• Spain
    • Madrid

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Apartment Host Family Hostel
Dec 28, 2015
Jan 07, 2018
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About Program

Travel to Spain and perfect your understanding of the Spanish language, culture, history and literature with this program offered by Enforex. Students will read and analyze various pieces of literature in Spanish, as they were originally intended. Discussions revolving around different eras like the Golden Age and the Romantic Era will be a focal point as well.

A long list of literary masters will be touched upon, and students will develop a deep understanding of Spanish and Latin American cultures over the course of the program. Check out the Enforex website for more details.

Program Reviews

3.71 Rating
based on 7 reviews
  • 5 rating 42.86%
  • 4 rating 28.57%
  • 3 rating 0%
  • 2 rating 14.29%
  • 1 rating 14.29%
  • Instruction 3.45
  • Support 3.75
  • Fun 3.6
  • Housing 4
  • Value 4
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No, I don't recommend this program

Beware of Summer Camp

Let’s start off by saying this is based on my experience going to the summer camp in Barcelona. First off, having them contact me to ask questions before I paid the full amount for the trip was unusually difficult. Emailing was the only way they wanted to communicate with me. Looking for information on the site was limited as I had questions and wanted them answered in real time. The site was also hard to navigate and no one would explain to me the other much better option available for someone my age. I would find out it existed after my trip was completely ruined (basically the option to stay with a host family or on a residence that didn’t confine me 24/7). Throughout my stay we had to sit and wait for at least a couple hours or more daily in a common area that was packed with kids of all ages with barely anything to do. We would wait here in-between activities. The most unsettling part was that they mixed young kids and teenagers. The older kids would be swearing and generally mischievous along with some of the nearby college students smoking around the children. The counselors were overwhelmed and hardly spoke English. I get that it was a Spanish camp but it is an INTERNATIONAL Spanish camp that also taught English. Even the higher ups had a major language barrier. Now let’s start with the lessons, what a disaster. The classes were not structured and all over the place. A lot of the counselors were also the teachers so they were extra burnt out and it showed in lessons. My teacher admitted at one point that they only gave them 10 minutes to prepare each lesson. It certainly seemed like it since each day it was basically “What do you guys want to learn?”. Thankfully I was a bit advanced for the basic level that I was selected to be in so I would call out a topic for the others to learn. I was over the camp and just gave up on the lessons after hearing they were pretty bad at any level you were in. As if the lessons and the sitting around for hours at a time wasn’t bad enough, the activities were even worse. They would either keep you in the common area lawn or bring you around the back to the basketball court for some scheduled activity. They did separate the younger and older kids for this. All the activities were low budgeted despite hundreds paying thousands to attend the camp. I would overhear parents talking to the camp directors on how their children were not learning Spanish (the camp doubled as a day camp along with being residential). I must’ve overheard a dozen complaints. It was pretty laughable. The food here was also terrible. Bad quality and I saw a handful of people get sick from it the first week. I stopped eating for a few days just to try to avoid the stomach turning food. The extracurricular were also pretty boring. They either took you to the beach (two hours outside of Barcelona) or to one of Barcelona’s famous landmarks which to see the best parts of you had to pay. You would think when they put these famous landmarks on the itinerary it would be safe to assume that your fee for the camp would pay for full access to these places. Just another disappointment. The best part about the camp was the 2 days out of 2 weeks that you could venture out for yourself. This was only offered to the older kids. You of course had to be back at a certain time. They gave you five hours on a Thursday and eight hours on a Sunday. Everything was pretty much closed on a Sunday so the 8 hours you would spend wandering around trying to figure out what you should spend your only free time on. The cherry on top for this trip *drum roll* was personally getting assaulted by a counselor. I was boarding the elevator there and she used both hands to push me from stepping in. She apparently was taking a kid up so she didn’t want anyone else to board. It was totally disrespectful and even my peers were surprised. I reported her to her supervisors and they gave her a talking to and I tried to make light of the situation after she apologized. However, I did suppress some hard feelings and avoided that specific counselor whenever I could. Overall, this camp is a waste of money. I feel my experience could have been a lot better if I had known about the other option of joining a host family or a desperate residence where you were a bit more trusted to take care of yourself and see the city on your own time. Being confined majority of the time and looking at the city from your assigned room here was torturous. The only thing that kept me sane was socializing with my newly found friends (who I still talk to). I could go on about every negative detail of this camp but I will leave it here for these are the most stand out points that should persuade you from signing up.

What would you improve about this program?
Get higher quality food, rooms, and lessons. More activities in the city along with more free time. Hire more staff members.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Viva Espagna y Enforex

Sorry for my English (google translator).
I’m French, but my mum was from Spain, she married with my French dad. I know some Spanish because my mum but she died and I don’t want to forget my mother’s language and I want to read in Spanish.
Enforex gave me all I wanted: good accomodation, good classes, good environment, good people. Everything was good for me. That was my experience. And I am not a child.

47 people found this review helpful.
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Los mejores profesores con mucha involucración personal

Realmente escribo para agradecerle muchísimo a Enforex Barcelona los estudios más maravillosos que tuve allí hace un año. Fue una experiencia increíble y extremadamente útil para aprender el idióma.
Tuve clases con José Ángel Díaz Blanco, que es un profesor por naturaleza, con talento y pasión en enseñanza. Me explicó muchísimas cosas que ahora encuentro muy útiles en mi trabajo (soy intérprete). No creo que sin sus clases haya podido trabajar tan bien como lo logro hacer ahora.
Además tengo que decir que voy este año también, será ya el cuarto seguido, y todos los años elijo Enforex. Los profesores son super guay, y no lo percibes como pura enseñanza, sino también como el modo de pasar tiempo a gusto. Yo a los profesores los veo también como a mis amigos, y al cabo de curso nos mantenemos en contacto, nos escribimos y tal, y claro que la parte personal te deja unos recuerdos importantes.

What would you improve about this program?
A veces cuando venía a mi lugar de alojamiento - siempre elijo un piso de estudiantes con una habitación personal - la vivienda no la encuentro preparada para la llegada de estudiantes nuevos O sea, hasta cierto grado falla el servicio de limpieza, que en teoría tiene que venir cada fin de semana para limpiar el piso para que los estudiantes nuevos entren en un piso ya preparado para vivir en él.
39 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

A good course about the spanish culture

I had a great time at this school and I learned a lot about Spanish literature. This course helped me get a good grade on my academic career. The teachers are excellent professionals eager to help you get the best results. A highly recommended course.

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe they could improve the accommodation, so I hope that these contingencies were solved soon.
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No, I don't recommend this program


This school and it's partner school Don Quixote, are a waste of MONEY!!!! Their websites boast that their teachers are all university educated and speaks multiple foreign languages, FALSE! Most of the teachers do not, which is not a problem unless you are the in beginner's level like I was. None of the staff members did either, making inquiring about anything (school related, accommodation, or even excursions) very difficult. The Spanish teachers are out of work Spaniards that can't find a job in their field of study during the country's Economic Crisis, therefore will take this teaching job that only pays them 8Euros/hr. And their work ethic reflects their wages. I had a teacher that sat in her chair just talking to the students about their weekend, and when she's ask to spell anything out, she'll just pronounce it really slowly. When you asked her to slow down (the Spanish have a reputation for speaking fast), she'll yell at you and say that, "this is how Spanish people speak and if you were going to live here, you will have to catch up"!. Remember, this is a beginner's course and you are paying thousands of dollars to take lesson from this person. When I complained about it, they just said they spoke to her and apologizes on her behalf. That's it, that's how much my thousands of dollars paid for.

SAVE YOUR MONEY! There are so many accredited language schools out there all over Spain that are much cheaper and much better in quality. They care more about showing the students a good time through the many planned repeated excursions than in quality learning.

42 people found this review helpful.
Response from Enforex

Hello Missbea,

In response to your complaint and for the sake of clarity, both Enforex and don Quijote make every effort to hire only trained professionales in teaching Spanish as a second language. We believe that proper education is fundumental to our students. However, we would like you to contact us and tell us about your experience so that we can take the proper actions regarding the professor and class that you are referring to.

Best regards,
Enforex and don Quijote team

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Yes, I recommend this program

My Enforex experience

My three weeks of studing Spanish in Madrid were great thanx to people i met there who were also studying in my school, nice teachers, fun at classes and many other good things. The accomodation was nice also, close to the city center, the neighborhood was safety. I didn't have any problems, i was only enjoying my time.

45 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Two awesome weeks in Madrid

Academically, this program was just okay. They did the typical textbook thing, assigned homework, sit around the table and go around the room and take your turn participating. The real learning took place in the city - my Spanish got a lot better by practicing with the locals. I liked this program more because I met so many people my age from around the world and made some great friends that I still keep in touch with, even over the short span of two weeks. Enforex is an adequate language course, but just know that you'll learn a lot more through cultural immersion and meeting Spaniards!

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