Exchange Conversation for Stay in Spain
Strike conversations in English and get a free stay in Spain. Sounds like fun, isn’t it? Read on…For Spanish business people and professionals, the English language is often an essential tool for communication.
Most Spanish adults lack sufficient fluency with the language and, as a result, suffer an important loss of professional effectiveness when traveling abroad on business or when receiving important visitors from around the world.
They feel frustrated at not being able to show their professional skills through a language they cannot use effectively. Your job is simple. To help them toward greater confidence in their ability to communicate, by exposing them to a wealth of rich speech and accents and by having them express themselves non-stop for 80 hours straight (5 days x 16 hours/day).
You will not need to know or teach English grammar; this is not the objective. You will only need to talk with different people just like you’d talk to a good friend or a fun and interesting neighbor. In return for your time and valuable input, your full board and lodging is covered by the programme.
Over the last few years, thousands of volunteers have participated in the unique English language immersion program known as “VaughanTown” after its namesake Richard Vaughan, English teacher and entrepreneur. This program has attracted ‘Anglo’ volunteers from all walks of life: writers, doctors, social workers, backpackers, executives, musicians and students. All ages over 18 are welcome, and no teaching experience is required.
Conversationists are selected for diversity in character, profession and age. Two venues, a sprawling 4-star country-style hotel and a 12th century refurbished monastery, play host to a non-stop six-day intensive conversation project.
Its a great way to prosper, exchange culture, conversation, knowledge and friendship during a very special week. The idea was so innovative that Richard Vaughan´s project was named the best idea in 2003 by one of the premiere business magazines in Spain.
It has earned rave reviews in the media, with travel guides plus major publications and TV stations such as CNN, the Irish Times and the Chicago Tribune all enthusing about the program.
These villages have been the subject on dozens of travel message boards, each buzzing about a deal that seems almost “too good to be true”. Yet there is no hidden catch.
English-speakers chat, play, walk, dine and wine with Spaniards against the beautiful backdrop of the local countryside while Vaughan picks up the tab for their stay. Multinational clients such as Microsoft, Vodafone, Deloitte and Accenture send scores of Spanish executives to these villages – a rapid, intense way to get their top directors speaking English.
Applications are online at Vaughan Town and 47 programs are available this year including a special young adults week. The designated meeting point is Madrid where transfers are made to
VaughanTown (flights to and from the capital are not covered by Vaughan).
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