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Spain Surf Camp and Spanish Course

All difficulty levels
Instruction in Spanish
Maximum 9 participants

National Geographic dubbed San Sebastián as one of the 20 best cities in the world for surfing, at its Playa de la Zurriola (Zurriola Beach). It is a marvelous place where there is a lot to do, both in and out of the water. El Aula Azul offers you the perfect Spanish course to make the most out of your time in San Sebastian! That is what students say about this intensive course which would be your best option if your priority is to learn or improve your Spanish, classes will start every Monday and you can take the courses for as many weeks as you wish.

Highlights

  • Beginner surfing program for all ages (18+)
  • 1-hour surfing classes every afternoon from Monday through Friday (May-October)
  • In the winter you´ll be upgraded to a private lesson with reduced lessons
  • Surfboard, wetsuit, and insurance included
  • 3-hour per day intensive Spanish course
  • A total of 20 Spanish lessons (15 hours) in the morning from Monday through Friday
  • 6 nights accommodation in a shared apartment with local hosts

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction in Spanish
The organizer also speaks: English
Group size: Maximum of 9 participants
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Accommodation

The availability of accommodation in San Sebastián is limited, especially in the high season (summer and Holy Week) and for that reason, it's important to make reservations in advance. At the school, they can help you find accommodation in an apartment shared with Spanish residents. If you reserve your accommodation in a shared apartment through the school, please keep in mind that:

  • You will have your own room with the right to use common areas
  • You will share a flat with Spanish professionals between 30 to 50 years of age, including the owner of the flat
  • The shared flat option is only available for those older than 18
  • Information about the flat will be provided the week before your arrival
  • Although most flats are located near the center of the city and the school, during high season, this may not be the case
  • El Aula Azul also offers the option to stay with a family, kindly send an inquiry for more information and availability.

Program

Spanish course

At El Aula Azul, they’re convinced that a friendly and welcoming environment is the first requirement that must be met to learn a foreign language. Students must feel comfortable and motivated to make progress toward their goals, and that is the focus in El Aula Azul: To work together with students to identify goals and personalize the lessons to the needs of each of the students.

The top priority is to always follow the communicative methodology. That is why El Aula Azul offers teacher training to keep up with new developments in language teaching with the final result of well-structured quality classes in which students learn and have fun at the same time.

However, in addition to a pleasant environment and a careful methodology in which to learn, El Aula Azul also offers:

A premier location in the heart of San Sebastián

An emblematic building in an unbeatable location of San Sebastián; within walking distance to La Concha beach, you can enjoy the beach right after finishing your classes. In addition, the location in the city center will make it possible for you to easily access the best places to visit, public transport within the city and to other destinations, shops, bars and restaurants.

Facilities

El Aula Azul has four spacious, fully equipped classrooms designed for effective learning. El Aula Azul has computers, projectors, and everything you may need during your course. When it's time to rest, there is a common area with sofas, a coffee machine, and a signboard where you will find the school's news as well as information about activities and suggestions to make the most of your free time in San Sebastian.

Total immersion programme

At El Aula Azul, the priority is to help you practice your Spanish with a real and effective approach. With the classes, you'll improve and learn new things but if what you want is an authentic immersion in the language, they also offer a unique program that will help you practice Spanish to the fullest.

Totally free and directed at students whose native language is English or who are fluent in English (C1 level). Upon arrival, El Aula Azul will offer you the option to participate in the program through four options: language exchanges, "talking pal", and fun activities.

  • Language exchange

Every Tuesday evening, El Aula Azul organizes a language exchange in a bar in San Sebastián. It is supervised by one of the teachers who will be in charge of distributing time so that everyone can practice the language in which they are interested.

  • Talking pal

El Aula Azul will assign you a "buddy" who speaks Spanish with whom you can meet to complete different assignments given by your teacher. As they will be an English student, you must also help them with their assignments. How about if they help you write a piece about an interesting topic and you give them your opinion on another? A formula for collaborative learning where you can also meet new people.

  • Fun activities

Almost every week, El Aula Azul offers a city tour and other outings like a pintxo tour or a visit to a museum or cider house. All activities are with one of the native Spanish teachers and a good time is sure to be had by all!

Why learn surfing in San Sebastian?

San Sebastián has one of the best urban beaches in the world and our associated surf school also has a very good reputation throughout the Basque Country.

If you have ever thought about getting started in this sport, now is your chance.

Location

San Sebastian is quiet but rich in cultural life with great festivals (the International Film Festival, the Jazz Festival, etc.) and a vibrant nightlife to have a great time. It is small, comfortable, and accessible whilst having all the necessary services. It is beautiful, very beautiful; not only the sunny summer days are nice, but the rainy winter days are also charming. There is no bad weather or unsuitable clothing. It is a tourist city (its beauty is a great tourist attraction) and increasingly multicultural, but it still keeps its traditions (the Tamborrada, the St. Thomas' day, etc.) and, therefore, its authenticity.

It has beaches for all tastes: a wild one (the Zurriola) for surfing and two quieter ones (La Concha and Ondarreta) for bathing, swimming, and walking. You cannot leave San Sebastián without taking a stroll in La Concha bay! It is an ideal city to practice sports and with many possibilities: to run by La Concha beach or by the river, to travel the city by bike, to surf in La Zurriola, to exercise your muscles in some of the sports centers in the city, etc.

It is surrounded by hills and it has plenty of places just minutes away from where you can go hiking and enjoy fresh air and nature. It is one of the ideal places to taste the exquisite Basque gastronomy and the famous pintxos. A traditional city that, without losing its essence, is becoming international.

Distances

  • Bilbao Airport (BIO), 100 kilometers - 80 minutes
  • San Sebastian Airport (EAS), 25 kilometers - 30 minutes
  • Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne Airport (BIQ), 45 kilometers - 40 minutes
  • Madrid - 5 hours and 30 minutes to 6 hours
  • Barcelona - 6 to 7 hours

Things to do (optional)

El Aula Azul tries to make their activities as varied as possible so that all of the students will feel motivated to participate. All of the activities are organized by the teachers themselves or by highly motivated instructors. You won't have any choice but to speak Spanish!

During the summer, they will organize activities from Monday through Thursday, usually in the afternoon. During the winter, you can join in on the afternoon language exchanges once a week and any other activity that comes up. El Aula Azul is always willing to organize activities if students request it!

You won't have to pay anything to participate in activities. If one day you will go out to eat or to a museum, you will only pay the cost. Sometimes El Aula Azul invites local friends to participate in the activities. Is there a better way to hear and practice real Spanish Additionally, they will tell you interesting things about San Sebastián. El Aula Azul is always open to new suggestions for activities. If you want a specific activity during your course, tell them and they'll put it into practice if possible!

If you still want more, El Aula Azul offers the "Genuine Basque Country" pack. If these activities are not enough for you or if you're thinking about visiting during the winter and want to make sure you will have activities going on every day, you can also book their most popular pack with premium activities.

What's included

  • 1-hour daily surf lessons from Monday to Friday (May-October). In the winter you´ll be upgraded to a private lesson with reduced lessons
  • Surfboard, wetsuit, and insurance
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 2 90-minute Spanish group sessions per day
  • A total of 15 hours or 20 Spanish lessons
  • Morning or afternoon courses (depending on your level)

What's not included

  • Flight
  • Airport transfer

How to get there

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Arrival by plane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Bilbao Airport (BIO). Airport transfer is not provided. There is a direct bus from the airport to the San Sebastián bus station every hour.

You may also arrive at San Sebastian Airport (EAS), all flights are via Madrid or Barcelona. There is a bus from the airport to San Sebastián every 20 minutes.

You may also arrange your flight to Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne Airport (BIQ). There is a bus from the airport to the San Sebastián bus station.

Arrival by train

With Renfe to the San Sebastián train station in the city center, Madrid to San Sebastián is five hours and 30 minutes while Barcelona to San Sebastián is six hours.

Arrival by bus

The travel time from Madrid to San Sebastián by bus will be six hours, while it will be seven hours from Barcelona.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.

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