Essentially, Junior and Teen camps have a lot in common. The programme must allow for language learning, personal development through activities and meeting students from other horizons. Here’s how we cope with different age groups at Estudio Sampere in Salamanca, Spain.
What are the essential features of a high-quality junior or teenager summer programme?
In our experience, Juniors and Teens (and their parents) want a homely/family atmosphere, a combination of languages lessons and holiday. To ensure that goals are met for parents and children, we prefer to run small classes combined with a different daily activity, such as cultural visits and lectures, sports, dance lessons, swimming pool, etc. and excursion each Saturday.
Because the main purpose is to learn the language, only Spanish is spoken in the classroom, activities and host families.
Students live with a native speaker family, so they can enjoy being in a complete immersion experience, and they also meet young people from other countries which broadens their view of the world.
Junior programs and Teen programs are run separately, with different classes and activities and different homestays.
For instance, Junior and Teen students have different books and in Junior program they also learn Spanish with board games.
Another big difference is the curfew time: Junior students must be earlier at home and they are supervised by an instructor from Estudio Sampere School and also by the host families or residence.
What makes your programmes in Salamanca safe for young students?
Salamanca is a very safe small town. Students can walk everywhere. Junior and Teen Students are always supervised by an instructor from Estudio Sampere during all the activities and the excursions.
Junior and Teen programs alike have rules. These rules must be signed by parents or tutors and also by the students. One of these rules is CURFEW TIME. Students must respect it. 15 minutes before the curfew the instructor from Estudio Sampere will meet students to check that everyone is ok and knows how to go back home. And when they arrive home the family must inform the instructor that they arrived fine.
We have a 24hours emergency phone for everyone.
Sandro Humann, Marketing Manager, Estudio Sampere, Madrid, Alicante & Salamanca in Spain, Cuenca in Ecuador, Havana in Cuba.