Vejer de la Frontera is a small town in Andalusia in southern Spain. This is a tranquil, safe location which makes it an excellent choice for a Spanish course for young students. Perched atop a hill overlooking the Straits of Gibralter, this is not a beach location in itself, although as the nearest beach is just 8km away it is certainly very easy to spend an afternoon on the golden sands of El Palmar, on the Costa de la Luz!
A traditional pueblo blanco (white village), Vejer is one of the most beautiful towns in Spain and held a very strategically important position on the border between Christian and Muslim Spain (hence the de la frontera). There is plenty of history and culture to be discovered here, all within the safety and welcoming atmosphere that only a small town such as this can provide.
Our Spanish school in Vejer de la Frontera overlooks a natural park and is housed in a typical Andalusian mansion. The facilities include a library, computer room, wireless Internet access and several lovely balconies and terraces where students often socialise in between lessons.
Your course will consist of 20 Spanish lessons per week taught by native Spanish speakers who are fully qualified to teach Spanish as a foreign language. In addition, your teachers will also be experienced in teaching students of your age and so understand how to make lessons fun and engaging. Your lessons will be in Spanish from the outset, to ensure your total immersion in the language. This is by far the best way to learn, as you will constantly be improving your listening and speaking skills.
Groups are small, with a maximum of 12 students per class, and are formed according to students’ levels. You will take a short level test on arrival at the school to make sure that you are placed in the most suitable group for you, with students of a similar level.
Your accommodation will be arranged from the Sunday before your course starts until the Sunday after your course finishes. You will be accommodated by a friendly host family, who will have been very carefully selected by our colleagues at the school who will know them well. Our colleagues visit host families before they start working with them (to make sure that the accommodation is suitable for students) and continue to visit them regularly during the time they are working with them (to ensure the standard of accommodation is maintained).
Your hosts will be native Spanish speakers and will encourage you to practice your Spanish with them. They will be used to hosting students of your age and will be very patient with you. You will be welcomed into their home as a guest, so you will be expected to follow any house rules. You will share your room with another young student, with whom you will be able to travel to and from the school (all host families are located within walking distance of the school).
Your hosts will provide you with all your meals and normally you will return to your accommodation for lunch with the family. However, if an activity or excursion is planned over lunchtime, your hosts will provide you with a packed lunch. Your hosts will be pleased to do one load of washing for you each week.
Activities are arranged every day and will give you further opportunities to practice using Spanish in everyday, practical situations. Activities usually take place in the afternoons and some examples of typical activities arranged include sports, swimming, surfing, beach sports, flamenco lessons, Spanish cooking lessons and workshops on Spanish customs and traditions. There is also normally a full day excursion arranged on Saturdays to places of interest nearby such as Seville, Cadiz, Tarifa and Jerez.
This programme provides a high level of supervision, and so you will be supervised whilst you are in lessons, on activities or in your accommodation. You will need to make your own way to and from the school each day, but normally you will do so with your roommate. You will be permitted some free unsupervised time but you must respect the school’s curfew, which is 23.30 during the week (Sunday to Thursday) and 00.30 at the weekend (Fridays and Saturdays). No exceptions can be made.
Airport transfers can be arranged but are not included in the course price simply because there are several airports in the area that students can fly into. Airport transfers can be arranged for an additional cost for students flying into Malaga, Seville or Jerez airports. Please note that, as always, we do recommend that you wait until you receive booking confirmation from ourselves before making travel arrangements.