Conversation Corps Spain

Spain

Conversation Corps Spain

Spain


  
  • Brief Program Description:A perfect blend of culture and language exchange. Live with a screened Spanish family and agree to teach them conversational English. Your room and meals are included with your program fee, plus you can learn or improve your Spanish through total immersion.
  • Is This Program For You:Do you want to learn or improve your Spanish? Do you want to experience the Spanish culture and food in a very unique way? If you are ready for a total immersion program, and if you are willing to teach conversational English to your host family, this program is perfect for you.
  • Professional Benefits:Add "Personal Language Tutor" to your resume, supported by an official Certificate of Completion and a formal letter of goals met or exceeded along with the number of hours completed to meet those goals. Gain experience tutoring conversational English with measurable goals to show a supervisor or add to your resume.
  • Minimum Program Length:1 Month
  • Maximum Program Length:3 Months
  • Program Timing:Flexible. Actual arrival date is coordinated between you and your host family.
  • Working Hours:15 hours per week, determined by the family. But you need to propose a schedule as the family looks to you for that.
  • Orientation:A formal orientation is not given. If there is a local coordinator in your area, you will be able to have an orientation by that person. Otherwise, you can also call our office in each country for orientation and for assistance locally.
  • Language Training:If available near your placement, assistance is provided in identifying suitable language lessons. The cost of language classes is not included in your program fee.
  • Language Requirements:You must be a native English speaker.
  • Age Requirements:18+
Program Overview:

If you are researching various programs, be sure you ask::

How long have you been operating this program?
GeoVisions has been offering Conversation Corps (live with a family and teach them English) since 2006. We invented it, and we were the first to provide this unique opportunity.  Anyone else is simply copying what we have done for 7 years.

How do you choose your families?
The Conversation Corps program utilizes host families who want to learn English. At GeoVisions, our host families choose us. We screen them and make sure they really do need a live-in tutor. We also include local reps who are right there with you and can help at anytime.

Do you provide materials to help me be successful? How am I supported?
Not only does GeoVisions provide our own book, A Tutor's Guide--Teaching English to Families and Children (you download this document and take the parts you want with you), you receive hundreds of FREE materials through ESL Lounge, and we employ a full time ESL Teacher, right here on staff. Betsy is here for you before you go to Spain and while you're there. Email Help Me Teach and you are connected with Betsy who will answer your questions and provide detailed and personalized ideas to help you be successful. You cannot write to her enough. She will also Skype with you and help you live, online. No other organization provides this level of support. Go ahead and ask them.

Do I meet my family in advance or am I placed with the first family available?
GeoVisions spends a great deal of time match-making. It is the only way the program will be successful. There needs to be a "connection" between tutor and family. You will Skype, call or email your family before you ever pay the balance of your program fees. It's the only way everyone will be happy.

Your Benefits

  • Travel for less.  The program is designed to provide plenty of time to experience the Spanish culture. Many other tutors have had time to travel all over Spain and also explore France, Germany, Italy and other European countries.
  • Do you want to learn Spanish or brush up on your language skills?  If available near your placement, GeoVisions will provide assistance in identifying suitable language lessons. Language classes are optional and at your additional expense. 
  • Exclusive teaching materials written by GeoVisions that you can print out and take with you. Plus your free subscription to the ESL Lounge provides many items to help you with your conversations such as worksheets, flash cards and games.
  • Personalized help with lesson plans through our Help Me Teach desk. Having lesson plans is important and the most frequently requested assistance we receive. Some tutors just don't know where to start and need help identifying what to teach according to the ages of the family members.  We are here to provide that assistance FREE.  Email Betsy as often as you like. Or even Skype with her.
  • Tip the advantage to you by enhancing your resume by becoming a member of the Conversation Corps. Job: "Private Language Tutor." References: Global. It just doesn't get any better than that.
  • You "meet" your family in advance through email and phone calls. Each family is interviewed and carefully screened by in-country staff.
  • Like our Facebook page and begin the conversation now.
  • Join our Online Community and read our volunteer's journals, view their photos and watch their videos.  You can even head on over to the Spain Group on the Community Pages and read about what's happening with our volunteers in Spain right now!
  • Check out our Pinterest Conversation Corps Boards.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Share your language with your host family up to 15 hours each week.  You should work out your schedule with your host family in advance or immediately upon arrival.  Your primary reason for being there is to provide conversation in your language.  The family knows that and they are expecting you to set the teaching schedule in advance and bring materials with you that will help the family learn.  This is your responsibility.  They are expecting to take the lead from you.
  • Using GeoVisions' teaching materials that you download and bring with you, and your free Internet subscription to the online ESL Lounge along with your creativity, provide creative, fun and informative language sessions.  If you get stumped and need specific help, our live and personalized Help Me Teach desk is always there for you to use. There are plenty of examples from the Help Me Teach desk in our GeoVisions Blog.
  • Keep your room tidy and clean and respect the host family's rules and habits. Sleeping late everyday, spending your days in your room and not being accessible to the family is not respectful.  Nor is it respectful to be on the Internet, your iPad or cell phone most of the time.
  • Manage your own personal expenses (telephone bills, clothing, entertainment and spending money).

What You Receive For Your Program Fee

  • Personalized Volunteer Placement through our Partner in Spain with a pre-screened family.  In other words, a place to call "home" in the heart of Europe.
  • A comfortable, safe place to live in Spain, including three meals per day when you are with your host family.
  • An experienced U.S. based GeoVisions Program Manager who will serve as your coordinator and liaison with our in-country staff in Spain.
  • In-country basic language assistance.
  • Professional, locally-based staff to provide orientation, supervision and guidance throughout your stay. In some instances due to location, it may be necessary to receive orientation by telephone or may require you to travel a short distance to the office to receive orientation there if you want it.
  • Extensive medical, and accident insurance along with emergency evacuation insurance.  Our insurance covers you up to $50,000 and carries a $0 deductible and is good for the entire duration of your program.  We also include trip delay insurance, baggage loss and delay coverage, missed connection coverage and LiveTravel™ Emergency Service.
  • Pre-departure materials, orientation information, full access to GeoVisions' Community Pages for in-depth information and access to former and current members of the Conversation Corps.
  • A toll-free 24-hour emergency hotline in the U.S.  Call collect from France.  Our emergency line is manned by real people.
  • Our own manual, A Tutor's Guide--Teaching English To Families and Children, which you download and take with you to Spain.
  • Premium online membership at the ESL-Lounge for access to game, flash-cards, worksheets. Access to GeoVisions' exclusive Help Me Teach desk, to assist you with ideas that relate to your situation.
  • Meet your family before you leave home via email and Skype. You will receive full information about your host family before you even accept the position.
  • Program Location:Cities and towns all around Spain.
  • Flights:Not included.
  • Visa Costs:No Visa is necessary for this program.
  • Insurance:Extensive medical and accident insurance along with emergency evacuation, baggage loss and delay, trip delay and LiveTravel™ emergency assistance included.
  • Airport Transfers:Not Included. Depending on the day of arrival, your host family may arrange pick up. You can also work this out in advance with your host family.
  • Local Transportation:Not included.
  • Room:You will stay with a host family and have a private bedroom.
  • Meals:3 meals per day are included when you are with your host family. When you are traveling on your own, you will need to provide your own meals.
Mountains seem to slide into the Atlantic in the north. Solitary castles and medieval towns are strewn across the interior. Villages mark Spain's inland. Spain is a treasure chest of artistic and architectural marvels.

Be ready to...

...get to know and love the everyday life in Spain

...enjoy a second home with new friends

...become more independent and confident

...learn or improve your Spanish

...discover new interests

...put your organizational and creative skills to the test

...get to know yourself better

...add an international reference to your resume in order to help with future job applications as you teach English to a family in Spain Apply Now
  • minimum length:$1169
  • maximum length:$1169
  • additional fee information:
    The program fee for this program is a flat fee whether you stay 1 month, 2 months or 3 months.
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