Chester College's International Spanish Summer Camp aims at providing a full educational and recreational experience for young people aged 7 to 18, during the summer month of July, with an emphasis on the acquisition and development of the Spanish language.

A unique and enjoyable international summer experience for children and teenagers aged 8-17: a rich Spanish language & culture program, combined with a wide range of activities (Sports, Music, Drama, leisure and cultural outings) – all within a safe, homely and fun-filled international environment.

The promotion of international understanding, intercultural awareness, responsibility and respect to oneself and others are also key learning objectives, which run parallel to the improvement in linguistic ability.

2019 Camp Dates

Resident Campers

  • Full Camp: July 1 – 30
  • Session 1: July 1-15
  • Session 2: July 15-30

Day Campers

  • Full Camp: July 2-30
  • Session 1: July 2-15
  • Session2: July 16-30
My kids had a blast! They really enjoyed the activities. They liked the Spanish lessons and loved their teachers! They said they are certainly coming back. From the parents’ point of view: I couldn’t have chosen a better camp for my children. This was their first time away and I was bit nervous…
Ms. Paola A.- Mother of Faisal and Marianna, Oman

Boarding campers:

The boarding strand of Chester College’s International English Summer program includes:

  • Spanish language & culture classroom program (Monday-Friday): 15 sessions/week
  • Daily recreational, sport and cultural program on and off campus. Sports may include: football, baseball, swimming, waterpolo, volleyball, introduction to surfing, horse-riding, amongst many others
  • Separate program of evening activities
  • Extra weekly cultural outings to the city of Santiago de Compostela
  • Optional preparation for DELE examinations.
  • Accommodation in Chester College’s residential facilities (separate male/female houses, supervised by dorm-parents). Alternative host family option.
  • Full board: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and morning and afternoon snack
  • Saturday & Sunday full-day outings to areas of educational and recreational interest in the region of Galicia
  • Use of course materials
  • Weekly laundry service
  • Train station/airport pick-up service
  • 24:7 care and supervision

Day campers:

The timetable for day participants in Chester College’s International Spanish Summer program is the following:

  • Monday-Friday: 09:15-18:30. Two times a week special out-of-campus activities may stretch up to 21:00. These activities are communicated to parents, in advance, via information letters handed in to the parents at pick-up.
  • Saturday: Full-day outing.

The Program’s Day strand includes:

  • Spanish language & culture classroom program (Monday-Friday): 15 sessions/week
  • Daily recreational, sport and cultural program on and off campus. Sports may include: football, baseball, swimming, waterpolo, volleyball, introduction to surfing, horse-riding, amongst many others
  • Separate program of evening activities
  • Extra weekly cultural outings to the city of Santiago de Compostela
  • Optional preparation for DELE examinations.
  • Half-board: morning snack and lunch.
  • Saturday outings to areas of educational and recreational interest in the region of Galicia
  • Use of course materials
  • 24:7 care and supervision
It was a really nice experience. Not only did I learn Spanish, but I had a terrific time meeting a lot of new friends.  I also experienced neat & different kinds of field trips. I would love to return for another summer experience.
Khasara L.- Camper, USA

Spanish Programme

The Spanish course is tailor-made for the specific needs of campers, following an initial level assessment test and previous information provided by the camper.  Campers are distributed into small groups based on language level and age. The teacher:student ratio is optimal: below 1:8.

The language programme essentially communication-focused: the aim is for campers to enjoy the learning of the language and use it!

It overall aims at meeting the linguistic competences specified at the different levels of the DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera, in Spanish as a Foreign Language). DELE are the only official and internationally recognised diplomas in Spanish. They are issued by the Instituto Cervantes on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education.

Our Staff

Teachers are native speakers of Spanish and are carefully selected for their qualifications, experience in teaching Spanish as a Second Language, and their communicative and pedagogical abilities.

4 weeks seems a long time to be away from our daughter but she was immersed in Spanish and that is what we wanted. The daily schedule was well organised, teachers knew what my daughter needed to learn, identified her strengths and weaknesses. They also made sure that all the kids had enough fun activities as well. Thank you to all the staff who made this Summer camp so successful!
Ms Frouke V. .- Mother of Jitske V., Holland

Drama and Music

Music and Drama constitute an essential component of our Chester Spanish International Summer Camp. Both are wonderful tools to foster communication and public speaking skills, creativeness and memory, as well as general personal development.

Spanish Camp participants make their own special contribution to the show that is put together by the campers involved in Chester´s English Summer Camp, which is enthusiastically performed before families and friends before the final goodbyes at the end of July. Previous editions include stylised versions of The School of Rock (2018), Beauty & the Beast (2018), Mathilda (2017), Snow-White & the 131/2 Dwarves (2016), Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Shrek, Sister Act  and Grease, to name just a few!

Sports and Activities

Sports

For at least two hours a day, campers participate in a variety of sports activities including football, swimming, basketball, volleyball, water polo, uni-hoc, baseball… One or two days a week campers leave Chester College’s premises to go on special outdoor activities including canoeing, introduction to surfing, horse-riding, aqua-park outings, and more.

Activities vary weekly and we cannot guarantee that a certain activity will happen on a certain fortnight, since most would be reliant on weather conditions.

Social and Cultural Activities

Walks in the old part of Santiago, visits to museums, exhibitions, attending concerts and shows as well as shopping trips are all an integral part of the exposure to the culture of the city.

Excursions

Every Saturday and Sunday there are trips to the scenic seaside beaches nearby and to places of historical and cultural interest.

Nutrition

Chester College has its own kitchen, where meals are prepared daily under the supervision of a paediatrician. Meals consist of 2 courses and a dessert. They are supervised by teachers (who have lunch with the campers) and auxiliary staff, who encourage both good table manners and the use of Spanish.

Chester College additionally provides morning and afternoon snacks for all campers (normally a small sandwich or a piece of fruit, as well as water).

Residential Facilities

For our Residential Campers there are two separate school residences (a girls residence and a boys residence), with rooms for 2-4 campers in each.

Campers are accompanied by dorm-parents at all times, who strive to create a homely, caring environment.

Evening Activities (Resident Campers)

A varied daily program which includes cultural visits, competitions, talent shows, karaokes, arts and crafts, concert prop and decorations making, themed parties, etc.

Our son Noah spent a great time in Chester last summer. In the morning he learnt Spanish and in the afternoon he enjoyed all fun activities with his English & Spanish-speaking playmates. He particularly liked all sport activities like swimming, riding, tennis, soccer and baseball. Chester created a wonderful learning environment combining language and fun activities.
Ms. Helga D.- Mother of Noah, Germany

Would you like to find out more about our Spanish Summer Camp?

Our campers are encouraged to register as soon as possible as places are limited. All applications are treated on a “first come, first serve” basis.