Spanish Homestay Immersion Programme (SHIP) - Live & Study Spanish in your teacher's home in Spain

Spanish Express

Why choose Spanish Express ?

Elevate your language learning with Spanish Express and ignite your passion for Spanish through our dynamic Spanish Homestay Immersion Programme (SHIP)! Say farewell to conventional classes and immerse yourself in an exhilarating journey of learning, living, and loving Spanish.

Picture yourself in the vibrant streets of Barcelona, the sun-soaked beauty of Valencia, or the enchanting charm of Mallorca, learning directly from native Spanish host-teachers who open their homes and hearts to you. Every conversation, every dish, and every dance step becomes a lesson, making your experience authentic and unforgettable.

Whether you're pursuing Spanish for pleasure, career growth, personal connections, or exam excellence like DELE or SIELE, our customized programmes cater to your goals.

Seize the chance to enhance your Spanish skills with us at Spanish Express. Here, you're more than a student, you're family. Start your Spanish journey now, as Spain's rhythm beckons. Let's make it a reality!

Reviews

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Evelyn
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful Experience in Cadiz Spain

Spanish Express is the real thing. They went above and beyond to support me in my desire to learn Spanish in the context of intimate interaction with the people and culture. I couldn't be happier with my 2 week immersion in Spain and I'm already planning another adventure with them next year.
I鈥檓 considering Burgos or Sevilla and maybe another country option altogether.
I know that I have so much more to learn and immersion is both effective and enjoyable!
My stay was with Oscar in Cadiz: he鈥檚 a fantastic teacher, good-hearted, smart and so patient! I will keep him close to my heart forever!

What was your funniest moment?
Seven mornings of coffee disasters then triumphed with awesome coffee at last!
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Tammi
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Stay in Valencia

This was such a great experience for me. The week for me flew by so fast I couldn鈥檛 believe when it ended. The experience is very personalized. Pilar asked me what I would like to work on and I told her I needed work on listening and speaking. So we did a lot of conversations. We also did some grammar during our daily classes. We did some excursions into Valencia. Which was very exciting to be with a native to learn the local history. The food was fantastic. Paella day was super exciting for me. I loved to see how they made typical paella outside. If you are looking at doing this program don鈥檛 hesitate. Just do it. Highly recommend. Pilar also cooked all my meals for the week which was a nice change for me since I鈥檓 always cooking at my house

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Though I鈥檝e eaten paella being able to see how it was cooked outdoors was a fun learning experience.
Pros
  • Able to practice Spanish 24/7 for the week.
  • Seeing Valencia with a local.
  • Seeing the rice paddies
Cons
  • The town was small and not much to do after dark.
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Mattia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Unique experience in La Manga with Pilar

Engaging in Pilar鈥檚 Spanish immersion program in La Manga del Mar Menor, Murcia, proved profoundly enriching. Her welcoming environment set the stage for an intensive language learning journey, with tailored lessons ensuring significant progress. Daily conversations with Pilar facilitated natural language practice and refinement, providing a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the Spanish language.

Exploring Murcia and Cartagena cities with Pilar's guidance offered unforgettable cultural immersion. From historic landmarks to local markets, every outing provided insight into Spanish culture. This program not only boosted my Spanish proficiency but also fostered a deeper appreciation for the rich heritage and traditions of Spain. Pilar鈥檚 dedication to teaching and her passion for sharing the beauty of Murcia made this experience truly unforgettable.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Of course I recommend this program, specially with Pilar, she has been an amazing teacher with whom I have learned a lot. Both the place and the private classes were exceptional despite my difficulty learning. I feel that the improvement was absolute and I plan to repeat this year but in Valencia, of course with Pilar to follow the lessons.
Pros
  • Lessons
  • Beach
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Ozioma
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

This immersion experience in Barcelona with Nanda was a game changer

Enrolling in the Spanish immersion program at Nanda鈥檚 house in Castelldefels, Barcelona, was a decision I'll forever cherish. From day one, Nanda鈥檚 welcoming demeanour created a supportive atmosphere for learning. The one-on-one lessons were tailored precisely to my skill level, ensuring steady progress while keeping the learning process enjoyable.

Living with a native speaker and professional teacher was a priceless advantage; it improved my speaking and listening skills immensely. Nanda鈥檚 expertise shone through in their patient explanations and creative teaching methods.

Beyond the classroom, exploring the Barcelona province with her guidance was a highlight. Castelldefels has beautiful long beaches, such as Playa de Castelldefels, known for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports. We enjoyed a leisurely stroll and savored a delightful meal in a traditional restaurant. However, given Nanda's culinary skills, I was more inclined to dine at home than venture out.

Additionally, the town of Castelldefels offers historical sites like the Castelldefels Castle, providing a glimpse into its medieval past. We also explored the nearby Garraf Natural Park, which is truly breathtaking.

The city of Barcelona came alive as we navigated its streets. The Sagrada Familia's grandeur, the Gothic Quarter's historic charm, and the vibrant energy of Las Ramblas were amazing. Park Guell offered a serene escape and a nice break. Barcelona's highlights left an indelible mark on my heart. I need to come back to Barcelona and explore more of this amazing city and province in general.

This immersion experience not only honed my Spanish but also allowed me to connect with the city's rich culture and heritage in a meaningful way. I can't recommend this program enough to anyone seeking an authentic, effective, and culturally immersive way to learn Spanish.

Pros
  • Nanda's culinary skills are out of this world
  • Nanda and her sister were amazing
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Blessing
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A really unique experience as a whole in Barcelona city centre with Ana & Raul

Taking part in the Spanish immersion program at the teacher's home in Barcelona city centre was an illuminating experience. Ana and Raul's warm hospitality immediately made me feel at ease, and their expert guidance facilitated rapid progress in my Spanish learning journey. Ana's customized lessons were tailored to my specific needs and interests, ensuring each session was both engaging and effective. She's an amazing Spanish teacher!

Living with a native speaker and qualified teacher proved transformative; my confidence in speaking Spanish flourished as I practiced in authentic contexts. Ana's infectious passion for the language, coupled with Raul's avid interest in art, enhanced my cultural understanding significantly. Raul, Ana's partner, served as an excellent tour guide during our excursions around Barcelona, introducing me to hidden gems and enriching my exploration of the city.

Exploring Barcelona under their guidance unveiled a plethora of authentic experiences that I wouldn't have encountered on my own. This immersion program seamlessly combines education with cultural immersion, making it an ideal choice for those seeking to learn Spanish while immersing themselves in the vibrant atmosphere of Barcelona.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Open your mind to new insights that will help you flow with the program.

You won't regret it!
Pros
  • There were punctual

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Staff Interviews

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

Mar铆a Montiel

Job Title
Spanish Teacher and Corporate Events Coordinator
Mar铆a Montiel, a Spanish philologist with long experience teaching Spanish language and literature, is passionate about and enjoys teaching students from all over the world, with whom she learns and has fun. Since 2002 she has been working in the linguistic field, teaching and cultural activities for students.
Mar铆a Montiel

Interview

What is your favorite travel memory?

One of my favorite trips was my first trip to Latin America, it was a continent that always caught my attention, with such a similar culture and the same language, but diverse at the same time. Rich in expressions and words that we don't use in Spain and with people with a character very similar to that of the south of Spain, where I am from.

I felt welcome immediately, with nice people and a thousand things to discover. Different food and traditions inherited from Spain. A world to get to know. I lived there for 2 years and I was able to be part of the society and work as a Spanish teacher there, at the same time very active in the cultural life of Buenos Aires. Full of exhibitions, first class graffiti artists, conferences and a lot of theatre.

It was a special experience that marked me and gave me a lot. I made friends with whom I still keep in touch today. And I remember that stage of my life with special affection. I know that I will return one day and I will find a wonderful country with special people.

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

Since I started working with Spanish Express I have been very happy and grateful for the way they have involved me in many of the actions they carry out in the company. I feel welcome and fulfilled and happy to have started with them.

I love hosting Spanish students and what it gives me to live with and teach a student from anywhere in the world.

At Spanish Express there are always interesting challenges and projects that excite me and encourage me to keep learning and improving. It's great to connect with such dynamic and active people. I love it, I really enjoy it.

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

One year I had a group of students from the University of Georgia in the USA and the group was super nice and it was a great 6 weeks in Cadiz. Years later I found out that two guys from the group fell in love and started dating in C谩diz and years later they got married. And they decided that their honeymoon trip had to be in C谩diz. So they went back and had a wonderful honeymoon in the place where love was born.

Another guy from that course in Cadiz was working hard and wanted to improve his Spanish because he wanted to work in business between his country (USA) and Latin America. This guy had me on Facebook and knew that I lived in Buenos Aires, because he was going to go to Buenos Aires, so he told me and we met after several years of his stay in Cadiz. He told me that he was in a very important American company and that he was very happy in his job, because he was constantly traveling around Latin America and that made him very happy.

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

Without a doubt, I would go to stay with a teacher to learn a language, because it is the way to get to an unknown place that you want to discover with the help of a local teacher who will guide you, who will do activities with you and who will teach you Spanish.

I think it's great to have the help of a local and your independence to move around on your own but with the guidance of someone who is from there.

I would choose the south, because of the special people. It's very easy to talk to anyone on the street, everyone is friendly and will try to help you, guide you or give you advice on what you need to know. There are sunny days most of the year and if it coincides with important festivals such as Carnival, Easter or others... you will enjoy yourself enormously.

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

I would say that what makes Spanish Express special is that it is personalized to the highest degree. The most important thing is to create the program that the student is looking for. And the dedication and effort that is put into each project makes it special.

It's like getting a tailor-made suit, where you are comfortable, where you are neither hot nor cold, where you feel at ease, and you look better. If it were a suit, everyone would buy it! Hehehehehehehe

The teachers are always professionals and experts, who make you develop skills constantly, fluency, fluency, and make you feel confident in speaking. Teachers who focus their efforts on the communication part and that you can practice and develop your learning in the place where you spend your stay.

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

I would say that the biggest factor in being a successful company is hard work, dedication and love for what you do. The team is made up of people who love what they do, who can spend days and days working non-stop because they are passionate about it. And you don't find that in every company. I think that's the basis of their success.