Family stays

Family studies are an effective way of familiarising young people aged 7-18 who are living in Estonia but whose mother tongue is a language other than Estonian with Estonian cultural space and of offering them the opportunity to form contacts with people of the same age who speak Estonian as their mother tongue. The aim of studying the language while staying with a family is to support young people in acquiring Estonian through communication with their peers and by actively taking part in activities.

The 10-day family stays give the youngsters a unique opportunity not only to practise their Estonian, but also to experience a different way of living. By taking part in ordinary family life they gain both the courage and the skills needed to use the national language for everyday communication. Good relations develop between the youngsters and their host families based on their experiences, and these are maintained after the time they spend together. A fun programme is put together for the participants so that they have plenty to talk about. They visit local sights, go hiking, have picnics, spend evenings round the campfire, take care of animals and take part in sports competitions. The choice of activities takes the weather into account, but also the youngsters’ own wishes.

Learning Estonian and culture in Estonian families, 2024

Korraldaja Laager Osalejad Koht Aeg Kontaktisik ja registreerimine
MTÜ Veeda Vaheaeg Võrumaal

Räägime eesti keeles
106 noort
10-19 a


Võrumaa peredes


Pille Kulberg
[email protected]
+372 527 5354

MTÜ Etnoweb

50 noort
7-19 a


Harjumaa peredes

17.06 -26.06

Valeria Mihhailova
[email protected]
+372 5559 5632


The Integration Foundation has been supporting Estonian language and culture studies at camps and in families since 1998. Almost 20,000 youngsters from all over the country have taken part in the projects. The schedule and contact details for family stays are published in spring. The video of the family srays held in Viljandi County in the summer of 2021 can be watched here.

The time schedule of the family stays and the contacts of the organizers are published on the page in Estonian every spring.

Additional information: 
Jana Tondi
Head of Language Learning Activities
[email protected]
+372 659 9069