a day for some fantastic evening meals!
Huw certainly found it helped him:
The ENGLISH NOT!
And you will speak NO English – as in NO ENGLISH AT ALL! – for the entire week.
Instead, you will take part in a variety of games, activities, trips and out-and-out socialising all through the medium of Welsh – however much Welsh you have! Tutors will be on hand at all times to save you in the event of any potentially fatal misunderstandings, and you will also have some relaxation time each day.
Spenny enjoyed it more than he thought he would!
By the end of the week, your Welsh will have taken a HUGE leap forward.
Colin did amazingly well:
And Ali came back several times!
Will we be able to keep it this cheap?
SSiW Bootcamp costs £349 + £10 booking fee (not including food). If you live locally and would like to come along to the evening activities, you’d be very welcome – just get in touch with us at bwtcamp[at]SaySomethinginWelsh.com.
If you would rather not stay in the dormitory, get in touch with us – we may be able to help arrange discounted accommodation in the excellent holiday flats next door to the Canolfan where we’ll be staying.
More information and latest booking links are available on the bwtcamp section of our forum here. You'll need to pay in full to reserve a place, and we must emphasise that payments are non-refundable - if you think you might need to change your plans, please consider taking out holiday insurance to cover the possibility.
We’ll look forward to seeing you there!…:-)
Aran, Iestyn, Catrin & Cat
P.S. If you’d like to read what some previous Bwtcampers thought about the week, click HERE.
Bob showed real guts to keep at it:
The yellow building at the far end of the row of houses you can see below is the Canolfan. You can click and hold with your mouse to change the viewpoint, and double click to move around Tresaith – thanks to Google Streetview…:-)
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Below: The building with a large ship painted on the side here is, er, The Ship – our home-from-home base in Tresaith – and the small blue building you can see a bit further down the road towards the beach is the shop where we try to have at least one coffee afternoon…:-)
Here’s a map of the location of Bwtcamp:
View SSiW Bootcamp – Tresaith in a larger map
To read more about Bwtcamps in general, have a look at the information given for the 2019 Bwtcamps at Bwtcamps 2019 on the forum.
Getting around in Wales
Wales is served by rail (nearest stations Carmarthen and Aberystwyth) and Traws Cymru (long-distance bus) services, with local buses branching off and serving towns and villages.
It’s often possible to arrange lifts with other bwtcampers ahead of time, but if you’re coming by public transport, the TrawsCymru T5 bus runs up and down the coast between Aberystwyth and Aberteifi (Cardigan) and you can arrange to be picked up from the nearest stop at Tan-y-groes. Note that TrawsCymru provides FREE transport on weekends.
If you arrive at Carmarthen by train, then you would need to take the TrawsCymru T1 to Aberaeron, then pick up the T5 there and go south to Tan-y-groes as above.
For information on TrawsCymru: http://www.trawscymru.info
For information on Transport for Wales train services: https://tfwrail.wales/homepage
For general public transport information: https://www.traveline.cymru/***