Cordoba and Sevilla

On Friday, we traveled to Cordoba. In Cordoba we visited el Puente Romano, La Mezquita, a Unesco World Heritage site whose construction started in 748 AD, the Jewish quarter, and we had dinner at El Mercado de la Victoria, a culinary market with more than 20 stands to chose from. Students loved it. On Saturday morning we left for Seville. Our first stop was La Plaza de España built for the Ibero American Exhibition of 1929 and where some of the scenes of Lawrence of Arabia and one of the star Star Wars  movies were filmed. From there we walked through El Barrio Santa Cruz, Seville’s Jewish Quarter, on our way to Los Reales Alcazares, a originally Moorish Palace. Sunday morning we kayaked on the river Guadalquivir and came back to Conil after lunch.

We are now on our last week…

We are getting on the Road!

Yesterday we visited Cádiz, the capital of the province where we live and the oldest continuously inhabited city in Spain and one of the oldest in western Europe.

Students are getting better at surfing, cooking, painting and photography and the Alzheimer’s center is very happy with the volunteer work that the Summerfuel students are doing. In class, students are working on “Docu  Conil”, a video documentary of their experience in Conil. They work in groups of 2 or 3 people that chose a theme, and it requires to get out and about and interview different people from Conil. All documentaries are presented during last week of the program and the best one will receive a prize. On Friday we leave for Córdoba and Sevilla and will be back on Sunday. We have been asked for more photos so here they are!

PS- We lost to the Spaniards…

Week 1 in the Books!

We have been here for a week but who is counting! This past weekend we went to Los Caños beach which is 20 minutes driving distance from Conil. There we kayaked, got on long boards, played some American football and got to know each other a bit better. Sunday was a day to relax with the Spanish families and/or friends and we finished the weekend doing Yoga as the sun set.

Spanish classes are well under way and all extracurricular activities, cooking, painting, photography and surf have taken place at least once. Community service at the Alzheimer’s center also started today – we played bingo and Jack and Megan did a good job calling the numbers out.

Tonight we are playing soccer against the Spaniards… we’ll tell you about it in the next post. Happy 4th of July!

Conil – Day 2

We are on Day 2. Students took their placement test yesterday and they started the language classes this morning. We also gave everyone a local phone so it is easier to get in touch with us and their new Spanish friends. As for activities, students have already had their first try at cooking and photography and they will surf and paint today. More to come soon…

We have arrived in Conil

Dear Summerfuel in Conil Parents,

The group has arrived in Conil! Students were nervous to meet their Spanish families but there were a lot of smiles when they finally saw each other. Everyone went to their new homes to eat some lunch, unpack and rest for a bit, and we will meet them again in a couple of hours for a tour of Conil. We will also show them where everything is: school, Summerfuel office, ATMs, post office etc. Student will be with us for a couple of hours and will return to their homes for dinner and family time. Language classes and activities start tomorrow.


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Summerfuel Language and Cultural Immersion Programs

Summerfuel’s Immersion Programs Deliver Amazing Experiences

It’s no secret that learning another language is difficult. The subtle nuances, dialects, and slang of a language are often hard to capture in a classroom setting and, because of this, students may feel that they are not learning a language as well as they could be. Luckily, Summerfuel language and cultural immersion programs are available to provide students with a summer study abroad trip that will not only help to develop their chosen language skill, but will also help them to experience the cultural aspects of the language that they are studying. In today’s post, we wanted to go into some more detail about our summer study abroad programs in order to give you, the reader, a better idea of what you or your child can expect from these programs. Continue reading below to learn more!

Study Spanish in Bustling Barcelona

One of our most popular study abroad trips brings students to the beautiful city of Barcelona located in the northwest region of Spain near the French border. Barcelona is regarded as one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, boasting some of the finest architecture and cuisine that the continent has to offer while also enjoying a temperate climate thanks to its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea. During this summer study abroad program, students will be given three weeks of Spanish language immersion instruction from ESADE, Spain’s top ranked private university, in an urban environment to better provide them with the language skills that they need to effectively communicate with native Spanish speakers. Before the program begins, students are placed in groups based upon their proficiency with Spanish language, however, it is not necessary for a student to be able to speak Spanish in order to enroll in the program. Supplementing the academic aspect of the program, students are also given ample opportunities to explore the city of Barcelona and experience a unique twist on traditional Spanish culture. For those individuals looking to experience the Spanish language in a new way, our Barcelona program is the perfect choice.

Immerse Yourself in Nice, France

Located along the pristine coastline of the Mediterranean Sea, Nice, France is the perfect place to study the French language in a natural, urban setting. During this program, students are able to enjoy one-of-a-kind opportunities to combine their academic knowledge of the French language with day-to-day life in France, improving their comprehension of the language while simultaneously experiencing the culture that birthed it. Under the tutorage of professors from the University of Nice, students are able to perfect their French language skills in a dynamic learning environment geared toward the study of grammar, syntax, and vocabulary as well as focussing on improving student’s listening and speaking skills. Like all of our language immersion programs, students are divided into groups based upon their personal skill level with the French language and it is not necessary for a student to be fluent in French before signing up. To supplement their language classes, students are able to pick between four separate electives during the program including International Relations, Art History, Photography, or fashion Design. In addition to all of this, multiple excursions are available to students, allowing them to explore the rich historical and cultural offerings that the city of Nice has to offer. This program not only increases students’ proficiency levels in the French language, but also allows them to experience French culture, architecture, and cuisine.

Experience Authentic Spanish Culture With a Homestay Program

The last summer study abroad program that we offer for our high school level students looking to increase their Spanish language skills is also one of the most rewarding programs that we offer. Over the past 30 years, Summerfuel has diligently worked to develop relationships with carefully selected homestay families to provide students with an experience unlike any other. The two towns selected for this program, Cádiz and Conil, are located in the Andalusian area of Spain along the country’s southern Atlantic Coast. Both of these towns can trace their heritage all the way back to the 5th century and offer students a fun, unfiltered way to immerse themselves in Spanish culture. During this program, students will stay with a preselected family and attend daily Spanish classes with a focus on grammar, vocabulary, and idiomatic expressions. In addition to daily classes, students are offered specialized workshops that are held one to two times a week and focus on either Community Service, Spanish Cooking, Soccer, Surfing, Watercolor Painting, or Photography. Supplementing the academic workload, daily excursions are planned to allow students the opportunity to experience the surrounding beauty of the Spanish countryside. If you or your child are looking for an authentic Spanish study abroad program, this program is the perfect choice.

If you would like to learn more about our summer study abroad programs, please do not hesitate to contact us today or visit our website. At Summerfuel, we leverage our decades of experience to provide high school students with study programs that help improve their academic performance while also providing them with a once-in-a-lifetime-experience. Contact us today and let’s get started!

Good – Bye Conil…

Here are more photos from the final party.

Good- Bye, Conil

All good things come to an end and this one is no exception. What a month this has been and what a wonderful group we have had. This last statement I don’t say lightly. We have been running a summer program in Conil for 29 years and we can honestly say that this group of students is a really special one. We saw it from day one: the scenario was Madrid, 3 pm, 95 degrees; no one had slept much if anything at all on the plane and we just had finished lunch. We gathered the students and asked, “What you would like to do? We can go back to the hotel and rest for a bit or we can continue walking and sightseeing Madrid” The response was unanimous “we are exhausted but we want to keep going!” And that has been their attitude to the last day. Always enthusiastic, always curious, wanting to see, wanting to know, and always respectful and appreciative. Last night, we had our final party with all homestay families and staff (see photos below). Henry acted as MC and students recited a poem about their stay in Conil, Sebi and Esther sang a song with Jack at the guitar; and did a sketch about when you say to your homestay mom that you have had enough to eat you really mean it! Families kept coming to us to tell us about their American son or daughter, how much they enjoyed having them and how they were going to miss them. Because we have hopefully made an impact in their lives but students should know they have also made it in ours.

Our students are on their way to Madrid now. Once there we will walk a bit, visit the Reina Sofia Museum, that hosts Picasso’s famous painting “Guernica”, and take students for yet another final dinner. Then back to the hotel for a good night sleep and back to the US tomorrow.

Thank you Henry, Rose, Kara, Esther, Sarah, Audrey, Livvy, Ashley, Quinn, Caitlin, Jack, Julie, Sebi and Maddie, y ¡Hasta Pronto!