Idyllic school trip
Most schools know about the tremendous success of our French Language Centres, but did you know we have one in Spain as well? Our Spanish Immersion Centre is located in the wonderful region of Murcia and boasts a perfect position on the banks of the Mar Menor. This beautiful lagoon is separated from the Mediterranean by a sandbar and is known as the 'world's largest swimming pool' because of its warm, clear waters. This makes it a great location for water sports and observing marine life. Within easy reach of Alicante and Murcia airports, it's no wonder our idyllic Spanish centre continues to attract so many school parties.
Activities in Spanish
Just like our French Language Immersion programme at the Chateau de la Baudonniere, the emphasis in Murcia is on learning Spanish outside the classroom. It's all about combining Spanish language learning with fun, hands-on experiences and activities. Typical activities include cooking Spanish dishes on the local beach, sailing on the centre’s fleet of boats, observing flamingos and herons in the bird sanctuary opposite the centre, visiting local lead and silver mines, structured visits to the local village where students are expected to interact with the locals and excursions to Cartagena, Murcia, Salinas de San Pedro or even the Terra Mitica theme park.
Meet your 'monitor'
Your party will be divided into groups of ten, each accompanied by a centre ‘monitor’. Our monitores are native Spanish speaking and they converse in Spanish with your students as well as lead the group throughout the week.
Spanish cooking workshop
Children work in teams to cook paella and gazpacho. The activity is designed to reinforce food and cooking vocabulary as well as team building skills.
Children are given a workbook and taught the specific vocabulary needed to practise water sports (always repeated in English to ensure all members of the group understand). Each team is led by a monitore, they will have the opportunity to try out windsurfing, kayaking and sailing.
Students find their rhythym, as they learn the basics of the Merengue, Salsa, Bachata and Cha cha cha.
Cartagena is an historical city that has maintained its strength and power because of its much coveted defensive port, which has remained one of the most important in the western Mediterranean. The confluence of civilizations as well as its strategic harbour, together with the rise of the local mining industry has resulted in the culmination of an unique artistic heritage, with a number of landmarks such as the Roman Theatre, and a plethora of Art Nouveau buildings that came out of the bourgeoisie settlements in the early 20th century. The visit is supported by a workbook with vocabulary, grammar and exercises.
Murcia is a popular university town, which makes it ideal for younger groups. Highlights for visitors include the Cathedral, a number of beautiful baroque buildings, renowned local cuisine, works of art by the famous Murcia sculptor Francisco Salzillo, and the celebrated Spring Festival.
San Pedro Nature Reserve & Mud Bath
Students use vocabulary found in their workbook, related to nature and the environment as they enjoy a guided walk through the nature reserve at San Pedro, where they will see the famous salt flats and the flamingoes in the wild. The group will need to take towels and flip-flops as there is a popular mud bath experience to finish off the excursion.
As you'd expect, this is one of our most popular activity centres. If your students like water sports, call us today on 01273 827 327. Above is a five-day sample itinerary to which you can add to or change as you like. Please contact us for a quote on a tailor-made tour or complete our online quote request form.