An Inside Look at a Summer in Spain

There is something about Summerfuel that always has people coming back for more.

From staff members that have worked with Summerfuel for decades to students that return for a second or third summer in a row, once you experience a Summerfuel summer your life will never be the same.

A perfect example of someone falling in love with Summerfuel and making it a major part of their life is Summerfuel Andalusia alum, Elizabeth Stallard. Elizabeth attended Summerfuel’s Spanish Immersion Homestay program in Conil, Spain as a student in 2010. During her time as a Summerfuel student, Elizabeth fell in love with the culture and language of Spain. Consequently, she was inspired to return to Spain several times to study and work. Elizabeth even lived in Northern Spain for two years working as an elementary school ESL teacher.

It wasn’t long before she was drawn back to Summerfuel, and in 2016 Elizabeth joined Summerfuel Barcelona’s staff as a Resident Advisor. Elizabeth held this position for two summers before joining the Senior Staff and becoming the Activities Director in Barcelona.

Undoubtedly, Elizabeth has experienced all aspects of a summer spent in Spain.

From being a student in Conil to a Senior Staff team member in Barcelona, Elizabeth has seen it all. She has gone through the excitement and nervousness of leaving home to travel to a far-away place; knows what it is like to make new friends from around the world; has lived in the dorms, gone on excursions, eaten in the dining hall – the list goes on and on.

Join Elizabeth for a Free Webinar to hear what she has to say about Summerfuel in Spain. From housing and dining to activities and excursions, Elizabeth will talk about her first-hand experiences in Spain, giving you personal insight into life as a Summerfuel student.

Webinar: January 31st, 4PM EST

Click here to register today and get the inside scoop on life as a Summerfuel student!

Magical Oxford - Camille Reflects

Undoubtedly, Oxford is a magical place. Throw in authentic and exciting academics to discover, new friends from around the world, and passionate teachers and mentors, and you have the makings for a summer that can change your life.

Camille was a part of Summerfuel’s 2017 Pre-College program at Oxford and had an experience that she will carry with her into her bright future:

“I attended Summerfuel’s program at Oxford in 2017  for three weeks, and it really was one of the best times! Here’s a little something about what I’ve been up to since then:

After Oxford, Johns Hopkins University. That’s where I spent the summer a year after my Oxford program with Summerfuel. It’s thanks to Summerfuel’s amazing program and the dedicated teachers that I chose to take a physiology and disease class in an American college after my Medical Science Experience. I still use my drama skills in everyday life, but the play I acted on the stage in Lady Margaret Hall is forever in my repertoire of plays. 

But Oxford wasn’t just academics, it was so much more. I lived in a piece of history for three weeks alongside some of the best people I’ve ever met. Sitting on the field in the back of Lady Margaret Hall, with the beautiful summer weather; that afternoon sun and clouds is a scene I won’t forget and continues to be my phone background. In addition to this beautiful scenery we had the chance to visit London twice and Churchill’s childhood home, which isn’t something you get to do everyday, especially in my case.

I live in Singapore, Southeast Asia, which means I’m away from most of my international friends. The ones I made at Oxford are spread around the globe: Lebanon, UK, France, US. This summer I was lucky enough to meet up with three of those special people and I hope that it was only the beginning of our meetings!

My life after high school is starting to form as I’ve sent out my applications for Med school to the British universities and will soon be doing so for universities in the US. I just recently got an offer to UCL, and I can’t wait to study in this field. One of my floor friends from Oxford is also applying to UCL so I’m sure the people I met at Summerfuel haven’t just disappeared from my life. 

To anyone reading this because they’re hesitating about whether or not they should apply and join a Summerfuel program: it’s truly something everyone should attend, and have the opportunity to enjoy. I know I did!!”

– Camille C., 17, Singapore

Click Here to learn more about Oxford Summer 2019!

It's Almost 2019!

Happy New Year from Summerfuel!

As 2018 comes to a close, there is so much to reflect on and even more to look forward to. This past year took us around the globe, from New York City and Boston to Northern California, Spain, and England. From programs that have been running for decades to brand new ventures, we learned so many things in 2018.

We learned about Shakespeare’s England at our Pre-College Oxford program, how to create our own business at Stanford’s Social Enterprise program, and how to cook our own gazpacho in Spain. We discovered what kind of leaders we are at the Leadership & Innovation program at Columbia University, explored NYC’s galleries and museums at our inaugural Art Now program, and prepared for the SATs and college applications at our College Admissions Edge programs at Tufts and UC Berkeley.

As does every year, 2018 brought us new friendships from all corners of the world. Students hailed from Spain, Brazil, Russia, Lebanon, France, Turkey, Italy, Canada, England, United Arab Emirates, and across the United States. We got to meet people from all walks of life that we might not have ever encountered otherwise. We value these new friendships around the globe more than anything, and we will cherish them for years to come.

Our first year partnering with Christie’s in New York City to present the Art Now program was a wonderful success. Students got an exclusive inside look at the world of auction houses, private collections, galleries, museums, street art, and more. We are so excited to offer this unique program for a second time in summer 2019. Meanwhile, our longest running program, located at Oxford University, celebrated its 34th summer!

As 2019 is arriving we look forward to introducing two fantastic new programs: MIT Design Lab and Art in Venice, Italy. We look forward to creating even more new friendships around the world, broadening our horizons, encountering new ideas, and continuing to learn. In 2019, we will strive to fuel more summers, connect more people, and always work to be our best.

What are your goals for 2019?