Conil

Authentic Spanish language immersion through homestay.




Dates:
June 29* - July 20, 2018
June 29* - July 28, 2018
*Escorted flight departs NY on June 28
Program Fee:
$6,295 + airfare
$7,895 + airfare
Housing:
Family homestay
Grades:
Completing grades 10-12
Program Fee includes:
Tuition, room, 3 meals per day, use of select campus facilities, included excursions and daily activities, bed linens, pillow and towels, 24-hour residential care and support, staff accompanied airport transfer during specified windows.
Not Included:
Airfare/transportation to and from home city, courses and activities shown to have an extra fee, laundry, spending money, souvenirs, meals eaten away from program, airport transfers outside of specified windows, trip cancellation insurance, medical insurance, medical and dental expenses.

For over 30 years, we’ve developed special relationships with carefully selected homestay families in the quintessentially Andalusian town of Conil. Located on Spain’s southern Atlantic Coast, Conil is unspoiled and proud of its heritage that dates back to the 5th century. This charming beachside location offer a fun and unfiltered way to discover Spain that goes far beyond the limits of tourism.

The program combines the option of a three-week or four-week homestay experience with dynamic classroom-based language study, daily activities and excursions throughout Andalusia.  Our students live like locals - gaining fluency and confidence in Spanish and experience real-life immersion in Spanish daily life and culture. The program attracts students with a sense of adventure and genuine interest in cultural exchange and language acquisition.

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PROGRAM SCHEDULE

  • JUNE 28 • GROUP FLIGHT DEPARTS
  • JUNE 29 • ORIENTATION IN MADRID
  • JUNE 30 • TRAVEL TO CONIL
  • JULY 02 • FIRST DAY OF CLASSES
  • JULY 07 • BIKING & KAYAKING TRIP
  • JULY 08 • GIBRALTAR

 

 

  • JULY 13 • CÓRDOBA
  • JULY 14 • SEVILLE
  • JULY 19 • FAREWELL IN MADRID 
  • JULY 20 • 3 WK DEPARTURE
  • JULY 24 • CÁDIZ
  • JULY 27 • FAREWELL IN MADRID
  • JULY 28 • GOODBYE SPAIN (4 WKS)

DAILY SCHEDULE

  • 09.00am • BREAKFAST
  • 10.00am • LANGUAGE CLASS
  • 02.00pm • LUNCH AT HOME
  • 03.00pm • AFTERNOON ACTIVITIES
  • 05.00pm • WORKSHOPS
  • 09.00pm • DINNER
 

 

The program completely reshaped the course of my life. After my summer in Spain, I went on to spend my entire senior year of high school there. Then, I continued to keep in touch with my host family, and I visit them at least once every year. I've been to visit my two closest friends from the program many times in South Dakota and New York, and they've also visited me.  Katie U. - Bethesda, MD
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TRAVEL THAT INSPIRES

Spanish Language Study

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 on a daily basis.

Workshops

Summerfuel offers students specialized workshops as part of the homestay program. Workshops are held once or twice a week and students may select up to three throughout the month. Students may select from Community Service, Spanish Cooking, Photography and Surfing.

Daily Adventures

Summerfuel’s daily activities are designed to help students make the most of their time. 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 stimulating and enriching such as beach barbecues, talent shows, beach volleyball, tennis, and soccer.

Exploring Andalusia

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.
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THE VALUE OF A HOMESTAY EXPERIENCE

Our longstanding relationships with local families, teachers, musicians, artists, and local experts, enable us to offer students a personalized experience. We provide a safe, supportive environment where language learning comes alive and where students can be independent and make their own discoveries.  Summerfuel students return home with not only improved language skills, but with a greater sense of themselves and the world around them.

Homestay families

Our experienced local representatives have placed Summerfuel students with families over almost three decades 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. Students will have Internet access to communicate with family and friends back home

Spanish Class Facilities

Classes take place at specially hired private schools and students have access to the same classrooms and facilities available to Spanish students during the year. Equipped with ample class space, teacher and student lounges, students will have all they need to have a successful summer improving their Spanish.

On-Site Staff & Safety

Despite the bustle of city life, relative to most western cities, Conil’s small-town feel extends to the security of our students. Staff members are available for students twenty-four hours a day, and the host families form a network of support throughout Conil.

Summerfuel staff stay in the center of town throughout the day and live in a centrally-located residence, so that they can tend to students' needs immediately. Every night, homestay parents call program staff to let them know that their student has checked in and that all is well.

Dining

As part of the homestay program, students eat their meals with their homestay families. They will 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. Your homestay family will make effort to ensure that you are comfortable and try to accommodate any dietary needs, but please discuss any restrictions or preferences with Summerfuel staff before attending.

 


ANDALUSIAN HIGHLIGHTS

Sevilla

The capital of Andalusia is home to three World Heritage sites, including the Cathedral of St. Mary and the Alcázar, an imposing Moorish palace.

 Córdoba

This ancient city was once a sprawling metropolis and is beloved for its Great Mosque, Jewish Quarter, Roman ruins and Moorish architecture.

Gibraltar

This tiny British territory, known largely for the famous Rock of Gibraltar, is situated on the southernmost tip of the Iberian Peninsula.

Beaches

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.

Flamenco

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.

 

Alumni Testimonial

“Thank you Summerfuel. My summer in Cadiz not only improved my Spanish but shaped me as a student, improved my confidence and sense of independence, and introduced me to Spain and its culture on a deeper level than I ever felt possible.”
 --Liz S., Old Greenwich, CT

 

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LIVING A LANGUAGE


Language seminars meet five days a week from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm. At least half that time is spent outside of class to encourage active participation and engagement. We offer two or three different levels to accommodate intermediate to more advanced students. A placement test on the first day of class will determine the appropriate level 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 in Spain offers students specialized workshops as part of the 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 three throughout the month.

Our customized curriculum employs a teaching method founded on active, experiential learning in a non-traditional educational environment. Our Spanish language course is designed to be both educational and fun, emphasizing student interaction.

 

MORNING LANGUAGE SESSION

Spanish Language Study

Our tailor-made curriculum has been carefully designed based on over three decades 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.

This is a hands-on Spanish language course, taught at two or 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.

 

WORKSHOP OFFERINGS

Community Service

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.

Spanish Cooking

Enjoy a hands-on introduction to Spanish food and culture. Learn the recipes and techniques to prepare local favorites for a great insight into Spanish culinary traditions.

Surfing

Surf’s up! The Atlantic coast enjoys some of Europe’s best waves and the local expert instructors will make sure you have a blast whether you are a pro or complete beginner

Photography

Learn how to craft the perfect shot with Spain as your inspiration to make that Instagram feed pop.
 
 

 

 

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DISCOVER SPAIN

Once classes are over, you will have a full and varied schedule of extra-curricular opportunities to choose from. All trips and activities are included in the program fee, so you will never be at a loss for something to do.
 

DAILY ACTIVITIES

Summerfuel's daily afternoon and evening activities are designed to ensure you make the most of your time in Conil.

Past favorites include:

Swimming, Sunbathing, Kayaking, Films, Sporting Events, Food Tastings, Soccer, Basketball, Tennis, Volleyball

INCLUDED TRIPS

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.

Sevilla

Visit La Catedral, La Giralda, El Alcázar and the picturesque Barrio de Santa Cruz (Jewish Quarter) among others. After dinner, we head off to a Flamenco show.

Córdoba

Explore the breathtaking La Mezquita and the beautiful Jewish and Moorish neighborhoods of this historic city.

Gibraltar

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.

 

MADRID ORIENTATION

Your summer adventure begins and ends in Madrid. Upon arrival we transfer to our hotel for an orientation and tour of the city: Plaza Mayor, Palacio Real, Gran Via, Sol and a group dinner in the city centre. On our return we spend our last afternoon enjoying the hustle and bustle of Madrid before a farewell dinner in Spain's capital.
 

Alumni Testimonial

"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, PA
 

 

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EXPERIENCE MATTERS

Our summer staff members are at the heart of all that we do. Supported by our New York headquarters, our program directors and resident advisors create an exciting and balanced residential, academic and extracurricular experience each summer.

SENIOR STAFF

At Summerfuel, we are particularly proud of our superlative 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 Site Director and Assistant Director, who oversee all aspects of our students’ daily life.
Both sites are overseen by Program Director Marta Ramos. Marta is a native of Conil, and has directed the program since 1995.

Meet Marta

LOCAL STAFF

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 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. There are at least six staff members in Conil. 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.
 

 


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