Travel information — Lenguaventura summer camp
Soon you will be heading south for your summer holidays to our summer camp in Tarifa.
This page is designed so that parents and future campers can read all the necessary information about arrival, code of conduct and more importantly, information for a respectful coexistence in the camp. Further to this you will find information about the activities available, the accommodation and the languages courses on offer.
Our preparations are in full swing and we are really looking forward to the upcoming summer.
See you soon,
LENGUAVENTURA STAFF TARIFA
Important information before arrival
If you have booked the outbound flight to Spain - or outbound and inbound flight at the same time - please let us know the flight dates. This information enables us to organize well the airport transfers. Please also advice us in advance if you have booked a service for unaccompanied minors. In this case, we would have to give you the name and the ID Card Number of the person who will pick up your child at the airport.
How do you recognise the person picking you up at the airport?
One of our staff members will wait for every participant outside the customs area, in front of a coffee shop called "La Manon" (see picture), with a sign that includes the Lenguaventura logo and the name of the student. We wait for all students and do not leave the airport until the last teenager arrives. In case of delays in arrival please call us on +34 607 27 50 90.
As our students arrive from all over the world there is no set arrival or departure time. Our arrival day is always Sunday, just like the departure day. Arrivals and departures on days other than Sunday can be arranged at an additional cost. Arrivals are to Málaga or Gibraltar airport, for an additional cost we also pick up on other airports such as Jerez de la Frontera or Sevilla.
The airports nearest to Tarifa (Málaga, Gibraltar, Jerez de la Frontera, Sevilla) are all small and usually there is no problem finding the person waiting for the participants. In any event we will confirm shortly before the camp will start on this page the meeting point at the airport.
If you are bringing your child directly to the camp, please note that arrivals are from 12.00pm, if possible. Please contact us if you need to drop your child off before this time. At the end of the camp if you are collecting your child, we prefer that this is between 10:00am and 2:00 pm, if possible. Please advise Lenguaventura in advance about the time you plan to collect your child.
When booking flight tickets, please make sure that the airline allows unaccompanied minors to travel alone. Ryanair and Easy Jet accept only young people from the age of 16 to travel without an adult. Younger people are allowed to travel with these two companies if they have a companion who is at least 16 years old. If this is not the case please ask us. Maybe there are other participants flying from the same airport, at the same time and who are already 16.
Meeting point at the airport
You will find a full checklist here.
It is not necessary to bring bed sheets but we do recommend campers pack towels for the shower and the beach.
We recommend that participants bring practical, comfortable, everyday clothes to the camp and leave expensive clothes at home.
Upon arrival students may deposit their pocket money in our camp bank and withdraw any time money as needed. We will note all deposits and withdrawals of each participant.
Passports and flight tickets can also be deposited with us.
In all of our water sports courses, every student is provided with the necessary equipment. Should a student prefer to take his/her trapeze or wetsuit with him/her for personal reasons, that is of course not a problem, as long as it fits in the suitcase.
We also provide everything that is needed for language lessons.
We recommend packing a spare outfit consisting of a T-Shirt, underwear and shorts (or a dress/skirt for girls) in your hand luggage, in case the luggage is lost during transit or arrives later (it rarely happens, but it can happen). We have a supply of toiletries for such cases, which we are happy to help the students out with.
We recommend to give your child pocket money between EUR. 10,-- and EUR. 15,-- per day.
Organisation in Tarifa, Southern Spain
All young people who have been to other camps know that they form a community with the other campers and that everyone looks out for each other. We have house rules (code of conduct) for this reason, which we read out on each arrival day in the evening, after all students have arrived. We leave them in these travel documents at the section “accommodation” and it would be ideal if parents and the participants could go through them together before departure.
Our camp counsellors always accompany the students. For the water sports activities, there is always at least one person from Lenguaventura with the campers on the beach.
The activities themselves are run by local water sports schools, maximum 4 students per instructor. Our camp leader is just there in case a student needs assistance.
At night we have a camp leader for the night to ensure that the campers are well looked after should it be necessary.
On the first day that the students arrive, they are welcomed by the Lenguaventura team, taken to their room and then introduced to the other participants. Every Sunday evening there is a short meeting about the camp rules, the daily schedule and other information.
Our day starts at 8.30am during the week, when the camp leaders wake up the campers. Breakfast is ready from this time until 9.15am.
For the language lessons, students go to the classroom shortly before 9.30am so the class can start promptly at 9.30am. There is a five-minute break between classes and a half-hour break at 11.30am, where a snack is provided. Classes are held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Depending on the wind conditions, classes are sometimes moved to Wednesday (substituting another class day). There are always four days of the week reserved for language lessons.
At the end of class at 1.30pm everyone goes to lunch to get ready for the afternoon water sports activities. The private bus picks up the students at 2.30pm in front of the camp to take them directly to the appropriate beaches. We then stay on the beach for the afternoon. If the water sports schools inform us that there is no wind or too much wind on one of the four water sports days, we have different options; either we still go to the beach and the students can do SUP or surfing or if there is too much wind, we will organise another activity and make up the maximum possible number of hours, unless we have spent the afternoon doing other water sports. This also counts as an activity. Cancelled lessons are those that were cancelled due to too much wind. To make up hours, we have set aside Wednesday or, in exceptional cases, Saturday. Otherwise, these are the allocated days when everyone goes on full-day excursions together.
The windsurfers are back in camp by 6pm at the latest and the kitesurfers by 7pm at the latest. Students will then shower, freshen up and dress for the evenings activities. Some days a week the students can go to the old town until 9.00pm. Everyone has to be back for dinner.
No camper can leave the camp without signing out on the whiteboard. We expect students to use their free time to check out the shops, have an ice cream or just chill out. Please always remember that we are very strict about alcohol and drug use. In Spain, young people are not allowed to consume alcohol until they are 18 years old and, of course, alcohol and drug consumption is completely forbidden. We appeal to all young people to refrain from consuming alcohol or drugs for the good of the camp community. In the case that a student is caught taken drugs or drinking alcohol, a direct exclusion will take place. We have very strict rules on this so we advise all students adhere to them to avoid ruining their holiday.
At 9pm dinner is served and from 10.15pm the evening activities begin, either in the camp or outside. Midnight (00.00) is bedtime.
During the camp parents can call their child or a camp team member on our school mobile/whatsapp + 34 699 556 106. We recommend to call either in the morning at about 9.30am, after lunch at about 2.00pm or in the evening before dinner at about 8.45pm.
We kindly ask parents and participants to respect our designated time schedule for phone calls and also ask for patience, should it not be possible to get through immediately.
Our emergency mobile number available 24/7 is + 34 607 275 090.
Of course, campers can use their own mobile phones with WhatsApp to call their families in their free time. These calls should be made outside of camp activities, language classes or meals. It is important to check if roaming is activated for Spain before departure. For students coming from non-European countries, we can help with buying SIM cards if they want to have an internet connection at all times. As the campers are all minors they cannot buy a SIM card on their own. We can organise this. The student can inform us on the day of arrival and we will take care of it immediately.
You can have parcels and letters sent by post to the following address:
Lenguaventura Camps, (full name and surname of the student), Apartado de correos 240, 11380 Tarifa (Cádiz), Spain.
If a parcel is sent via a delivery service, please indicate the address of the accommodation: Escuela Hogar Guzmán el Bueno, name and surname of the student, Barriada Huerta del Rey s/n, 11380 Tarifa. The mobile phone number of Lenguaventura can be used as contact: +34 607 275 090.
Contact on site all year around:
+34 956 689 084/Landline
+34 607 275 090/Handy/Whatsapp
Watersport activities Kitesurf/Windsurf/Wingsurf
Water sports activities are a priority at Lenguaventura. We have already asked you for your knowledge when you booked, but here you will find explanations of the different levels if you have taken part in a course after you have already booked and filled in the form and sent it back to us.
With us, you have the opportunity to either learn a water sport from scratch, eliminate your weaknesses or build upon your strengths. If you are already a pro, guarantee yourself a unique water experience in Tarifa. Thus, we offer different options that have something for everyone.
0 = Starting from zero
1 = Can fly a kite on beach
2 = Can body drag in the water and water re-launch the kite
3 = Water start
4 = Advanced – able to ride upwind
0 = Beginner: Starting from zero
1 = Beginner: Can go upwind, turn and return to the same point
2 = Intermediate: Can use the harness, beach start
3 = Intermediate: Water start
4 = Advanced: Can use foot straps
5 = Advanced: Would like to learn or improve Power Jibe, Jumps or Freestyle moves
For wingsurfing, we currently only accept beginners, i.e. students with no previous knowledge or, in the case of semi-private lessons, beginners or slightly advanced wingsurfers.
Correct behaviour in the water:
- Take care when launching and landing
- Respect right of way rules
- Keep your distance when manoeuvring
- Never go out of sight
- Behave in such a way that nobody gets in danger
- Never go out on the water without a helmet and a life jacket
Activity program Lenguaventura 2023
In this section you can check our weekly planning with the excursions on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
On Wednesday July 20th we organize an excursion to Gibraltar. For this excursion all teens need to have a valid passport (for at least 6 months) to be able to cross the border. Minors from Spain needs additionally a signed authorization from their parents or legal guardian which is available at the police station of the municipality where the family lives.
Tarifa – stronghold of water sports
The southernmost city of the Spanish peninsula is listed among the 10 best kitesurfing and windsurfing spots worldwide.
In Tarifa, the beaches are divided into zones, the kitesurfing zone, windsurfing zone and the zone for swimmers. For kitesurfing we use Los Lances beach, which is at least 10 kilometres long. At Levante, the wind is usually strong and at Poniente the wind comes with waves. The windsurfing spot is at Playa Valdevaqueros. The advantage of this beach is that when the wind is strong, the windsurf school goes to the nearby lagoon to practise. Or if the wind is light, there is usually a bit of a thermal in the afternoon. For wingsurfing, the instructors will hold the courses either at Los Lances or Valdevaqueros beach, depending on the wind conditions.
In summer, it is forbidden to kite or windsurf on the beach of Tarifa. Our courses therefore all take place slightly further afield. The students are brought to the beaches by private bus and of course picked up again. There are always group leaders from Lenguaventura on the bus with the teens who spend the afternoon on the beach until the courses are over.
All students go together to the surf beaches by bus where they are welcomed by the respective instructors. Everyone helps to carry the required surfing material to the beach. Our camp leaders stay in the Chiringuito (beach café) and wait there until the courses are over. It is very important that you never leave the beach without telling the instructor and you must immediately return to the beach if you are ranted permission to leave briefly.
Please don’t forget that Tarifa has the strong sunlight so you must always use sunscreen. If you have forgotten your own sunscreen, our summer camp leaders always have sunscreen with them. Please just ask.
It’s important to always drink enough water. That's why it's a good idea to bring your own refillable water bottle so that you can fill it up at the camp before we go to the beach. This way you help us to be as sustainable as possible and use less single use plastic. Of course, the camp leaders always have water with them in case you forget yours.
Never get angry when your instructor won't let you on the water because the wind is too strong. For the instructors, safety is the highest priority and because they know the wind conditions on site, they know exactly when it is too risky for you. It is true that there are always people on the water even in very strong wind conditions. However, keep in mind that these are often very experienced pros, who train in Tarifa and know the wind conditions well.
If you are enrolled in a group course, please do not become impatient if a student in the group is not learning as fast as you, or maybe faster. A group course requires that each student adapts to the pace of the group.
Stay cool even if you don't agree with your instructor. There is nothing we can't talk about. As there are always one or more camp leaders on the beach, they can also be involved in the conversation.
And please always behave on the water in a way that ensures safety and ease, and does not harm, endanger or harass anyone.
Overview of our water sports
No matter what your skill level is, we have something for everyone. To make sure that you have chosen the right option for you, we have summarised them here again:
- Group lessons; 4 students with one kitesurfing instructor, two students share the kitesurfing equipment (12 hours per week)
These courses are open to all levels, but are recommended more for beginners and slightly advanced kitesurfers, because the kitesurfing equipment is shared and you will get exhausted more quickly learning something new. You will certainly be quite happy to take a break when the other student is practising. It is also important to find out if kitesurfing is really the sport you want to do in the future. A group course is very suitable for this.
Of course, advanced students can also benefit from a group course, because students are always in groups of their skill level, especially if they want to consolidate their knowledge to gain more confidence. The only difference is that the pace is slower than in the semi-private course.
From level 3, a semi-private course is recommended, unless you want to take it slowly.
- Semi-private lessons; 2 students, each gets their own kitesurfing equipment
This option is especially suitable for students who already have a higher level in kitesurfing and aim to become independent kitesurfers or learn a few tricks. Of course, beginners can also enrol in such a semi-private course should they be sure that this is their sport and that they want to learn a lot as quick as possible.
- Equipment rental with supervision. On the first day, the kitesurf school ensures that the student has the appropriate knowledge to kite independently. All students who choose this option will be supervised from the beach.
- Kitesurf with your own equipment. This option is also possible if the student feels safer with his/her own equipment. In this case, the kitesurfing school will also supervise from the beach. If on some days the student's equipment cannot be used because there is too much or too little wind, equipment can be rented from the kitesurfing school for an extra charge. We recommend that students arriving with their own kitesurf gear bring the following kites:
- For 50 to 65 kg: 5/7/10 or 6/8/11
- For 65 to 80 kg: 7/9/12
- Group lessons with a maximum of four people in a group and one windsurf instructor, each student gets their own windsurfing equipment (8 hours per week).
Offer for above courses: Level 1 - 3
- Preparation for the VDWS certificate, same course as above but with an additional theory lesson after the practical lessons (4+ hours per week).
Offer for above course: All skill levels
- Semi private or private lessons from Level 4 and private lessons for Level 5
This offer is available for advanced windsurfers who sail on moderate and strong wind conditions on a funboard using footstraps.
- For this discipline we currently offer beginners group courses of 12 hours per week, with four students and one instructor. The wingsurf equipment is shared between two students. If there is interest and availability, we can also offer semi-private lessons if two students come together and have beginner level or maximum intermediate level.
Safety in watersports
In all water sports activities, you have to deal with several natural elements (water and wind). Then there is the board and the kite/sail or wing. Even if you think you are a good water sportsman whether kitesurfing, windsurfing or wingsurfing, it is important to always follow the instructions of the instructors. For almost all students, even at a high skill level, the spot is new and unfamiliar. Therefore, it goes without saying that advanced surfers should not surf out of sight.
At all beaches where water sports are practised there are rescue boats ready to act if necessary.
Webcam Valdevaqueros Beach
Our summer camp is bilingual. You can choose between Spanish and English classes. There are 12 lessons per week, starting at 9.30am. On the days when you attend the language course, water sports activities take place in the afternoon. On Wednesdays, full-day excursions are always scheduled. However, we adapt to the wind and can adapt the schedule so that the language course takes place on Wednesday, instead of another day of the week, in the case that the wind is exceptional. We want to offer as much flexibility as possible.
Both the Spanish and English language courses are taught by native speakers and we offer levels from A1 to C1.
The group size is a maximum of 12 students per class and an average of seven. The focus is clearly on communication, so that you have the opportunity to use what you have learned during the school year and have the chance to start thinking in the target language. Of course, grammar is also studied, but more through texts and activities. At level A1, it is clear that you cannot yet engage in large-scale conversation, but must first build up a vocabulary and acquire some basic grammatical knowledge.
It is important to us that you have fun in the language lessons and therefore we organise them a little differently from the way you are used to learn languages at your school.
On our website here we have uploaded a Spanish and an English language test. If you have time, please fill in the test in the language you want to learn or improve and send it back to us before the camp starts. Otherwise we will do the test on the Sunday of your arrival.
Our camp is a youth hostel conveniently located in the centre of Tarifa, with a short distance to the old town and the town beach. So we can easily move around Tarifa on foot.
The accommodation is exclusively accessible to campers and staff.
The student residence where the Lenguaventura summer camp takes place has everything you need for a pleasant stay:
We have the following facilities at our disposal:
- Bedroom for two or maximum three persons per room
- Large shower and shower area
- Ping pong table and billiards
- Theatre for performances
- Outdoor sport installations
- Dining room
- Multi-purpose rooms
- Lounge with WiFi
- Lockers for personal belongings
- Office which is always available for getting information, advice or listening to suggestions
- Kitchen with professional staff who prepare fresh and healthy food for our teens
- Laundry, where we wash the student’s clothes at least two times per week. The laundry days will be announced beforehand
In the Camp full board is offered. In the morning we serve a hearty breakfast. Lunch and dinner consist of warm meals, always with salad or soup, a main course and dessert. Snacks are always available during the break from the language course, as well as after returning from the activities in the afternoon. Fruits are always available.
On Wednesday and Saturday, on our excursion days, we prepare a picnic lunch. Once a week there is a pizza delivery to the camp and every two weeks we have a barbecue evening.
Special diets, vegetarian and vegan cuisine are also available. Please let us know in advance.
Please click here to read the complete code of conduct.
Summer camp accommodation in Tarifa, Southern Spain.
In Tarifa there is a health centre which is open 24/7, located close to our camp accommodation. Further to this the next bigger city Algeciras has several hospitals which are also easily accessible. We are also in contact with a private doctor who will be available 24/7 for any emergency that may occur at our camp.
Should your child suffer any chronic disease, has allergies or needs special dietary, medication or attention, please inform us in advance. In this case please send us all information from the student’s doctor so we can provide the best care for your child during their stay. If medication is required, please send the instructions leaflet to ensure correct use.
Dear parents, please provide your daughter/son with the applicable documents. They are also listed in our checklist:
- European health card (only EU citizens and Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland). In some countries, this is already integrated on the back of the national insurance card. Otherwise you have to request it for travelling abroad to other European countries.
- National health card (Spanish citizens and Residents in Spain)
- Private insurance card with insurance coverage in Spain (all other countries)
- If you do not have any insurance covering expenses in Spain, a travel insurance is compulsory
Please click here to find out more about your child's insurance cover with us at the summer camp.
We are always here for you
Please contact us at any time in case of questions or queries
- Mobile/Whatsapp + 34 607 275 090 available during the camp 24/7
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