More than 90% of young adults that study abroad return with a great sense of maturity and self-confidence, according to a study conducted by the Institute for International Education of Students; If we narrow this down to learning Spanish in Spain, the second most widely spoken language in the United States, there are countless benefits that this experience provides, which thousands of students take advantage of yearly. Getting a spot at the ‘Complutense de Madrid’ Salamanca and other famous Spanish universities is not the only way to enjoy this experience, home staying, becoming an au pair, spending vacations in Barcelona or taking a course at a summer camp are perfect affordable and effective alternatives to perfecting the Spanish language – Will you dare to discover them?
According to UNESCO, over 3,6 million students worldwide have decided to study in a foreign country; European cities such as Bolonia, Oxford/Cambridge, Paris and Salamanca are proud to be the destinations most desired by this consensus, mainly due to their university traditions. But institutes and schools are not the only things on offer from learning in a country outside of our own borders; As we will discover below, there are countless reasons why learning Spanish in a foreign country can become one of the best experiences of a lifetime – Are you prepared to miss out?
Spain has become one of the most famous student paradises in Europe, and not only because of its generous climate; It’s artistic patrimony, the beauty of its geography and culture, not forgetting its exquisite and abundant gastronomic offerings all contribute to enriching this Mediterranean paradise, making it a very desirable experience for young adults of all ages and backgrounds. However the question is: What are the best cities amongst its 8,000 for living this experience? Alicante, Barcelona, Salamanca and Madrid are just some of the most recommended city centers and for a good reason, which we will now explain.
There is no sport that ignites so much passion as golf; Born in medieval Scotland and introduced to the rest of the world in later centuries, the ‘sport of the swing’ is considered by many as one of the best sports in the world. However, till this very day there are still countless qualms surrounding this sport – Too hard? Inaccessible, boring? Not at all! A testament to this being summer golf camps, an environment where young adults from all walks of life, ages, ethnicities and origins have the opportunity to test their abilities with the putter, whilst learning a new language and discovering a foreign culture.
567 million speakers, the second most spoken language in the world and third most used on the internet and social networks, it’s safe to say that the figures speak for themselves regarding the popularity of the Spanish language and it should come as no surprise that Spanish courses in Spain are in admirable form after experiencing an unstoppable growth since the 21st century – Come and discover the various reasons for its recent boom of interest.
Work together for a common goal, learn values and enjoy one of the most enriching experiences of our lives – This is the perfect way to define summer sports camps, an adventure that captivates thousands of young adults every year. In this environment boys and girls of different ages, cultures and ethnicities discover the importance of respect, sportsmanship and companionship, both inside and outside of the game.
The Comunitat Valenciana is also one of the most loved destinations by the little ones of the house, with Fun On Ice skating rinks, Terra Natura, the Museo de las Artes y las Ciencias museum and boat tours of La Albufera, it’s no surprise why – These amongst many others give a more family friendly touch to the Levantine coasts when compared to the hustle and bustle of tourism. If you wish to discover some of the best activities for children in Valencia, these activities are sure to both impress and surprise – You cannot miss out on them!
Talking about Terra Mitica theme park situated in Benidorm is much more than just exposing one of the most important leisure centers in Europe; Being one of the most important attractions in Valencia, this theme park has managed to unite entertainment, exciting attractions and history with whole entire sections of the park being dedicated to historical periods of time, ranging from Greece to Rome, the mysteries of Iberia and of course Egypt, whose re-creation has been done to perfection – Something you can’t miss out on!
Tourism in Valencia is something to be envied – Over 24 million tourists visited its shores in 2015; Alicante’s contribution to this is remarkable with 71% of tourists making it their place of destination; Impressive figures which helps us understand why thousands of students from all over the world discover the Costa Blanca and its surrounding areas annually. The mysterious Isla de Tabarca Island, the medieval castle of Santa Barbara and Aqualandia and Mundomar theme parks are just some of the places that must be visited on a school trip to Alicante – Do you want to miss out on them?
Numerous studies have shown that the best way to learn a second language is at an early age, when the brain is considered more flexible, open and perceptive, shortening the time for learning both vocabulary and grammar. Early bilingualism increases cognitive development and improves communication skills, whilst at the same time having a direct influence on future employment considering just how important languages such as German, French and especially Spanish have become internationally. Learning a different language during infancy offers a number of benefits, some of which we will go into now.