VaughanTown

Vaughan Town

About

VaughanTown is a non-paid, volunteer program where Native English speaking participants exchange conversation for room and board in the heart of the Spanish countryside.
This volunteer program in Spain is open to all native English speakers who are naturally inquisitive, enjoy nature and the outdoors, and are outgoing, open and friendly. Our volunteers experience Spanish culture and gastronomy, learn a lot from Spaniards during the one to one sessions and group activities, share their stories, life experiences and listen to others.

This is more than a language learning experience but a real confidence boost and personal growth opportunity for our Spaniards and the volunteers are the ones who make it all happen.

Visit our website today to learn more about Vaughan Town's volunteer program in Spain!

Founded
2001
Headquarters

Orense, 69
28020 Madrid Madrid
Spain

Reviews

Vicky
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I spent a week at VaughanTown in Gredos and I have to say it was the most rewarding experience ever.

First of all the people, my fellow volunteers and the Spaniards were very welcoming and willing to participate in every activity. I learnt so much about Spanish culture, cuisine, music and just the way the Spaniards live their lives, plus I got to listen to their stories and points of view on different topics.

I also got to spend time with other volunteers who, like me, traveled from all over the world just to have this experience. Most of them have been to a handful of programs and have become almost spokespeople for VaughanTown. We ate amazing Spanish food, drank wonderful Spanish wine and enjoyed the beautiful Spanish countryside in Avila.

The Program Director and the Master of Ceremonies were just the warmest most comforting people ever and made sure that everything ran smoothly and that we had as much fun as possible during the program.

I give VaughanTown a 10/10

What would you improve about this program?
I wish they had more programs every year so I could apply again this year
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Koon
5/10
No, I don't recommend this program

This was the second time I volunteered for the programme and I was highly disappointed. I feel the programme is now a purely commercialized venture at the expenxe of volunteers and spaniards and is not good value for money for both parties. It appears that the ethos is one size fits all. I belive no consideration has been given to the different social and professional levels of participants. I was also surprised that the teachers are not as qualified as they should be. I.have recommend ed the programme to friend s and colleagues and feel guilty now as I myself would not consider repeating the experience.k

What would you improve about this program?
A full review is required of programme and facilities offered
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This is one of the best ways we have seen for Spaniards to learn English. The daily one on one conversations enable you to get to know the Spanish and their culture very well. The work can be tiring since you are "on" all day and into the evening, but at the same time you will enjoy it. Attending the course can also be interesting as the locations are often in unusual sites. We also found that the other "anglos" were a fascinating group and that they were mature free spirits, some of whom had participated in these courses several times before.
There are often skits and group activities more designed as team building rather than learning experiences, so be prepared to have to act silly and laugh at yourself and others. It is wonderful to see the Spaniards gain confidence and improve their facility with the language.

What would you improve about this program?
Much of it depends on who attends and the quality of the master of ceremonies and the director. We were lucky to have two people who were caring and experienced. Our hotel was unique and very pleasant but the rooms had absolutely no soundproofing, but this is a chance you take.
We can't think of anything we would change.
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Nancy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I've taught with Vaughn Systems several times. I don't have to speak a word of Spanish as it is not allowed once we have arrived at our destination. Just a week of food, fellowship, activities such as skits, walking, visiting old walled cities or the countryside conversing with professional people who already speak English, but wish to "polish" their skills with native English speakers from around the globe.
I've meet volunteers who love to travel like myself who also give pointers on places to go. It's great fun & great staff, very interesting venues and a cultural experience wherein I can spend a week in a country getting to know its people up close and personal at only the cost of my airline ticket.

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