The Spanish Immersion Programme – Salamanca offers teachers of Spanish the opportunity to improve their Spanish language and cultural understanding with a two-week immersion trip to Salamanca, Spain.
The course consists of 40 hours of Spanish Language and Culture classes and a homestay experience.
Future Learning Solutions - Centre for Languages provides this language and culture immersion programme to Spain in partnership with the University of Salamanca.
- Spanish language and cultural classes at the University of Salamanca
- extra‐curricular activities such as workshops, cultural visits and trips to historical sites
- opportunities for both, homestay and residence accommodation during the two weeks
Application Deadline: Friday 20 March 5pm, 2020
Orientation: Wednesday 13 May, 3.30-5.30pm, 2 hour online zoom
Programme: Monday 6th July to Friday 17th July. (Flights will arrive in Spain Sunday 5 July for programme to start on 6 July)
- must be currently teaching Spanish
Preference will be given to NZ teachers who:
- are engaged in Ministry of Education PLD/Spanish workshops
- are involved in levels 1 to 4 of the Learning Languages area of the curriculum
Future Learning Solutions will arrange and pay for:
Domestic flights connecting to international flights, where required
International travel insurance
In country accommodation, transfers, cultural activities and language tuition during programme dates
Participant will be responsible for:
- Visa application and fees (where applicable)
- Domestic transport to programme travel where domestic flight is not applicable but transport still required i.e. bus or personal transport, with reimbursement post-programme. This applies to out of Auckland participants only.
- Transport to and from participant's local airport for programme where FLS has arranged the domestic flight
- Parking at participant's local airport for programme where FLS has arranged the domestic flight
- Personal expenses and incidentals
The Salamanca Immersion Course in 2019 as both quite intense and exciting. Intense as the course was full-on and I learnt and improve a lot; I came back with lots of ideas on how I could implement in class, what I have gained. The fact that we were in various classes with other language learners from different countries made it authentic. The University of Salamanca is very generous towards all 90 teachers from many countries and we were all very grateful to have accompanied guides on our trips to Toledo, Avila. We were blessed to visit the historical library of Salamanca which is usually not open to the public, and we had a feel of precious evidences of the past; it was a magical moment.
Exciting it was; I made the most of the opportunities to wonder in the quiet streets of Salamanca when it was siesta time and admired its stunning views, visited many churches and historical monuments. However, do not think about an early night sleep, as I got the impression that Spaniards barely sleep.
The heart of Salamanca remains lively, flamboyant and animated until early hours in the morning. The sounds of traditional Spanish music and tapas, always tapas often drew me and the other participants in the groups to “La Plaza Major”. It was great to experience such a vibrant atmosphere, and as the days passed I felt more and more confident to speak in Spanish and connect to its roots.
You can learn a lot from others and embracing the rich Spanish culture just by stepping out of your comfort zone and making new links.
2019 Salamanca participant