- June 28*-July 27, 2014
*Group flight departs NY on June 27
- Program Fee:
- $7,295 + airfare
- Family homestay
- Completing grades 9-12
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Summerfuel in Conil?
For 28 summers, Summerfuel has provided high school students the unique opportunity for real language and cultural immersion in Spain. Designed for students with at least two years of high school Spanish, the program combines a month-long homestay experience with classroom-based language study, daily activities and weekend excursions throughout Andalusia. The combination of intensive formal language instruction with real-life immersion in the country’s daily life and culture helps students to achieve fluency and confidence in Spanish while gaining an intimate understanding and appreciation for Spain’s rich history and traditions.
Conil de la Frontera, located twenty miles south of Cádiz, is a picturesque Spanish coastal town with whitewashed houses, endless blue skies and many outdoor cafés. Although much smaller than Cádiz, Conil’s population of 16,000 doubles in the summer when Spanish families spend their vacation here, on the Atlantic coast.
Conil embodies that particular pace of life characteristic of much of the south of Spain, where nobody is ever in a hurry and things will always get done, “sooner or later.” Its people are very friendly and eager to help, and because it is a small community where most people know each other, everyone will welcome you. Day or evening, the beach is the center of activity and Conil boasts over ten miles of spectacular sandy waterfront where you can socialize with your Spanish friends while swimming, playing beach volleyball or hanging out at a beach café.
You'll love Conil if you…
- Thrive in a tight-knit community, where everyone knows everyone
- Seek a low-key environment, with a relaxed pace of life
- Love swimming, surfing and other beach sports
- June 27 • Depart NY
- June 28 • Arrival and Student Orientation
- June 29 • Transfer to Cádiz
- July 30 • First day of classes
- July 12 • Sevilla and Córdoba
- July 19 • Gibraltar
- July 22 • Capea (your chance to try bullfighting!)
- July 26 • Last day of classes and Farewell Dinner
- July 27 • Depart Spain
Spanish Language Classes
Daily Spanish classes with our experienced faculty expand your knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and idiomatic expressions so that you have the confidence to interact with your homestay family and Spanish friends.
Summerfuel offers students specialized workshops as part of the Conil homestay program. Workshops are held once or twice a week and students may select up to two throughout the month. In Conil, students may select from Community Service, Spanish Cooking, Watercolor Painting, Soccer and Surfing.
Summerfuel’s daily activities are designed to help students make the most of their time in Conil. In addition to the scheduled workshops, our program staff schedules a wide range of extracurricular activities in the afternoons and evenings to keep every day interesting and enriching!
On Saturdays and Sundays, Summerfuel offers excursions throughout the south of Spain, to ensure our students experience the best of Andalusia. Highlights include overnight trips to Sevilla and Córdoba, as well as a day trip to Gibraltar.
Every day in Conil is a combination of learning, exploration and fun.
Honing in on the details in Spanish class
Digging into some delicious Spanish food
Capturing the beach in a workshop
Going for goal on the beach
Meals are an excellent time to practice Spanish with your host family
Enjoying an evening stroll with friends through town
Your Summer Home
Your summer home will be the beautiful whitewashed Andalusian town of Conil, on the Spanish Atlantic coast.
Our experienced local representatives have placed Summerfuel students with families over the past 28 years and are natives of the towns in which they live. They ensure an excellent match between family and student, with many host families returning year after year. You will be treated as a member of the family, eat your meals together and experience a level of cultural and linguistic immersion that goes far beyond the limits of tourism. It is a testament to the strength of the program that Spanish families and their Summerfuel students often keep in touch long after the program has ended. Unless they request otherwise, students are placed individually with families, so that they can fully enjoy the benefits of language and cultural immersion.
Safety and Supervision
Conil's small-town feel extends to the security of our students. Staff members are available for students 24 hours a day, and the host families form a network of support throughout Conil. Local representatives stay in the center of town throughout the day, so that if there are any problems or issues they can help make sure that everything is taken care of. Every night, homestay parents will call program staff to let them know that their student has checked in and that all is well.
The classrooms used in Conil by our students are the same classrooms that the city's students study in during the year. Equipped with ample class space, teacher and student lounges, and “smartboards”, students will have all they need to have a successful summer improving their Spanish.
As part of the homestay program, students eat their meals with their homestay families. They’ll see first-hand how traditional Spanish meals are prepared and cooked, and get a chance to try some Spanish classics: tortilla española, gazpacho, bocadillos de jamon, and more.
The capital of Andalusia is home to three World Heritage sites, including the Cathedral of St. Mary and the Alcázar, an imposing Moorish palace.
Bullfighting is a traditional sport throughout Spain, and plays an important role in many festivals and celebrations.
This ancient city was once a sprawling metropolis and beloved for its Great Mosque, Jewish Quarter, Roman Ruins and Moorish architecture.
Situated on Spain's Costa del Sol, this thriving modern city has a rich history and cultural heritage, spanning all the way back to 770 BC.
Andalusia is the home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe, from the white-sand, ocean beaches of the Atlantic, to the pebbled, Mediterranean coastline.
This tiny British territory, known largely for the famous Rock of Gibraltar, is situated on the southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula.
This style of Spanish song and dance originated in Andalusia, and is considered to be one of UNESCO’s Masterpieces of the Heritage of Humanity.
Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, Granada boasts a world-renowned university and stunning Moorish and Morisco architecture.
Sierra Nevada Mountains
This scenic mountain range features the highest point in Spain, and is a popular destination for skiing and hiking.
Native faculty are selected for their dynamism and experience
Language courses cater to students at intermediate through advanced levels
Students improve their vocabulary through interactive, practical activities
Courses are designed to prepare students for everyday interactions in Spain
The Summerfuel Spanish curriculum is built on 28 years of experience
Students gain the confidence to interact with their host families and new friends in Spanish
The curriculum in Conil has been carefully designed based on 28 years of experience, as well as student, parent and teacher feedback. Classes expand Spanish vocabulary and idiomatic expressions so that you have the confidence to interact with your homestay family and Spanish friends. Formal classroom instruction reinforces your learning outside of the class and our native Spanish faculty, many of whom return year after year, are specially selected for their dynamism and experience teaching Spanish to foreign students.
The language course meets five days a week from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm, and is taught at two or three different levels to accommodate intermediate to more advanced students. A placement test on the first day of class will determine the level appropriate for each student. Summerfuel faculty can provide additional academic instruction and tutoring to students preparing for either the Advanced Placement or SAT Subject tests in Spanish. All students receive a transcript detailing academic progress and involvement during the program.
Summerfuel offers students specialized workshops as part of the Conil homestay program. Please remember that we can only accommodate a limited number of students in some activities so be sure to submit your application as soon as possible. Workshops are held once or twice a week and students may select up to two throughout the month.
Spanish Language Study
This is an intensive Spanish language course, taught at three levels: Intermediate (Intermedio), Upper Intermediate (Intermedio Alto), and Advanced (Avanzado). The class integrates classroom lecture, audio materials, workbook exercises and a variety of texts to develop fluency in all aspects of the Spanish language. Classroom time is divided into intensive language practice (oral and written) and general grammar review with an emphasis on "real life" situations. Every day students complete two pages of their Spanish diary. A final oral presentation in Spanish is also required.
Give back to the local community by participating in bi-weekly service opportunities at a center for patients with Alzheimer's. Students may participate for additional hours, if desired, and can receive a certificate for their community service hours.
Improve your skills and develop your passion for the game.
Enjoy a hands-on introduction to Spanish food and culture. Learn the recipes and techniques to prepare local favorites.
Surf's up! Get to grips with some of Europe's best waves.
Use the beautiful surroundings as your inspiration in this hands-on class taught by a professional artist.
Activities & Trips
On the weekends, students explore the south of Spain
The beach is the center of activities in Conil
Students take in Sevilla’s Cathedral of St. Mary
Saving a point during an epic game of beach volleyball
Students learn the art of Spanish cooking
Soccer clinic students take on some locals
Spain’s Atlantic coast is perfect for surfing
Enjoying a history lesson on a weekend trip
Enjoying a day trip to Cádiz
A perfect photo opportunity in Sevilla’s Moorish castle, the Alcazar
Conil offers countless opportunities for learning and adventure
The setting sun doesn’t slow down Conil’s beachgoers
Excursions to local places of interest will take place weekends. These trips will give you the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful destinations in Andalusia.
Visit La Catedral, La Giralda, El Alcázar and the picturesque Barrio de Santa Cruz (Jewish Quarter) among others. After dinner it's off to a Flamenco show.
Explore the breathtaking La Mezquita and the beautiful Jewish and Moorish neighborhoods of this historic city.
Take a break and speak English for a day, pay a visit to the famous Gibraltar monkeys and take in the breathtaking views of the African continent.
Summerfuel's daily afternoon and evening activities are designed to ensure you make the most of your time in Conil.
Past favorites include
- Sporting Events
- Food Tastings
The freedom that the program gives is so beneficial to your own growth. Independence and room to “find my place” in Conil was a big part why this program exceeded my expectations. Every homestay house was so close to each other. Conil is PERFECT!"Jenna L., Rosemont, Pennsylvania
At Summerfuel we are particularly proud of our extraordinary program directors. We believe that strong, nurturing and experienced leadership sets the tone for a successful program. The program is run by a senior staff consisting of a Program Director and Assistant Director, who oversee all aspects of our students’ daily life. Program Director Marta Ramos is a native of Conil, and has directed the program since 1995. Catherine Simpson is a professor of Spanish Literature at University of Georgia, and has served as the program’s Assistant Director for ten years.
In addition to the senior staff team, each program location has site coordinators who work in close contact with the homestay families, experienced local representatives who help select the families and teachers and native recreational staff who are the key to accessing local culture and ensuring students get the most from their stay in Conil. Our staff and faculty often returns year after year and both they go through a rigorous selection process and pre-program orientation.
Safety & Supervision
The leadership team and program structure emphasizes cultural immersion through personal attention, high quality academics, and exciting cultural and recreational programs so that students learn experientially by doing. There are at least 6 staff members in Conil and directors, local representatives and recreational staff meet with Summerfuel students daily to ensure they get the most from their experience. Students learn, make friends and have fun through the support and guidance of the dedicated and caring staff. The safety and security of our students is an absolute priority.