Language Camp in Spain
Spend your summer learning Spanish in Salamanca and exploring the beautiful city with your new international friends.
Learn Spanish through full immersion with Greenheart Travel’s teen summer language camp in Salamanca, Spain. Spaniards call Salamanca “La Dorada,” the Golden City, because of the golden hue cast by the centuries-old limestone buildings. This city is also world-famous for being one of Europe’s oldest university towns. Students from Spain as well as all over the world still congregate in the Golden City, speaking Castilian, the “purest” Spanish.
Explore Salamanca with Greenheart Travel Scholarship Winner, Ariela Martin:
- Must be between 14 – 17 years old
- Be in good mental* and physical health
- Beginner level Spanish is accepted, but a general knowledge of basic questions and phrases is helpful
What do our past participants say about the program?
“My experience in Spain through this program was absolutely amazing! I made so many great friends and really noticed an improvement in my Spanish. At no point did I ever feel unsafe. The best part about my trip was all the people I met. Everyone was SO friendly and sweet, both the students and the supervisors. I made lifelong friends from all over Europe and the US. I COMPLETELY recommend this program to anyone that loves to travel and wants to explore a new language and country.” – Katie Quinn, Greenheart Travel Summer Language Camp Alumnus
Classes and School Info
There are 3 different levels — Elementary, Intermediate, or Advanced. The levels are sub divided up into two sub levels depending on your linguistic skills. You will be given an admissions test on your first day to evaluate your skills and place you in the proper level.
- 3 morning classes for 50 minutes Monday through Friday in air conditioned classrooms
- Classes are taught by native Spanish teachers who specialize in teaching Spanish as a foreign language
- Spanish lessons involve speaking, listening, reading, and writing in lively and informal small classes with no more than 12 students
- You should take a Spanish/English dictionary, notebook and pencil for class but your school will provide all books and workbooks.
- Students receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course
School Location and Classes:
Activities and Excursions
The summer language camp includes cultural, sports, and a wide variety of other educational activities at no additional cost. A different activity is planned for each day except Sunday and includes visits to museums, group events, a day at the swimming pool, excursions and field trips outside of Salamanca. Meeting young people from other countries is a very rewarding part of the program, allowing students to broaden their view of the world.
Read Tricia’s blog post to get an idea of what your schedule in Spain will feel like!
School staff supervises all activities. During the excursions, students are expected to do some educational activities like take quizzes, take notes of what they see or interview local people.
Please note: Participants are not allowed to go out at night outside the homestay unless accompanied by a chaperon.
Costs & Dates
Participants should plan on arriving before 4:00pm on the the Sunday before classes start and depart on the Saturday after 1:00pm at the end of their program. Students can choose to go for 2-6 weeks.
Exact start dates for summer 2018 will be released by October 2017.
- 2 weeks: $2,050
- 3 weeks: $2,660
- 4 weeks: $3,210
- 5 weeks: $3,770
- 6 weeks: $4,130
Please note, all prices are listed in USD
- Accommodations in a local home
- 3 meals a day
- Medical and accident insurance
- 24-hour emergency assistance and supervision
- In-country Local Coordinator contact
- 20 hours of language classes per week
- Select Cultural Activities
- Arrival orientation and language level placement test
- Airport pickup and drop off to/from Madrid airport
Greenheart Travel also donates a portion of your fee to offset the carbon footprint of your travels.
Whats Not Included:
- Flight to Spain
- Spending money for souvenirs or snacks in Spain
All students live with carefully selected local host families near the school – 10-20 minutes walking distance. Prospective host families undergo a rigorous screening process. Participants can rest assured that only suitable host families will be selected. In order to qualify as a host family, the prospective hosts must:
- Successfully pass a criminal background check
- Undergo and pass an in-person interview with program staff
- Agree to and pass a home inspection
Usually two students will share a room and there can be up to 4 students with one host family*. They will only share rooms with students of the same sex and will be closely supervised by their hosts.
Even though this program is heavily structured by the school, living with a local family means that you have the unique experience of eating home-cooked meals, watching Spanish language TV together and doing other activities as a part of their family. Living with a host family is one of the most effective ways to become fully immersed in a country’s language and culture.
*If you would prefer to live in a dormitory or residence hall, we do have options available during certain start dates. Please contact us directly with questions.
What do our alumni say about their homestays?
“I highly recommend the program to anyone looking to improve their Spanish, have an amazing homestay experience, and make lasting friendships. The staff at the language institute genuinely care and are fun to be around, the planned activities are always a blast (example: playing soccer or touring a specific place in the city). Homestays are a great opportunity to improve your Spanish and see what it’s like inside a Spanish home.” — Ariela Martin, Greenheart Travel Summer Language Camp Alumnus
The decision to send your teenager abroad can be difficult and there are a lot of questions to consider. We understand your concerns and the Greenheart Travel staff is there for you every step of the way! We want to make the process of traveling and studying abroad as fun and painless as possible for you and your child. Here are some of the common questions we get from parents as they consider the program:
What does it mean to be in good mental health in the program eligibility requirements?
Moving to a new culture and staying in unfamiliar surroundings without your normal support structure can be very stressful, even to the most well-adjusted student. Sending a student with pre-existing conditions on a long term exchange program could exacerbate whatever challenges the student was previously facing. In order to ensure the safety of our participants, we must be rigorous in our pre-screening of (High School Abroad/Teen summer Language Camp) candidates.
We cannot accept students who have struggled with any kind of mental illness within the last 2 years and/or are reliant on medication to address their existing mental health condition.
These include, but are not limited to:
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Debilitating anxiety
- Eating disorders
If the student’s mental health issue has been resolved (post-medication) for over 2 years, we will ask for a note from his/her relevant practitioner(psychologist, therapist, psychiatrist, etc) as part of the application process.
Is Spain safe?
Spain is indeed a safe country. However, with any place you travel to, it is always a good idea to take some precautions. Prevention involves many “common sense” precautions such as staying on well-lit main roads, traveling in groups and not carrying large amounts of cash or expensive items.
Should my child fly using an unaccompanied minor service?
Greenheart Travel does not recommend this service because the “additional” services advertised by the airlines are already provided to all travelers and are not worth the money invested by you the traveler. At any time, a student can ask an airlines professional for help finding their gate or for connecting flight information, and paying for this add-on UM service is not necessary. We have sent hundreds of semester abroad students internationally, for whom we book their flights, and we never use unaccompanied minor services. If you would like the peace of mind a UM service provides, Greenheart Travel offers more self-empowering alternatives (such as reviewing airport maps, mapping connections, etc) that we believe teach teenagers relevant life skills about traveling independently.
How much supervision is there?
Students are supervised and chaperoned at all times. Students are never allowed to leave the school grounds or residence without being accompanied by a chaperone.
How many other students will there be and where are they from?
A majority of our students are American between 14-17 years old. However, there are students participating from around the world, so your child will have a cross-cultural setting both in the classroom and out. While the number of students does vary by start date, we like to keep small classes with no more than 12-15 students.
Will my son/daughter be required to speak the language outside of the classroom?
Language practice and immersion are the main priority of this program. While we do not require the students to sign a contact stating they will only speak in the local language, it is highly encouraged that they use their language skills when talking to friends, partaking in the daily excursions and at night in the residence hall or host family home. Program staff and chaperones primarily communicate and answer questions in the local language to encourage this immersion culture.
How will this program improve my child’s foreign language skills?
In a traditional classroom, students may learn language skills; however, they are not forced to practice these skills in real world situations. Through language immersion, your child will both learn the practical language skills in a classroom while also being forced to use them with local, native speakers during the excursions and/or host family experience. Studies show that 4 weeks of a full language immersion experience can be equivalent to a yearlong college language course because of the intensity of use.
Why should I choose Greenheart Travel?
Greenheart Travel provides 24-hour support to you and your child throughout the application, program and alumni processes. We are a small staffed non-profit that is accredited with CSIET, so you know you’ll always be talking to a real person on the other line. We are proud to always be available for your questions and concerns and we always answer our emails and phone calls quickly. We pride ourselves on developing a personal relationship with our participants, and love staying connected with them throughout the experience on social media & email. We offer the personal connection and support that many of our competitors do not.
Will my child need a visa?
Citizens of the United States and Canada do not need a visa if staying for less than 90 days. We will inform you of your travel and visa requirements. All travel and visa arrangements are your responsibility, but need to be booked according to our instructions. Usually students travel alone to their destination but will be met at the airport by school staff.
What are past students & alumni saying about the program?
We’re happy to invite your son/daughter to our exclusive teen facebook group so they can speak with alumni and other participants one-on-one. We also welcome you to take a look at our GoOverseas reviews, which are submitted by past participants and verified by a third party organization.
How will my son/daughter get money abroad?
It is best for students to bring an ATM/debit or credit card. Most cards are accepted at ATM machines abroad and this is by far the easiest and most convenient way to access money. We do recommend they bring some cash with them for purchases at the airport or on arrival.
How is the host family selected?
Host families go through a rigorous interview process and are carefully screened. They must complete an application, comply to and pass a background check, their references must be checked, and an in-home interview must be conducted by the partner organization. Many current host families have hosted numerous participants year after year.
What are meals like?
Your host family will provide you with three meals per day. You will usually eat breakfast and dinner at home and take a packed lunch to school. You will have the opportunity to experience typical, home-cooked Spanish cuisine!
What if my child has an allergy/specific dietary requirement?
We can cater to vegetarian needs quite easily. Any other specific diets should be discussed with us to see if we can arrange to have your needs met. In some cases you may need to provide your own food.
Can they apply with a friend?
Absolutely! We are happy to accept friends and couples.
What happens if my son/daughter gets sick while abroad?
You will be covered by mandatory health insurance. You will receive a policy brochure and insurance card via email 2 weeks prior to your departure.
Will they have internet access?
Yes! The school will have WiFi and computer labs with internet access. Most host families also have WiFi but it is not guaranteed.
You should apply at least 8 weeks before your preferred departure date. A visa is not required for a tourist stay of up to 90 days (3 months) for most participants. However, please check with the embassy of your host country to verify, as visa requirements may change.
Complete the Online Application
There are 4 short steps in the application process, which are outlined below. The whole process takes about 30 minutes and can be done in stages.
- Select the APPLY NOW button to the left. You will fill out the first portion of the application, which asks fo general information about you.
- Once you complete part 1, you will be emailed a link to fill out Greenheart Travel’s Terms and conditions. Follow the link and you will read through and sign our policies.
- In part three, you will pay a $250 deposit to hold your position in the programs. It is very rare that our volunteer applications are declined, but if you are rejected from the program, you will be refunded the $250. Otherwise, it is applied to your overall program fee.
- Now, you will complete a second application that includes more detailed information about yourself (such as education background, interests and experience) and why you would like to learn abroad.
Once you are done with the application, you will need to upload a copy of your passport.
Review your Application
Greenheart Travel will thoroughly review your application and will contact you within 2-3 business days to confirm your acceptance. If we find something in your application that we have concerns about, we will let you know immediately. 95% of applicants are accepted on the program they apply for.
You’re Accepted – now what?
Your program manager will be in touch with you directly about your acceptance. You should expect to receive an orientation packet via email, which talks more about your program, as well as supplemental information about dealing with culture shock and our insurance program. We will also schedule a pre-departure orientation to answer any lingering questions you may have.