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En mis 4 semanas aquí en España, en El Puerto de Santa Maria, me quedé con una familia de acogida muy amigable que me recibió muy bien.
Todos los días de la semana por las tardes tenía clases de español con María José, que me ayudaba mucho, especialmente a hablar. Siempre era muy divertido.


Los fines de semana hice viajes culturales con mi familia de acogida a Sevilla y a Cádiz y también pude disfrutar de la playa.


Por la mañana tenía mi Work-Experience, en el que escribía blogs, hacía fotos de grupos, las clasificaba y las subía y los viernes por la tarde ayudaba en las clases de inglés de los niños pequeños. También pinté frascos para colocarlos en las clases como portaplumas. Fue muy interesante.

Aprendí muchos buenos hábitos para trabajar y ser más independiente, incluso escribi un mission statement y usaba “power statements” para enfocarme a desarrollar profesionalmente en las cosas que más me hacia falta. Tres “power statements” que voy a llevar conmigo para seguir haciendo en mi vida después de Spark son:

I wont let doubt stop me”.
“I will set my self goals and reflect on them”.
“I will always find at least one positive thing in every situation
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The challenges of first organizing and then taking a primary or prep school on a school trip abroad can at first seem overpowering. The prep work is time-consuming and arduous, the difficulty of taking kids through the airport is real and the worry that accommodation or activities might not fit required safety standards is constantly in the back of the mind of any trip leader. However it is not all doom and gloom, and most challenges can be planned for and overcome by working with quality language trip providers, and there are even more positive reasons than challenges that more than justify the workload. Here are 10 TOP reasons why it is worth it:

1 A change of scene

Kayaking!

Kayaking!

Young people are at their most energetic stage of life and need new and intriguing stimulation. Taking a group abroad and getting them learning in a completely new place is the perfect way to reward them after a year’s hard study; and if learning can incorporate activities like visiting new cities, sampling foreign cuisine or kayaking in the Atlantic Ocean, so much the better! Get students engaged and energised so they can return to their studies next year with a fresh perspective and new dedication. A trip abroad can both act as a motivator to the kids in lead up and a fantastic memory afterwards.

2 Forging new connections

In a new environment, outside of the classroom, students have the chance to build stronger friendships with each other than they would normally have cause to do — travelling together, sharing dormitories and participating in exciting activities are all great bonding experiences for young people. Moreover, they will not just create more special bonds with other students, they will also build up their special connection with their own teachers as the shared experience has a unique way of creating mutual empathy.

3 Inspiring a future

Students study foreign languages for different reasons, but actually seeing a language like Spanish in action in its native country can be enough to inspire a lifetime of passion for foreign languages. Prep school students aren’t necessarily thinking much about their futures in secondary and tertiary education and beyond, but what if an inspiring trip abroad is the key to unlocking a student’s love of a foreign language and leads to further visits, modern language A-levels, a degree and an entire career? You never know what formative experience at prep school could shape an entire lifetime.

4 Fun for you

Never doubt just how much fun it can be to lead an expedition abroad! A bonding experience like travel always forges stronger connections between students and teachers, and aside from that you’ll get plenty out of the trip on your own terms: with exotic food to sample, exciting new cities to explore and, if you come to Spain, constant sunshine. A well organized trip abroad can be rewarding for hard-working teaching staff.

5 Cuisine

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Students enjoy Spanish food!

Spanish food is renowned the world over, with tapas (small sharing plates) being particularly popular. From satisfying tortillas and patatas bravas for hungry stomachs, to the deliciously refreshing gazpacho and salmorejo so popular during the sunny summer months, there’s plenty here for even the pickiest of eaters to enjoy – and you never know what they’ll soon be asking their parents to cook up when they get home! Learning about different food is important to opening young student’s minds.

 

6 Investing in students

An advantage for any school  is being able to say on a prospectus that it takes its students abroad during the summer to study foreign languages; a special cutting edge for a primary school as not many have the confidence to do so. This is a perfect way to show parents exactly how much you care about students experiencing the real world of the language and becoming committed and invested future citizens of the world.

7 Begin a new tradition

Building a firm working relationship with a language school abroad can be the start of a long and happy partnership. A trip abroad can become a staple of the school year, something that young students and their parents look forward to as a major event in the school calendar. A successful trip abroad, and the stories and pictures that come from it, can even act as motivation for younger kids and their parents if they know they will get to the tour themselves when they are, for example, in year 5-6. 

8 Their place in the world

Very little can better help a student (or indeed anyone) understand their own place in the world than travel. To see how the citizens of nations half a continent away bear themselves and live in ways both similar to and different from one’s own country is to see better the diversity and unity of the world, and the opportunities there are to engage with such a world in the future. It is highly beneficial to start students with this “openness” at a young age.

9 Real language exposure

Wonderful Andalusian Scenery

Wonderful Andalusia

Seeing a language in its natural environment is the key to getting students to think of it as an important and useful skill for the modern world, instead of simply a subject to be memorised from textbooks. And all the textbooks in the world can’t show students how a modern language sounds spoken by natives, sung on the radio or graffitied on walls. Bring your students abroad and they’ll see just how potent language really is.

10 Holiday time

Finally, any good school trip abroad will factor in plenty of time for students to simply enjoy themselves in an educational setting, be that time on the beach, enjoying each other’s company or visiting historical places like the port from Columbus set sail to the Americas. The more students associate learning with enjoyment and cultural enrichment, the more eager they’ll be to throw themselves back into their studies when they get back and face the year ahead.

A school trip abroad — to learn a language in its natural environment, to experience the sights and sounds of another place entirely, and to see the world from a different perspective — can truly be a highlight of a young prep school student’s year. It can be something they look back on for many years afterwards with a smile and fond memories; and in some cases it can be the catalyst for some later life decision like studying a language at university so that they can be like their fun teacher who took them abroad to Spain all those years ago. 🙂

Douglas Haines and Inge Hol are a British/Dutch couple who run Spark Spanish a school trip provider based in Spain which offers bespoke residential primary school tours for both independent and state schools.

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Douglas and Inge own and run Spark Spanish with a family feel.

Mi experiencia en Spark – Kajsa Lenz

En mis tres semanas aquí en el Puerto de Santa María, me quedé con una famila de acogida. Allí, me dí cuenta que la gente española es la más amable, pero con mucha energía. La madre era tan cariñosa y la hija también, que era muy atenta. Me encantó mi estancia con esa familia.

Además, todos los días tuve algunas clases de español con Esther, dónde aprendí un montón de español. Al principio, solo podía hablar en español con pocito fluidez, sin embargo ahora, despues de las clases, me siento mucho más seguro de hablar en español. (Gracias Esther!!). Lo practicé durante mi work experience también, por ejemplo comprar nueva pintura, que mejoró mucho mi español.

Casi todos los días, despues de las clases habían actividades culturales que los disfruté mucho. Fuimos a Ronda, San Lúcar y otras ciudades preciosas en Andalucía. Eso despertó mi conciencia cultural y era lo más divertido.

Finalmente, despues de las clases normalmente hice mi work experience, dónde pinté dos paredes y también reparé algunas mesas que eran averiadas anteriormente. Eso mejoró mi independencia y por lo tanto, ahora soy mucho más autónoma ya que tuve que encontrar soluciones para algunos problemas, como la condición de la pared.

Mi primer pintura es una corazón que contiene todas las cosas típicas de España. La segunda pintura es una puesta del sol con una ciudad por la noche, en la azotea.

Hay tres power statements que me ayudaron mucho y que voy a usar en mi futuro despues de spark también:

  • I won’t fear failure as without failing I won’t learn.
  • I will set goals and reflect on them continuously.
  • I will be accountable for my own destiny.

Hola, today I will tell you a few reasons why staying with a Spanish Host family is a good decision!

First of all, during your time in Spain, you’re a part of this family so you will definitely notice the different way of living and get to know the culture in a much more personal way!

“What are the benefits of living with a Host family?”

  1. You’re never alone! You always have somebody around you and maybe you get a Host sister or Host brother at your age who would love to do something with you!
  2. Your Host family will show you many places in El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz or Sevilla just as mine did – and it was wonderful!
  3. You always have the opportunity of practising your spanish skills – and not only that – you will learn words and phrases which are only known in Spain
  4. Just as I said you will get to know the Spanish way of living for example eating habits! Spanish people eat a little bit late but the Spanish cuisine will make you always Hungry – Tapas, Paella.. ¿Tienes hambre?


….Last but not least..

5. You will have a really close relationship with your host family that will  hopefully            stay for years – and let’s be honest – it’s really nice to know someone or a family                  from an other Country!

I hope you have enjoyed reading my Blog entry and hopefully you will love your host family just as I do!

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Hello everybody!

During my three-week work and study Spanish experience in Spain, I didn’t just want to get some work experience but also wanted to combine that with getting to know the Spanish culture. Therefore, I decided to stay with a host family, which turned out to be a wonderful decision!

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Living with a Spanish family has lots of advantages, for example always having  someone around you, who you could spend time with. When I arrived, I didn’t know anybody, so I was really glad to have such a nice host family and especially, having a host sister, who is my age. So instead of sitting  at home all day on my first day, we went to the beach and by doing that, I also got familiar with El Puerto de Santa María.

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Another great thing is experiencing real “Spanish” life for the three weeks I’m here. The food, the routines and the complete lifestyle are totally different to what I was used to, back home. Personally, I don’t think there’s a better way of experiencing and getting to know a foreign culture. Also, due to my host family being locals, they show me around and I get to see lots of places without being worried                                                                                          about getting lost or missing out some nice                                                                                      places!

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The probably best thing about living with a Spanish family is that it’s an easy way of improving your Spanish, because you are speaking and hearing it basically all the time, you are with them! Besides that, you’re also picking up phrases without really learning the vocabulary, like you would in school.

These points are basically the first that came to my mind, when thinking about the great advantages you have, whilst staying with a spanish family!

Hope this post inspired you to think about going abroad!

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SparkSpanish con Loreena – Todas mis experiencias en Spark

 

Este vídeo es contiene todos los vídeos de mi vlog “SparkSpanish con Loreena” y otros vídeos divertidos. Muestro todas mis experiencias de tres semanas en Spark y con mi familia española. He disfrutado mi tiempo aquí que puedes ver en este vídeo también. Son tres semanas inolvidables para mí.

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Hola, me llamo Loreena Rech, tengo 17 años y soy de Alemania.Participé en el work and Study programme aquí en Spark, estudiando el español y haciendo vídeos para apoyar Spark. Ahora quiero mostrar que hacía en detalle durante mis prácticas.

De las 10 hasta las 2 de la mañana tenía clases de español con mi profesora fantástica, Gema. Con mis compañeros de clase mejoraba mi español enormemente y tenía mucha alegría.

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Después de un recreo de aproximadamente una hora comenzaba con mi trabajo. Mi primera tarea fue un vídeo blog cada día. Contaba mis experiencias y mostraba todo que aprendí. Mis vivencias eran variadas y siempre divertidas.

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además hice un vídeo del edificio de Spark. es como un paseo por las diferentes partes de SparkSpanish. Así estudiantes futuros pueden ver lo que ofrece el establecimiento Spark.

Al fin de mis tres semanas aquí hice un vídeo con todas mis experiencias y vivencias en Spark. Espero que mis vídeos ayuden a Spark a encontrar nuevos estudiantes que disfruten su tiempo aquí como yo.

Mi primer día en Spark tuvimos las bebidas de bienvenida que estaban muy buenas. Un jueves participé en una clase de flamenco que fue también parte del programa cultural de Spark. A mí me gustaba mucho.

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He aprendido muchísimo durante mis tres semanas en Spark. No solo he mejorado mi español sino también he aprendido a entenderme yo misma mejor. Puedo decir que he conseguido mi objetivo y que estoy orgullosa de mi trabajo y mi desarrollo.

Quiero agradecer a mi profesora, mi jefe y mis compañeros de clase por el tiempo fantástico aquí y nunca voy a olvidar esta experiencia.

Loreena Rech

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Vlog – SparkSpanish con Loreena – 13

 

Mi último día aquí en Spark estaba muy divertido. Pero es triste que mi tiempo en Spark ya es terminado. Nunca voy a olvidar esta experiencia buenísima. La ceremonia despedida estaba muy bonita y voy a echar Spark de menos.

Loreena Rech

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Ya he mostrado diferentes acciónes del programa cultural en Spark. La clase de flamenco es organizado de Spark también. Es una vivencia muy divertida y puedo recomendarla. Es parte de la cultura andaluza y una buena manera de aprender más  palabras en español.

Loreena Rech

SparkSpanish – El Puerto

 

Durante mi work and study programme he creado un vídeo que muestra el edificio de Spark aquí en El Puerto de Santa María. Podéis ver como estudiamos y vivimos en Spark. Además tenéis una impresión del sitio.

Loreena Rech

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Aprendemos mucho en las clases de español. Existe posibilidad de tener 2 o 4 horas por día de las 10 hasta las 12 o hasta las 2 de la tarde. Como somos pocos estudiantes el ambiente es familiar y se aprende más. Las clases nunca son aburridas y me alegro cada día de venir.

Loreena Rech

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Cádiz es una ciudad muy bonita y por eso también muy turística. Tiene muchísimas atracciones turísticas como la Catedral de Cádiz y la Plaza de las Flores. Durante el tiempo aquí en Spark es obligatorio de visitarlo. Es impresionante y una experiencia inolvidable. Si tienes suerte hay una excursión a Cádiz en el programa cultural de Spark. Se aprende mucho sobre la cultura andaluza y se puede practicar el español.

Loreena Rech