Spanish homestay & residential placements for irish students

 

 

REAL COLEGIO ALFONSO XII – EL ESCORIAL – MADRID

Homestay:  Students will enjoy the opportunity of living with a Spanish family, as a family member and sharing the daily life and activities of host family. Host families take foreign students into their homes for a number of reasons. They are often interested in other cultures, want to have the opportunity to share their lives and interests with someone else, and have a strong spirit to others. Students who participate in this program will improve their Spanish skills, increase their knowledge of a different culture, and will share Spanish life with their host family.

Students integrate in high school in Spain and learn to speak Spanish the native way.

Residential:  Our Residential program represents a dynamic, diverse and enthusiastic way of sharing a unique experience with Spanish boarders and day students, creating supportive environment to explore new and exciting challenges. Students will enjoy full room and board at the Real Colegio Alfonso XII -one of the most prestigious boarding schools in Spain- boasting completely renewed facilities. Students will reside in the northern zone of the Monastery, and will enjoy the privilege of living in a building that has: The Royal Palace, Pantheon of Kings, Library, Basilicas, Art Rooms, etc.

Where?  El Escorial is a beautiful village just 45 mins outside of Madrid.  The school Real Colegio Alfonso XII is located within a magnificent monastery in the centre of the village. 

Support during placement:   The students will have a co-ordinator who will monitor the placement and accompany them on excursions.  They will also have access to a translator should the need arise.

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Location The Historic-Cultural town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is nestled in the heart of the Guadarrama mountain range, about thirty miles from Madrid. As headquarters to the famous ‘Universidad Complutense de Madrid Summer Courses’, it is visited by respected professors, from some of the most prestigious Universities in the world, as they congregate to give lectures. The town has a population of about 50,000 people, and is located three thousand feet above sea level. It is a haven for ‘Madrileños’ who seek to escape the hot summer heat of the city, in favour of the tranquillity and refreshing climate that San Lorenzo de El Escorial offers.

The Monastery of El Escorial

An architectural gem, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Monastery was commissioned by the Emperor Philip II in the 16th century. It is known internationally as the ‘Eight Wonder of the World’.

Excursions

Segovia is a World Heritage City, with unique monuments which alone make a visit well worthwhile. However, once in Segovia you will find the city offers much, much more. See the Roman aqueduct, the fairy-tale-castle Alcázar, the Museo de Arte Contempraneo Esteban Vicente, try cochinillo (roasted suckling pig) Segovia’s local dish, the Jewish quarter, outstanding views and a green belt which is ideal for a pleasant stroll in the sunshine.

Toledo – The famous “city of the three cultures” awaits you very near Spain’s capital city. One of the reasons its historic quarter, declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO, is so impressive is because it still has exactly the same layout it had in the Middle Ages. A tour of its narrow streets will reveal an incredible and living monumental site, both inside and out. OOL SCHEDULE

Madrid – No city on earth is more alive than Madrid, a beguiling place whose sheer energy carries a simple message: this city really knows how to live. The best way to discover Madrid is to tackle it neighbourhood by neighbourhood, because each “barrio” boasts a different personality and history. From rocker Malasaña to touristy Puerta del Sol, from the historic Plaza Mayor to the elegance of wealthy Salamanca, Madrid holds something for all tastes and interest.

Programme includes:

  • Classes at Real Colegio Alfonso XII

  • Accommodation and full board with a carefully screened host family
  • Full-day excursion each week to places of interest
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Supervision of the program by Juventud y Cultura staff

Past experience:

Students from Loreto Secondary School, St Stephen’s Green travelled to El Escorial in March 2017 for 3 weeks. 

Read what the students said…..

 “The school is like Hogwarts…..an amazing place….I’m definitely going back there”

“My host family were so nice and cooked the most amazing food”

“The school is so different to Ireland, it’s so relaxed and chilled and there isn’t the same pressure on students”

 What parents of our students said….. 

 What a fabulous place, the girls are so lucky to have stayed there……the trip will stay with them for a lifetime, ….… “   Deborah

“A unique place with unique values………….”

Our Residential & Homestay programme represents a dynamic, diverse and enthusiastic way of sharing a unique experience with Spanish boarders and day students, creating supportive environment to explore new and exciting challenges. Students will enjoy full room and board at the Real Colegio Alfonso XII -one of the most prestigious boarding schools in Spain- boasting completely renewed facilities. Students will reside in the northern zone of the Monastery, and will enjoy the privilege of living in a building that has: The Royal Palace, Pantheon of Kings, Library, Basilicas, Art.

 

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