Spanish Language Immersion School Trips to Murcia, Spain

Our Spanish Language Immersion Centre, Arbolar on the Mar Menor

The Arbolar Centre offers a total language immersion experience in typically Spanish sunny surroundings. The emphasis is on learning Spanish outside the traditional classroom environment and combines language learning with engaging cultural experiences and fun activities. Your group will be accompanied by Arbolar's team of trained native Spanish-speaking ‘monitores’, who will effectively lead your trip.

The monitores challenge and encourage students to use their Spanish speaking and listening skills as much as possible on every activity and excursion, giving students the exciting opportunity to use their Spanish skills in real life situations, conversing and engaging with real Spanish speakers. Monitores also lead an engaging programme of evening activities on-site, keeping your students learning, occupied and entertained all day and giving teachers a chance to take a breather.

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Our Exclusive Spanish Language Residential Centre

Perfectly located on the Mar Menor coastline in the beautiful Murcia Region of Spain, the Arbolar Centre is the ideal base for our language immersion programme with excellent transport links to both Alicante and Murcia airports, providing ease of access for UK schools.

The Arbolar residential centre is exclusively for Voyager’s school groups, meaning there are few distractions for students and the friendly Spanish staff have considerable experience in catering for all the needs and requirements of British schools whilst still maintaining the centre’s distinctly Spanish culture. The bungalow-style rooms are a hit with students and each is complete with an en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. The centre has plenty of facilities, with the majority of activities being conveniently conducted on-site.

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Activities and Learning

The Region of Murcia offers an interesting and varied range of visits to experience Spanish culture at its best. A typical itinerary includes a Spanish taught cookery lesson creating a famous local dish, a structured guided visit to a local market where students can interact with stallholders and practice their language skills, and an instructed watersports session using the centre’s fleet of boats. On an excursion to historic Cartagena, students will follow a guided and interactive town trail, or at Salinas de San Pedro they will explore the landscape, observe the local wildlife and even bathe in the natural mud baths!

Evenings at Arbolar are seen as an opportunity to have fun and unwind from the day's activities while still practising Spanish. Monitores will organise and lead evening activities such as Spanish music games and team sports.

Each student will receive a workbook to complete on the trip, complementing the activities on offer and reinforcing the language learning. Before each activity, the monitor will fully explain what the group will be doing and which vocabulary will be required and encourage students to speak Spanish at all times to build their confidence and skill. 

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Who is This School Trip Perfect For?

The Spanish Language immersion programme at Arbolar can be tailored to suit every learner, from year 6 right up to sixth form students. The centre’s monitores are adept at gauging the language levels of their group and modifying the programme accordingly to ensure that students grow in confidence and are kept engaged and learning at all times. 

Generally, groups will stay at the centre for 4 or 5 days to make the most out of the programme and get the best value for money.

When Should I Take My School Trip to Spain?

The Murcia region is well linked by airlines and groups can fly from most UK airports. Often the overall price of the trip is dependent on flight prices, so if groups can be flexible on when they travel it may make a considerable difference. Our top tip is to avoid the peak months between June and July to get the best value for money and to ensure availability for your group. The monitores will use their local expertise to organise the most suitable activities for the time of year you are visiting.

Travelling in the autumn term gives students a valuable head start with their Spanish language skills and gives them confidence for the school year ahead. Whilst a spring term trip will give your group a pre-exam boost and keep students enthusiastic and stimulated. The good news is you're likely to soak up the Spanish sun whenever you travel, as the temperature averages 27 degrees in January to 29 degrees from May to August.

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Spanish Language Immersion Progamme at a Glance

Educational Objective

Build Spanish language communication, reading, oral skills and confidence in students Promote and deepen understanding of Spanish culture

National Curriculum Aims

  • To understand and respond to spoken and written language from a variety of sources
  • To speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what to say, including through discussion and questioning,  continually improving the accuracy of pronunciation and intonation and spontaneous conversation
  • Writing at varying length, for different purposes and audiences, using the variety of learned grammatical structures
  • To discover and develop an appreciation of a range of Spanish language literature.
  • Exposure to wider cultural topics and insight into the Spanish Speaking (Hispanophone) world

School Tour Type

Spanish language immersion, multi-activity, residential

Duration

4-7 days

Location

Arbolar Centre, Los Urrutias, Murcia

Tour Staff

Dedicated Spanish native monitores to lead all activities, trips and evening entertainment

Travel Options

Flights from most major UK airports to Murcia or Alicante, overseas coach transport when required

Meals

Full board basis, Spanish style meals suitable for British tastes

Student Accommodation

En-suite bunk rooms in either the main block or in modern modular rooms, all with air conditioning.  Groups are kept in separate accommodation blocks

Teacher Amenities

Wifi, en-suite twin rooms

 

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Spanish Language Immersion - How Does It Work?

Once at the Arbolar your students will learn and practise Spanish through a variety of instructed activities and visits taken by the centre’s native Spanish-speaking ‘monitores’. From breakfast through to evening activities every moment is seen as an opportunity for pupils to practise their Spanish while the Arbolar workbook strengthens the day’s learning.

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Sample excursions

Cartagena

Cartagena

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 civilisations 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

Murcia

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

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.


Spanish cooking

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.


Spanish Language

Watersports

Children are given a workbook and taught the specific vocabulary needed to practice water sports. During the session all instructions are always repeated in English to ensure all members of the group understand. Each team is then led by a monitor through the activity. Students have the opportunity to try out windsurfing, kayaking and sailing.


Salsa Dancing

Salsa Dancing

Students find their rhythm, as they learn the basics of the Merengue, Salsa, Bachata and Cha cha cha.

Sample tour

Speaking Spanish in Murcia – 5 days

Day 1

  • Fly out to resort
  • Orientation followed by Beach Games

Day 2

  • Morning Spanish lesson
  • Cooking workshop
  • Afternoon sailing session
  • Evening music game

Day 3

  • Morning Spanish lesson
  • Transfer to traditional Los Narejos street market
  • Afternoon Salsa dance class
  • Evening talent show

Day 4

  • Morning Spanish lesson
  • Excursion to Cartagena with its Roman theatre and “Castle Christmas”. Accompanying quiz
  • Mediterraneo Shopping Centre
  • Farewell party

Day 5

  • Morning session of your choice
  • Transfer to airport for return flight

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