EUROACE | Spanish Courses and Internships

EUROACE

About

EUROACE (European Association for Cultural Exchange) is an experienced cultural exchange organization based on the eastern coast of Spain.

Our Spanish language school has provided 6,000+ students, interns and institutions with unique study abroad experiences in Spain for more than a decade!

We specialize in creating tailor-made programs, a perfect fit between culture and language, professional experiences and academic education. If you want to study, intern, volunteer or take a gap year abroad ... look no further! We can help! :)

Website
www.euroace.net
Founded
2006
Headquarters

C/ Colón, 18, 7ºA.
Valencia
46004 Valencia Valencia
Spain

Reviews

Kristina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I chose to attend classes at Euroace right from the beginning of my 9 months stay in Valencia cause I've heard good things about the school. Additionally, they were the most accommodating when it came to my language level and needs to adapt the classes to my work schedule. I originally planned on attending the course only for the first few months of my time in Spain but quickly decided to continue throughout my entire stay here, because I did not only enjoy the classes but also loved the support from all the staff members. Participating in the course makes me feel more comfortable with speaking Spanish and living the Spanish lifestyle and I continue meeting great new people who experience the same thing.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would definitely try to engage in more conversations with the Valencian people to put what I've learned in class into practice.
James
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am staying in Valencia for 7 months taking an Internship with an organization called Fundación Equipo Humano and at the same time, participating in group and private Spanish classes.

I took this program because I am doing an internship as part of my placement year at university, where I am currently in my third year of a Business Management and Psychology degree. I decided to do my placement in Spain as I have always wanted to learn Spanish and so I thought why not combine this with an internship placement, and do them together.

The internship I am doing is very interesting, with many innovation and creativity projects to collaborate on, as well as HR projects too. All the tasks are related to people and this is something I really enjoy, especially the fact that we work with people from many different countries.

My Spanish course consists of 6 hours of group classes and a 1 hour private class each week. It's nice to have the private classes as I started as a beginner so I feel it's necessary, and the group classes are also fun to get to know other people.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I would say definitely get some basic phrases before you come, so you can communicate a little bit! Also it is great living in a shared apartment because you can meet really cool people. My roommates have been mainly international and this has been an amazing experience. Lastly, I'd say throw yourself into it, don't be afraid to participate because everyone is really friendly here.
Arthur
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

For my study abroad program in Valencia, I firstly chose to do an Internship in a bilingual school, where the kids learn in both Spanish and English. My internship role included helping out with English in the classroom, talking to the students in English and helping them to speak in their second language, supervising them during activities and break times. I worked with 6-7 year olds and it was a great chance to get a feel for the education field. However, I decided to change my internship after a few weeks because I wanted to try a business related internship and I also preferred something closer to where I was living, without such a long commute.

Euroace organized a second internship with me within 2 days and so I was able to join a professional football club and look into the sports business industry, and i didn't have to waste any time before getting into a new experience. I started my internship by sitting down with the Villarreal CF supervisor and discussing my interests. I decided to focus more on a graphic design and marketing role, and some of my tasks included designing brochures, video editing for the marketing department, and designing promotional banners and materials.

My course also involved taking Spanish classes every day. This really helped me to improve my speaking and listening skills, and it gave me a good amount of time every day to communicate with people on the same level as me and feel like I could make mistakes and ask if I didn't understand something.

Something that made the program a lot easier was the structure. The internship and the classes worked perfectly together, so the timetable was easy to get used to!

I loved Valencia and especially the Turia park. You can cycle, run, or just look around and find different festivals and events going on all the time. It was a great city, not too big, and with nice weather to enjoy being outside!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice would be to try and put yourself out of your comfort zone. In the first few weeks I think it's really important to try to meet new people, and once you've met some, you'll meet more and more. Just remember that everyone is in the same boat as you, and so don't be afraid to meet people. Then you have more options to go out and more things to do with people. Also I'd say practice Spanish outside the classroom and don't be nervous to do it, because I wish I had done this more. And of course, live in the moment!
Hugo
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

When I came across Euroace, I couldn't believe that I would be presented with the opportunity to gain invaluable professional experience, along with daily Spanish lessons, and it didn't fail to live up to expectations! Having 2 hours of classes every morning keeps the language ticking, which can then be put to practise at my Marketing Internship at Villarreal CF. The international nature of the different students and internships means that you are always meeting different, interesting people throughout the experience! I also chose to live with a host family for the first four weeks of my stay, and this was a great experience! You get a more cultural/Spanish experience whilst only speaking Spanish and therefore improving day to day linguistic skills.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Get involved with all of the Euroace activities on offer!
Victoria
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have completed an internship with Villarreal CF which has involved coaching a youth team in the academy and completing tasks for the International Department. This placement has been very valuable to learn more about coaching abroad in Spain and to gain experience in preparation for the future. I have had the privilege of working alongside some high standard coaches within the academy and therefore picking pick up many tips on how I can develop personally. It has also been an excellent experience having the opportunity to learn and work within such a professional setup within an elite club. In terms of my role within the International Department, I have had the opportunity to complete tasks which I haven’t had any previous experience in, and therefore this allowed me to learn new skills which I will be able to use later in life.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
To take every opportunity thrown at you. The harder you work and more you put into it the more you get out of the program and benefit.

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Jessica Derby

Jessica was an undergraduate student at South Dakota State University when she studied abroad in Valencia, Spain. She has since obtained her BA in Spanish, BS in Mathematics and MS in Mathematics, all from SDSU, and is now living and working as a Credit Risk Analyst in Minneapolis, MN. In her free time, she is passionate about running.

Why did you pick this program?

I chose to study abroad in Spain through EUROACE because my University and instructors had an established connection with the program. Our group of about 15 students and 2 instructors left from South Dakota and were greeted in person upon our arrival in Valencia by the EUROACE leaders, Isa and José. These two were our everything: resident experts, instructors, friends, and tour guides for the next 5 weeks.

Not only did this program provide us with great instruction – learning the Spanish language from native speakers in a small classroom – but they also created numerous opportunities for us to interact with other Spaniards and participate in new and fun cultural, academic and active pursuits. They organized our inter-city events as well as our travel and excursions outside the city, within Spain.

What is the most important thing you learned abroad?

The most important thing I learned while being abroad is that the world is a huge place! I am from South Dakota, an area of the Midwest that is far from culturally diverse.

When I travelled to Spain, my first big trip outside of the US, I realized how limited my world view had been. You’ll meet people with similar personalities as those you already know no matter where you go, but you can only understand the different places and manners in which people live their lives by immersing yourself in their culture. I could not have imagined the difference in lifestyle without experiencing it firsthand for an extended period of time.

My experience abroad forever altered my vision of the world, our society, and my place within it. It's a new awe that cannot be fully described in words -- something everyone must truly experience first hand.

What do you tell your friends who are thinking about going abroad?

When I hear someone contemplating going abroad, I tell them not to hesitate - they simply MUST GO!

A couple of the main concerns I have heard include the financial burden and being away from loved ones. My advice for students is: take out a loan for your trip if that’s what it takes, because they can be spendy. My mother really encouraged me to go abroad during my undergraduate years and so I took out a loan to pay for my 5 week trip.

I didn’t fully realize the freedom you have in your schedule as a student. However, now as a member of the full time work force, I am saddened to admit that the opportunity to immerse myself in another culture for any period of time longer than a week no longer exists for me! My biggest regret is not spending more time abroad as a student – I wish I had gone on another month-long excursion or even a full semester in a Spanish speaking country.

What made this experience unique and special?

This experience was unique and special because as a student learning Spanish, we were encouraged to abstain from using English for the duration of our 5 week program. While it was challenging waking up hearing our host mother speak to us in Spanish, we had no choice but to spark our brainwaves and speak back to her in our second language – it was our only option because she did not speak English!

While this may seem daunting, immersion is the most effective way of enhancing your language speaking abilities. Despite the challenge, it was one of the most personally rewarding experiences of my life. I was one of the stronger Spanish speakers within our group, and a lot of my peers relied on me to communicate for them. I took advantage of every opportunity to speak, and I felt so proud of myself after realizing how much my skills had grown and I could communicate my everyday needs in a foreign country!

Some of my big learning experiences included: successfully completing a clothing return at a department store, and approaching a group of young Spaniards in a bar and joining in on their Spanish version of my favorite game: Trivial Pursuit!

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Álvaro Diego Sánchez Alcázar

Job Title
Spanish Teacher
Álvaro was born in Barcelona and has been living in Valencia for 20 years. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Foreign Language Teaching from the Catholic University of Valencia and has recently completed a Master's Degree in Education, from the Valencia International University, while teaching at Euroace.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory is when I went to Thailand. I was able to learn some words and phrases in the language and even communicate with the locals, and this was a really cool experience. I also got the chance to discover an Asian country and its culture, which is so different from anywhere I had been to before.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Since joining Euroace, I would say that I feel more prepared to face different situations in the classroom.

Every class has a different group dynamic and this means, as a teacher, you have to adapt to the class environment to make it an effective learning experience. I would also say getting to know international students has made me more open-minded and a more tolerant person.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

I have taught many students this year who have been referred to Euroace by past students of ours. For example, one Brazilian couple returned to take a Spanish course in January and the lady brought her sister with her from Brazil to study Spanish too. Another instance is a boy we have on our Beginner's Spanish course right now who had been recommended to attend after his cousin came to study with us. The fact that they recommended the school shows they must have had a very good learning experience at Euroace.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I suppose this depends on each person's preference and what they want to do. I believe that the best experience would be to take Spanish classes and, at the same time, take another program to practice the Spanish you learn in the classroom in a different setting as well. This would mean that you get to have both the academic and practical experience of learning Spanish.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

I think a big thing that makes Euroace different is the flexibility of the programs it offers.

We have the ability to adapt to every student's requirements and every student's profile. This means they get a unique abroad experience with us and we work hard as a team to provide the best service for them.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I think that to be a successful company you have to know the demand of your clients and then work hard to provide this. You must take into account what the customer wants and all the things they may need, and then you need to try to create an attractive product for them. And, of course, you need a dedicated team to make this happen!