Am I eligible for the programme?

If you are a native English speaker you are in principle eligible for the programme. We are looking for people who are sociable and patient and would enjoy talking for up to 15 hours a day!

How do I apply for the programme?

First of all, have a look at the calendar section and select the dates for the programme you would like to attend. You should then fill-in the online registration form. We will get in touch with you within a few days and have a short telephone interview with you (in English). Within a few more days we will confirm whether you have been accepted for the programme or not and give you appropriate instructions.

Who are the Spaniards that take part in the programme?

Most of them are professionals that need to improve their English because of their jobs. Others just have a personal interest in improving their English. They come from different parts of Spain and have lots of stories to tell!

What type of accommodation do you offer?

Volunteers are accommodated in single ensuite rooms, full board. If you come as a couple, you will both share a double room.

What is the food like at the hotel?

There is a buffet breakfast. For lunch and dinner several menu options are offered, including desserts. There is also a specific vegetarian menu.If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know in the application form.

Will I have any free time?

You will have a few free hours every day: after lunch and after dinner. We will also go on a day tour one afternoon. See the programme in detail section for further information.

Is smoking permitted during the programme?

As a rule you are not allowed to smoke inside the hotel or any other enclosed areas. However, smoking is permitted on the terraces and outdoor cafés. Please bear in mind that Spain is still a smoke-friendly country and there is a chance that you will encounter situations where people around you will smoke.

Can I bring my partner, spouse, friend or relative?

Yes, but both of you must take part in the programme. If you bring a companion you will both share the same room. Nevertheless, please bear in mind that you may not be able to have lunch or dinner together, and you will spend most of your day apart.

How much does it cost to take part in the programme?

The programme is free for native English speakers (volunteers). We will pay for your food and accommodation. We will also pick you up from Alicante airport or train station for programmes in Biar. We will pick you up from Atocha train station in central Madrid for programmes in El Barco de Ávila. You do need to pay for your own plane / train ticket to the appropriate pick up point.

What do I need to bring with me?

You should bring comfortable, casual clothes. You can also bring swimming gear if you plan on using the outdoor swimming pool (weather permitting!). You should also bring sunglasses. Of course you can bring your camera if you want to, and the hotel has free wireless Internet access so you can also bring a laptop / tablet. You should also bring all medication you may need during your stay. However there are some pharmacies in the area should you forget something (but please note that there could be medications you take that may not be found in a Spanish pharmacy).

I am a native Spanish speaker. Can I take part as a volunteer?

We promise Spanish speakers that all volunteers are native English speakers, so unfortunately the answer is no.

How much does it cost to fly to Alicante or Madrid?

Several low-cost airlines fly to Alicante and Madrid from the UK and Ireland, so you can find some very good deals, especially if you buy your ticket in advance. You can check prices on Skyscanner.

I have more questions. How do I contact you?

You can find all our contact information in the contact us page.

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Testimonials

This program was very well organized. The activities were fun and easy to understand. I really enjoyed my participation and learning experience. I really appreciated the positive energy from everyone from start to finish. Great program. Thank you!

Renee Harris
USA

I've enormously enjoyed my first experience of Estación Inglesa: meeting a lot of exceptionally friendly, new faces, getting to know them and exchanging experiences and ideas. It's been very fulfilling helping them to improve their English!

Robert Chubb
UK

More than a million words couldn't describe. My heart is full of happiness. I have a permanent smile. I learnt more here than I could ever learn about the Spanish people and Spain.

Sharon Harrison
Canada

It is always a great pleasure to participate in a Estación Inglesa programme. I have met many charming new friends, both Spanish and volunteers. I am already looking forward to returning to another programme! Thank you!

Jane Waygood
UK

I didn't really know what to expect, but enjoyed the experience thoroughly. The people were diverse and incredibly interesting. I have made new friends, and found the week rewarding and fulfilling. It also allowed me to see a part of Spain I otherwise may not have visited. Thank you Estación Inglesa

Amanda Madigan
USA

The program was more than I expected. All of the participants, English and Spanish, were such treasures! Thank you for an experience of a lifetime!

Kim Mares
USA

I have attended many, many programmes both as a student and as a tutor. I can say with no hesitation, that from every aspect of learning situations, this has been the best. It was clear that students were enjoying themselves and having fun always helps the learning process. You have an excellent programme.

Pamela Burns
UK

I love this programme! From the first day to the last it is full of laughs, interesting conversations, meeting wonderful people with lots of stories to tell. Please let me come back! :)

Gill Sargeant
UK

It has provided me with an opportunity to continue to develop a love of Spain, its people, culture and geography - while at the same time establishing close relations with an amazing group of individuals!

Cindy Matheson
Canada

The programme has been an excellent experience. I am extremely proud of all the Spanish participants, they have improved their English & confidence immensely! It has been a pleasure to be involved in such a positive & friendly environment. I have made some lasting friendships and I take away some wonderful memories. Thank you!

Carly Sanderson
UK

It has been a great opportunity to meet so many interesting Spanish and native English speakers. The programme has been excellent. It was well organised and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I want to repeat the experience again!

Keith Deller
UK

I loved everything! I loved the ambience of the hotel and staff. I loved the variety of personalities, both the volunteers and participants. I loved how the group banded. I loved the fun we had. In short, I loved everything about it!

Zoe Welland
UK

Estación Inlglesa has been a very interesting experience that I've really enjoyed! I have met many great people that I wouldn't normally have the opportunity to meet. I've learned quite a bit from the Spanish students and the volunteers and I've really enjoyed watching the progress of the Spanish students. I would definitely recommend! Thank you!

Ally Caird
Canada

The programme is always a wonderful experience to meet people from various walks of life. I really enjoy hearing people's stories and getting to really know them during the course. I like seeing the Spanish improve over the course too and become more confident!

Angela Grossman
USA

A wonderful opportunity to become familiar with a variety of Spanish natives, have a nice vacation, and make new friends.

Travis Dennis
USA

The programme has been a huge success for me, personally. I have gained knowledge and friendships that I'm sure will last a lifetime. Thanks to everyone for their patience and friendhsip this week.

Paul Harbour
UK

I was anxious about doing this as it was the first time I had done anything similar but it was so well organised with such professional and friendly approach, and the participants, both English and Spanish were so friendly and enthusiastic that I really enjoyed it and look forward to doing more of these courses

Neville Johnson
Australia

A wonderful experience, a great way to help those who want to improve their English. Super fun, super friendly and a higly recommendable experience!

Lorraine Jackson
Ireland

Tremendously rewarding week, making new friends, and seeing the Spaniards slowly blossom with newfound confidence. Gave me a sense of achievement having been a part of the shared experience.

Susie Asselstine
Australia

I did not know what to expect when I volunteered for this event and I can say in all hoesty it is the best and the happiest course I have ever been to. The course was extremely well organised and the activities were pitched at the right level for the Spanish participants. 10 out of 10 for Estación Inglesa.

Irene Scott
UK

The program was a nice way to meet new people and understand more about the places, people and culture of Spain. It was extremely well run and I thoroughly enjoyed participanting in the program.

Gillian Doherty
Australia

The course has provided me with a great chance to meet new people, learn about new cultures and provide native Spanish speakers with the resources needed to enhance their English skills. It has been an amazing week and has allowed me to gain a further appreciation for the professional and social need that many Spanish speakers have for English. Javi, Rafa and Estación Inglesa- Great job!

Kevin Synarski
USA

This week has been incredible! To see how all the Spanish participants have improved their already good standard of English has been fantastic. I have learnt a lot about the Spanish way of life and made new friends in the process. Thank you!

Mark Stansfield
UK
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