For four weeks, rising Wilton High School junior Lacey Eller immersed herself in Chinese culture as an attendee of Sēn Lín Hú, a Chinese Language Village in Minnesota.

Her high school credit session was part of the Concordia Language Villages program, offered by Concordia College, a private college in Moorhead, Minn., that offers 15 world language programs.

During the four-week session at Sēn Lín Hú, Lacey had a simulated Chinese culture living experience. She was issued a passport, exchanged currency, adopted a new name, and was immersed in the Chinese language and culture through language lessons, authentic foods, activities, re-enactments of historic events, songs, dances, crafts, games and everyday conversations.

Through interactions with staff and participants from all over the world, Lacey also learned about the many opportunities available to those who speak more than one language.

More than 10,000 seven- through 18-year-olds, educators and adults from all 50 states and more than 40 countries attend Concordia Language Villages each year. To learn more, visit concordialanguagevillages.org.