Full Spanish Immersion for adults, children and families

Spanish in Nature

About

A real full immersion experience, living with and being taught by your own Spanish teacher. We are a small and family Spanish home/school in Guadarrama N.P. Madrid. The students live and study at the teacher´s home which gives a cosy and pleasant environment, where we will make students to feel at home. It is a real immersion in the Spanish language, the best way to improve the Spanish skills in a short time.

Reviews

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Colleen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Spanish in Nature

This is an amazing program with highest quality and warm home touch. The opportunities for all students and level of engagement from peers to family to education is 10 star. Communication with families at home was consistent. This is an authentic program where care and quality are highest. It changed our son’s whole outlook on the world! We give our highest recommendation. Since this time my son has applied and been accepted to a high school semester full immersion experience in Spain. Spanish in Nature was the spark that will lead to a lifetime of learning.

What was your funniest moment?
Out in the excursions of Segovia and Madrid and riding horses in the Guadarrama, Learning flamenco!!!
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Mary
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Outstanding Immersion Program

I just completed a 1 week stay with Alvaro and Esther and their unique Spanish immersion program. It was, by far, the most thoughtful and well organized language program I have ever attended. The main difference from other programs I have attended either abroad or in the US, is that the students have the opportunity to live with their professors the entire week. Esther conducted an online evaluation (both written and oral via Zoom) to assess my level before arriving. Their experience working with students of different levels allowed them to communicate in an effective manner which allowed me to be progress much more rapidly. When I arrived I had significant difficulty with auditory comprehension. By the end of the week I was able to understand most everything that was said.

The program is also much more than language immersion. In addition to structured learning periods, Alvaro and Esther planned multiple activities to introduce their students to all aspects of Spanish culture including tours of important historical and cultural sites in the greater Madrid area.

Another huge bonus to the program is that both Alvaro and Esther are fabulous cooks and enjoy sharing their love of traditional Spanish cuisine. I very much enjoyed getting to know their 3 children some of their friends which gives the student a window into the life of a Spanish family.

This is a wonderful and very affordable opportunity to learn Spanish while also visiting some of the most beautiful parts of the Madrid area.
I cannot recommend this program more highly.

What was your funniest moment?
I was hoping to get the senior discount to enter the Alcazar of Segovia. When I got to the ticket window I realized I had not brought my passport with me and instead pointed at my gray hair as proof of age. The gentleman in the ticket booth pointed to his bald head and gave me the discount!
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Kinga
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The best Spanish school

Our daughter Joanna has just finished her one week half term camp which was an absolutely incredible experience for her. The camp was very well-organized, the teachers were excellent, the program was full of interesting activities and attractions. Our daughter had an amazing adventure learning Spanish with Spanish in Nature. She also made some great friends during the camp. I’m sure that the educational and cultural activities of the camp had a great positive impact on her self-confidence in expressing herself in Spanish. She came back with much greater fluency in Spanish, which she noticed after the camp, while spending few days in Madrid and communicating in Spanish, she received a lot of nice compliments about her language abilities.
The host family that was chosen for Joanna was absolutely fantastic. They were easy going, very friendly and nice to our daughter, inviting her to their day-to-day life. Obviously, speaking the whole time in Spanish with the family, helped her a lot to improve her Spanish.
The whole time Esther, Álvaro and other teachers were very caring with their students. What’s more, before, during and after the camp, Esther was very helpful and keen to answer every single question of ours.
I would highly recommend Spanish in Nature to everyone.

What was your funniest moment?
The funniest moment for my daughter was the afternoon with horse riding.
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Jessie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Spanish in Nature

I had the opportunity to have a real immersion experience for a week at Spanish in Nature.

I loved the concept of being able to live and study in your teacher's home. I have attended language schools in the past and was looking for an experience outside the traditional classroom. I found it!

Esther and Alvaro and family were fantastic, fun and funny hosts and teachers, taking care of all details and offering the full immersion experience, from food, traditions, day excursions to nearby towns, using colloquialisms and, essentially showing me how to live like a Spaniard. I loved waking up to the quiet each morning and having a beautiful view of the mountains right outside my bedroom window or while eating the afternoon comida.

For me, Spanish in Nature offered the right amount of formal, structured learning (grammar, speaking, listening) with the added benefit of more casual learning, like having a conversation while strolling and taking in the sites around the town, or during a hike in the mountains while hunting for mushrooms.

Thank you Esther and Alvaro for the wonderful, unique experience. It is obvious how much you love your work!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I wish I'd known about Spanish in Nature years ago!
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Maha
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Spanish in Nature

I cannot recommend the school highly enough.

In one week I learned more than several weeks on a standard language course.

Everyone in the family is warm, friendly and helpful. Immediately you are made to feel welcome and at ease . All your interests and tastes are carefully catered for, from the food you eat, to your lesson plans, to your daily timetable. Anyone with any doubts or reservations will feel immediately reassured: they genuinely want you to have a wonderful experience.

The only downside is that I would have loved to have stayed longer!

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Staff Interviews

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

Alvaro Zorzo Cruz

Job Title
Spanish Teaching Manager
Alvaro has been working in the teaching industry for 20 years. Setting up my own company with Esther, my wife, has been the best option to continue to enjoy Spanish teaching, but in our own way.
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What is your favorite travel memory?

In 2011 I crossed the Rocky Mountains (Canada) with my family in a motorhome. That was a lovely journey with the best company I could hope for. My best memories are hiking to awesome places, walking through the astonishing rainforest, seeing colorful lakes with crystalline still water, surrounded by beautiful snowy mountains, and feeling the charm of nature.

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

I have experienced the pleasure of running my own business. This doesn't mean working alone, because I still learn as much as possible and I work often with other teachers. But I enjoy the ability to choose the way of working and policies of the company.

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

We had two British students, 16 and 17 year old girls, who were friends in their hometown that came on our program together some years ago. When they went back home, they participated in a Spanish culture contest, organized in their high school.

They won the contest together and their Spanish teachers were very surprised by the improvement in the girl's communication skills and their knowledge of Spanish culture.

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

I would definitely attend a summer camp. Of course, if I had the age to do it.

Why? Because is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the best holiday for teenagers, meet new people from other countries, get to know the real Spain, and improve your Spanish skills. Our summer camps offer really nice and exciting activities, from kayaking, rock climbing or horse riding, to cultural visits to interesting places such as Madrid, El Escorial, or Segovia.

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

Our company is unique because of its location. We are in the Guadarrama National Park, a privileged area for its nature and very close to Madrid city. So we have urban and natural outstanding spots to enjoy.

We have two protected areas for its ecological value: Peñalara Peak and glacier lagoon, and La Pedriza de Manzanares. In these areas we run our outdoor activities. We also have two ski areas very close to our school. But we also have amazing cities to visit: Madrid, El Escorial, Segovia and many others.

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

Working with enthusiasm and believing in what you do. We try to make students feel at home when they are with us,