Summer Youth Volunteer Programs
Pueblo Inglés Twenty | Helping others with their English is helping their future… and yours!
Visit Spain without having to speak Spanish and help other young adults improve their English! Pueblo Inglés TWENTY is a 8-day English immersion course for university students and twentysomethings (18-23 years old) situated in getaway locations in the Spanish rural countryside. We bring together 20 Spanish students of the English language with 20 native English speakers where they get to know each other, share cultural differences, grow in teamwork through a dynamic mix of all kinds of fun and character-building activities…and all in English!
Pueblo Inglés TWENTY is not only geared toward helping young adults speak English better for personal improvement, but is also designed help prepare them for their professional future through professionally focused activities aimed at team building, leadership skills, job interviewing, and sales/marketing pitches to name a few.
As a volunteer experience, you get hands-on experience making all this happen and thus making a direct impact on the Spaniards’ future success!
After more than 18 years of running over 1500 adult and teen-age programs, Pueblo Inglés TWENTY is a new twist we have added to the young-adult segment.
Overall, a perfect exchange! There is no better way to learn about a country and culture than through its people. The Spaniards benefit from the English-only intensive environment without having to travel so far abroad.
WHO IS THIS FOR?
We are looking for culturally adventurous people with a desire to grow by helping others. Nothing beats learning a language outside the classroom from a variety of those that speak it! That’s where you come in as a volunteer.
As a native-English speaker, you bring your authentic version of the language to those who may have had limited contact with native-speakers, not getting a chance to practice and use their English effectively. Simply by being an engaging person you’ll be able to help improve their English and blossoming professional skills.
We select volunteers based on their life experience and passion that can be applied to the program. We try to balance nationalities (and accents), backgrounds and personal profiles as best as possible in order to provide variety. The main thing we ask you to be is outgoing and respectful, as well as to remember that our camp is an immersion experience and therefore “English only” (sorry no learning Spanish here…we have another program for that!) The rest tends to come naturally!
So, what do we offer in return?
We simply offer you the chance to get to know Spain and its people in a way you could never imagine. The contact ‘with the locals’ in Spain in a Pueblo Inglés program is something you can’t get anywhere else in the same period of time.
What better way to help others improve personally, professionally, while you do the same and make friends from all over the world!
Your role in the program
Your job will not be to “teach” English; it will be to “expose” your Spanish friends to the English language by being talkative, inquisitive, and fun. Most of the Spaniards speak pretty good English but have not used the language much in real life situations. They need to build their confidence and know that they can speak and communicate with others in English. Your role will be to talk and listen, and to be patient and understanding!
You will need to be talktative, inquisitive and fun!
Part of your job at Pueblo Ingles is to make sure that the Spaniards don’t group together and start speaking Spanish. Keep a close watch on small groups quietly talking amongst themselves without an Anglo in sight. Oh, and if we catch YOU speaking Spanish, we will order your head chopped off and placed on a pike in the town square! Only ENGLISH in Pueblo Ingles please!!!
WHY SHOULD YOU VOLUNTEER ABROAD AS A UNIVERSITY STUDENT?
There are a million and one reasons why you will love Pueblo Ingles!
- You will have the opportunity to meet intriguing people from English speaking countries around the world.
- You will be able to chat with Spaniards from all parts of the country and find out about their lives and their culture.
- You will stay at a beautiful venue in the heart of the countryside.
- You will be able to sample the local produce and cuisine offered in plentiful quantities.
- You will forge friendships for life.
It’s also a chance for you to be responsible and proactive, which will look great on your CV/resume. Students who are required to earn volunteer credits will be awarded 100 hours for their participation. Your award certificate can be used for your school record of achievement.
Our English speaking volunteers have to be dedicated to the program, and abide by the following rules:
WHO ARE THE STUDENTS OF OUR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM FOR UNIVERSITY STUDENTS?
The Spanish participants are university students and twentysomethings (18-23 years old) who are eager to practice and improve their English and prepare them for their professional future through professionally. They love the language and want to meet people from all over the world. They look for an environment of diversity and co-operation where native English speakers will be patient, friendly and committed to the Pueblo Ingles objectives.
DAILY ACTIVITIES IN UNIVERSITY STUDENT VOLUNTEERING
The classroom is never the ultimate place to learn a language, so we break away from it. The Pueblo Inglés (translated: English town/village) concept is one of creating a concentrated immersion experience for people learning English. If you have learned a foreign language yourself, you know the best way to learn is interacting directly with people and genuine experiences you never forget.
As our program is based on being able to converse with a variety of people, our main activity is the ‘one-to-one’, where speaking and listening skills are essential for a basic exchange between two people. Just by getting to know an interesting person in front of you, language is learned.
That’s why we invite native English speakers from all over the world to come to our programs. Not only are they able to help the Spaniards learn by giving them a mix of authentic English (be it British, American, Irish, Australian, etc.), but it gives them an insider’s view into the country and culture.
So, communicating in all types of contexts and dynamics is what we try stimulate.
Where are the best places in Spain to visit? What’s your university like? Have you ever run with bulls? What’s haggis? What’s the best decision for our team?…hurry, time is running out! How can we best start this presentation? What type of jobs are available where you are from? What’s the difference between American vs British English? Am I saying ‘Can you please pass the salt?’ correctly?
Our PuebloInglés TWENTY activities will expose the participants to questions like these and many more through the following types of activities:
• 1-to-1 conversations sessions
• Small-group discussions and debates
• Marketing roleplays
• Mock job interviews
• Theatrical sketches
• Improvised music
• Meal-time conversation
Thanks to literally thousands of past volunteers we know that when you throw English-language learners into the pool with native speakers, they learn how to ‘swim’ quickly. Our system provides unique challenges and opportunities for both sides to share and learn….and all in the name of English!
WHERE CAN I VOLUNTEER AS A UNIVERSITY STUDENT?
Our volunteering vacancies are at stunning locations around Spain. The venues are diverse and are surrounded by nature and outdoor spaces. Our volunteers are transported to their course venues from Madrid.
VENUE FOR 2022
A Velha Fabrica is a beautiful rural hotel situated in the heart of the Sierra de Gata in Extremadura. It is located to the northeast of the province of Caceres and to the south of the province of Salamanca. Built on the remains of a 15th-century textile and oil factory, it features all the comforts necessary to make your stay unforgettable. The hotel has two different areas: the hotel, which has 10 ample rooms with en suite bath, and another building with eight charming rooms that feature large living rooms, en suite bathrooms and an independent entrance.
WHEN IS YOUTH AND UNIVERSITY VOLUNTEERING AVAILABLE?
We have regular programs running from mid-January through to the end of November with a higher concentration of programs taking place during the summer months. This is when the Twenty programs kick in, only available in the month of July.
Programs usually take place over 8 days or 2 weeks. If there aren’t any dates indicated for a specific venue that means that there aren’t any programs scheduled there.
WHY SHOULD I VOLUNTEER?
Volunteering has so many dimensions to the benefits! In a Pueblo Inglés program, not only do you get to see immediate progress in confidence and effective communication, but there are things that are simply surprising, inspiring and will have you laughing for hours.
That is why.
If you are a returning participant, you can skip the application form and request a date in the Volunteer Zone.
WHAT DOES IT COST A SUMMER VOLUNTEER PROGRAM?
If you fancy a fun holiday in Spain, you simply need to get here.
Whether by plane, train, bus, or donkey, once you are in Madrid you can connect up with our program and we host you for the entire week for free! All you have to pay for is your flight/transportation, any pre- and post-program accommodation and we take care of the rest! This includes the bus transportation from and back to Madrid, full room and board at a 3-4 star hotel along with breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. *
*snacks, drinks outside of meals, local purchases are not included.
We also include basic medical insurance to cover any minor health issues should they arise during your stay. We encourage everyone, however, to have their own travel insurance policy while at our program.
OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU…
We have been been greeting volunteers for more than a decade. Our experience is our guarantee! During the program we commit to provide:
- Full room and board: the provision of high-standard accommodation for the duration of the program. (*If applying to our German programs, due to limited hotel space, the likelihood of needing to share a room is very high. Therefore, we have to give preference to applicants who are willing to share)
- Transport to and from the venue by coach.
- Medical and accident policy during your stay. (Extra travel insurance is recommended, at your own cost).
STEP 1. Program Request: The first step is to complete our 5 step application form. The information you provide will help us decide if you are eligible to join the program. To avoid being timed out of your session, we recommend that you work on the Q&A section in a separate document and then copy your answers in the application form. In some cases we may conduct a brief phone call to follow up on information provided.
STEP 2. Confirm date: The secret to creating a special bond in the program is having a perfect mix of volunteers. If your profile fits in with the date/s you have selected, we will be able to offer you a spot. We hope to receive a first class application form from you in order for us to be able to confirm your eligibility.
STEP 3. Booked: Start planning your trip! Due to the high demand of applicants, we can only secure your spot for a limited time. Please respect the deadline given and ask for time if needed. Check the meeting details for the specific venue you are booked into in order to prepare for your arrival date, welcome reception details, accommodation recommendation etc.
STEP 4. Travel confirmed: We need you to book your travel as soon as possible and within the deadline you will be given.
STEP 5. Confirmed participation: Once we have correctly received your travel details, we are counting on you! A few weeks before the start of the program, we will send you reminders and make sure you are in touch with your group.
- Once you request a program, we will receive your program request and process it as quickly as we can.
- Once you receive confirmation from us that you are booked into a program, you can plan your trip.
- In addition to providing your travel details, you will also need to submit the medical and authorization forms again (in the case of teen applicants).
- Unfortunately however, even being a returning volunteers we cannot always guarantee a place in your program selection.
Returning participants get to choose the dates and have priority!
HOW DO I REGISTER?
If you’ve been to a Pueblo Inglés before just click on the Volunteer Zone button below. If you’ve never been to a Pueblo Inglés volunteer program before, please apply by clicking the button below to register. Click on See Full Year Calendar to see all program dates.