A full educational and recreational experience for young people aged 8 to 17, during the summer month of July, with an emphasis on the acquisition and development of the Spanish language - all within a safe, homely and fun-filled international environment.

Participants ages:

Chester’s Spanish International Summer Camp is geared at children and teenagers aged 8 to 17.

Junior Camp: 8-12 years

Senior Camp: 13 -17 years

2021 Camp Dates

Resident Campers

  • Full Camp: July 4 – 31
  • Session 1: July 4-17
  • Session 2: July 18-31

Day Campers

  • Full Camp: July 5-31
  • Session 1: July 5-17
  • Session2: July 19-31
I’ve gone to Chester for 4 summers now and each time has been an amazing experience. The people there are so hospitable that it almost feels like a 2nd home. It’s a wonderful learning opportunity too, not just for different languages but different skills. The outings are great fun. The friends I’ve made in Camp are some of my best friends. There’s a sense of comradery amongst your peers that you probably wouldn’t get even in school. The food there is really nice too. Camp is just an amazing experience in general, no matter what age you are or what languages you speak. I would definitely suggest going to Chester if you’re given the opportunity, chances are you won’t regret it!
T Ryan.- Dublin. April 2021.

Residential Camp:

The boarding strand of Chester College’s International Spanish Summer Camp 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
  • 2 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
  • End-of-Camp progress report.
  • Train station/airport pick-up service
  • 24:7 care and supervision

Day camp:

The timetable for day participants in Chester College’s International Spanish Summer Camp 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
  • 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
  • End-of-Camp Progress Report
  • 24:7 care and supervision

Camp fees:

You may download the fees schedule for our Residential programme here: 2021 Spanish-Intl Summer Camp Factsheet

If interested in the Day strand, please contact the Office.

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 is essentially communication-focused: the aim is for campers to enjoy the learning of the language and use it! It is designed to meet 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.

The Spanish Language program consists of 15 weekly sessions & 5 additional weekly sessions of individual consolidation work. An extra daily session may be added to the program, for an additional fee.

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.

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… 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 various places of historical and cultural interest in the beautiful region of Galicia.

One week-end during the month of July, campers get to have a feel of what it is to be a pilgrim, and walk a day of the Camino de Santiago, “the Way”, the historical walking trail that brings millions of people to Santiago every year.

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.

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 independent school residences (a girls’ residence and a boys’ residence), with rooms for 2-4 campers in each.

Camp participants are accompanied by their respective dorm-parents at all times, who strive to create an educational, homely, safe and caring environment.

How to get to Chester College

We are located in the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela. Many visitors arrive to Santiago by foot or bike as pilgrims (heard of the Way of St. James or Camino de Santiago?), but if you are attending the Spanish International Summer Camp as a boarder you will most likely be arriving by plane! The city has an international airport, located a 15 min drive from the school, with direct flights (some of them daily) to Amsterdam, Basel, Bergamo, Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt (Main and Hahn), Geneva, London (Gatwick and Stansted), Milano, Paris, Rome and Zurich (as of November 2019). Other flight arrangements may include a stop-over in Madrid or Barcelona airports.

Should you need advise on logistics on how to get to us, do not hesitate to ask: we’d be delighted to assist you. All campers are picked up upon arrival and taken to the airport, if needed, upon Camp end.

 

My kids had a blast! They really enjoyed the activities, the Spanish lessons and their teachers! They are certainly coming back. From the parents’ point of view: I couldn’t have chosen a better camp for my children!
Ms. Paola A.- Mother of Faisal and Marianna, Oman
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.