TOP 5 ACTIVITIES FOR EDUCATIONAL TRIPS

In this post, we bring you a list of the most demanded activities among the schools and groups that visit us in Spain.


Spain is the perfect country to learn a new language and culture. But most of all, many educational trips and students around the world are looking to live new experiences, to have fun and make their school trip an unforgettable experience.

If you want to know why these five activities have triumphed among our students and teachers, do not miss the following ranking that we have prepared for you.

5. Taracea workshops

We start our top 5 with this original and at the same time, traditional activity. We are talking about Taracea crafting in Granada. This ornamental technique is based on setting on tiny wooden surfaces pieces of different materials such as bone, ivory, tortoiseshell, wood…

Even today, Taracea is considered a job that is carried out by artisans in a traditional way. Unlike other activities, it is only available for groups that visit us in Andalucia. This is one of the teacher’s opinions about these fantastic workshops:

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“It is a great activity that mixes history and art, perfect for those students who want to explore the tradition of the city of Granada”

4. Kayak and bike tours in the city

In the fourth position, the favorite activity for our groups in the different Spanish cities has been the Urban tours by kayak or bicycle.

If you love doing sports and outdoor activities, this is your choice! It’s an original way to discover the city far beyond. Besides, these are very low-risk activities and quite fun to do in groups.

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Our students and teachers have valued these tours positively because of their health benefits and low environmental impact. Many cities in Spain offer these possibilities, such as Seville, Bilbao, Santander, Madrid… the perfect way to discover their parks, rivers, or even the sea.

3. Initiation to Padel

Approaching the top of our podium, the Padel classes to groups of initiation are an original way of doing sport and spending fun time with friends. Padel is becoming quite trendy in Spain nowadays. This game mixes fun, sports and social interaction all the same. It is quite easy to learn it and play it and no strength nor a great technique is needed. Therefore, it is perfect for people of all ages!

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Our teachers and students have valued this activity very positively. In addition to learning about Spanish culture or our language during their educational trips, students will be able to incorporate other values, such as teamwork and healthy living habits.

2. Street Art Tours

Before entering the first position, we bring the Street Art tours in second place. Urban Art or Street Art is not only graffiti. It is an artistic expression that blends with the architecture and streets of the city. Thus, young students can learn about art at the same time that they explore different urban places that are not normally included in classic tourist tours.

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Many of our groups appreciated the cosmopolitan and innovative approach to this activity. As one of our teachers once said “art is not only within museums”.

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1. Dramatized tours

At last, we reach number 1 of our ranking of the most demanded activities for educational trips… and the winner is The dramatized tours around the city. We are sure that you already know many Spanish cities quite well, but… do you know the history of their most picturesque people and their legends?

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Many of the schools that visit us have chosen these special tours as a new way of approaching the hidden stories of the cities such as Seville, Granada, Zaragoza, etc. enjoying the performance of actors who play famous historical characters.

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We have several destinations throughout Spain which offer these dramatized guided tours that will help you to learn more about our history.

For more info about our destinations and activities clic here

BACK ROADS

We propose a “different” trip through some of the less unknown, visited cities in Spain. Less popular villages an towns but equally beautiful! If you want to know where these back roads will take us today, don’t miss this post!

This title that we give to our post, sounds more like a song or a movie, right? It is actually both. For instance, a song from a Spanish rock band that we really liked called M-Clan.

Although music and films are very inspiring topics, today we want to talk about traveling and especially, those other places (some of then less popular among tourists) and unknown corners far away from the big cities, that in many cases, still preserve all its cultural essence, traditions and charm. 

Every time we go on a trip, particularly to a popular city in Spain such as Barcelona, ​​Madrid, Salamanca … we usually prefer getting lost wandering around, exploring those less popular streets that lead you to the same spot, but in a slower, calmer way. Traveling without stress or tumults is the best way to get to know new places. That is why we always recommend these back roads for our school trips or Spanish language students who visit us in Spain.

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Imagine that you are visiting a big city in Andalusia (Spain), such as Seville, Malaga or Granada. Now we are going to take a back road to explore the charm and beauty of the white villages nearby. Mountain villages such as Olvera, Arcos de la Frontera or Setenil de las Bodegas, Nerja are some good examples. Also, the Alpujarram a group of white villages located on the southern slope of the Sierra Nevada is a unique natural environment, mixed with its picturesque architecture, fantastic food and traditions.

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Now our back road is approaching to Montefrio, an hour’s drive from the city of Granada with breathtaking landscape and architecture that seduces you from the first moment. We shouldn’t forget the great Renaissance jewels of Spain, the cities of Ubeda and Baeza in the province of Jaén, or the southern region of the province of Cordoba, where we can visit Montilla and its wine cellars or Zuheros.

Imagine that you are now in the north of Spain, the highway would take us to Bilbao, San Sebastián or Santander, though the back roads can take us to fantastic places such as Guernica (the cradle of Basque culture and a town with deep roots), Lekeitio (a fishing village with a charming port) or Zarautz which immense beach invites us to practice an introductory surf course. historic places as the villages of Santillana de Mar, Comillas or  puerto de Santoña, when we can pay a visit to their famous anchovies factories.

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In Central Sapin, we find Madrid, the capital of Spain. Staying in this city gives us the opportunity to visit incredible places around (and not really far away). Small cities such as Segovia and Avila, are monumental as well as very suitable for a day trip. The Granja de San Ildefonso, with its majestic royal summer palace, or the wonderful monument of El Escorial with its Basilica and the Royal Monastery. Our back road through these central regions of Spain can also take us to the medieval town of Pedraza with its castle and well-preserved, severe, stone-built houses.

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This is the end of our trip for now. We wanted to give you just a glimpse of the cultural richness of our country. Now we invite you to keep discovering its hidden places through these back roads and of course, you can contact us in case you need some recommendations.

¡Nos vemos por España amig@s!

EDUCATIONAL TRIPS: WHAT WILL BRING THIS COURSE 20/21?

Dear members of the educational community

First of all, we wish you much encouragement and good luck in this new academic year.  As we all know, it will be carried out with some uncertainty, due to the health issues all over the world.

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We hope that you can carry out your daily classes as normally as possible. It is necessary that we continue teaching face to face in a Classroom. In the case of those Spanish language teachers from all over the world, to inculcate the value of a second language as Spanish and the affection to all the Spanish-speaking countries and cultures.

As you already know, Educatrip always tries to help your students feel closer to Spain and its reach culture. For this reason, we have been organizing educational trips to Spain for more than 22 years for international schools.

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We want to continue our mission… even though these uncertain times are not the most proper ones to do many long-term plans. But the truth is that we must keep working as always and be as positive as possible.

Companies like ours have an important role in the promotion of the Spanish language and culture which we love so deeply. Visiting and traveling through Spain (or any other country worldwide), is one of the most enriching gifts that we can give to all those teenagers and young students who attend our classrooms of your schools, high schools and colleges.

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Please remember that we will be here to help you with everything that is necessary regarding the teaching of the Spanish language. We have enough resources and ideas to support your teaching work if needed. If you are looking for classroom materials or anything that would help your students through their learning process, do not hesitate to contact us.

And yes… we will continue our work, organizing linguistic and educational trips to Spain, always aware of the health issues, because after all, we love what we do, because we like to welcome back again.

All the best!

Agustín García (CEO)

5 COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT STUDYING ABROAD IN SPAIN

BY PHOENIX LITTLE

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DESTINATION: Granada

MAJOR: Neuroscience

MINOR: Hispanic Studies

UNIVERSITY: East Carolina University

“I came on this trip to improve my Spanish speaking skills and confidence and I gained more life experience than I ever could have imagined.  I made friends and memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. “

Studying abroad is a challenging experience. There is nothing that can truly prepare you for the experience you are going to have while studying abroad. Even though you can receive all the advice in the world, but the only thing that can even come close to helping you prepare is keeping an open mind! Before coming on this trip, I thought that I was prepared for any and everything, but I quickly found out that I was wrong in all of the best ways. If you want to know “why” keep reading this shortlist of 5 misconceptions I had when I decided to study abroad in Spain.          

1. Living in a host family

My first new experience was living with a host mother. Living with a host family was one of the things that I was the most nervous about, and it has honestly become one of my favorite parts of this trip. My host mom Maribel was one of the most kind and considerate people that I have had the privilege of knowing. From day one I was welcomed with open arms and she truly became like a mother to me over the month of my stay. We spent many afternoons talking in Spanish (to the best of my ability) and watching different television shows. She was one of the main influences that helped improve my Spanish because she was always patient and ready to help. Upon learning that I wanted some extra practice she even took the time to allow me to read to her in Spanish so that I would have an easy way to practice my pronunciation and oral skills.

2. The cost of “living”

In addition to the aforementioned perks of living with a host family, something that is often overlooked is the convenience of staying with a host family. In addition to having all of your laundry done for you, you have all of your meals cooked while you are available to eat them. Not only are the meals very filling and another important way for you to be immersed in Spanish culture, but it is also very good for your wallet!

Before I arrived in Spain, I was prepared to have to be frugal but was pleasantly surprised by how affordable everything was once I arrived at my homestay in Granada. From clothing to meals and souvenirs, as long as you are prepared to walk and look for the places frequented by locals, you are always sure to find a good deal.

3. Taking classes

The classes in this study abroad experience were surprisingly thorough. I didn’t really know what to expect as I was only really told about the adventure part of this study abroad, but I was greeted with rich coursework that gave an in-depth look into aspects of Spanish culture that helped me exercise my language skills and familiarize myself with the culture and country I stayed in.

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4. The excursions

This adventure allowed me to visit parts of Spain that I had never even heard of. The beauty of the white mountain towns, rocky beaches, and booming metropolitan areas not only uncovered a love of Andalusia in me but also a desire to continue traveling and seeing more of what the world has to offer.

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The numerous excursions offered by Educatrip and the school do a comprehensive job of showing you many aspects of Spanish culture and history firsthand. Without a doubt, the excursions to different cities were my favorite aspects of my study abroad experience! It was amazing to see the differences in culture, lifestyle, and people at each location and surprisingly, it also told me a lot about myself and what aspects of life and exploration I have a passion for.

5. Having my life changed

I feel like the most common commentary on study abroad you can get is that “studying abroad will change your life”. I heard it from friends and teachers and family members, but honestly I never really believed anyone. I thought it would be like every other summer program that was marketed to “change lives,” I would enjoy my time up until the end of the honeymoon phase, and then I would be drained and ready to come home, but I have never been more wrong!!

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With every new day came a new adventure and a new experience, and I gained life experience and grew as a person in ways that I could never imagine. I came on this trip to improve my Spanish speaking skills and confidence in myself.  I made friends and memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. This trip unlocked a drive in me that I didn’t realize I had.

MY JOURNEY ABROAD: SUMMER PROGRAM IN GRANADA

BY BRIANNA FOSTER

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Destination: Granada – Spain, June 2019

Major: Nursing

Minors: Hispanic Studies

University: East Carolina University

I always knew that I wanted to study abroad and after hearing about this program, I knew it was the one I wanted to go on!!

MY FIRST STEPS

The duration of the program was perfect for me and it was so nice that I could go over the summer. Getting six credits in one month was a really great opportunity that I couldn’t afford to pass up because of my upcoming schedule for nursing school. Aside from how well the program worked with my schedule, I also chose it cause I wanted to experience something new.

I loved the idea of being able to stay with a host family and immerse myself into the local culture. I knew that it was going to be great to have someone to practice my “español” every day. That is why could not wait to find out who my new host family was! When I finally got information about them, I got really excited. My host mom and her daughter seemed so sweet and I was so glad I got them!

OFF TO GRANADA

All of a sudden, I was at the airport saying goodbye to family and getting ready to fly to another continent! We spent some days in the city. I turned out to be a really great experience because I got to know all the others in my program during the first couple of nights and I got to meet other people who were staying in the same hostel as well. It was nice to be able to do my own thing, explore Madrid and try to get over jetlag before heading down to Granada.

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Getting to Granada was a fairly easy journey; I think part of it was because I was looking forward to starting this new adventure! Finally, we arrived early and our host families were there waiting for us to show up. My first impression of my host mom was that she was so sweet and that I was going to have a great time! I thought it was so cute how the host families knew each other, and some lived close to each other, so I had some of my friends nearby.

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MY LIFE IN THE CITY

One of the best things about my experience abroad was living with my host. Firstly, because the food was always great, especially considering she was a nutritionist! Secondly, we talked a lot: she was always patient with me and helped me practice. Whenever she spoke to me, she always talked to me like I could understand everything, which I appreciated. I think it really helped improve my listening and comprehension skills.

Walking every day (locals love walking) gave me an opportunity to get to know the city and live how the people there do. As far as my room, it was very nice and cozy. It had everything that I would need to be a student in Granada for a month, including a desk and a fan (Granada is a little hot in summer). Sometimes, it was a drag to go to class in the morning, but in my opinion, it’s best to go if you can because you’re already there for such a short amount of time that missing class could mean being very far behind.

As far as classes, getting everything organized was a bit chaotic and I had a credit mix-up, but Mila, one of the program coordinators onsite, was very helpful and got me on track and where I needed to be. I really appreciated her for that. In class, all of my professors were nice, and the CLM is a really cool building.

MY RECOMMENDATION

Granada is one of the main destinations for international students. I really loved my time in Granada and I would tell anyone who is considering this program to just do it! It’s a small, laid back city where you can go move easily from one place to another. It is historic and breathtaking. Even though we visited a couple of different cities on side trips (I even went to Morocco!!), Granada was always my favorite. If I went somewhere on the weekend, it always felt good to come back home.

If you have the chance, take it and don’t look back because the experience will change your worldview! Financial aid will come, scholarships will come, and even if you’re afraid of leaving home, the US and your family, you should still go because studying abroad is the experience of a lifetime that not many people are blessed with. It will help shape you as a person and help you reach your academic goals. See the world!

10 FACTS ABOUT YOUR PROGRAM ABROAD IN GRANADA (infographic)

Everything is ready for your new study abroad program overseas but still, last-minute doubts come into your mind. This post is going to give you some insight info that will come in handy after and before the program begins.

Studying abroad is a life-changing adventure, but let’s be real! To live in a different country is a bit scary (as well as exciting of course). These feelings are totally normal and most of us experience them at some point. Moving abroad (even temporally) is a tough task, but overcoming all these little fears is the first step to build a positive experience.

Study abroad students have already brought the same questions before you all over the year: “How could I get to my new home? Who will contact me when arriving at the airport? How much money would I need to bring along with me? Could I …” These are some good examples of these last-minute questions which we need to deal with before heading to our new destination (please check My journey abroad: summer program in Granada).

So what can I do to help my self? Firstly, stop worrying!! We will help you with all the preparations: packing, documents, school, etc. We will guide you through the whole process. Keep in mind that there will always be an easy answer to all your concerns. Educatrip live advisors on site will help you to overcome this little doubts, before and during your time in Spain

If you still feel like you would need some extra help before traveling to Spain, please check this“10 facts about your program” infographic. These 10 aspects can be used as a guide to work your way through these little obstacles and answer all those last-minute burning questions.

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Pre-departure information for study abroad students

You are about to embark on a life-changing experience.

While abroad, you will cultivate relationships and memories with other study abroad students that will last a lifetime. Our mission is to provide you with an enriching and rewarding educational experience. As part of this mission, we want to make sure that you have information about your program site before you leave.

Therefore, the first days in Spain will be much more satisfying if you plan ahead. This chapter will give you an idea about what kinds of pre-departure preparations you should be making. You can click either on the link or on the image to see the PDF document.

Pre-departure info PDF

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Pre departure info index

Make Spain your next classroom!

Estudiantes de español con su profesora en España

Your next trip Spain

Cada año ampliamos nuestra oferta enfocada a nuestros viajes educativos y estancias lingüísticas en España.

Todos los años a nuestra vuelta después del verano iniciamos nuestra campaña de promoción para nuestros viajes educativos, estancias lingüísticas, programas de intercambio, en colegios, institutos y universidades.

Es una época de bastante trabajo pero también un tiempo de muchas ilusiones a la expectativa de ver que nuevos estudiantes, profesores y, en definitiva, amigos recibiremos en los próximos meses. En temporadas anteriores hemos recibido estudiantes de viaje de estudios de países y zonas nuevas, para nuestra empresa. Es el caso del norte de África: Marruecos, Argelia y Túnez, también de Senegal, Togo o Islas Mauricio. De Emiratos Árabes hemos tenido grupos de viajes educativos de Dubai y Abu Dhabi.

En esta nueva temporada que enfrentamos esperamos ampliar aún más las fronteras, para tener la oportunidad de promocionar el aprendizaje de español en España, nuestro país, nuestra cultura y gastronomía, a todos los que quieran venir a compartir con nosotros.

Estudiantes en Granada durante su semestre de otolño 2014

Study Abroad Spring Semester Universidad de Granada, Spain

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Si te preguntas cómo funciona el semestre de primavera, o como lo llama nuestros estudiantes americanos Spring Semester, estudiando en España aquí tienes info útil.

En el semestre de primavera pueden realizar cursos de lengua y cultura española de la Universidad de Granada principalmente, aunque ofertamos la posibilidad de estudiar igualmente en Sevilla, Madrid o Barcelona. En estos cursos se estudia : literatura, arte, gramática, historia y están divididos en distintos niveles de español, concretamente 9 niveles. Así mismo tienen igualmente la opción de hacer cursos intensivos de lengua española en la universidad, en los cuales focalizan su aprendizaje en la lengua casi exclusivamente. Como es lógico, cuando tienen un nivel más básico estos son los cursos que realizan, y cuando ya poseen un nivel aceptable pueden elegir entre perfeccionarlo o estudiar otras áreas ofrecidas en el curso de lengua y cultura anteriormente mencionado.  

Nuestros estudiantes internacionales pueden estudiar en España durante el semestre de primavera (de enero a mayo), el semestre de otoño (de septiembre a diciembre) o en el verano durante dos meses – junio y julio.

Una vez el estudiante internacional que ha querido estudiar español en Granada ha finalizado su curso, este consigue una titulación o certificado oficial, otorgado por esta universidad pública española. Esta titulación muestra los créditos obtenidos en España, los cuales convalidará en su universidad de origen. Además durante este periodo de tiempo, que dura en torno a 4 meses, los estudiantes realizan actividades deportivas, visitas culturales y excursiones a otras ciudades andaluzas (Sevilla, Córdoba, Málaga, Úbeda y Baeza, Ronda, etc.).

Cabe mencionar que los estudiantes internacionales viven alojados en familias anfitrionas o host families de la ciudad que elijan. Estas familias les proporcionan no solo alojamiento y pensión completa, sino también input español para mejorar su nivel, apoyo con sus problemas del día a día, y en definitiva se convierten en sus familias en España. A la vista está que la inmensa mayoría mantiene el contacto una vez de vuelta en su país, e incluso vuelven a visitarlos.

Adicionalmente, también tienen la opción de participar como voluntarios en alguna ONG, o de hacer prácticas en centros educativos y en empresas de diferentes sectores.

En definitiva, ¡esta es una experiencia única que siempre recordarán!