I spent the week of June through 28th of June 2015 at the Spanish in Nature School, taking the Teacher at Home course. Having self taught myself Spanish over 5 years I was nervous to say the least.
However, upon arriving, any nerves were soon blown away, with a warm welcome from Alvaro at the airport, then an equally warm welcome from Esther, Lucia, Amor and Javier, allowing me to relax immediately.
The setting is idyllic, nestled away from the hustle and bustle of the world in a lovely location just outside El Boalo. The accomodation is more than adequate and you are provided with your own ensuite shower and toilet.
The lessons were tailored to my apparent level of Spanish and they were thoroughly enjoyable. Alvaro uses different media for the lessons, from videos, to music, to books, and the lessons just fly by, before you know it the lesson is over. The learning however isn't, as this actually occurs more away from the desk.
You are treated as a member of the family, and I found it rewarding to pitch in with things, whether setting the table to making a Spanish Tortilla with Esther's help for all to enjoy. If they go out, you go out with them, all the time talking Spanish, and improving with every passing hour.
The excursions provided were of great interest, from walking in the mountains to wandering around Madrid for an afternoon and into the evening. Nothing is too much trouble, and if you just want to relax, that option is always available!
I wouldn't change a thing about my experience at Alvaro's and Esther's, and although I arrived as a stranger, I left as a friend. If you really want to test your Spanish, then this is the course and the place for you, go on, jump in at the deep end, it's not as scary as you think, trust me.
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