Teens programs

Pueblo Inglés | A language immersion program with a cultural twist

Can you imagine every nook and cranny of every street of every corner of a quaint Spanish town filled with teenagers from around the globe? Well such a place exists and it’s called Pueblo Ingles for Teens!

Thanks to our youth volunteer opportunities, Spaniards and native English-speaking teens chat, play sports, and hang out in our summer camps… and all in the name of English!

Since July 2004 we have welcomed thousands of volunteer teenagers to our little villages, where the official language is no longer Spanish.

We have greeted thousands of American, Canadian, Irish, British, Australian, South African and Kiwi teenagers who have enjoyed fabulous days in the land of Don Quixote.

A fun and rewarding experience is offered in exchange for your English conversation.

  • Volunteers can enjoy a free week at one of our English-speaking villages. Our venues host English “talkathons” every summer and we sponsor native English-speakers to be the protagonists!
  • Every summer, a group of volunteers from around the world “populate” one of our beautiful hotel resorts and provide conversation in English, through a funny daily schedule. Spaniards are there to practice and improve their English in a natural way.
  • Our volunteers do not have to teach English in a traditional format; they just have to bring a positive attitude, a passion for conversation and an interest in learning about people from different countries and cultures.
  • Diversity plays a key role at Puelo Ingles: firstly, in the way our volunteer groups are so mixed (different nationalities, ages, backgrounds, etc); and secondly in the way the daily schedule is so varied to keep things fresh and exciting.
  • Activities change every hour to keep it fun and engaging.

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    WHO IS THIS FOR?

    If you are between 13 and 17 years of age, want to come to Spain and meet a ton of fun and interesting people your age, YOU could be the perfect volunteer!

    In order to be a volunteer teenager at Pueblo Ingles, you need to be anative English speaker (US, Canada, Ireland, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa…), have a friendly, outgoing nature and be willing to help Spanish students practice English in a fun environment.

    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!!!

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    WHY SHOULD YOU COME TO PUEBLO INGLES?

    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?

    The Spanish participants are all fun-loving teens who are eager to practice and improve their English. They love the language and want tomeet 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.

    Depending on the venue, there will be between 50 and 120 Spanish and Volunteer participants. There is always a mix of 13 to 17 year-olds from all over Spain.

    DAILY ACTIVITIES

    All of our daily activities are organized for you so you’ll never have to plan further ahead than your next fun activity or delicious meal!

    Volunteers have one-hour “one-to-one”conversation sessions with each of the students attending.  During this time each pair decides if they would prefer to go for a walk, relax in the hotel lounge, grab a coffee – whatever they fancy! Additionally there will be “Icebreakers”, theatre, group activities, music, arts & crafts, sports, half-day excursion, fun fair, a special party.

    During your free time you can go to the swimming pool, play basketball, tennis and football or go for a walk or run. Fear not, in the evenings there will be plenty of surprises too!

    WHERE CAN I VOLUNTEER?

    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.

    Villas with the typical traditional architecture of the area located next to the Sierra de Francia, a true natural paradise.

    Located in a renovated oil and textile factory from the 19th century.

    WHEN?

    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 Teen 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.

    2022 CALENDAR IS NOT AVAILABLE YET!

    YOUR COMMITMENTS

    Be sure to be sure before applying to the program!

    We are truly grateful that you are considering coming to Spain to join us at Pueblo Ingles.

    You might be asking yourself how much preparation and planning you will have to do to help the Spaniards. Luckily our program is designed in a way that allows its participants to just slip right in and go with the flow, with no stress and with no hassle.

    All of the daily activities will be organized for you, and you should never have to look ahead to anything further than your next activity or meal. Obviously though, our Anglo volunteers have to be dedicated to the program, and abide by the following rules:

    DURING THE PROGRAM

    • Never utter a word of Spanish!!
    • Be prepared to talk as you normally would back home – but more!
    • Share your knowledge on a topic that you love. It could be anything from a martial arts demonstration to a tale of your close encounter with a hungry crocodile!
    • Be patient and supportive to all the Spanish participants.
    • Be considerate and sensitive in the way you correct language errors.
    • Be sensible and responsible in your free time to maximize the effectiveness and enjoyment of the program over the whole week.
    • Participate in all group activities.
    • Be punctual for all meals and sessions.
    • Be in your bedroom by 12:00 midnight. (You are not allowed in any room that is not the one you have been assigned to!)
    • The staff expect you to be on your best behavior, respecting each other teens, the hotel staff and your program leaders.
    • Rooms should be kept neat.

    GROUND RULES that may not be broken under any circumstances

    • Smoking, and drinking alcohol is strictly forbidden.
    • You will only be able to leave the resort under supervision of a monitor.
    • No social activities can be held inside people’s rooms.

    We have a ZERO TOLERANCE policy regarding the above rules. This also applies to your stay in Madrid if you are staying in the group hotel before and after the program.

    PLANNING YOUR ARRIVAL

    • You must confirm the program/s offered within the deadline given. This is a pre-reservation and does not guarantee a spot in the program.
    • You need to upload your consent form and medical details within the given deadline.
    • You need to arrange and finance your travel to and from Madrid within the deadline. Your spot is not secured until this has been sent.
    • You would need to either arrange your accommodation before and after the program (for minors travelling with parent/ guardian), or book the Welcome Pack and Departure Pack (for unaccompanied minors).
    • You need to be at the bus pick-up point for departure.

    OUR PROMISES: What the organization covers?

    • Room and full board: the provision of high-standard accommodation for the duration of the program.
    • Transport to the venue: your return journey by coach to/from Madrid.
    • If you are an unaccompanied minor, we organize a Welcome and Departure Pack, which includes: airport pick-up and drop-off, chaperoning in Madrid the day before the program (for Welcome Pack) and the day after; lunch and tour of Madrid, welcome reception and dinner, and a shared room in the group hotel. This needs to be pre-booked with the organization and paid upon arrival in Madrid.
    • We provide medical and accident policy during your stay. (Extra travel insurance is recommended, at your own cost).
    • A unique insight into the Spanish people and culture without having to speak the language.
    • A chance to share your knowledge on a topic that is dear to you.
    • All of your food provided including a buffet breakfast and a three-course lunch and dinner each day.
    • The chance to really get to know a group of diverse individuals from all walks of life and to form long-lasting friendships.
    • Experienced, friendly, and energetic staff that will work flat out to make sure the program is fun, stimulating and smooth-running.
    • The satisfaction of knowing that you’ve had a positive impact on the lives of numerous individuals.
    • The knowledge that you are attending an established and successful program that has evolved based on years of operational experience.
    • The chance to enjoy full active days without having to plan anything yourself. You can simply go with the flow!
    • The opportunity to repeat the program the following year if you prove yourself to be a star Anglo.

    APPLICATION STEPS

    Below are the steps of how to become a Teen Volunteer!

    • Read through this website and fully understand what the program involves
    • Apply online. In the PROGRAM SELECTION, select your preferred dates and venues. Thank you for your patience at this stage!
    • If your application is approved, you will receive an email asking you to upload your consent form and medical details in your Volunteer Zone.
    • We will then confirm that we have booked you in. You will receive an email entitled “Booked”. Bear in mind that you can not arrange your trip yet!! Only when we ask you to do so should you buy your tickets.

    You will be given a deadline to confirm the date and to book your travel. Please respect these dates because it affects the total numbers and the application requests that are coming in

    Throughout these stages we will be in contact with you via email and forward you to your Volunteer Zone where you will get all the updates on your application process.

    Returning volunteer

    We love to receive applications from people who have been Anglos before. If you are a veteran (i.e. someone who has volunteered previously) just select your dates and your request will be processed with priority. Unfortunately however, even being a veteran we cannot always guarantee a place in your program selection.

    If you are a returning Teen Volunteer, you do not have to complete a further application form

    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.

    TRIP LOGISTICS

    ONCE I HAVE APPLIED, WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT?

    Once you are sure you want to be a Teen Volunteer, please complete our application form. We encourage everyone to make the most of their trip to Spain by doing two consecutive weeks. If you do so, you will not need to come back to Madrid between sessions. When completing the application form, please take the time to respond to the questions carefully. Look at the questions first, work on them on a separate document, and then copy and paste it into the application form.

    Wait to hear from us to accommodate you the programs you have selected. The response time in the high season can be up to four weeks!

    BEFORE YOU START ORGANIZING YOUR TRIP

    If you suit the profile we are looking for, we will offer a date for your Pueblo Ingles adventure. At this stage, you have to confirm that you are available, and upload a signed consent form and medical details. You can do this via Your Personal Program Page.

     BOOK YOUR TRAVEL

    You can now confirm your travel information. 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.

    Unfortunately past experience shows that missing travel info from Anglos normally means no-shows.

     TRAVEL CONFIRMED. STAYING IN TOUCH BEFORE COMING TO THE PROGRAM

    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 a reminder and make sure you are in touch with your group.

    YOUR STAY IN MADRID

    If you are a minor, you must take the Welcome Pack, which includes: airport pick up, hotel drop-off, the cost of a shared room in the group hotel in Madrid, lunch, city tour, dinner, and breakfast on the morning of your departure to the program. If you are travelling with a friend, we will try to make sure that you share with them in the group hotel in Madrid. However this cannot always be guaranteed.

    On the morning of the program, your parent/guardian will have plenty of time to drop you off at the hotel and go to the adults Welcome Reception.

    If you are over 17, and choose not to purchase the Welcome and Departure packs, you would be responsible for making your own way to the hotel and meeting points.

     DURING THE PROGRAM

    On the day of the start of the program, you will leave with the rest of the Anglos from the group hotel and should arrive at the venue by lunchtime. You will probably be sharing a room with a Spanish student of your same age and gender, if not we will try to pair you up with a friend if you are travelling together. However this cannot be guaranteed.

    During the program, mobile phone use is discouraged and permitted only during free time. The hotel phone will not be available at all times, but there are set times of the day (after lunch and dinner) where parents can call the hotel. There is one computer with internet available for use by the participants. There is usually wifi available at the hotel reception.

    YOUR STAY IN MADRID AFTER THE PROGRAM

    If you are leaving on the last day of the program, you will be taken straight from the venue to the airport. If you are leaving the day after, our counselors will stay at the group hotel to chaperone the Teen participants. All minors not leaving on the last day will have to purchase the Departure Pack. This includes: dinner, shared room in the group hotel and airport transfer and drop-off the next day. The counselors will take you to the airport and accompany you up until you go through airport.

     WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE PROGRAM?

    We hope you had the time of your life! If you need a letter to confirm your volunteer hours, let us know! Be sure to stay in touch with us and hopefully see you next year!

    EXTRA INFORMATION

    If you are a parent, a school, an organization or a group, you should take a look at our specific information, just click the “Go to parent and group information” button below.

    If you have any questions, you can visit our FAQ section by clicking the “Go to FAQ” button.

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