A WELL-KNOWN Spanish company offers free holidays to those Anglo Teens who fancy a two-week summer stay, talking English to Spanish teenagers.
PUEBLO INGLES is an English immersion course for Spanish students to practice English without having to travel abroad. Instead, Pueblo Ingles invites 13 to 19-year-old English speakers from around the world to live and converse with the Spaniards. In exchange: lots of fun, new international friends and free room and board at a charming village in Spain.
Colby Price, Teen ‘Master of Ceremonies’ comments: “We are really delighted to offer more teenagers from around the world this opportunity. In addition to participating in such a worthwhile initiative the teens will receive an award that certifies their contribution in volunteer hours.”
Teenagers who are native English speakers travel to Spain from all over the world to take part in this 1 or 2 week ‘talkathon’. They get to meet Spaniards of the same age who are looking to improve their command of the English language. The native English speakers will act as English teachers to the Spaniards. But this is not about English grammar or classroom English. This is about having the Spaniards exposed to a natural speech, so the Anglo Teens are encouraged to speak as naturally as you would with friends back home.
This teen camp with a cultural twist includes activities such as one-to-one conversations; competitive group activities; theatre skits and games which add up to 15 hours of talking per day. “They forge friendships for life on this program, and this is their chance to swap the TV screen for sunscreen this summer!” says Luke Nightingale, Program Coordinator.
During the program, the group is led by a Master of Ceremonies and Programme Director and with the help of numerous onsite counsellors they are focused on ensuring that the teens get maximum enjoyment while maintaining a safe environment.
Since July 2004 Pueblo Ingles has welcomed thousands of native English teen volunteers to its little villages, where the official language is no longer Spanish. They have greeted hundreds of American, Canadian, Irish, Scottish, Maltese, British, Australian, South African and Kiwi teenagers who have enjoyed fabulous days in the land of Don Quixote.
Tel: 91 391 34 00
27 June 2012 Written by RTN Reporter
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29 June 2012
What a brilliant scheme. I wish I had known about it when my younger son was in that age group and unemployed in the UK.Report
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