El Barco the Ávila (which literally means "The boat of Ávila") is a beautiful village by the river Tormes with an impressive medieval castle and great views to the Sierra de Gredos.

It is one of those magical places full of peace that will make you feel at ease from the very first minute.

El Barco de Ávila is known for having a unique type of beans with its own guarantee of origin which you'll enjoy during your stay with us.

The Hotel

Volunteers are accommodated in single ensuite rooms in the hotel El Mirador de Gredos****. An elegant and comfortable hotel, where you can relax in the cosy living rooms or enjoy a nice walk by the river.

The hotel is just 5 minutes walking distance from the village crossing a twelfth century Romanesque bridge over the Tormes river.

How to get there

When you volunteer with Estación Inglesa you can use our free transportation service from and to Central Madrid.

Alternatively, if you bring your own vehicle the venue is only 2 hours away from Madrid. Free outdoor parking is included for volunteers.

Below you can see a selection of pictures of the hotel and the village of El Barco de Ávila

Hotel room

Hotel room

The village

The village

Fireplace

Fireplace

The river Tormes

The river Tormes

Hotel room

Hotel room

Restaurant

Restaurant

Old Bridge

Old Bridge

Lounge area

Lounge area

Room terrace

Room terrace

The Castle

The Castle

The river Tormes

The river Tormes

The Old Wall

The Old Wall

More Information

  • Take a look at the programme section to get an idea of what the schedule would be like.
  • You can also check the calendar to see available dates
  • Have a look at our venues section to see what the venues and hotels look like
  • And if you think Estación Inglesa is for you just apply for a programme and we will get back to you shortly

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Testimonials

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

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

Travis Dennis
USA

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 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

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

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

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 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 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'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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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
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