Glamorous Marbella is located in Spain’s sun-drenched Costa del Sol, in the southern province of Andalusia. An historic city pre-dating the Roman Empire, Marbella was also an incredibly important settlement of Al-Andalus, during the Moorish rule of Spain, thanks to its strategic position on the coast. The city’s history is documented in its many fantastic museums. Marbella is also a very picturesque city and home to over twenty beaches. It is also a lively city with many festivals throughout the year, including its own international film festival.
This programme will allow you many opportunities to practice speaking Spanish in everyday, practical situations, not only during lessons and activities, but at all times during your stay. This is because also present at the camp will be local Spanish students there to learn English. You will join the Spanish students for activities and your roommates will also be a mix of international and Spanish students.
The camp is based in a traditional finca, within its own, beautiful grounds. The location is ideal at just 8 km from the centre of Marbella and just 15 minutes’ walk from the beach. The campus consists of dormitory-style buildings where students are accommodated, a dining hall and fantastic sports facilities including a large swimming pool, two soccer fields, a basketball court and a handball court.
You will have 20 Spanish lessons per week in groups of no more than 14 students. Each lesson is 45 minutes and will be in Spanish from the outset. Of course, you will take a level test on arrival at the school to make sure that you are placed in a group with other students of a similar level to yourself.
The emphasis will be on communication, so there will be lots of speaking and listening. However, you will, of course, still cover all aspects of the language so that you improve your overall level. Your teachers will be fully qualified and will be native Spanish speakers. They will also be experienced in teaching Spanish as a foreign language to international students of your age, and will make sure that all your lessons are fun and engaging. You will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of your course.
You will be accommodated on-site in a dormitory of 8-12 students. Your roommates will all be of the same gender as you and will also be of a similar age. At least one supervisor will also stay in each room to ensure that you are safe and fully supervised.
You will be provided with all your meals, which are structured in the Spanish tradition. That is to say, you will have a light breakfast (perhaps cereal or pastries), a large meal at lunchtime and a lighter meal in the evening. The food served is generally Mediterranean/Spanish style. If you have any allergies or special dietary requirements, the school are usually able to cater to these as long as we are informed at the time of booking.
You will take part in a wide range of activities with your fellow students at the summer camp, both international and Spanish! Activities vary on a weekly basis, but some examples of typical activities include: trips to the beach; swimming; games; competitions; cultural workshops; sports; and talent shows.
Every two weeks you can expect to attend one full-day and one half-day excursion. The half-day excursions tend to be to places of interest nearby, such as Puerto Banus, Mijas, Sierra de las Nieves and Marbella. The full-day excursions tend to be to places that are a little larger or further afield, such as Seville, Granada, Tarifa and Ronda.
If you are particularly keen on tennis, football or horse-riding, then you can choose to add sessions of these sports to your booking.
This programme is very well supervised, ensuring that you are safe and comfortable at all times during your course. As well as teachers, there are a number of camp ‘counsellors’ who are all native Spanish speakers and are fully trained to ensure the safety and welfare of all students. There is usually one counsellor to every 8-12 students.
Airport transfers from/to Malaga Airport are included in the course price for students arriving on the Sunday before the course starts until the Saturday after the course finishes.