Frequent asked questions Tarifa summer camps

Frequent asked questions Tarifa summer camps 2017-10-30T19:35:27+00:00

This page will answer the most frequently asked questions by parents about queries concerning the summer camp. It may well help you to decide whether our bilingual summer camp in Tarifa, Spain is the right choice for your son or daughter.

Are teachers native speaking?

Yes, all teachers for the Spanish and English classes are native speaking and experienced in working with teenagers.

Are there enough possibilities to practice Spanish or English?

Yes of course. If a student wants to practice languages in Lenguaventura it is always possible.

Can our child do their laundry during their stay in the summer camp?

Yes of course, twice a week. During the summer camp we remind our students the days when we collect the laundry.

It will be taken care of by our cleaning staff and returned usually that same evening or at latest the next day. For a better recognition of the clothes we recommend parents to mark them with the initials of the child.

Do you admit children of 13 years?

Yes we do, especially if they come with an older brother or sister or if parents are sure that their kid/ kids can cope with being away from home. These young teenagers have to be aware that they will be amongst the youngest which is not a problem for the summer camp and hopefully neither for themselves.

Do you have a “what to bring list”?

Yes, please click here to see the entire summer camp list.

We also send this list to all parents together with the confirmation.

 

Do you pick up the pupils at the airport?

At the airport in Málaga. It is the busiest airport in Southern Spain. For students coming from the British Isles, Gibraltar is a possible option. We also fetch the teenagers at the airport in Jerez de la Frontera or Seville but for an additional cost.

How are the sleeping arrangements?

In our school residence we have dormitories for girls and boys on separate floors. They are divided in rooms for a maximum of three per each room.

We do not separate friends or siblings of the same gender as long as parents agree that they can sleep in the same room.

What we always try to do is to put together students of the same age and different nationalities but who wish to participate in the same target language in class.

How can we get in touch with Lenguaventura if we have more questions?

Our phone is operative on a daily basis. The convenient timetable to call us is: Monday through Sunday from 9 am to 9 pm. The telephone number for Lenguaventura is +34 – 956 689084.

You can also contact us through email or through chat.

How does Lenguaventura choose which places to visit during the summer camp?

Andalusia has a rich cultural and historical heritage. With our fieldtrips, we want our students to get to know some interesting places close to Tarifa.

Some spare time activities are undertaken with the sole purpose that the teenagers can enjoy and relax. These can be either sport or leisure activities.

From one year to the next we evaluate our planning and replace some activities for others and keep only the summer activities in our program which were of most interest to the students.

How is the supervision organized?

The Camp staff takes care of the kids around the clock. During the night we have a night counselor.

How many pupils sleep in one room?

The School residence has quarters for a maximum of three pax. each. Girls and boys are accommodated on separate floors.

Is it necessary to bring sheets or a sleeping bag?

No, it is not. We provide students with sheets and a sleeping bag is not necessary. However, students do need to bring towels.

Is my child the eldest or youngest?

As we enroll teens from 14 to 17 years of age, we always have teenagers in this age range. We have very often seen that it is not necessary for all of the same age to stick together. Sometimes the younger ones are born leaders and sometimes the eldest are not so mature as those who are one or two years younger. In our experience age is not always an issue.

Is the airfare included in the camp fee?

No, it is not. Parents book the flight for their kid directly.

Best airports to arrive at or for departure are Málaga or Gibraltar (coming from the United Kingdom). Smaller airports are Jerez de la Frontera or Seville where we also pick up them and drop off for an additional fee.

What happens when my child has a problem in fitting in ?

What some children need is time, a few days to get acquainted to the new environment. In this case it is only a question of two or three days until they are completely at ease.

In other cases the group leaders keep an eye on the kids and help them to integrate. That is why we have in our team pedagogues who are good observers and will find a way to integrate everybody. More often than not, children themselves help others to fit in, in a very natural way and without needing our adult help.

What about the class levels?

The language courses are based on CEF (Common European Framework for language reference). Level grades from A1 to C1 in both Spanish and English. Students can verify their level with our summer camp on-line level test preferably until June 15th. On the first day an oral assessment takes place, after which teachers form the group. Changes within the groups can be suggested by teachers as well as by students.

What are the electrical plugs in Spain like? And the voltage

We have two prong round plugs, voltage 220. Should you come from a country with 110 voltage a converter would be needed. In case that a child forgets to bring it she/he can always ask us to borrow one.

What are the nationalities of the participants?

The nationalities vary between 12 and 16 per year. Hence our summer camp is very international.

What if my child decides to change his chosen program?

We are flexible on this point and a student can change from one week to the next. If a student wants to change from the adventure to kitesurf or windsurf or vice versa we organize it.

The change will always be for the following week so we should be advised by the student a few days in advance to be able to arrange this change.

What is the approximate number of students in each class?

We admit a maximum of 12 students in any one group. The average number is 7 per group.

What is the procedure to book the Lenguaventura youth summer camp?

On our website we have a summer camp booking form which you can fill in and send back directly.

Should you need more information on how to book our summer courses please visit our page “how to apply for the summer camp”.

 

 

What is the situation when my child comes alone to the Camp?

Your child will not be the only one coming alone and we know there is nothing to fear, as kids coming alone are very open to new friendships and generally fit in with one another very quickly.

What is the weather like in summer in Tarifa ? Does it rain often?

In summer we are used to having a lot of sunshine and a temperature not exceeding 30 degrees. Thanks to the winds we have here it usually doesn’t get too hot in July.

Rain is rather rare at this time of the year but should it happen, only a few drops will fall and not for hours or days.

What is your payment policy?

The downpayment of € 650,– will be due after Lenguaventura has received the enrollment form and has sent the invoice to the parents. Balance payment 4 weeks before the Camp starts.

Our account details are as follows:

Cajamar, C/Batalla del Salado No. 2C, 11380 Tarifa
Account holder: S. C Deportivos del Sur S.L.
Bank code / account no: 3058 0765 69 2720014653
IBAN: ES93 3058 0765 6927 2001 4653
SWIFT CODE: CCRIES2A

Bank charges shall be borne by the customer.

What kind of insurance does your program include?

Indemnity and accident insurance is included. Read here about our summer camp coverage for the liability- and  travel insurance.

You can find more information about insurance on our summer camp page facts/tips.

 

 

Why did you decide to organize your Lenguaventura summer camp in Tarifa, Spain?

Tarifa offers everything to organize a summer camp. It is a safe place and thanks to our central accommodation everything is at walking distance and no public transport, to get around town, is needed which we consider a big advantage.

We started in 2003 and we are the only youth summer camp in Tarifa. In our Summer Camp students can choose between Kitesurf or Windsurf or Adventure. These three activities cover everything that Tarifa has to offer. They give the opportunity to friends or siblings to come together to the camp where they can choose their favourite program individually. They then come together for the rest of the activities when all students participate together.

Will there be more students of the same nationality as my child?

In most nationalities yes but not in all. One student pointed it out very well. He said that in Lenguaventura all teens, sharing the same language, stick together wherever they come from so that a natural language exchange takes place. For us it is one of the most difficult questions to answer as we have quite a lot of kids who are already bilingual because they have roots in other countries or live abroad. For them communicating either in Spanish or English, although they have other nationalities, is not a problem at all.

On the other hand, however, some parents are a little concerned that there may be no other kids of the same nationality as theirs. From our experience we can only say that neither students nor parents should worry about this too much at all. In a Camp like Lenguaventura every student finds a place and maybe even a new friend who shares the same mother-tongue although not the same passport. The student coming to Lenguaventura is often wonderfully full of many surprises and used to being surrounded by an international environment. This is what we enjoy year after year.