ASL Summer Experiences 2018 (age 9-18)

ASL Summer Experiences offers week-long courses for middle and high school students (age 9-18) during the opening weeks of the 2018 summer holidays.

This year, we have opened the Summer Experiences portal early for high school offerings, which include three international trip reservations, Habitat for Humanity, Photography, and Crew Camp. Registration for these offerings is now open (please log in with your regular ASL username and password):

If you have any questions about the following courses, please contact the experience organizers listed below. For registration questions, please email summer@asl.org.

Offerings are subject to minimal enrollments, and full refunds will be made if an offering needs to be cancelled because of low enrollment. Payment and cancellation information can be found here

Crew Camp: age 14-18

Leaders: Stuart Heap and Huw Jones
Ages: Students entering Grades 9–12 (age 14-18)
Cost: £490 per student per week
Enrollment numbers: 6–12 students 
Dates: Week 1, 18-22 June; Week 2, 25-29 June (students can attend one or both weeks)
Hours: see below

Open to new and experienced rowers, Grades 9–12. If you would like to join the crew team in Grade 9, or you are a rising Grade 12 student, this is the camp for you. Experienced rowers will have an opportunity to continue developing their rowing skills and fitness in familiar surroundings. For those new to the sport, the camp will offer skills necessary to jump straight into crew come the beginning of the school year. All levels of rowers will be accommodated.

Daily schedule

9–10 am: Bus to ULBC
10 am–12 noon: First row
12–12:45 pm: Lunch
12:45–1:45 pm: Rowing videos/stretching/etc.
1:45–2 pm: Short break
2–4 pm: Second row
4–5 pm: Bus to ASL

Food Odyssey: age 13-14

Leader: Sean Ross

Ages: Students entering Grades 8 and 9 (age 13–14)
Cost: £590 per student
Enrollment numbers: 8–12
Week 1: Food Odyssey (The Original, see description below), 18–22 June
Week 2: Food Odyssey Revisited (new locations/experiences for students who attended either June 2017 or in the previous session in Week 1), 25–29 June
Hours: see schedule provided by Sean Ross

Week 1

Monday
A visit to Brixton provides a veritable hotpot of cultures and nationalities, creating one of London’s most diverse food hubs. There are the classical food markets of central Brixton that cater to the Afro-caribbean, African and Asian communities. This contrasts with the new hipster food culture of pop-up restaurants and food vans, and fashionable old-school food redesigned.



Students get a chance to encounter new foods, cuisines and ingredients, and to learn the basics of cooking. This lays the groundwork for their first cooking lesson the following day. Finally, on Monday, students get to enjoy lunch at a well-known Caribbean restaurant as they mingle with all kinds of Londoners.

Tuesday
The first day of cooking, depending on group size, entails cooking in teams or individually while following a simple recipe. We focus on fresh ingredients, nutritional value and, of course, making great food. Students eat their main-course creations for lunch and take home their dessert or starter.


Wednesday
Students plan a dish for the following day and seek out and purchase the necessary ingredients at Borough Market or Sainsbury’s, while working to a budget and a tight timeline. Students enjoy a fantastic lunch at stalls of their choice at Borough Market.

Thursday 
With a strict schedule, students plan, prepare and cook their meal, and then sample and critique each other’s meals after each course. 

Friday
Students look at part of British cuisine with which few ASL students will be familiar: a visit to Brighton Pier will introduce British seafood in all its glory along with ice cream and rock candy. To top off the week, we visit The Little Fish Market Restaurant for lunch, a popular seaside seafood restaurant. 

Week 2

Monday
A visit to Ealing Road, Alperton, home to a large Pakistani and Hindu community allows students to experience new cultures and nationalities. In preparation for the following day, students have a list of exotic and likely unfamiliar ingredients to source from local vendors. Students get a chance to learn about new foods, cuisines and ingredients, and what their preferences are and the basics of cooking. This lays the groundwork for their first lesson the following day. They enjoy lunch at Whitecross Market, famous for its wide array of yummy and affordable street food.

Tuesday
The first day of cooking puts the students through some challenging recipes. They try to replicate well-known classic dishes. They will then be critiqued and evaluated in an effort to build upon skills learned during the original Food Odyssey.

Wednesday
Students get to grips with a full lunch service as they embark on creating a buffet for 30 people. This is a true introduction to catering and while everyone is familiar with lunch, getting the food out hot and on time can be very challenging. High pressure, and high intensity, will they survive?!

Thursday
An early start awaits students as they visit Spitalfields Market at 7 am. Afterwards, they head across town to Smithfields Market to source more ingredients for an afternoon of cooking back at the professional kitchen. Students prepare and cook in preparation for their excursion on Friday.

Friday
A trip to Oxford, which includes a boat trip and picturesque picnic to enjoy the fruits of Thursday’s labors. A perfect end to a fantastic week of food!

Questions to Sean Ross, sean_ross@asl.org.

Habitat for Humanity Experience in London: age 16-18

Leader: Brandon Block
Ages: Students entering Grades 10–12 (age 16–18)
Cost: £520 per student per week
Enrollment numbers: up to 5
Dates: Week 1, 18-22 June
Hours: see provided schedule
Note: a significant portion of the camp fees are allocated directly to building costs

Age requirement: students must be at least age 16 by 31 August 2018 to participate.

Experience five days of supporting Habitat for Humanity at a site in London, where a significant refurbishment project is underway. This is a great opportunity to learn about the global reach of Habitat for Humanity and gain hands-on experience helping the charity advance a project. Several locations in London are being considered for this experience, and this site will be updated as soon as a selection is made.  

Photograph London: age 12-16

Leader: Mariam Mathew and Mara Bodis-Wollner
Ages: Students entering Grades 6-10 (ages 12-16)
Cost: £520 per student per week
Week 1: Architectural Photography, 18-22 June
Week 2: Street Photography 25-29 June
Enrollment numbers: 8 to 10

Week 1

Photo London: Architectural Photography

Do you love exploring London? And do you love making photography? What better way to combine these two passions than to join us for a week of journeys around the city of London and its edges? Using digital SLRs cameras, we will explore the various areas of London, from ancient to modern, bustling markets to peaceful parks, from landlocked structures to areas along the docks and rivers. All of this while you learn the secrets of this gorgeous, stylish city.

During week one we will take you to sites where we can focus on the architecture and structure of the city. We will enjoy the beauty of the lines, curves and intersections of London to make captivating photos.

From tube stations to city skyscrapers with views of the city below to hidden passages and alleyways leading to quirky cobbled yards, we will look at the ancient, the mid-century, the very new and shiny and how they all fit together (or not!)  side by side..

How you choose to look at the world around you is always your choice. We will be there to guide you and offer a curated tour to inspire you based on the theme of the week.  There are two teachers and  since the  group is limited to ten students, each student will get personal technical advice and feedback throughout our journeys.

This experience will provide you with an opportunity to develop your photography skills and create a portfolio of work, while enjoying the sights, smells and sounds of this global city - not to mention some great tastes. Of course, such hard work has to be rewarded with delicious global cuisines! Let’s dine in interesting restaurants and venues with quirky interiors, while using the opportunity to capture the scenes around us.

Why not give this a shot?

Requirements and provisions:

Digital SLR cameras, tripods and SD cards provided (students are also welcome to bring their own equipment)

Lunch covered for each day

Oyster card required

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Week 2

Photo London: Street Photography

Do you love exploring London? And do you love making photography? What better way to combine these two passions than to join us for a week of journeys around the city of London and its edges? Using digital SLRs cameras, we will explore the various areas of London, from ancient to modern, bustling markets to peaceful parks, from landlocked structures to areas along the docks and rivers. All of this while you learn the secrets of this gorgeous, bustling city.

During week two we’ll be looking more closely at the vibrancy of people who inhabit the city.  We will go from outdoor food markets to busy shopping streets, from skateparks to indoor public spaces.  You will make portraits of individuals and groups of people, in their element.

How you choose to look at the world around you is always your choice. We will be there to guide you and offer a curated tour to inspire you based on the theme of the week. There are two teachers and  since the group is limited to ten students, each student will get personal technical advice and feedback throughout our journeys.

This experience will provide you with an opportunity to develop your photography skills and create a portfolio of work, while enjoying the sights, smells and sounds of this global city - not to mention some great tastes. Of course, such hard work has to be rewarded with delicious global cuisines! Let’s dine in interesting restaurants and venues with quirky interiors, while using the opportunity to capture the scenes around us.

Why not give this a shot?

Requirements and provisions:

Digital SLR cameras, tripods and SD cards provided (students are also welcome to bring their own equipment)

Lunch covered for each day

Oyster card required 

Rock Band Camp: age 12-15

Leader: Mete Ege
Ages: Students entering Grades 6–9 (age 12–15)
Cost: £400 per student
Enrollment numbers: 6–12
Dates: Week 1, 18–22 June; and Week 2, 25–29 June (students can attend one or both weeks)
Hours: 9:00 am–3:15 pm

Rock Band Camp is for students who would like to study/perform rock music playing electric and acoustic guitar, bass guitar, drums, keyboards, saxophone, trumpet, trombone or vocals. Preferably, students should be at an intermediate level with their choice of instruments, but beginners are welcome too. Guitars, bass guitars, keyboards, amplification, percussions and drum kits are provided.
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