Spanish Immersion Program for Adults and Families

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Working on my Homework
Working on my Homework
Learning and cooking Spanish Cuisine
Learning and cooking Spanish Cuisine
Morning Lessons at Agualivar School
Morning Lessons at Agualivar School
Room I stayed
Room I stayed
Cooking day
Cooking day
Paella
Paella
Agualivar
Agualivar
Agualivar
Agualivar

About

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 12 hours Spanish a day
• Professional teachers
• All levels from beginner to advanced
• 4 students group
• Accommodation in Agualivar Spanish School
• A spectacular frontbeach villa
• 3 workshops a week
• Full board: breakfast, lunch and dinner with your teacher and Agualivar team.
• The opportunity to maximise your progress
• Special emphasis on listening, speaking & communication skills
• A specialised programme of study designed for each student
• Flexible dates. Start on any sunday
• Each teaching hour is a full 60 minutes
• Activities and excursions arranged according to your interests
• Visits to famous and interesting places
• Progress report, certificate and advice for future study

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...

Reviews

9.94 Rating
based on 32 reviews
  • Instruction 9.8
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 10
  • Housing 9.9
  • Value 9.8
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George
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

As excellent as the reviews say.

Quality and warmth rarely are rarely found together in a language school, from the very first moment to the last. This was the experience. I felt included, felt at home, and my language skills, cultural knowledge, and taste and appreciation of local life in Andalucia were enriched. You will need to go experience it for yourselves!

La calidad y la calidez rara vez se encuentran juntas en una escuela de idiomas, desde el primer momento hasta el último. Esta fue mi experiencia. Me sentí incluido, me sentí como en casa, y mis habilidades lingüísticas, mi conocimiento cultural y mi gusto y aprecio por la vida en Andalucia se enriquecieron. ¡Tendrás que experimentarlo por ti mismo!

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing needs improving. I loved the entire experience.
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Isaac
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A life-changing experience at Agualivar

I have always wanted to do a Spanish immersion program in either Spain or Latin America, and luckily I had the time and budget for it this summer. Then, I started doing research online to figure out which program would best suit my needs. I came across Agualivar Spanish School and I was very impressed with all the comments I read and photos I saw. I knew that this school has the program and the environment I need to improve my Spanish, so I signed up for the two-week long course.

Much to my pleasure, the program turned out to be exactly like how people described in those comments. There were only two students in my class, which means that my classmate and I both received tons of attention/help from our three experienced Spanish teachers and we had plenty of opportunities to speak the language at home and in class (24/7). Everyday the teachers prepared a lot of fun and engaging activities, such as short videos, games, projects, role-play, debates/discussions, field trips (just to name a few), to help us practice and reinforce the knowledge of vocabulary and grammar. The teachers did a wonderful job creating a positive, supportive, and Spanish-only environment for learning. Every time I felt confused or had trouble understanding or speaking Spanish, the teachers were super helpful and patient to guide me through the process, which really lowered my anxiety and boosted my confidence. In addition, the flexible schedule not only allowed us to improve our Spanish but also gave us lots of free time to relax and take a siesta (which I did everyday:)).

As far as the physical environment is concerned, the school/home is located in the countryside. At first, I wasn’t sure that I was going to survive these two weeks given that I am a total city person. However, it turned out that away from all the hustle and bustle and temptations of a city life, I was able to focus better on my studies and form a deep and meaningful relationship with the teachers, students, and the family (because we spent so much time together). Some days the teachers would also take us on a field trip to the nearby cities for us to learn about their unique culture and history. I also tried to go to various fairs or festivals which took place in different neighborhoods on the weekend. Overall, I enjoyed spending time at home because it was extremely comfortable and self-sufficient with things like the ocean-view bedrooms, big farm, swimming pool, and super yummy and nutritious food made by the teachers and their mom etc.

Frankly speaking, studying Spanish at Agualivar is definitely one of the highlights for me this year. Not only did my Spanish improve, but my motivation and enthusiasm for Spanish also grew so much after this experience. It was sad to say goodbye to everyone because of the strong bond we built and sweet memories we created. I am super grateful for this experience and for everyone at Agualivar. For anyone who would like to challenge yourself with a Spanish immersion program and doesn't know where to go, I strongly recommend Augalivar for its solid program and perfect environment which will really hone your language skills as well as help you gain a better understanding of Spanish culture and history.

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Savannah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Experience!

Agualivar is an amazing Spanish immersion school! The house is gorgeous and the family is lovely. I spent two weeks there and could've spent two more. Elisabeth, Fani, and Carmen really helped me dive deeper into the language and practice using my new learning in context right away. The small class size makes a big difference. I am very shy and reserved, but I never felt uncomfortable and found myself speaking a lot of Spanish. Everyone is very patient and supportive. They are passionate about teaching their language to others. I was skeptical that two weeks was going to help me improve much, but it truly did. I have so much more confidence in speaking Spanish now! The house is about a 45-minute taxi ride from Malaga and located on a farm. The food is absolutely amazing! The location is peaceful and beautiful with a direct view of the Mediterranean. They are also close to a bus stop in Lagos which I used to go to Nerja for a day while I was there.

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Marlene
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

5 Reasons why Agualivar is the best Spanish Immersion School you could find!

1. The house is simply fabulous with an exquisite view of the sea. Classes are normally held alfresco, “en la terraza”, which allows you to enjoy the marvellous views and the refreshing sea breeze while learning spanish. Now, if that does help bring out the spanish in you - I don’t know what will! 😉

2. The whole family is very gracious and welcoming - always happy to chat and help improve your conversational spanish. They treat every student like family. You can count on Fani and Elisabeth to help you plan excursions and trips you might wish to do on weekends.

3. Every meal is hearty - prepared by Fani with attention to detail. A lot of the meals consist of fruit and vegetables which are freshly picked from Don Pepe’s own fruit and vegetable field - so really, it can’t get any more green and healthy than that! Every Friday, Doña Carmen prepares a treat of beautiful dessert to accompany the traditional lunch of sumptous paella. Now that is something to look forward to!

4. Every lesson and activity is well thought out. Fani, Elisabeth and Carmen are all very experienced teachers. Grammar classes are interspersed with games and activities that make ‘dreaded’ grammar exercises more challlenging, fun and effective. 😊

5. Only spanish is allowed to be spoken - even for beginners, but it works! The lessons are structured in such way that you gain confidence in expressing yourself in spanish day by day - and before you you know it - you’ll be speaking grammatically correct sentences in spanish. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice - starting from breakfast until dinner. Each mealtime is an opportunity for a free-flowing discussion. Now that is immersion in every sense of the word!

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Trisha
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Agualivar is a great place for Spanish instruction

My week at Agualivar was extraordinary! The setting was lovely, the family couldn't have been nicer, the food was divine, and by the end of the week my brain was full of Spanish, and I got exactly what I'd hoped for -- a refresher on grammar, more vocabulary, and ample opportunity to speak. I learned Spanish as a kid in Latin America and am now 62 years old. There's a certain amount of "muscle memory," but only so much. There were four students in a class, and we all mixed well with each other level-wise. I only wish I could have stayed longer as I was beginning to think and dream in Spanish. I'd return in a heartbeat!

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Karen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Wonderful Week

I liked everything about the school. The location is beautiful. You can walk along the Mediterranean Sea from the house. The house is lovely with a view of the Sea, the countryside and the gardens. The bedrooms are spacious. The food is delicious, healthy and plentiful. Many of the vegetables come from the house's gardens. The teachers are delightful and very competent. After a week, we felt like we were leaving new, good friends.
The classes are well-designed to be fun and instructive. The lessons were remarkably well chosen so that all of us were able to not feel overwhelmed, but definitely learned a lot. The activities in the afternoons are interesting - you get see more of the area and learn about different aspects of Spain.
I would happily return.

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Johan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A fabulous way to learn Spanish

Submerged in the Spanish language for one week or more in a beautiful location, with pleasant and competent teachers, a lot of fun during the lessons and delicious food every day.
The organized trips in the afternoon, for example visiting a vineyard or a beach cafe are super fun and educational. You meet and speak the locals.
After class you can rest by the swimming-pool or take a walk to the village. The teachers will take you in their car during the excursion. You don't need a rental car. The village is within walking distance.
The concept is focused on conversation. At home coming my Latin-American daughter in law told me my pronunciation has been strong approved and we ar able to have small conversations.
I've been to Agualivar twice and in October 2019 I'm going again.

What would you improve about this program?
The program is well put together, so don't change anything.
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Mark
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent Spanish Immersion

This is one of the most unique and incredible immersion/vacation that I have done. You will be totally immersed in the Spanish language, culture, food, and atmosphere. Everyone was incredibly nice, hospitable, and friendly. The classes were organized, fun and flexible. There were structured lessons in the morning tailored to your level. All the meals were fresh, home-cooked and delicious. In the afternoons, there are various activities which are again tailored to your interests. They are also very flexible with scheduling and can assist with any special requests like renting a car. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to fully immerse in Spanish life while having a good balance of learning Spanish, relaxing and sightseeing the beautiful Andalusia region of Spain.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If you are looking for an authentic, enjoyable, relaxed and fun Spanish immersion this is it. Just go and enjoy!