In courses abroad for children we recommend that the first course abroad is not more than 4 weeks long. From the 2nd or 3rd time abroad they can be longer. It must also be remembered that any course abroad will also require a period of adaptation. With this in mid we don´t recommend a stay of less than 2 weeks.
Rooms are either individual or in dormitories with up to 8 beds. When the student is younger than 18 years old full board is provided. Adult courses generally have a range of options from bed and breakfast, half board, full board or access to a kitchen.
In some cases you will have to pay a deposit for a key to a locker.
At English Summer S.A. we have a careful selection process when choosing families who will look after our students. They are very accommodating families and it must be remembered that students should never treat the home like they are in a hotel and remember that they are another member of the family.They should get used to the costomes of the family and collaberate like one of the children in the family. This way of studying can be very enriching as you experience a different way of life whilst enjoying your stay abroad.
Staying with a host family whilst you are abroad also means that you will receive full board, breakfast, packed lunch and dinner. If you are an adult staying with a family this is usually half board.
We recommend that the student gets in contact with the family via email or telephone before the trip to say hello and tell them a little about themselves. It is a small gesture that is greatly appreciated and helps with the integration into the family.
We recommend that students taks some sort or gift for the host family such as ceramics, photo albums etc. Alcoholic drinks should not be taken.
All schools abroad have their own methods of teaching, but each school insists on punctuality and correct behaviour. On the first day you will take part in a level test to distribute students. When the course ends each student will recieve a report including assistance and behaviour.
When studying abroad you will encounter many students of various nationalities who speak different languages meaning that students have to speak in English to communicate. Students take part in between 15 and 30 hours of lessons per week taught by native qualified teachers.
In the beginning teachers, monitors and our host family should be addressed with Mr. or Mrs. followed by their surname. Normally they will ask you to call them by their first names however if you are not invited to do so do not..
Please and Thank you are very important words in most language, especially English. We should remember to use them when asking for or receiving something. Other expressions such as Excuse me or I'm sorry are also used frequently.
Rules should be respected at all times, it is forbidden to smoke in all public places
It is forbidden for underage students to consume alcoholic drinks. It is also importanat to remember that the consumption of drugs is very serious and could result in the expulcion from the country and face any legal problems that arise.
Shoplifting or stealing money is something that happens on a regular basis. This sort of crime will result in the immediate expulsion from the course and repatriation.
Students travelling abroad should be conscious that they will be living in a different country where the costums, diets and timetables are different to our families
In Great Britain breakfast is often between 7.30 and 8.15 and is abundant. Lunch in light and is between 12.00 and 13.30. Dinner or supper is between 18.30 and las 19.30..
Meals may be different to what you are accustomed to and may be at different times, cooked differently or of different quantities..
We must also remeber that in different countries people have different beliefs. The beliefs of others shoul always be respected as they should respect yours.
When staying with a host family or in a residence make sure that you keep your room as tidy as possible so that the room can be cleaned.
Families generally look after washing the clothes, although we recommend that you agree this beforehand. Students who stay in residences have this included and each residence usually has its own machines.These usually work with coins.
Sometimes it is difficult to locate students when they are taking part in a language course abroad. Above all when they are in residential schools as they are often busy, for example in class or doing other activities.
This can also happen with students staying with families although they can often be found either in the morning or in the evening when they should be at home.
It is usually better that students call their parents. Calls can be made from host parents houses by reversing the charges - after asking permission beforehand. The schools have public call phones that students can use.
The prefixes are as follows Great Britain (00 44 + number); Ireland (00 353 + númber); United States and Canada (00 1 + number); Australia (00 61 + number).
We have a 24 hour line for emergencies Teléfono 24 horas 687 986 591) Any none urgent calls should be made to 902 15 30 49 between 9:00 and 19:30.
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Emergency line: 687 986 591