Weekend in the Mountains

Photo courtesy of Sanket Mane

Photo courtesy of Sanket Mane

Intercultural Retreat

Location: CSU Mountain Campus
Date: Saturday and Sunday, September 30th – October 1, 2017

Weekend in the Mountains is a weekend retreat geared toward new international students. Scholars, and spouses of students or scholars, are welcome but are not the primary focus of this retreat. Returning attendees and INTO students are also welcome, if space allows. This unique program takes participants to the CSU Mountain Campus for a weekend of bonding and intercultural activities. Activities include small group discussions, hiking outdoors, a cultural talent show, and more. Many remember this as a highlight of their time at CSU!

Last Fall, about 110 students from 22 countries attended the retreat. Activities change each year, but they always focus on a few primary goals: Culture, Community, and Colorado. We hope you’ll  develop tools to help your cultural transition to the US, while building relationships with new friends from all over the world in the beautiful mountains of Colorado.

Favorite activities include:

  • Walking through the beautiful fall landscape of the Rocky Mountains
  • Bonding with new friends from all over the world
  • Performing in the International Talent Show
  • Participating in the low ropes course

Cost:
$45 for first-time student attendee, $60 for new or returning INTO students, scholars, or spouses
Cost includes 5 meals, lodging, transportation, and activities (Full cost of event is $120/person, the Office of International Programs pays the additional difference per person)

Weekend Schedule:

Saturday
7:15 am           Meet at Laurel Hall in lobby
7:45 am           Board bus
8 am                Bus departs
10 am              Arrive at CSU Mountain Campus
11:00 am         Welcome in Outdoor Amphitheater
12 pm              Lunch in dining hall*
1 pm                Split into groups for low ropes course & cultural training
6 pm                Dinner in dining hall *
7 pm                Cultural Talent Show
8 pm                Camp-fire and S’mores (Dance Party will continue in Westside)

Sunday
7 am                Breakfast (you will pack a bag lunch during breakfast)*
8 am                Free Time (Hike, play volleyball, horseshoes, board games, or just relax!)
12pm               Optional high ropes, additional cost and sign-up required in advance.
2 pm                Closing and evaluations
2:45 pm           Board bus to return to Fort Collins
5:00 pm           Bus drops off students at International House, Aggie Village and Laurel Hall

*Vegan, vegetarian, & pork-free options will be available