VOLUNTEERING AT OUR SUMMER PROGRAMMES IN SPAIN
EL JARAMA SUMMER CAMPS
The general objective of our summer camps is for children to develop their personalities and to acquire values and practice habits of harmonious coexistence like freedom, solidarity, responsibility and understanding, while having fun and enjoying Nature. Our aim is to offer them a FULL ENGLISH IMMERSION and this is where you come on stage!
We are seeking for English native speakers who are willing to help Spanish teenagers to improve their English skills, particularly in the areas of listening comprehension and oral expression.
Are you up for it? 🙂
SUMMER CAMPS FOR TEEN VOLUNTEERS
AN AMAZING AND ENRICHING EXPERIENCE IN SPAIN
To bring Spanish students the opportunity to practice and improve their English skills, whilst you enjoy exciting and fun activities in a fun, safe, and appealing environment.
12 – 16
Native speakers from Ireland, United Kingdom, South Africa, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and any other English speaking countries.
Friendly, outgoing, willing to help Spanish students in their language learning process.
Volunteering at a summer camp as a love-to-talk English speaker, as a good-in-conversation camper, as a natural born conversationalist… all this whilst meeting fun and interesting people your age.
1 OR 2 WEEKS
Choose the lenght of the volunteering period between 1 or 2 weeks when applying.
OUR SUMMER CAMPS
ON BOTH ENDS
ONLY ENGLISH ALLOWED
Now, please, put your hand on your heart and read out loud the following list of commitments:
- I commit myself not to speak any Spanish at any time (We promise the students that the volunteers don’t speak Spanish so they see themselves obliged to speak English if they want to interact with you.)
- I commit myself to be prepared to speak (English) a lot. Be proactive in conversation.
- I commit myself to be patient and supportive with the Spanish campers
- I commit myself to be considerate and sensitive when correcting language mistakes
- I commit myself to be participative, friendly and respectful with everyone at camp, both other campers and the staff – group leaders, coordinators, kitchen, cleaning and maintenance staff, and so on…
- I commit myself to follow the rules of the camp. Read them in your enrolment form.
THE EXPERIENCE OF YOUR LIFE
We now present you the following list of commitments from our side. We commit our selves to:
- Provide the best summer programme with the most exciting and fun activities.
- Bring you to a unique immersion into the Spanish teens culture.
- Offer you the opportunity to meet people who share the same interests as you.
- Bring you the opportunity to form long-lasting friendships.
- Serve you the best and most popular Spanish dishes like tortilla española and paella, amongst others.
- We commit ourselves to provide:
- full board accommodation
- airport transfer
- activities in a safe environment
- Excursions (when doing 2 week programmes)
- 24h supervision
- experienced and friendly staff
- a daily doctor’s visit
- Private blog for parents
- Attendance certificate
* For information about extra nights and/or optional Cultural Visit to Madrid (before and after camp dates), please email us.
A TYPICAL DAY AT CAMP
THRILLING FUN ACTIVITIES
In each different camp you will find a wide variety of different activities and different time tables. However, in all of our summer camps, you will have the best experiences. Here is an example of a typical day at Jarama Teens Camp.
|08:00 AM||WAKE UP|
|09:00 AM||BREAKFAST / TIDYING UP|
|01:30 PM||LUNCH / REST|
|03:00 PM||SWIMMING POOL|
|06:00 PM||AFTERNOON SNACK / FREE TIME|
|09:00 PM||DINNER / FREE TIME|
|10:00 PM||EVENING PROGRAM|
ACCOMMODATION AND FACILITIES
Enjoying a unique natural setting, our facility covers 120,000 m2, featuring the ecosystem found along the banks of the Jarama River. This ideal location places us in direct contact with Nature and the environment. Our built-up surface area covers some 2,000 m2 of facilities.
On the other hand, the facility for the Water&English Camp is a fantastic Residence in Guardamar del Segura (Alicante), 1 km away from the beach! Check more about the Centre in Guardamar in this link.
You will be sharing a room with Spanish students of your same age and gender. If you are coming with a friend, we cannot guarantee that you will be sharing with her/him.
YOUR ADAPTATION TO CAMP
Be part of it, sleep with your new Spanish friends, take part in all the fun activites and most of all, have the experience of your life!
HOT AND SUNNY WEATHER
Madrid and Alicante summer can be HOT, really HOT, so be prepared with a survival kit:
Sun protection, cap/hat, flip flops, swimming suit, shorts, t-shirts and so forth… and always remember to drink water!
HOW DO I GET TO CAMP?
A member of our staff will pick you up at the airport and bring you to camp. For this, we will need your flight details and, as we get close to your arrival, we will send you the name and ID of the person picking you up.
HOW OFTEN CAN I SPEAK TO MY PARENTS?
During camp, parents can communicate with their children through the following channels:
TELEPHONE: The information shown in the FAMILY AREA of our website will include the days, times and numbers for phone calls. There are three Call Days over the course of the camp, when campers can be reached at three times: breakfast, lunch and during the afternoon snack. In addition to these 3 days, volunteers will be able to call home at their arrival and before departure.
E-MAIL: Parents can write to their children by email at an address that will be given to you. We will distribute the emails to the campers daily, generally during afternoon snack time.
BLOG. We publish photos of the campers on a private blog – always pending parents’ consent. The pictures that we post are from different times at camp: activities, evening entertainment, in the dining room, excursions, etc.
Grupo Educativo El Jarama does not allow the use of mobile phones except at the Water & English Camp (but only in the allocated times – mobiles are kept away by the counsellors in the mean time).
The use of electronic devices is discouraged, as they only tend to hamper communications and interaction with fellow campers. We believe that these devices can be used during the rest of the year, and that a summer camp pursues other goals, none of which involve the use of these devices.
DELICIOUS, TRADITIONAL, HOME-COOKED MEALS
We have our own kitchen and team of cooks as well as a balanced menu, which receives lots of compliments from students and teachers.
We prepare a balanced diet supported by fruit and cereals to then, as recommended by the food pyramid of the Ministry of Health, combine them with meat (we usually offer poultry), fish and vegetables.
There is an alternative menu in the case of special diets, allergies, food intolerance, celiac disease, etc.
We have a professional kitchen team, applauded by children, parents and teachers.
With an average of 15 years of professional connection with The Educational Group El Jarama, our cooks Mariana, Miriam, Gustavo, Iulia, Marilena, Jeaqueline, Amorina, and Paola are the soul of the farm. They pamper our stomachs and take care of our health.
PACKING UP YOUR SUITCASE
This part is one of the most exciting ones in the pre-camp stage! In your Family Area you will find details on what to bring.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I BECOME ILL DURING MY STAY AT CAMP?
The doctor will come by every day for minor illnesses or injuries. In case of emergencies, we have the local clinic at a 5 minute drive and a hospital 20 minutes away for further care. Please, don’t forget to bring cash in case you need to buy medicine. You may want to bring pain killers in your suitcase. If you do so, we will keep them in a safe place for you.
Besides, during your stay at camp, you will be covered by an accident insurance. However, all volunteers must bring a travel or medical insurance, either private or from your airline – flight ticket. European volunteers may want to bring the European Health Insurance.
Just wanted to extend a great big thank you to you and your team.The boys had a great time.It was great to hear all about their various activities over the two weeks with You. Rowan is feeling very enthusiastic about improving his Spanish !
Maggy, mother of Rowan (volunteer)
This might look as a free holiday as such 🙂
However, we recommend that you fully understand what the program involves before you apply.
Your commitment is your free ticket to the experience!