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Spanish course for Young Students, Benalmadena(13-17)
The Spanish course for Young Students in Benalmádena is located in the heart of the city, just 10 minutes from the beach. This is an ideal location in which to learn Spanish and enjoy the wide range of activities and facilities on offer.
15 Spanish lessons per week + activities and excursions* + full-board accommodation in the homes of local host families. Students share a room with another international student attending the programme and are paired by age and gender as appropriate. On weekdays students have breakfast and dinner with their host families and a hot buffet lunch at the school; on weekends students have three meals a day with their host families. Packed lunches are provided for excursion days.
Spanish lessons take place between 09:30 - 13:00, with a short break in between. There is a maximum of 15 students per class, allowing each child a highly personalised language experience. Course materials and a transfer service on both arrival and departure are included in the cost of the programme.
Students can choose to book the full programme, a non-residential programme (including lessons and activities), or just tuition at our school. Students are fully supervised by teachers and school staff during lessons, activities, and excursions, whilst their hosts look after them in the home during evenings and at weekends. Permission to go out unaccompanied during the evening can be given to certain students, providing parental permission forms are signed and returned at least 2 weeks prior to their arrival at the school.
Activities are included in the programme price and are always supervised by qualified staff and/or instructors. These activities are designed to be fun and age-appropriate and are structured as follows:
- 4 afternoons of sports and social activities per week*, such as volleyball, basketball, swimming, badminton, table tennis, or kayaking, visits to local attractions such as Tivoli World, Aqualand, or Palermo Park, mini-cruises along the coast, and guided town tours
- Daily dance lessons, covering styles such as Sevillanas, Salsa, and Flamenco
- 3 evening entertainment activities per week, such as social games, Wii tournaments, and film nights
- 1 disco party per week
- 1 visit per week to Malaga, Marbella, Mijas, or Nerja
- 1 full-day excursion per week to Ronda, Granada, Cordoba, or Seville
*3 afternoons per week on the Easter programme
Students can also add sailing or golf to their course package for an additional fee. These added extras consist of 3 hours of sailing or 2 hours of golf twice a week. Equipment is included in the price, and students don’t need any previous experience to take part in these extra classes.
Did you know? Parents can arrange adult courses for themselves at our school, while children enjoy their specialised programme.
This course is suitable for students of any nationality aged 13 - 17. The Summer programme is suitable for students of any ability, including complete beginners. Please note that students attending the Easter programme should have at least A1 proficiency - it is not suitable for complete beginners.
Easter programme: every Monday between 25th March and 29th April
Summer programme: every Monday between 10th June and 19th August
If you want to have fun, improve your Spanish skills, meet students from across the world, and experience Spanish culture in a beautiful coastal location, this is the course for you!
Lessons take place in the school’s main building, which is located in the heart of Benalmádena’s centre. The school has 27 large classrooms, each with audio-visual technology and air-conditioning. As well as common areas for study or conversation, the school has a well-stocked library, a multi-purpose room for conferences or group classes - which can also be used as a cinema for watching Spanish films! - and a spacious sunshade terrace with its own cafeteria. On weekdays, the cafeteria provides a hot buffet lunch to all students (packed lunches are provided on excursion days).
Just a 10-minute walk from the nearest beach, the school is ideally placed to combine education and entertainment during the students’ stay. It is surrounded by local shops and cafes, and only 15 minutes’ walk from the renowned Parque de la Paloma, a landscaped park with a lake, a cactus garden, a Hindu temple, and a ‘dolphinarium’ - which also boasts a small penguin colony, the chance to swim with sea lions, and an Amazonian section which includes piranhas, poisonous frogs, and a 3-metre anaconda! The park often hosts music or theatre shows in summer, and is known for its free-roaming animals, including rabbits, peacocks, turtles, and an emu.
The school has over 40 years’ experience teaching adults and young people Spanish, which helps them to deliver high-quality tuition regardless of students’ age or ability. Accredited by the Cervantes Institute, the worldwide organisation that promotes Spanish language internationally, the school is also an official examination centre for DELE and CCSE tests. The building is wheelchair accessible and has facilities for less-able students.
Benalmádena is one of the leading tourist destinations on the Costa del Sol, located at the foot of the Mijas mountain range. At just 18km from Malaga and a 1-hour ferry-ride from Morocco, the town is a great base for exploring the Andalucía region and local surroundings. Originally a small fishing village, Benalmádena has now grown into a lively coastal settlement that is popular with visitors from around the world. Its relatively small size makes it safe and secure, though it is large enough to offer an exciting selection of shops, restaurants, and other attractions.
Perhaps most famous is the Puerto Deportivo Marina, a huge complex packed with shops, bars, and restaurants that is also home to the SeaLife Aquarium - where you can stroll along the seabed in a glass tunnel - a mall, a yachting club, and several water sports centres. Just ten minutes away is Tivoli World, the town’s amusement park, the impressive Colomares Castle - built to honour Christopher Columbus and containing the world’s smallest chapel - and a cable car route that will take you up Calamorro mountain. On the top are plenty of hiking tracks, dressage shows and donkey rides, and a bird sanctuary that often puts on falconry shows.
This vibrant town is split into three parts: the Pueblo - the original village area that retains many of its typical Andalusian white-washed houses - the Costa - containing most of the tourist attractions - and Arroyo de la Miel - literally ‘honey stream’, which sits in between the other two districts and is mainly residential. Benalmádena’s archaeological museum can be found in the Pueblo, displaying Bronze Age relics found in the area and a vast collection of South American artefacts from the pre-Columbus era. Meanwhile, in Arroyo de la Miel, you’ll find the delightful Plaza de España square, tucked away from the main pedestrianised area and accessible via an 18th-century archway known as La Portal de San Carlos. Fans of more modern attractions may enjoy the Barbie Museum, also in Arroyo, with its bright pink façade and collection of over 800 dolls!
Anyone who has visited Spain before will know that the Spanish rarely miss an opportunity for some summer fun. Benalmádena is no exception - it hosts a variety of festivals and fairs throughout the season, including the Corpus Christi festival, the procession of the La Virgen Carmel down to the sea, the Fiesta de Moros y Cristianos, and the annual August fair at the Ferria Ground (where the weekly flea market takes place every Friday morning). This calendar of events and entertainment is just one of the things that contributes to the dynamic atmosphere of this Costa del Sol town.
How to get there
Transfers to and from Malaga Airport are included in the price of the programme. A representative from the school will wait for your child in the arrivals hall with a sign bearing their name, and will collect them from their host family’s home to the airport when they depart. Residential students should arrive the Sunday before their course starts and leave the Saturday after their course finishes.