Volunteer in Spain
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|Levels:||B1, B2, C1, C2|
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INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Is this program for my students?
Groups have the opportunity to get involved with the local community by volunteering in Spain. Spanish language classes, cultural activities, and excursions may be added on. This is an excellent manner to fulfill community service requirements at home, while helping others and learning about the culture of Spain.
Some examples of the work available for high school students include:
- Helping to feed the needy, painting houses for people with poor economic possibilities, and sorting material.
- Helping troubled and marginalized youth (immigrants, Gypsies, etc.) through sports, arts, crafts, educational support, English classes, and dance.
- Assisting older people with physical and mental disabilities.
- Preparing and serving lunch and clearing the tables in a food center for people with poor economic possibilities.
- Taking care of babies between 2 and 4 years old.
Students have the opportunity to go abroad in the capital city of southern Spain, Seville, where they will discover firsthand the essence of Spain: flamenco, the scent of orange blossoms, flower-decked patios, Moorish palaces and beautiful gardens. They also can do this in Cadiz, Western Europe’s oldest city, with endless white sand beaches, and a beautiful ancient city center. Get ready for the best experience of your life!
- Fulfill community service requirements at home by getting involved internationally.
- Delve into the different social realities of Spanish citizens.
- Make a difference by helping others less fortunate than yourself.
- Students learn about the customs of Spain firsthand by living with a carefully selected family.
- Students experience the culture through interactive visits and excursions.
- Students are able to challenge themselves and boost college applications.
|7:00||Time to wake up!|
|7:00 -||7:45||Shower and dress.|
|7:45 -||8:30||Breakfast with family.|
|8:30 -||9:00||Allow time to walk or take bus to the volunteer center.|
|9:00 -||2:00||Volunteer work (Monday-Friday).|
|2:00 -||2:30||Time to return home to have lunch with family.|
|2:30 -||3:30||Lunch with family.|
|3:30 -||4:30||Free time after lunch for "siesta" or spending time with family/friends.|
|4:30 -||5:00||Allow time to walk or take bus to the school for afternoon activity.|
|5:00 -||7:00||Possibility of classes or cultural visits.|
|7:30 -||8:30||Free time with friends before dinner.|
|9:00 -||10:00||Return home for dinner with family.|
|10:00 -||12:00||Possible group nighttime activities. Home with family.|
|Community Service Program in Spain||Flexible|| B1, B2, C1, C2 |
|Family homestay, hotel||HS||Ask for a quote|
|Classes||(Consult with MundoLengua for specific conditions)|
|Activities||(Consult with MundoLengua for specific conditions)|
|Weekend Excursions||(Consult with MundoLengua for specific conditions)|
|Health Insurance||(Consult with MundoLengua for specific conditions)|
|Airfare||(Consult with MundoLengua for specific conditions)|
Dates refer to the expected arrival and departure days in Spain. Extra days will be charged accordingly.
Teachers announce the trip at school, usually some time in advance. The trip may be a school sponsored trip, or a trip taken by the teacher outside of the school system. Teachers encourage students to consider the trip, and spread interest. They will normally hold an informational meeting with parents and students, to inform them about details. A Centro MundoLengua director can be on-site for the meeting, or available by Skype/phone. In terms of payments, this can be done online by each individual student (so teachers do not have to handle any money).
What exactly are my responsibilities as a chaperone during the trip?
Chaperones are normally present during the volunteer work, cultural visits, excursions, and to check-in on students at the beginning or end of class. In the event that a student becomes ill, Centro MundoLengua will always accompany him/her to the doctor. The chaperone will normally come along, for added support. In general, in case of any type of issue with students, Centro MundoLengua relies on the added advice and support of chaperones before taking action.
Will I have to pay anything?
Teachers travel for free. Your costs are included in the overall package. As well, we can work with you to include your airline cost.
Will I have free time?
Absolutely. Given that our program is highly structured, you will find that you have a lot of free time to pursue outside interests, or to simply relax. Each group is assigned their own Centro MundoLengua coordinator who takes care of them. As well, there is always a program director onsite for added support. Some teachers use the time to study, investigate, get in shape, shop, etc.
Do I need to buy flights for my group?
You are responsible for purchasing your own flights. It is very important to make sure all students have passports and secure your flights early. Southern Spain is one of the most popular destinations worldwide. The longer you wait, the more you are going to pay for flights. That being said, we can help. We work with an agent that can book flights for groups of at least 10 individuals total (for airlines, a group needs to be at least 10). If you have less than 10 in your group, you can either ask a local travel agent, or simply book flights online. We will pick you up in the arrival airport in Spain. For Seville, you should look for flights into Seville airport. It is possible to arrange pick-up in Jerez de la Frontera (Cadiz) or Malaga airports, but there will be a surcharge. As well, it is possible to fly into Madrid and take the high-speed train down to Seville. Ask us for more details.
Will my students have volunteer service every day?
The actual schedule of service will vary. We will confirm this with you, along with the actual organizations, beforehand. Some organizations will allow for students to work every day, whereas others will not. We will do our best to provide the maximum amount of volunteer service for students, even if this means providing them with more than one organization.
Will my students be supervised at the community service?
We will always accompany students on the first day to introduce them to all key people and get them started. They will be able to rely on a team of personnel in each organization for any concerns.
For how long can we come?
Most programs will last anywhere from 1-6 weeks. As we custom-design our programs, simply consult with us for more details.
How good does the Spanish of my students need to be?
They don’t have to be fluent, but they must have a high enough level of Spanish to work and contribute at the various organizations. Their interactions with staff will be in Spanish. That being said, in some instances the work will be manual, and this can be explained with minimal Spanish.
Assuming we want classes, how do you determine the Spanish level of my students?
Before arrival, you students will take an online placement exam. This will help us determine their level. In addition, they will supply us with the number of years of high school Spanish that they have completed.
What are the classes like for my students?
Above all else, they are interactive and communicative. Students develop a close relationship with both their teacher, as well as new friends in the class. Class sizes tend to be around 12 students (with a maximum of 15). Students have the opportunity to actually practice their Spanish by speaking a lot. They will study the language and culture at the same time. In fact, they study the language through the culture. Classes are not intended to give homework and exams. Students complete the majority (if not all) of their work in class.
What are some examples of the activities?
Do your students know how to salsa dance? How about flamenco? Do they like sports (kayak on the river, running club)? Or are they more history buffs? How about a visit around the ancient city center, discovering its’ hidden gems? In addition to the afternoon activities, your students will be able to meet other Centro MundoLengua participants during our nighttime program. This includes tapas nights, group dinners, musical concerts, movie nights, school dances, and special events.
What will my students do on the weekend?
Depending on the size of your group and when you study with us, we can work with you to customize excursions. Or you can participate in the excursions that we have planned for other students in the program during your dates. There are many possibilities, including Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, etc.
What are the families like?
You want your students to be immersed in the culture and language. This is the best manner! Host families have worked with us for many years, and are all carefully chosen and visited by our housing director. Most families live in middle-class apartments, with the usual comforts of life. Students will most likely share a room with a friend, or other student from the program. They will also most likely share a bathroom. Families make all of the meals for students, so this is an excellent opportunity to try many new home-cooked Spanish foods. We can also deal with special diets, but we need to know this in advance. Families also wash any clothes for students. Some families have children, whereas others don’t. Some have pets, and others no. Families come in all shapes and sizes. Our housing director is onsite every day, willing to help students with even the smallest of issues. Students develop close bonds with their families, and really love this aspect of the program. They also have the opportunity to practice their Spanish in a real-life setting, outside of the classroom.
How much free time will my students have?
One thing that students love is that this program combines the best of both worlds. They have the daily structure of their volunteer work and classes and/or activities, with some free time thrown in. Some students are more independent than others, and relish this time to explore the city, make friends with the locals, enjoy sports, shopping, etc. See a typical day in this section, but rest assured that they will have some free time every day for themselves.
Will my students meet other international and Spanish students?
Absolutely! It will depend on the groups studying at any given time, but we tend to have a mix of American, Canadian, and European students. As well, we have partnerships set up with local schools, so your students will have the opportunity to meet local teens during language and sports exchanges.
How much supervision will my students have?
All students count on 24 hour / 7 day a week supervision from our multi-lingual staff. Their safety is our top priority. As such, all students will be required to carry a Centro MundoLengua ID card with emergency phone contacts. Their families will also have this information. They will be able to rely on an extensive network of directors, teachers, and coordinators to facilitate their stay in Seville. We also will be checking in with students on a daily basis, during the classes and activities.