Our teachers and monitors are students who are currently studying at Saint Louis University – Madrid Campus. They share their culture and knowledge and direct all the camp activities under the careful supervision of a team of faculty from both Saint Louis University and Colegio San José. All classes taught by native speakers.
In the Morning...Our teachers give language classes between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. to groups of three to ten students, organized according to age. The classes are interactive and focus more on Hispanic culture and everyday Castellano rather than on grammar declensions: by using young teachers with different accents, we try to offer a fresher, broader and more realistic view of the Spanish language. Some classes take place in the town so that students can experiment with their Spanish in real life situations! During the morning we also offer an hour of sports which, apart from allowing a break from the classroom, permits interaction between the non-Spanish and Spanish students.
In the Afternoon...
Every afternoon, between 4 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., we offer various workshops, and both the Spanish and the non-Spanish students sign up for those that they are interested in. For the artistic, we offer music, singing, art, drama, photography and newspaper writing; for the hungry we offer International cuisine; for the sporty we offer archery, basketball and team games; for the less active we offer card games and meditation. The language exchange between the students happens spontaneously in these workshops. Moreover, since summer in Badajoz is sunny and hot, students can go and cool off in the swimming pool for an hour every afternoon.
In the Evenings...Before dinner, the students return to their respective classrooms to write an entry in their camp diary. After dinner, in which “prizes” and “punishments” are awarded, the students can hang out, watch TV in Spanish, play ping-pong or cards, or sign up for the evening activities that the monitors organize. Once in a while, a small group of students, accompanied by a monitor, can go into town. During the town fiestas, all the students have the chance to go down to the fair and enjoy the attractions and typical Spanish atmosphere.
On the Weekends...We divide the students into two groups according to age. One group goes to the Isla de Zújar, a quiet idyllic spot where they can go kayaking on the reservoir, play human foosball, practice archery or just relax with friends on the reservoir’s artificial beach. The other group goes to Cañamero near Guadalupe where they can play Paintball, climb rock walls, go kayaking, tour the old town and enjoy the spectacular surrounding area.
Friday, July 19, we invite families to lunch at the Colegio San José, to an exhibition of all the work that the students have done and to a final performance of dance, theatre, music and other performing arts that they have learned during their three weeks in Villafranca.