Teach English to a Host Family in Spain with CHI!

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Apply for World Explorers before the end of 2018 and get $200 off!
The discount applies to the following destinations: Spain, France, Germany, Japan and South Korea.

About

Join Cultural Homestay International's World Explorers program in Spain! CHI offers native English speakers the opportunity to volunteer in Spain by living with a host-family and providing a maximum of 15 hours a week of English lessons. This is an ideal opportunity to practice your Spanish at the same time.

CHI offers placements in Barcelona, Madrid and Seville. This program offers a great opportunity to explore one of the most popular destinations in Europe while also learning about Spanish culture and traditions.

In addition to offering English lessons, this is a chance of a lifetime to learn about the culture and history of Spain by living with a host-family. While volunteers are asked to be respectful of their host families time, there are plenty of opportunities to travel and explore Spain during your program. Visit the CHI website at chinet.org/we to learn more about our tutoring programs in Spain. Be sure to apply early - Spain was the most popular destination in 2018!

Highlights
  • Build your resume
  • Learn a new language and culture
  • Safe option for first time travelers
  • 24-hour support system
  • Make friends and have fun

Questions & Answers

They find families that are interested and then you submit information about you and pictures. For us we were able to skype and see if it was a good fit and it was!
Beginner level Spanish is the only requirement.
I feel like living in a Spanish speaking household for 3 months did improve my Spanish greatly because of forcing myself to adapt and be a sponge for learning.
The program fee for Spain is as follows: $1699 for 1-month, $1799 for 2-months and $1899 for 3-months. It turns out to be cheaper the longer you stay!

Reviews

90%
based on 5 reviews
  • Impact 9
  • Support 8.4
  • Fun 8.6
  • Value 8.4
  • Safety 8.6
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Alexis
10/10

Amazing experience!

I am so grateful for my experience teaching English in Spain! Chinet placed me with the most incredible host family. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with the family and using my free time to take Spanish classes and explore the area. Some of my favorite excursions included bungee jumping, taking day trips with the Spanish school I joined to nearby cities, enjoying the local cuisine, checking out a national park, watching a live futbol match, and watching free live Spanish concerts at a museum. The family I was paired with had two young girls (7 and 10) who I taught English to and I was encouraged to teach them in an informal and fun way, which meant playing lot's of games, going to the library, going for walks, and eating meals together. I honestly couldn't have asked for a better experience - everything was wonderful!

Yes, I recommend this program
Reece
7/10

Review of Seville

I thoroughly enjoyed this experience because I was able to converse with locals everyday which helped me practise my Spanish which is very useful. I've made some good friends that I could treasure for a long time. I have also made what I'm happy to call a second family. One of the reasons I would recommend this experience is because you can sample some true spanish culture and make good friends for life. Before your experience starts make sure you select a country that you are passionate about and can make the most of. Not only can you meet new friends but you can also spend time away from your parents and you get a feeling of independence that you don't always get when your away with your parents. Its also a great opportunity for seeing a new country and broadening your mind without the pressure of having to go with your parents.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Tyler
9/10

Recommended!

I went to Spain and spent 3 months in both Madrid (2 weeks) and Algeciras (2 months). I definitely recommend traveling abroad to anyone and everyone with the opportunity to do so. It is a unique experience that gives you a valuable perspective on your current life, no matter where you go.

With this program, you are teaching English to the children of the host families. I would almost always speak English to the kids and spanish to the parents. For me, the teaching was mostly conversational and I really liked that about it -- it's a breath of fresh air to get away from the books for a few months. There is a lot of time to hang out and do fun things while technically "working". For example, we went to the grocery store to learn names of fruits and vegetables, we learned conversational vocal while watching Harry Potter, and we practiced our grammar while writing letters to each other. The program is very open to your own interpretation of how you want to teach. That's the best part about it.

How can this program be improved?
I would recommend some transparency with the cost. Although the price is modest for everything we receive, I am pretty sure a good portion of the cost is administrative.

I would also recommend finding another way to present the orientation materials. I glanced at them at the beginning and did not touch them during my stay, and I know I'm not the only participant to do so. Video or picture works best with the content. I'd leave documents to concrete items, such as a sample schedule for the week or lists of ideas of things to talk about or to do with the kids we are teaching.

Lastly, I think there should be a survey that families and participants fill out in order to find better matches such that each party receives exactly what they are looking for in this experience.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Collin
10/10

A must do

This program is a must do for everyone, not only do you get first hand experience with another culture, but you are able to do it easily, cheaply and safely. If you are ever considering taking some time off, this is the program to do it through. You can not regret doing this.

How can this program be improved?
It really is close to perfect, if it was less expensive it would be great, because I did feel that I wasnt exactly sure where my money was going but as it is a non-for profit, I felt somewhat more assured.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Autumn
9/10

Valencia was Awesome!

The ECVA program fulfilled our dream to live in another country. We were lucky enough to live in Spain for 3 months and experience their unique lifestyle, embrace their culture and learn a new language. We chose Spain because Arizona has a large Spanish influence and we figured it may be the most beneficial country for us to live and tutor in. The highlights of our stay was roaming around Valencia learning their history and enjoying the beautiful city. The program provides a lot of free time so we took advantage of it to enjoy the Spanish cuisine, go to the beach, tour the city and admire the architecture, churches, museums, etc. We also enjoyed spending time with our families that we tutored and learning about their traditions and everyday life.

Yes, I recommend this program

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