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About

Spanish Gap Year is an experiential learning organization with HQs in Madrid, Spain. Having run cultural immersion programs since 2014, we launched our new program "Spain by Train" in 2021. It is a 12-week cultural immersion experience around the different regions of Spain. For adventure details, please visit our website or follow us @spanish.gap.year

Reviews

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Ella
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Review of Spain by Train

This was a fun program where I was able to learn a lot of Spanish very quickly along with exploring almost the entirety of Spain. It was very fast paced but we were able to do and learn a lot. I would recommend it for someone with a love for learning history, language, and culture and a love for adventure. We visited many cathedrals and historical sites, as well as participating in exchanges with Spanish locals, as well as attending a few classes while living with host families. It was a program that really encompassed every single thing to do abroad in one.

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Lisa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL Course

Had a great time doing this course! It was well organised and carried out and there was great support for us as well. If there was anything we were struggling with, our tutor Donall helped us understand it more clearly and was very patient. It was a fun experience from start to finish and we always had a laugh no matter what subject we were covering. Great course and a great way to meet people and make new friends from all over the world. I had been wanting to do this course for a few years and I’m glad I finally did it. Id languages is a great place to help you achieve your TEFL dreams! 😊

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I was terrified of doing the teaching online but once the first day was over I couldn’t wait to do the next class! Practice makes perfect! 😊
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Claire
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL ID Languages, Bundoran, Co. Donegal, Ireland

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with ID Languages, I was so happy to engage in some learning during Covid and this course was just the right thing to keep my mind occupied at a precarious time. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who has been thinking about it, now is defintely the time. I met some lovely people and we all helped and supported each other during our studies. The tutors at ID have a wealth of knowledge, experience and are very approachable. The course is varied and interactive. Thanks again Arantxa, Donall & all the team at ID Languages!
TEFL ID Languages, Bundoran, Co. Donegal, Ireland

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Gavin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL course

I had a wonderful time doing my TEFL course with ID languages. The staff were very welcoming, delivering both a relaxing and engaging atmosphere throughout my 2 weeks with them. I was able to land a teaching job in Spain just 2 weeks after completing the course. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to teach English abroad. Also, living on the other side of Ireland meant finding accommodation in Bundoran for 2 weeks, ID languages were very helpful in this regard and were able to book accommodation on my behalf.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Teaching for the first time in front of the other students was most likely the most nerve-racking of the course for me.
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Sadaf
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL course 120 hours online

The course was very well organised and the timetable and schedule were well presented and given in advance. The teaching was of a very high standard. The teachers were all very positive and professional. They really knew their stuff! There was plenty of time to talk one-to-one with the teachers if needed and support was always available. As for the course content, it was very thorough and covered all aspects of teaching from teaching difficult grammar content to dealing with unruly teenagers! The qualification was of a high standard and fully accredited and recognised by all relevant employers. Furthermore, the support provided after the course was very good too as there were opportunities to chat to former students as well as help to find work. You never felt like you left alone during or after the course. So if you are looking to improve and develop your life, there is not better time to take up this fantastic course online.

What would you improve about this program?
There really is very little to improve as the course was so well structured and delivered that nothing was found wanting. Just make sure you have good web connection so you don't miss out on anything! The best thing I found was the positive attitude of the teachers as well as constructive criticism which helped you to be the best you could be. Also the prompt replies from teachers made you feel that you were an important student and not just a number. So I thoroughly recommend this course again!

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Staff Interviews

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

Siobhan Mearon

Job Title
Assistant Manager
Siobhan grew up In the U.K and Bundoran in the North West of Ireland, where she is now based in our ID Languages office. She has taken on varied and unique responsibilities during her time with the company, from social media to sales, to facilitating a drama workshop for 40 students!
Siobhan Mearon

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favourite travel memory was my first solo work trip to Bilbao. I've traveled before, with friends and family, but visiting an unfamiliar city and country alone was an unforgettable experience. I got the chance to take in every detail about the city and its culture and even practice my language skills - both Spanish and Basque!

It has given me the confidence to plan further solo trips in the future.

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

When I began working at ID Languages, I was a receptionist who greeted students and helped out our teachers. But quickly, my role became more dynamic and it seems that every month since has brought a different challenge.

I have worked on our social media campaigns, sharing behind-the-scenes looks at all of our courses and trips. I started working with sales and developing new contacts in Europe and the US. I even took part in the TEFL course myself and as soon as I qualified I became one of ID Languages' English teachers.

My biggest challenge to date was working as a camp leader for our under 18's Summer Program. Not only did I lead activities and trips for 40 teenagers, but I also used my teaching expertise to develop and facilitate a drama workshop! This was such a rewarding role and I can't wait to do it again next summer.

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

It's really important to us that we keep in touch with our former students because we are always so excited to hear about what they have been up to since they left Bundoran! Some of our previous TEFL grads have traveled to Europe before choosing their favourite city and beginning their teaching career. Others have traveled to Asia and chosen to teach in China and Vietnam.
My favourite story, though, is a student who came from abroad to complete the TEFL course and ended up moving to Ireland permanently!

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

As I have already completed the TEFL course, I would like to go further with this and work abroad in Spain! Working in this company has given me a desire to travel to as many different places and learn as many different languages as possible. I think this would help me to advance my teaching skills and offer a new perspective.

As well as that, this course offers Spanish language classes and trips to various cities in Spain, which would fulfill my desire to travel and keep learning languages.

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

Our company is family-owned and community-based. We work hard to be a welcoming place for all members of our local community and we hope every student who joins us gets a sense of that too.

Growing up in this area, I'm passionate about supporting the local community and we often host free events to promote language and culture.

Every student who joins us is welcomed into the community of Bundoran and whenever they return, they pop in to say hi, or for a cup of tea and a chat. Even though most of our students are now based all over the world, they still make the effort to keep in touch.

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

I believe that being passionate about what the company is providing is hugely important in building a successful company. Everyone who works with us does so because they believe in the core values and mission of ID Languages.

When a company is focused on promoting their values and expressing their enthusiasm for what they do, it will thrive.

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