• Spain
    • Malaga
1 to 4 weeks

Program Details

Language Level
Immersion Level
Class Size
Small Class (1-7)
Weekly Classroom Hours
Host Family
Age Min.


Starting Price
Price Details
One Week: 1,450 €
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Classes Meals Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Domestic Airfare Airport Transfers Some Park Fees SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
Mar 01, 2023
Nov 06, 2023
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About Program

We are a small and friendly Spanish school with a homestay program in the south of Spain. Our family, with 2 experienced Spanish teachers, will make students feel at home and live a real Spanish immersion.

• Total immersion in Spanish language
• Over 10 hours Spanish a day
• Professional teachers
• All levels from beginner to advanced
• Small group: 4 students maximum
• Accommodation in Agualivar Spanish School
• A spectacular frontbeach villa
• 2 activities and 1 trip in the afternoons.
• Full board: breakfast, lunch and dinner with your teacher.
• The opportunity to maximise your progress
• Special emphasis on listening, speaking & communication skills
• Starting on any sunday
• Each teaching hour is a full 60 minutes
• Authentic excursions and local experiences, always in Spanish
• Visits to the most beautiful places, historic and cultural sites.

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Program Highlights

  • Study Spanish in your teacher's home
  • A full Spanish Immersion program for Adults
  • Speak only Spanish in our Spanish Homestay Program
  • Learn Spanish in a beatiful frontbeach house with only 4 students

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Program Reviews

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Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful experience!!!

I stayed at Agualivar for one month and had a life changing experience!! Although my experience with Agualivar was nearly two years ago, I still often remember this time with nothing but gratitude. My review will not be able to do my experience justice because it was just that special!! Somehow Eli and Fani were able to uniquely tailor my experience to my learner needs and travel wishes making it exceed all of my expectations. Fani, Eli, and Carmen welcomed me into their home and made me feel like a part of their family! They are so kind and full of love and warmth. They are truly some of the most special people I have met- they quickly changed from being teachers to friends. They were thoughtful and intentional in how they crafted this experience for me and the other students. For example, I spent the American holiday Thanksgiving with them, and they created an incredibly elaborate feast for us to celebrate with all the traditional staples- turkey, cranberry sauce (which was better than any I’ve tasted back in the states), and mashed potatoes. They also made sure that the other students who studied there at the same time as me were around my language level, leading to enhanced learning for all of us. In a short month I was able to improve my Spanish immensely. As teachers, they created an encouraging space for me as a language learner to build confidence with speaking. They knew exactly when to correct my mistakes so I could learn and when to allow them so that I could build confidence. They also provided Spanish lessons and engagement in multiple contexts. During my stay, we did this through classroom lessons, hikes, cooking experiences, wine tastings, games, over meals, at the local beach bar, excursions to nearby towns, etc. On our excursions, they took us to many hidden gems of southern Spain, avoiding many of the more common tourist attractions and instead giving us a glimpse of the real beauty of Spain.

The school itself is such a unique experience! The food is made fresh by Eli and Fani and was consistently delicious! They have a vast garden with fresh produce at all meals-my favorites were the mangoes and avocados! The accommodations were very comfortable- I was given my own room and bathroom and the views were unmatched! The school is located right on the coast of the Mediterranean with beautiful views from almost every room in the house! My favorite place to study was on the patio overlooking the sea! Additionally, during time off on the weekends, they gave great recommendations on where to visit and how to make the most of the excursions.

The depth of language development, friendships built, and travel experiences all made this a trip I will remember for the rest of my life! I wish I could go back every year! I have nothing but love and appreciation for these wonderful teachers and friends!

10 people found this review helpful.
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5 stars!

I cannot recommend the Agualivar Spanish School enough! This program is expertly crafted to suit the needs of every student. It's an intimate, immersive experience in a beautiful home; Fani and Eli are compassionate, supportive and intuitive teachers - I can't imagine there's another program like this one. Not only do you spend every day in a idyllic location, you take trips to places nearby to learn about the history and culture of Andalusia. You get the opportunity for adventure, but also for rejuvenation. I will most certainly be going back again very soon.

  • The intimate nature of the immersion - a maximum of 4 students per week.
  • Lessons are tailored to meet the needs of the students
  • Spending time learning to use Spanish in regular day-to-day activities.
8 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

¡La magia del Agualivar!

Agualivar is very special place. Magical in my memory and in truth I almost don’t want to write this review because I’d like to keep it small and secret. But it deserves more: more than the 5 stars I gave it; more than I can describe in the words allowed for this review. But I’ll try.

Imagine sitting on a terrace overlooking an infinity pool and the Mediterranean Sea with a cup of espresso in front of you and a white board to your right. The other three students gradually find their chairs and Fani stands in front of the whiteboard. It is 9:15 on Monday morning and two really special weeks lie ahead. That is the Agualivar classroom.

The classes themselves are a balance of lecture, exercises, games, presentations by the students to each other, occasional videos (think Antonio Banderas, born nearby), and tongue twisters. Many of the exercises and presentations are related to the region’s culture and history. And of course there are many suggestions for improvement tailored to each of the students.

The days are structured and full: wake up, breakfast, class, break, class, break, lunch, break/siesta, a walk or exploration of the local area, dinner, free time, sleep. ALL IN SPANISH, INCLUDING CONVERSATIONS WITH OTHER STUDENTS!! By the second week, I even dreamed in Spanish!

The “sobremesas” at lunch and dinner along with the daily “paseos” were as important as the classes for actually using Spanish in conversational settings. If you stay for more than a week, the weekends too are opportunities to explore a bit farther away, or just hang out at one of the local chiringuitos.

The food was fantastic and really deserves a review all its own! We often helped set the table and with clean up after, and sometimes with preparation, all the while improving our food and kitchen-related vocabulary.

The home is amazing and my room was spacious, clean and comfortable. The internet was fast. I slept well and felt secure throughout my stay. The house is set among orchards, with fencing, remotely operated gates, and a modern security system. In the afternoons you could hear goats bleating as they returned home from their daytime pastures.

Getting to Agualivar was an adventure. I took the local bus from Málaga and was picked up at the Lagos bus stop. Total round trip cost: about 7 euros. Others took cabs. If you elect to take a cab, I’d recommend organizing through Agualivar so you get a cabbie who knows exactly where he or she is going.

While at Agualivar I felt like part of a very special family. An outgoing and welcoming family that included the other students. A family with enormous pride in this beautiful part of the world, its people, and its many thousands of years of history. Above all, they are fantastic and patient (in my case very patient!) teachers of the Spanish language. If your goal is learning or improving conversational Spanish, I highly recommend Agualivar.

One caveat--this school is fun, but it isn't a "party" school. If you want to spend your week day evenings drinking and dancing, there might be something more suitable in Barcelona or Valencia. But without the magic!

  • Total immersion!
  • Fantastic food!
  • Nearby beaches and chiringuitos!
9 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Agualivar Immersion

Agualivar is the perfect Spanish immersion experience. The school is serious about teaching and the setting could not be more lovely. Formal lessons are mixed with real world and fun use of the Spanish language that incorporates cultural experiences. The accommodations are elegant, clean, and comfortable with spectacular views a short walk away from swimming in the sea. The hosts are gracious and kind. They also prepare delicious, healthy food. I felt a part of the family and will return at every possible opportunity.

  • Not a con for me however, this experience is for serious Spanish learners not for people looking to party every evening.
28 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Agualivar Spanish School

I spent a week at Agualivar Spanish School in May. It was a great experience in such a relaxed and beautiful environment. We spoke Spanish 100 percent of the time in a small group setting, a perfect opportunity to get to know my fellow students at the same time. Our instructors, Elisabeth and Fani were great, not to mention their mom, Carmen, who prepared three fantastic meals a day for us. Not only did we have classroom instruction but we went on some great outings to practice our new skills. I can’t thank them enough for their kind and welcoming hospitality. I left with improved speaking skills and desire to return and pick up where I left off!

  • Excellent personal instruction; opportunity for immersion
  • Perfect location in a relaxed setting overlooking the sea
  • Hospitable and welcoming hosts
  • I can’t think of any.
30 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program



Después de una extensa búsqueda en todo el mundo, elegí el programa de inmersión en español en Agualivar, pasando cuatro (4) semanas allí en abril y mayo de 2023. Resultó ser más que un programa de inmersión, pero también una experiencia cultural y familiar.

Elisabeth (Eli) y Fani son excelentes profesoras. Eligen los mejores temas necesarios para la conversación diaria. Son dedicados, pacientes y amables, siempre haciendo todo lo posible para que te sientas cómodo en la escuela y quedándote en Málaga y su hogar. Una de las ventajas de Agualivar es que combina la vida cultural con la experiencia educativa. Por ejemplo, las visitas a ciudades hermosas e históricas están incluidas en el currículo. Preparas proyectos o presentaciones en español de antemano para que las visitas sean más significativas. Otras actividades incluyen conversaciones a lo largo de la playa, cenas en restaurantes locales, juegos en español, tours de fincas / granjas españolas, conversaciones con otros, etc. Su enfoque es único, una forma divertida y desafiante de mejorar tu español. Por estas razones, mis habilidades para hablar y escuchar han mejorado y he ganado la confianza para hablar con otros.

Te tratan como de la familia. Cuando llegué por primera vez, Fani me dio un gran abrazo, que fue genial. Me hizo sentir como en casa. Su madre, Carmen, es una persona muy amable y una cocinera fantástica. La echo de menos – ella es una persona especial. Comes auténticos platos españoles, que ningún turista experimentará nunca. En mis cuatro (4) semanas allí, nunca cocinó la misma comida dos veces. ¡¿Puedes creer eso?! También tienes tu propio dormitorio y baño con vistas al Mediterráneo. ¡Es impresionante!

Otra gran ventaja es explorar la hermosa y segura provincia de Málaga. Fani y Eli recomendaron lugares que no están en guías turísticas. Asegúrate de visitar Nerja, Frigiliana (mi favorito), Mijas Pueblo, Ronda, y muchos otros pueblos.

Si quieres una gran experiencia educativa y cultural, no busques más. En mi opinión, Agualivar es la mejor opción. De hecho, planeo volver el año que viene. Fani, Eli, Carmen, ¡un fuerte abrazo!


After an extensive worldwide search, I chose the Spanish immersion program at Agualivar, spending four (4) weeks there in April and May 2023. It turned out to be more than an immersion program, but also a cultural and family experience.

Elisabeth (Eli) and Fani are excellent teachers. They choose the best topics necessary for everyday conversation. They are dedicated, patient, and kind - always going out of their way to make you feel comfortable in the school and staying in Málaga and their home. One of the advantages of Agualivar is that it blends the cultural life into the educational experience. For example, visits to beautiful and historic towns are included in the curriculum. You prepare projects or presentations in Spanish beforehand to make the visits more meaningful. Other activities include conversations along the beach, dinners in local restaurants, Spanish games, tours of Spanish “fincas”/farms, conversations with others, etc. Their approach is unique – a fun and challenging way to improve your Spanish. For these reasons, my speaking and listening skills have improved and I have gained the confidence to speak with others.

You are treated like family. When I first arrived, Fani gave me a big hug, which was great. It made me feel at home. Their mom, Carmen, is such a nice person and a fantastic cook. I miss her – she is a special person. You eat authentic Spanish dishes, which no tourist will ever experience. In my four (4) weeks there, she never cooked the same meal twice. Can you believe that?! You also have your own bedroom and bathroom overlooking the Mediterranean. It is breathtaking!

Another big advantage is exploring the beautiful and safe province of Málaga. Fani and Eli recommended places that are not in tour guides. Make sure you visit Nerja, Frigiliana (my favorite), Mijas Pueblo, Ronda, and many other pueblos.

If you want a great educational and cultural experience, look no further. In my opinión, Agualivar is the best option. In fact, I plan to go back next year. Fani, Eli, Carmen – big hug!

  • Educational value
  • Cultural experience
  • Family oriented
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29 people found this review helpful.
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Great Experience!

I had a truly wonderful experience at Agualivar in October 2022. I was a bit nervous before arriving. My Spanish tests at around an A2/B1 level, so I wasn’t sure how I would manage 2 weeks in only Spanish. But Fani and Eli are such great teachers, I was able to relax and thoroughly enjoy my time there. Carmen is a great hostess, and the house is beautiful. How can you top studying on the patio with a view of the pool and Mediterranean? 😊 The lessons are designed to encourage speaking, with grammar and pronunciation as well. In addition, they do an excellent job of creating content that is practical and interesting, as well as lots of information about Spanish culture and history. It was exactly what I wanted! From my time at Agualivar, I gained confidence that carried me through an additional week being a tourist. I came away with refreshed motivation to continue studying the language. I hope to go back in 2023.

43 people found this review helpful.
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Una Experiencia Maravillosa!

We had a wonderful stay at Agualivar Spanish School! Elisabeth, Fani, and their mother were excellent instructors and hosts. (And the food was amazing). Our days typically started with a delicious breakfast, lessons until lunch, and then a fun activity or outing until dinner - all 100% in Spanish! Even though I was initially daunted at the thought of only speaking in Spanish, over the course of the week, I felt more confident in my Spanish speaking and comprehension, and Fani and Elisabeth were very kind and patient. The school is located in a beautiful area by the ocean, surrounded by mango and olive trees - they even have a pool! I would highly recommend Agualivar and hope that I can come back soon. Muchisimas gracias, Agualivar! Hasta la proxima vez :)

  • Highly personalized instruction
  • Delicious food
  • Lovely accomodations
42 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

¡Hola Wayne! Yes, we have had vegetarian students and they could enjoy our gastronomy too. We try to adapt the menu to our different students.

I can't remember for sure but I think it was about 1300 euros a week (that includes food and a private room) You can go on the website to book a course and it will show you - you don't actually have to book the course

There are two teachers at Agualivar, so the students can be divided by level. There are never more than four students and sometimes fewer so either your lessons will be private or you will be with another student at a similar level. It is possible to go for one week, but I would recommend going for at least two weeks if you want to make real progress. The family at Agualivar is so nice, and the...