Learn Spanish in Argentina

Always wanted to learn Spanish? Well, how about learning Spanish in Argentina while meeting like-minded people and having the trip of a lifetime. Culture, history and good times!

 

 

 Learn Spanish in Argentina

 

 

 

Always wanted to learn Spanish? Well, how about learning Spanish in Argentina while living in an amazingly fun hostel in Buenos Aires. Spend 4 hours per day, learning one of the world’s most romantic languages, whether you are a beginner, an intermediate or already at an advanced level. Our small group classes make it an ideal learning experience while living in a Spanish speaking country, the cultural

Our small group classes make it an ideal learning experience while living in a Spanish speaking country, the cultural exposure will help improve your Spanish and not to mention loads of fun to be had in Buenos Aires! Buenos Aires is the perfect place to start

Buenos Aires is the perfect place to start your adventure in Argentina, making friends, learning a new language and having an unforgettable experience at the same time. The hostel has an array of daily exciting activities and cultural experiences as well as your Spanish classes, so you can make the most of every day that you spend in Buenos Aires.

 Learn Spanish in Argentina Highlights Include:

  • Enjoy 4 hours of Spanish language sessions per day, from beginner to advanced level
  • Discover beautiful Buenos Aires, the “Paris of Latin America” as you soak up the atmosphere in Argentina
  • Stay in one of Buenos Aires’ most famous city hostels, make new friends and have fun!
  • Enjoy a variety optional awesome activities and party nights from your city hostel base
  • Practice the local lingo on the streets of the buzzing city

 

 

 

PHOTOS

 

 

 

Full Details

 

This programme is based in the iconic city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. You will receive up to 20 hours of fun and entertaining Spanish language lessons per week. Also, you will stay in a unique central city hostel location which offers a choice of some brilliant optional activities. This is the perfect way to get that South American cultural injection and experience Argentina like it should be.

Spanish Language Classes

Arrival day is always on a Sunday and your Spanish lessons will begin on the Monday . You will be learning in small groups at either beginner, intermediate or advanced level.

Classes are held daily, from Monday to Friday and run for 4 hours per day (a total of 20 hours per week). All courses include a study of grammar through theory and practice, and work on vocabulary, pronunciation, listening, reading and writing exercises. It is important to note that lessons are held completely in Spanish; this by far the best way to immerse yourself in the full Spanish-speaking experience, dive in head first!

Extra Activities and Cultural Excursions

Our hostel is always busy, so while you are living and learning Spanish, you’ll get to make lots of new friends and spend lots of free time enjoying all the exciting daily optional activities provided. These extra activities are a great way to improve your Spanish and of course are just good old plain fun.

Activities on offer while you are with us may include:

  • An unforgettable Buenos Aires City bike tour
  • A walking tour to the buzzing La Boca district and the beautiful colourful artists’ area of Caminito
  • A tango night and 3-course dinner
  • Argentinian Rooftop ‘Asado’ (BBQ) at the hostel
  • Party nights
  • Happy hour at the hostel bar
  • Tickets for entry to some of Buenos Aires’ premier nightclubs
  • Trips to the famous football stadium in Buenos Aires to see a live match
  • Urban art graffiti tour

Please note that these optional activities are all at an extra cost to you.

 

ACCOMMODATION

For your stay in Buenos Aires, you will be staying in a hostel, located in a beautiful five-story, 19th-century house, built around a qaint, colonial-era atrium. The Spanish lessons are also given in the same building, so that’s super easy.

You will be staying in comfortable shared, mixed-sex dorm accommodation, with shared facilities. The rooms are well-kept with comfortable beds, free Wi-Fi access. A full laundry service is also offered at your hostel. If you prefer, single or twin room upgrades, please let us know, there is an extra cost; please ask for details at the time of booking.

Your Breakfast is also included. Other than this you’ll need to allow spending money for all of your remaining meals. With kitchen facilities and a bar at your hostel, as well as a city full of Argentine cuisine just minutes away, you won’t have any trouble finding delicious food round every corner. its also a bit of a social event, and people tend to hang out together and make dinner arrangements during the day. Its super social!

 

Hostel facilities include:

  • Bar & restaurant
  • Kitchen for you to use
  • Pool and board games
  • Free housekeeping in the rooms
  • Recreation & reading room
  • Roof terrace
  • TV and DVD lounge
  • Free internet access
  • Fax and telephone
  • Book exchange
  • Laundry
  • Free medical assistance 24 hrs
  • Safety boxes
  • Free storage room
  • 24-hours check in
  • 24-hours hot water
  • 24-hours security
  • Advice about touring the city and the country
  • Free city maps
  • Lockers for free
  • Wi-Fi zone
  • Currency exchange

 

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

No! That’s the wonderful thing about our courses we cater for every level, even complete beginners.

 

You need to fly arrive at Ministro Pistarini International Airport (EZE), also known as Ezeiza International Airport in Buenos Aires on a Sunday. You will be met on arrival and taken to your city hostel to begin your learn to speak Spanish experience (lessons begin on a Monday).

 

The minimum age to join our programme is 18, the average age of participants is between 18 and 25. However, we welcome people of any age on this trip!

 

Currently, on a british passport, when entering Argentina, you will not require a visa and will be granted a 90 day trip permit (around 12 weeks/3 months) upon arrival. If you would like to extend your trip or plan to stay in the country longer, then a visa would be necessary. Please note that we are not held liable for any visa information and it is always best to check exactly what is needed with your local Argentinian embassy.

 

It depends how much you want to learn, but we offer classes from 1 to 4 weeks.

 

Once again, this really depends on how long you come for and how much shopping and partying you do, but we recommend about £ 175 per week.

 

 

 

 

PRICE

 

Duration Option Price  
1 (Week)Dorm accommodationGBP 389Book Now
2 (Week)Dorm accommodationGBP 669Book Now
3 (Week)Dorm accommodationGBP 979Book Now
4 (Week)Dorm accommodationGBP 1249Book Now

 

 

 

 

INCLUDED

  • Airport transfer
  • All accommodation
  • Breakfasts
  • Use of Kitchen
  • 20 hours Spanish Lessons per week
  • Wi-Fi
  • 24 Hour Support including Medical Assistance
  • Party Nights at the Hostel

 

EXCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Most meals
  • Travel Insurance
  • Optional Activities

 

 

 

 

Dates

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Xtreme South America Experience

Adventurous group gap travel at its best in South America. Join us on the 4 week Xtreme South America. Featuring two of the most epic backpacking destinations in the South American continent: Ecuador and Peru. Brush up on your Spanish and trek to Machu Picchu before getting involved in the jungle animal sanctuary.

South America Xplorer Xtreme Gap (8)

Adventurous group gap travel at its best in South America. Join us on the 4 week Xtreme South America.  Featuring two of the most epic backpacking destinations in the South American continent: Ecuador and Peru. Brush up on your Spanish and trek to Machu Picchu before getting involved in the jungle animal sanctuary. All the while you will be immersed in ancient Incan culture.  90% of our travellers travel alone so this is a great way to join a group travel programme in South America.

XTREME SOUTH AMERICA EXPERIENCE

South America Xplorer Xtreme Gap (6)Start your 4 week South America adventure with intensive Spanish lessons, this makes it easier to understand the culture and communicate with the locals. Then we challenge you on  a 4 day trek to the infamous Machu Picchu. Next spend a week travelling along the Northern beaches of Peru before entering Ecuador, where we spend a week at our animal sanctuary, an experience you’ll never forget.

 

Highlights:

  • Discovering hidden lost cities
  • Learning Spanish
  • Hanging out in the cool backpacker city of Cuzco
  • Living in the Amazon with the tribe for a week
  • Hanging 10 on awesome surf breaks in the Pacific Ocean
  • Trekking high in the Andes
  • Backpacking through Peru and Ecuador with an awesome group of new friends
  • Fully guided awesome fun and full on adventure

PHOTOS

THE XTREME SOUTH AMERICA EXPERIENCE ITINERARY

The Xtreme South America Experience is divided into different phases and they go like this:

On arrival

You need to fly into Cuzco airport in Peru.  This is the gateway to the Inca Trail as an incredibly beautiful old colonial city located high in the Andes.  On arrival an Xtreme Gap representative will meet you and transfer you to your accommodation.  You will then meet the rest of the group and be prepared for your welcome briefing and orientation.

Part 1: Learn Spanish and hang out in Cuzco

Location: Cuzco, 1 week 

South America Xplorer Xtreme Gap (1)The first part of the Xtreme South America Experience is a week in Cuzco. The perfect way to acclimatise and settle into the laid-back, South American way of life.
Set high in the mountains, Cuzco is a stunning location with an incredible blend of Spanish colonial and ancient Incan cultures.  It was the old capital city of the Incan empire, so as you would expect it’s pretty impressive.  In your first week you will have plenty of time to explore Cusco (and its great nightlife) plus learn some much-needed Spanish!

Spanish Lessons: 

We include loads of activities in your first week, and you will also have Spanish lessons for 4 hours per day, usually in the mornings, with plenty of time to practice what you’ve learned in the fantastic and quirky markets and many tourist sites around Cuzco.

A fantastic student teacher ratio will ensure you learn the essentials quickly and easily.  If you already have an understanding or even advanced level of Spanish it will certainly improve as all lessons are tailored to you.

Free Time:  

Throughout your first week, your afternoons will be free to explore the fascinating city streets, museums and local ruins with the rest of the group.  Cusco has incredible night life as well, as the main travellers hub to people about to start having completed the Inca Trail it attracts people from all over the world.  Nights out in night clubs like Mama Africa or even hanging out at the Cross Keys pub in the Placa De Armas you are sure to meet interesting people from all over the world.

Part 2: The trek to Machu Picchu

Peru Xtreme Gap (44)After the first week it’s time to begin trekking!  We leave early from Cusco by bus to the start of our trek, Mollepata.  This will be an incredible mind blowing experience.  The views of the Andes Mountains, with the associated steep valleys and jaw-dropping landscapes will remain with you for ever.  It’s no walk in the park however, you will be trekking at altitude for about 5 to 7 hours a day.

Snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, llamas and condors.  On the fourth day we will take the train to Aguas Calientes overnight.

Early in the morning, we take the bus to Machu Picchu, following steep mountain paths eventually arriving at the ancient lost city of Machu Picchu.  You can explore the site, and there is a lot to explore!  You will be surprised how advanced culturally the Incas were and there is plenty of evidence still left in the city.

You can visit the sun gate for the postcard picture and also an option to climb the famous hill of Huayna Picchu should you wish to (must be pre-booked in advance). In the afternoon, we return to Aguas Calientes where we catch the train back to Cusco.

Part 3: Northern Beaches Cuzco to Puyo 

Leaving Cuzco and the Andes mountains behind we set off on an exciting overland journey along the northern coastline of Peru into Ecuador! Our first stop will be the bustling Peruvian capital of Lima to discover the city’s streets, parks and plazas and get a feel for the rich history of the country.

Next we depart Lima and follow the coastline until we reach Huanchaco, once the capital of the ancient Peruvian Moche civilisation. Huanchaco is a small town with epic surf beaches. There are also a number of fascinating ruins to explore in the local area. Onward to Punta Sal for pure  beach chill time  where there are a number of optional activities to chose from or just kick back and relax  and hang out with the group.

From Punta Sal we cross the border into Ecuador for our first stop in Cuenca, Ecuador’s third largest city.  It’s a global heritage site and a great place to explore.  From there we continue our journey inland past stunning scenery to the start point of your next phase of the expedition, Puyo.

Part  4: Amazon Rainforest  and wildlife conservation project

South America Xplorer Xtreme Gap (16)During this part of the programme you spend 1 week at the animal rescue centre in The Amazon. You get to interact with some of the incredible indigenous wildlife in South America.  Our Animal Rescue Centre helps wild animals that have been rescued from mistreatment and abuse and focuses on saving lives, helping them to recover and, if possible, letting them return to the wild.

You can expect the following types of animals there:   Capuchin, Wooly, Spider and Tamarind monkeys.  Ocelots and Margays, Kinkajous, Coatis and Tayras. Ant Eaters and Porcupines, White lipped Peccaries, Macaws and various parrots, Spectacled Caiman and Boa Constrictors.

There are different areas in need of help and the exact work you will be doing will depend on your personal interests but could include:   Preparing animals’ food, daily feeding and cleaning, assisting in construction and maintenance work to improve animal living conditions, providing care and support to animals, monitoring behaviour and reporting any unusual situations you notice regarding the animals to one of the supervisors.

ACCOMMODATION

Due to the diverse nature of this trip, the accommodation will vary throughout. For example, in towns and cities we use local hotels and guesthouses, camping on the Trek, in the Amazon we use a volunteer guesthouse and traditional stilted huts in the Shuar community.  In the Galapagos (optional)  you will be staying in hostels.

Meals

You will be provided with 3 meals a day and the food is typical South American fare. In towns and cities we eat at the guesthouse or local restaurants, cooks provide hearty meals on the trek and in the animal sanctuary volunteers go together to purchase groceries and take it in turns to prepare evening meals. Please note only breakfast is included on Galapagos.  Typical South American fare includes lots of rice, meat, beans, vegetables and fruit, regional dishes vary and local specialties will always be made available!

Support

Throughout the expedition you will have an Xtreme Gap representative and trip leader. On each project there will also be a dedicated project co-ordinator and team of staff who will work with the leader and volunteers to assign tasks. We also have a team of staff based in Quito to provide further back up.

Transportation

Transport to and from the airport, to each phase and for all tours on the itinerary will be included. Transport can vary from taxi, minibus and local buses depending on the journey. Any extra trips not included on the itinerary will be at each volunteers own cost.

Flights

Flights are always arriving to Cusco (arrive in the morning) and from Quito (leave in the afternoon)

Flights to Galapagos (for when you book the Bolt-on)  are from Quito – there is a flight around 9/9:30 am to Galapagos so to get that one.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of foreign nationals do not require a visa for Peru or Ecuador. However, those with criminal records in Ecuador may still be denied entry. On arrival in the country, the immigration police will normally allow a stay of up to 90 days

There is a National Park entrance fee to the Galapagos Islands of $110 for all foreign nationals. This fee is not included.

If possible, it would be best to get the flight arriving at 11:00.(Iberia/LAN from Lima to Cusco) So arrive on the start date of the trip at 11 am, or earlier in the morning, in Cusco.

You can arrive 1 day early if that’s more convenient, the price is £30 for an extra night (incl food)

The arrival airport is Cuzco (CUZ) and departure airport is Quito (UIO) You are responsible for booking your own flights/transport to the start point of the expedition (at the in-country airport). Information and advice about booking flights will be provided upon booking but please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further assistance. Do not forget to upload your flights details on your personal pages before you go! Call us if you have any questions or need any advice.

You will also need to book return flights from Quito to the Galapagos Islands. These flights are approximately $450 USD and although not included, we can help you can book these flights for you.

Weather Ecuador: The highland dry season is June through until the end of September. In the Oriente, it rains during most months, but August and December through March are usually the driest. In the Galápagos, the wildlife is there year-round. The dry season (June to December) is also cool and often misty. On the coast, the wet season (roughly January to May) sees sunny days with daily afternoon downpours, but it’s the best beach weather. The dry season (roughly June to December) is cooler.

Peru: From June to August is the dry season in the mountains and altiplano (Andean plateau); the wettest months are from December to March. It rains all the time in the hot and humid rainforest, but the driest months there are from June to September. However, even during the wettest months from December to May, it rarely rains for more than a few hours at a time.

Even though you will be provided with food and accommodation in-country, you will need money to do your own travelling if you wish and for any activities not on the itinerary. There will be plenty of things do! Depending on the duration of your stay, we advise you to budget for $60 – $80 or £40-£50 a week.

Upon booking you will be provided with a recommend kit list. You will also have a kit briefing before you go out on expedition and you are welcome to call us with any kit related queries before you go!

Don’t be! By joining our group you will be meeting loads of like-minded adventurers so don’t be put off travelling if you don’t have any mates to come with you.  You’re guaranteed to make loads of friends and have an incredible time on this adventure!

Option Add On Galapagos

DAY 1 BALTRA / SANTA CRUZ ISALAND / ISABELA ISLAND

You take a flight from Quito to the Airport of Baltra Island.

Our guides will take you over to Isabela Island.

Flamingo Lagoon which is the largest coastal lagoon found in the Galapagos and is one of the main reproductive sites for the grand majority of flamingos. Dinner and accommodation.

Highlights:           Flamingos, svelte birds.

Activities:            Hiking, walking

Type of Landing: Dry landing

Difficulty:             Moderate

DAY 2 ISABELA ISLAND

After breakfast our destination is the rim of Sierra Negra Volcano.

The Sierra Negra Volcano boasts the largest basaltic caldera in Galapagos at 9 x 10 km. The site offers impressive views and the opportunity to observe up to 7 species of finch and a rich display of vegetation. The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005.

Highlights:           Basaltic caldera, stunning views, finches

Activities:             Hiking, horseback riding, walking

Type of Landing: Dry landing

Diffilcuty:             Moderate

Concha de Perla 

This is the perfect spot for those who love swimming or snorkeling! Concha de Perla is a shallow, calm bay with crystal clear water that allows you to enjoy the fascinating marine life of Galapagos. If you are lucky you will be able to swim with sea lions and penguins. Dinner and accommodation.

Highlights:           Sea lions and penguins.

Activities:             Snorkeling

Type of Landing: Dry landing

Diffilcuty:             Moderate

DAY 3 SANTA CRUZ ISLAND (After breakfast Navigation to Santa Cruz)

Charles Darwin Station

The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Sub-species of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, stretching out their heads for a pet. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.

Tortuga Bay is another destinations to visit on your own on Santa Cruz with baby powder white sand, magic blue waters, marine iguanas, and sometimes flamingos. It is only 2.5 Km from Puerto Ayora on a nice brick path (about 30-45 minutes walking).

Highlights:           Giant Tortoises in captivation, marine iguanas.

Activities:             Walking

Type of Landing: Dry landing

Diffilcuty:             Easy

DAY 4 FLOREANA ISLAND

Post Office Bay is one of the few visitor sites that is visited for its human history. Whaling Captain James Colnett established the wooden post barrel in 1793. At this time whaling was a big industry, ships were typically gone for 2 years at a time. Floreana was a frequent stop for these ships. Outbound ships would drop off letters after rounding the cape and the ships returning home would pick the up and delivered in time by hand. Near Post Office Bay, we explore the north shore of Floreana along narrow channels teeming with life. Rays, turtles and sea lions can be seen gently swimming next to the panga.

Mirador de la Baronesa is a vista point on the northside of Floreana, in La Olla Bay. It is a basaltic rock formation between Cormorant Point and Post Office Bay. You will take a panga ride to reach this point. On the panga you can observe several marine species such as golden eagle rays, sea turtles, sea lions, mullets and eventually Galapagos penguins.

Mirador de la Baronesa is a good place for understanding the mangroves. The red mangrove is characterized by a hanging elongated fruit, which in reality is a new daughter plant that grows from the parent plant, a rarity in the plant kingdom. The red mangrove is a pioneer in the coasts and has a very hard and resistant wood.

This location has a history. It was known to be loved by Baroness Eloisa von Wagner, where she would spent hours watching ships and acquiring knowledge of vessels approaching the island. Within walking distance (30 m) are the ruins of what is known as the House of the Baroness. Dinner and accommodation.

Highlights:           Post office barrel, nice sandy beach. View, sea turtles, history and          

                               Mystery…stories of the first inhabitants on Floreana

Activities:            Short hike, snorkeling

Type of Landing: Wet landing

Diffilcuty:             Easy

DAY 5 SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Los Gemelos, or the Twin Craters, are located opposite each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The view is breathtaking.

Transfer to the Baltra Airport

Highlights:                Pit craters, Scalesia forest

Activities:                Short hiking

Type of landing:       Dry landing

Difficulty:                  Moderate

NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change without notice due to seasonal changes, inclement weather conditions, and adjustments of Galapagos National Park policy.

INCLUDED: transfers, tours, Complete Meals, Accommodation (private bathrooms – air conditioner – hot shower), Bilingual naturalist guide (Spanish-English); Transportation.

NOT INCLUDED: Entrance fee 100.00 usd; ingala immigration control card 20.00 usd, Fee port on Isabela Island $ 5 per person, tips. Water taxi $3, Snorkel equipment $ 5 (mask, tubing and flippers), Additional drinks and Personal expenses.

Duration Option Price  
4 (Week)GBP 2500Book Now

INCLUDED

  • Pre-departure briefing and support (in London)
  • Airport pick-up
  • Welcome and orientation briefing
  • All accommodation
  • Spanish lessons
  • All tours on itinerary
  • Project donation
  • 3 meals per day
  • In-country support staff
  • Social activities
  • 24/7 UK emergency backup
  • Please note that due to the nature of expeditions, prices, dates and itinerary may vary.

EXCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Spending money
  • Galapagos Bolt On

Dates

2020

Fri 10th January 2020

Fri 17th April 2020

Fri 3rd July 2020

Fri 16th October 2020

The Galapagos tour starts on a Monday after and ends on the Friday

 

South America Xplorer

Adventurous group gap travel at its best in South America. Join us and the rest of the team and travel through South America and eight glorious weeks. Featuring two of the most epic backpacking destinations in the South American continent Ecuador and Peru. Brush up on your Spanish and trek to Machu Picchu before getting involved in the jungle animal sanctuary. All the while you will be immersed in ancient Incan culture. 90% of our travellers travel alone so this is a great way to join a group travel programme in South America.

South America Xplorer Xtreme Gap (8)

Adventurous group gap travel at its best in South America.  Join us and the rest of the team and travel through South America on 7 glorious weeks.  Featuring two of the most epic backpacking destinations in the South American continent: Ecuador and Peru. Brush up on your Spanish and trek to Machu Picchu before getting involved in the jungle animal sanctuary. All the while you will be immersed in ancient Incan culture. Option: Add on a week on the Galapagos!  90% of our travellers travel alone so this is a great way to join a group travel programme in South America.

SOUTH AMERICA XPLORER

South America Xplorer Xtreme Gap (6)Like the continent it is set in, the South America Xplorer programme has it all.

A 7 week South American Adventure combining Spanish lessons, a Trek to Machu Picchu, volunteering at a  jungle animal sanctuary and an optional visit to the Galapagos!

The South America Xplorer is fully guided, so you will have the backup and support of an English-speaking Xtreme Gap representatives throughout.

We start the adventure with a much-needed crash course in Spanish.  This takes place in Cuzco one of the coolest backpacking spots in South America. Then we hit the trails around the Andean landscapes near Machu Picchu, a legendary adventure to Machu Picchu ancient lost city of the Incas.  After the trekking it’s not quite time to hang up your adventurous boots.  We will travel through Peru checking out the pacific beaches and legendary surf before staying in a jungle animal sanctuary.  From here you’ll travel deeper into the jungle and live with a remote Shuar tribe before returning to Ecuador’s capital city: Quito to get involved in a cultural immersion project.  For those interested in pushing this further you can finish this incredible adventure with a visit to the Galapagos Islands (5 days / 4 nights).

Highlights:

  • Discovering hidden lost cities
  • Learning Spanish
  • Hanging out in the cool backpacker city of Cuzco
  • Living in the Amazon with the tribe for a week
  • Hanging 10 on awesome surf breaks in the Pacific Ocean
  • Trekking high in the Andes
  • Backpacking through Peru and Ecuador with an awesome group of new friends
  • Fully guided awesome fun and full on adventure

PHOTOS

THE SOUTH AMERICA XPLORER ITINERARY

The South America Xplorer is divided into different phases and they go like this:

On arrival

You need to fly into Cuzco airport in Peru.  This is the gateway to the Inca Trail as an incredibly beautiful old colonial city located high in the Andes.  On arrival an Xtreme Gap representative will meet you and transfer you to your accommodation.  You will then meet the rest of the group and be prepared for your welcome briefing and orientation.

Part 1: Learn Spanish and hang out in Cuzco

Location: Cuzco, 1 week 

South America Xplorer Xtreme Gap (1)The first part of the South America Xplorer eases you into the travel seemed perfectly.  Set high in the mountains, Cuzco is a stunning location with an incredible blend of Spanish colonial and ancient Incan cultures.  It was the old capital city of the Incan empire, so as you would expect it’s pretty impressive.  This is a great way to acclimatise not only to the altitude but to the different cultures surrounding you.  In your first week you will have plenty of time to explore Cusco (and its great nightlife) plus learn some much-needed Spanish!

Spanish Lessons: 

We include loads of activities in your first week, and you will also have individual Spanish lessons for 4 hours per day, usually in the mornings, with plenty of time to practice what you’ve learned in the fantastic and quirky markets and many tourist sites around Cuzco.

A fantastic student teacher ratio will ensure you learn the essentials quickly and easily.  If you already have an understanding or even advanced level of Spanish it will certainly improve as all lessons are tailored to you.

Free Time:  

Throughout your first week, your afternoons will be free to explore the fascinating city streets, museums and local ruins with the rest of the group.  Cusco has incredible night life as well, as the main travellers hub to people about to start having completed the Inca Trail it attracts people from all over the world.  Nights out in night clubs like Mama Africa or even hanging out at the Cross Keys pub in the Placa De Armas you are sure to meet interesting people from all over the world.

Part 2: The trek to Machu Picchu

Peru Xtreme Gap (44)After the first week it’s time to begin trekking!  We leave early from Cusco by bus to the start of our trek, Mollepata.  This will be an incredible mind blowing experience.  The views of the Andes Mountains, with the associated steep valleys and jaw-dropping landscapes will remain with you for ever.  It’s no walk in the park however, you will be trekking at altitude for about 5 to 7 hours a day.

Snow-capped mountains, waterfalls, llamas and condors.  On the fourth day we will take the train to Aguas Calientes overnight.

Early in the morning, we take the bus to Machu Picchu, following steep mountain paths eventually arriving at the ancient lost city of Machu Picchu.  You can explore the site, and there is a lot to explore!  You will be surprised how advanced culturally the Incas were and there is plenty of evidence still left in the city.

You can visit the sun gate for the postcard picture and also an option to climb the famous hill of Huayna Picchu should you wish to (must be pre-booked in advance). In the afternoon, we return to Aguas Calientes where we catch the train back to Cusco.

Part 3: Northern Beaches Cuzco to Puyo 

Leaving Cuzco and the Andes mountains behind we set off on an exciting overland journey along the northern coastline of Peru into Ecuador! Our first stop will be the bustling Peruvian capital of Lima to discover the city’s streets, parks and plazas and get a feel for the rich history of the country.

Next we depart Lima and follow the coastline until we reach Huanchaco, once the capital of the ancient Peruvian Moche civilisation. Huanchaco is a small town with epic surf beaches. There are also a number of fascinating ruins to explore in the local area. Onward to Punta Sal for pure  beach chill time  where there are a number of optional activities to chose from or just kick back and relax  and hang out with the group.

From Punta Sal we cross the border into Ecuador for our first stop in Cuenca, Ecuador’s third largest city.  It’s a global heritage site and a great place to explore.  From there we continue our journey inland past stunning scenery to the start point of your next phase of the expedition, Puyo.

Part  4: Amazon Rainforest  and wildlife conservation project

South America Xplorer Xtreme Gap (16)During this part of the programme you get to interact with some of the incredible indigenous wildlife in South America.  Our Animal Rescue Centre helps wild animals that have been rescued from mistreatment and abuse and focuses on saving lives, helping them to recover and, if possible, letting them return to the wild.

You can expect the following types of animals there:   Capuchin, Wooly, Spider and Tamarind monkeys.  Ocelots and Margays, Kinkajous, Coatis and Tayras. Ant Eaters and Porcupines, White lipped Peccaries, Macaws and various parrots, Spectacled Caiman and Boa Constrictors.

There are different areas in need of help and the exact work you will be doing will depend on your personal interests but could include:   Preparing animals’ food, daily feeding and cleaning, assisting in construction and maintenance work to improve animal living conditions, providing care and support to animals, monitoring behaviour and reporting any unusual situations you notice regarding the animals to one of the supervisors.

Living with an indigenous Shuar tribe in the rainforest

South America Xplorer Xtreme Gap (11)After two weeks of the animal sanctuary it’s time to head deeper into the rainforest.  You will live and work with The Shuar Tribe, a remote community whose traditional way of life is threatened by deforestation. During your time with the Shuar you will learn about their fascinating culture and contribute to efforts to sustain their way of life. Past groups have built traditional Shuar huts, taught local children, planted a vegetable garden at the daycare and reforested medicinal plants and trees.

The community will also be keen for you to experience their traditional customs and culture and you will be involved with a number of activities such as face painting with natural Suar, bracelet making, learning traditional Shuar Dance, jungle hikes and attending local pageants or parades

Free Time:  Weekend optional activities in the jungle are varied and abundant – options include rope swings, mountain biking, hot springs, jungle tours, shopping and white water rafting.

Part 5 cultural immersion project Quito 

For the final part of the programme we leave the jungle and head to the city.  Out of the Jungle and into the city; you’ll make a quick stop in Quito before beginning your final  week of volunteering on one of our many community outreach project in and around Quito.

Past groups have done teaching, painted classrooms, designed murals and floor games, fixed up walls or windows and built entire playgrounds in schools from rubble. There’s also plenty of time for playing with the kids and teaching English.

This phase is a chance to really get to know an Ecuadorian community and you’ll come away with many new friends. It’s also a last chance to make trips to Ecuador’s must-see sights like Cotopaxi volcano and the Quilotoa crater lake before your final party night in Quito!

Free time 

Explore the wonders of Quito including meeting the locals, relaxing, sightseeing and shopping…and some crazy nights out!

Option add on Galapagos £650

DAY 1 BALTRA / SANTA CRUZ ISALAND / ISABELA ISLAND

You take a flight from Quito to the Airport of Baltra Island.

Our guides will take you over to Isabela Island.

Flamingo Lagoon which is the largest coastal lagoon found in the Galapagos and is one of the main reproductive sites for the grand majority of flamingos. Dinner and accommodation.

 

Highlights:           Flamingos, svelte birds.

Activities:            Hiking, walking

Type of Landing: Dry landing

Difficulty:             Moderate

DAY 2 ISABELA ISLAND

After breakfast our destination is the rim of Sierra Negra Volcano.

The Sierra Negra Volcano boasts the largest basaltic caldera in Galapagos at 9 x 10 km. The site offers impressive views and the opportunity to observe up to 7 species of finch and a rich display of vegetation. The north side of the caldera provides evidence of its most recent volcanic activity in 2005.

Highlights:           Basaltic caldera, stunning views, finches

Activities:             Hiking, horseback riding, walking

Type of Landing: Dry landing

Diffilcuty:             Moderate

Concha de Perla 

This is the perfect spot for those who love swimming or snorkeling! Concha de Perla is a shallow, calm bay with crystal clear water that allows you to enjoy the fascinating marine life of Galapagos. If you are lucky you will be able to swim with sea lions and penguins. Dinner and accommodation.

Highlights:           Sea lions and penguins.

Activities:             Snorkeling

Type of Landing: Dry landing

Diffilcuty:             Moderate

DAY 3 SANTA CRUZ ISLAND (After breakfast Navigation to Santa Cruz)

Charles Darwin Station

The Charles Darwin Research Station is home to turtles ranging from 3-inches (new hatchlings) to 4-feet long. Sub-species of turtles interact with one another and many of the older turtles are accustomed to humans, stretching out their heads for a pet. The babies are kept until they are about four years old and strong enough to survive on their own.

Tortuga Bay is another destinations to visit on your own on Santa Cruz with baby powder white sand, magic blue waters, marine iguanas, and sometimes flamingos. It is only 2.5 Km from Puerto Ayora on a nice brick path (about 30-45 minutes walking).

Highlights:           Giant Tortoises in captivation, marine iguanas.

Activities:             Walking

Type of Landing: Dry landing

Diffilcuty:             Easy

DAY 4 FLOREANA ISLAND

Post Office Bay is one of the few visitor sites that is visited for its human history. Whaling Captain James Colnett established the wooden post barrel in 1793. At this time whaling was a big industry, ships were typically gone for 2 years at a time. Floreana was a frequent stop for these ships. Outbound ships would drop off letters after rounding the cape and the ships returning home would pick the up and delivered in time by hand. Near Post Office Bay, we explore the north shore of Floreana along narrow channels teeming with life. Rays, turtles and sea lions can be seen gently swimming next to the panga.

Mirador de la Baronesa is a vista point on the northside of Floreana, in La Olla Bay. It is a basaltic rock formation between Cormorant Point and Post Office Bay. You will take a panga ride to reach this point. On the panga you can observe several marine species such as golden eagle rays, sea turtles, sea lions, mullets and eventually Galapagos penguins.

Mirador de la Baronesa is a good place for understanding the mangroves. The red mangrove is characterized by a hanging elongated fruit, which in reality is a new daughter plant that grows from the parent plant, a rarity in the plant kingdom. The red mangrove is a pioneer in the coasts and has a very hard and resistant wood.

This location has a history. It was known to be loved by Baroness Eloisa von Wagner, where she would spent hours watching ships and acquiring knowledge of vessels approaching the island. Within walking distance (30 m) are the ruins of what is known as the House of the Baroness. Dinner and accommodation.

Highlights:           Post office barrel, nice sandy beach. View, sea turtles, history and          

                               Mystery…stories of the first inhabitants on Floreana

Activities:            Short hike, snorkeling

Type of Landing: Wet landing

Diffilcuty:             Easy

DAY 5 SANTA CRUZ ISLAND

Los Gemelos, or the Twin Craters, are located opposite each other on both sides of the road leading from Puerto Ayora to Baltra. The name is only figurative; not real craters, these formations were created by the collapse of surface material in underground fissures and chambers. The view is breathtaking.

Transfer to the Baltra Airport

Highlights:                Pit craters, Scalesia forest

Activities:                Short hiking

Type of landing:       Dry landing

Difficulty:                  Moderate

 

NOTE: This itinerary is subject to change without notice due to seasonal changes, inclement weather conditions, and adjustments of Galapagos National Park policy.

INCLUDED: transfers, tours, Complete Meals, Accommodation (private bathrooms – air conditioner – hot shower), Bilingual naturalist guide (Spanish-English); Transportation.

NOT INCLUDED: Entrance fee 100.00 usd; ingala immigration control card 20.00 usd, Fee port on Isabela Island $ 5 per person, tips. Water taxi $3, Snorkel equipment $ 5 (mask, tubing and flippers), Additional drinks and Personal expenses.

ACCOMMODATION

Due to the diverse nature of this trip, the accommodation will vary throughout. For example, in towns and cities we use local hotels and guesthouses, camping on the Trek, in the Amazon we use a volunteer guesthouse and traditional stilted huts in the Shuar community.  In the Galapagos (optional)  you will be staying in hostels.

Accommodation in Quito will be in our centrally located volunteer house. All meals are included and will consist of typical Ecuadorian fare. Rooms will be dorm style, 4-6 per room.

Meals

You will be provided with 3 meals a day and the food is typical South American fare. In towns and cities we eat at the guesthouse or local restaurants, cooks provide hearty meals on the trek and in the animal sanctuary volunteers go together to purchase groceries and take it in turns to prepare evening meals. Please note only breakfast is included on Galapagos.  Typical South American foode includes lots of rice, meat, beans, vegetables and fruit, regional dishes vary and local specialities will always be made available!

Staff

Throughout the expedition you will have an Xtreme Gap representative and trip leader. On each project there will also be a dedicated project co-ordinator and team of staff who will work with the leader and volunteers to assign tasks. We also have a team of staff based in Quito to provide further back up.

Transportation

Transport to and from the airport, to each phase and for all tours on the itinerary will be included. Transport can vary from taxi, minibus and local buses depending on the journey. Any extra trips not included on the itinerary will be at each volunteers own cost.

Flights

Flights are always arriving to Cusco (arrive in the morning) and from Quito (leave in the afternoon). Flights to Galapagos (for when you book the Bolt-on)  are from Quito – there is a flight around 9/9:30 am to Galapagos so to get that one.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

 

The majority of foreign nationals do not require a visa for Peru or Ecuador. However, those with criminal records in Ecuador may still be denied entry. On arrival in the country, the immigration police will normally allow a stay of up to 90 days

There is a National Park entrance fee to the Galapagos Islands of $110 for all foreign nationals. This fee is not included.

If possible, it would be best to get the flight arriving at 11:00.(Iberia/LAN from Lima to Cusco) So arrive on the start date of the trip at 11 am, or earlier in the morning, in Cusco.

You can arrive 1 day early if that’s more convenient, the price is £30 for an extra night (incl food)

The arrival airport is Cuzco (CUZ) and departure airport is Quito (UIO) You are responsible for booking your own flights/transport to the start point of the expedition (at the in-country airport). Information and advice about booking flights will be provided upon booking but please do not hesitate to contact us if you need further assistance. Do not forget to upload your flights details on your personal pages before you go! Call us if you have any questions or need any advice.

You will also need to book return flights from Quito to the Galapagos Islands. These flights are approximately $450 USD and although not included, we can help you can book these flights for you.

Weather Ecuador: The highland dry season is June through until the end of September. In the Oriente, it rains during most months, but August and December through March are usually the driest. In the Galápagos, the wildlife is there year-round. The dry season (June to December) is also cool and often misty. On the coast, the wet season (roughly January to May) sees sunny days with daily afternoon downpours, but it’s the best beach weather. The dry season (roughly June to December) is cooler.

Peru: From June to August is the dry season in the mountains and altiplano (Andean plateau); the wettest months are from December to March. It rains all the time in the hot and humid rainforest, but the driest months there are from June to September. However, even during the wettest months from December to May, it rarely rains for more than a few hours at a time.

Even though you will be provided with food and accommodation in-country, you will need money to do your own travelling if you wish and for any activities not on the itinerary. There will be plenty of things do! Depending on the duration of your stay, we advise you to budget for $60 – $80 or £40-£50 a week.

We can cater for vegetarians. Meals are normally locally sourced and include rice, beans, pulses and some meat (if you want it!).

Upon booking you will be provided with a recommend kit list. You will also have a kit briefing before you go out on expedition and you are welcome to call us with any kit related queries before you go!

Don’t be! By joining our group you will be meeting loads of like-minded adventurers so don’t be put off travelling if you don’t have any mates to come with you.  You’re guaranteed to make loads of friends and have an incredible time on this adventure!

Duration Option Price  
7 (Week)GBP 3950Book Now

INCLUDED

  • Pre-departure briefing and support (in London)
  • Airport pick-up
  • Welcome and orientation briefing
  • All accommodation
  • Spanish lessons
  • All tours on itinerary
  • Project donation
  • 3 meals per day
  • In-country support staff
  • Social activities
  • 24/7 UK emergency backup
  • Please note that due to the nature of expeditions, prices, dates and itinerary may vary.

EXCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Spending money
  • Galapagos Bolt On £650
  • Extra flights for Galapagos about £450

Dates

2020

Fri 10th January 2020

Fri 17th April 2020

Fri 3rd July 2020

Fri 16th October 2020

The Galapagos tour starts on a Monday after and ends on Friday

 

Xtreme Mexico Experience

Discover the Mayan Riviera on Xtreme ´s Awesome Mexico Experience. 3 Weeks incredible adventures in a group. The first week you settle in and learn Spanish and more about the history of the Mayans. The second week the perfect mix of partying and cultural discovery. Finally in the third week you go Xtreme with an amazing adrenaline option plus adventure day!

An awesome three weeks in Mexico. The perfect blend of Action, Adventure and Cultural discovery. Join our groups and our guides will show you Mexico at its Xtreme best!

The Xtreme Mexico Experience is split into a Settle in & Spanish Week, a Mayan Culture & Party Week and an Xtreme Activity Week with many different options. The perfect blend for an excellent Caribbean Holiday full adventure and beach time! Expect adventures and good times with new friends.

Xtreme Mexico Experience

Want To Travel To Mexico In A Group? Now You Can.

You can now join the 3 week Xtreme Mexico Experience in Playa Del Carmen! The place to be.

1: Settle in & Learn Spanish, 2: Mayan Culture & Party, 3: Xtreme Activity

 

 

1: Settle in & Learn Spanish

2: Mayan Culture & Party

3: Xtreme Activity

PHOTOS

 

Weekly Breakdown

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Week 1: Settle in & Spanish

Sunday Arrival Day

We will have morning and afternoon airport pickups. From Cancun airport its only a short 45-minute ride to our excellent hostel in Playa Del Carmen. You have some time to settle in and sip on a Corona, or enjoy a home brewed coffee while you get to know the others. In the evening, we include a Mexican welcome dinner, and our guide will tell you all about your trip and answer all questions you might have. After that,   we take you for a shorts stroll around town, so you know where you are and what is where! The perfect start!

Don ´t be a gringo. Speak the lingo

Monday morning: Start Spanish Lessons

Monday morning you will be taken to a gorgeous Spanish school. It is an open air set up with lots of fun activities thrown in so you will not feel like you are at a “school”. In reality, it is an excellent way to learn basic Spanish and do some cool activities. We have plenty planned for the week. Like Mexican cooking, day trips and salsa classes.

The lessons run in the morning, finishing at   1 pm, so you have plenty of time to hit the beach and explore with your new buddies.

  • Spanish Lessons: Monday to Friday from 9 am to 1 pm
  • Excursion: Coba Mayan Village
  • Mexican cooking classes
  • Salsa Classes
  • Beach Volleyball or Football on the Beach
  • Evening out at Social Cafe, Cocktail Night!
  • Certification

There will be plenty of free time to explore or hang out at the beach during the week, but you will also get involved in lots of different social activities in the afternoons and evening. This way you will get to know lots of people in Playa del Carmen, not just the people in the Xtreme Mexico Gap Year group. People from all over the world enrolled in the language school. It’s a really social environment, and you will make friends very quickly.

You will have Saturday and Sunday as free days to enjoy as you want. Need ideas? There are lots of extra activities you can book to upgrade your Mexico trip. Like scuba diving, stand up paddling, cultural experiences, whale shark snorkeling trips… you name it!

Week 2: Mayan Culture & Party Time

Nowhere else in the world boasts such a great mix of ancient civilizations and modern day playtime. On the second week you will have both.

Okay the first thing we should mention in this itinerary is that it can change depending on the season and the time you go. We substitute different activities during different months to get the most out of your time in Playa del Carmen. For example: The whale sharks are only around from 15 May to 15 September. When they are in town you definitely want to see them so we make sure it is included in your itinerary. No matter what, with us you know you’re going to have an incredible adventure with a group of like-minded travellers all up for having the best time of their lives.

 

Monday – Good morning with water sports

Xtreme Gap Playa del Carmen Mexico (113)Monday mornings: Most people hate them, but you won’t as you will be starting off   by greeting the sunrise with a stand-up paddle adventure. The beach is only 5 min walk from the hostel, and even if you have never tried stand-up paddle before, it’s great fun to get out on the water experience a true Mexican sunrise. If the wind is in you can have a go on our kite surf trainer kite, to see if you have the feel for what it takes to become a kite surfer. It may be an early start (6 am!) but it is worth it, and breakfast will be waiting back in the hostel.

Beach Club visit! Later that day we will take you to a stunning beach club. What else can you wish for Chillaxing and zipping cocktails in the Caribbean! The Parrot beach club is legendary, and gives you access to one of the most stunning beaches of Playa!

 

Tuesday – Chichen Itza

Yes! Its time to Explore the Mayan Ruins. The most famous Mayan ruins and global heritage site. Famed for its human sacrificial ceremonies, this day trip will blow your mind! Built to awe, the pyramid known as El Castillo has become the towering icon of Chichen Itza.

 

Wednesday – Whale sharks Or Mayan Xtreme!

Whale Sharks
From 15 May to 15 September Mexico is one of the best places in the world to see whale sharks. The can be up to 150 of them feeding and breeding off the peninsular. An early start we will transfer you in an air-conditioned van to the waiting fast boat. High horsepower engines will blast you through the aqua marine waters in search of whale sharks. When we find them you will be guided by our trained whale shark Marine guides. The experience of actually swimming with these incredible creatures, which can reach up to 18 feet is virtually impossible to describe. It’s just amazing.

Sian Kaan Adventure Day!
Between 16 September and 14 May we have the Mayan Xtreme Adventure for you in place called Sian Kaan. This epic day will have you speed boating, jungle trekking and drifting in crystal clear Mangroves. Mind blowing nature, jungle trekking and high speed adrenaline.

 

Thursday – Xtreme Maya Adventure Day. Cenotes, Ziplines and JungleXtreme Gap Playa del Carmen Mexico (61)

Be part of nature as you experience the most thrilling adventure ride

Immerse yourself in the perfect mix of adventure & nature. Fly 20 meters (60 feet) above the jungle canopy on the fastest zip line ride in the region!

Test your nerves as you rappel 20 meters (60 ft) down into the Mayan jungle. Afterwards, wind down and snorkel in the mystical waters of an underground river with crystal-clear waters and astounding rock formations. Finally, delight yourself by sampling authentic and delicious Mexican cuisine as the perfect finish.

Friday –   Beach Club & Bar Crawl

On Friday we head to the beach, with access to the blue parrot beach club with beach towels included. This is one of the top beach destinations in the world, so go out and enjoy! On Friday evening there is an optional bar crawl, and if you are up for a big night out we head to Cocobongo.

Tequila, Michael Jackson, shows and more tequila… after all its friday night

  • Other activities can include (local payment or bookable in advance):
    Chichen Itza Day trop 45 gbp
  • -Tulum- Coba- Cenote 50gbp – a really recommended tour mainly because you get a lot for what you pay – entrance to Tulum ruins, a cenote, lunch, mayan village, and coba ruins. 7am to 7pm.
  • Catamaran to Isla mujeres 55gbp – it is a day trip to Isala mujeres on a catamaran with alcohol. They visit the beach in Isla, go to the shops a little bit, go to snorkel, lunch
  • Bacalar – 2/3 days trip – 80gbp- we can organize a 2 day trip with a boat tour at the lagoon and a night or two at the hostel. It is an amazing place.
  • There is also a full week of activities at the hostel as well. (These activities and schedule may change but that is a general idea of what we have).
  • Monday – Guitar Night/ Open mic – free
    Thursday – Argentinian BBQ “All you can eat” – 9GBP
    Tuesday and Friday – Cenote tours – 15 GBP
    Saturday – Our Famous “Mojito Lesson” – 4GBP
    Sunday – Movie Night – FreeWe also organise 2 times a week “Donations Yoga” and Donations Salsa classes, we will soon add also Spanish lesson for donations also. There is always something going on!

 

Week 3  Xtreme Option Week

You pick your option at the Xtreme Activity week.

As its your trip, and we understand not everyone is the same you can pick your option. What ever suits you best let us know and we arrange it for you. You can choose between the options below (its all pretty amazing!)

  • Skydive
  • Kitesurfing beginner course
  • PADI Open Water Diving
  • Freediving beginner course
  • CrossFit sessions
  • Yoga sessions
  • Xtreme Reporter

Activities In Detail

Skydiving

While attached to your jumpmaster, you will exit the plane from 10,000 feet. After a 40 second freefall, you and your instructor will be suspended in a dual harness below an oversized ram-air canopy.

While under canopy, the instructor will assist you in guiding the canopy to a soft, on-target beach landing.

Beginner Kite surfing Course

The beginner kite surfing option includes a full learn to kite surf course consisting of several stages.

The course lasts approximately 12 hours covering the following

Learning to fly the kite, equipment harness and safety features (approximately 3 hours)
Body dragging. Prior to being able to stand up on the board it’s important to understand how to harness and control the power from the kite. Body dragging is undertaken in the water where you will use the kite to pull yourself over the waves at speed! (Approximately 3 hours)
Water start. Once you have mastered harnessing the power from the Kite you are ready to get up out of the water on the board. This is called water start you will have approximately 3 hours of instruction.

Important:

Different people progress at different speeds depending on how quickly you are able to master the different sections. You have 12 hours in total of instruction which can be completed at any time during the three weeks you are there. As kite surfing is wind dependent we will not leave this all until the last week.

Should there not be favourable kite surfing conditions and you are unable to complete any of your time allotted you have the option to do an alternative activity ( stand-up paddle – yoga – CrossFit – extra Spanish) but there will be no refunds on any time not used. We believe you will have plenty of opportunity to complete your training however.

Xtreme Extra Support

We will also provide you access to extracurricular training to help further assist your learning. You will have access to the progression kite surf training DVD and a training kite to be able to practice your kite surfing and kite flying prior to starting your lessons. The more practice you have with kite flying the quicker you will learn and master the basics. Approximately 80% of kite surfing in the beginning is getting to grips with flying the kite. It’s much like driving, once you know how to actually drive the car it becomes second nature. The same as with kiting. Prior to worrying about wind direction and how to control the board, you need to know how to fly the kite. With the kite surf options you will have access to the trainer kite and you can use it as and when you like. This will be unsupervised and at your own risk.

There is no sugarcoating it kite surfing is an expensive activity to learn, but once you have the instruction under your belt and have your own equipment you can have limitless fun at zero cost. By utilising a trainer kite you can make the most of your instructions time and develop at a much quicker pace.

PADI Open Water Course

Your open water course is a ticket to complete underwater freedom. Accredited with PADI you can complete this 2 1/2 day course which includes four dives in the ocean. You will be taken through the theory and safety aspects of diving through modular theory and practical-based learning. Prior to starting you will be required to undertake a medical.

The PADI open water course qualifies you to dive to 18 m. Should you wish you can also complete your advanced open water taking you down to 30 m and go really extreme with the bull shark dive! This course includes 4 boat dives!

Beginner Freediving Course

Free diving is about getting to grips with what you are really capable of underwater. It is about the complete freedom and flexibility Of being able to explore the underwater world without limits. Why is it called free diving? Because you are free, normal diving you are constrained by nitrogen in your bloodstream, with free diving you can change your depth as fast as you like. This is particularly awesome in Playa del Carmen due to the large whale shark population, and as they are surface feeders they tend to dive and rise very fast meaning you cannot keep up with them with scuba tanks. Do the free diving course, bring underwater camera and you will be sure to have the most amazing experiences. 2.5 day beginner freediving course.


CrossFit Training Sessions

Cross Fit MexicoCrossFit is taking the world by storm. Widely regarded as one of the most effective ways of building fitness fast. It works on functional movements in a supportive environment. CrossFit boxes are popping up everywhere for good reason. In Playa del Carmen we have connections with a fantastic CrossFit box which will help you get that perfect beach body to show off on the white Sands and turquoise seas. The CrossFit option gives you one weeks box access.

Yoga Sessions

One of our cool options If you want something a little more sedate try yoga.  Five sessions in the final week. The Yoga sessions are at the most famous gym in Playa, around the corner from the Hostel. We include 5 sessions, time tables change from time to time, so check with our rep when in Playa del Carmen.

 

Accommodation

Living in a Caribbean paradise naturally you want to be by the beach. Don’t worry we have you covered. 5 min from the beach, you will find the Xtreme Gap Year base in Mexico. It’s a really social hostel, with lots going on. Every night people are encouraged to get together and do fun activities.  If you want to take advantage of Playa Carmen’s amazing nightlife, it’s on your doorstep. But there are plenty of chill out areas as well. You can get involved as much as you like or relax after a busy day’s activities totally up to you.

The rooms have private bathrooms and air conditioning! All guests have use of a big terrace where they can relax or just share travel tips with other guests. Its located in a great neighbourhood, everything is round the corner, oh and there is free WiFi!

Breakfast

We include breakfast for you. Breakfast is a buffet style and includes – coffee, tea, bread, butter, 4 types of jam, 2 types of cereal, milk and 2 types of fruits, so good start of the day!

Frequently Asked Questions

Its always a good time to come to Playa. Playa Del Carmen has a subtropical climate, so its weather ranges from warm to hot for most of the year. The average temperature over the year is about 27 ºC and the humidity is usually very high. The sea is almost always warm enough for a swim. Hurricane season is between August and October, with the peak activity generally being in early to mid September. But when we were there during this period…there was no hurricane at all, so do not let this stop you!

Yes there is! You can use the kitchen at the accommodation to prepare your meals. also in walking distance is a massive super market with beautiful food! So if you like preparing your own meals and you want to keep the costs down, this is a perfect option.
Anyone can join! super international crowd.

An open water course gains you the license to dive anywhere in the world. It is a full on PADI accredited scuba diving qualification.

Disclaimer: Please check yourself with your local consulate and do not take the below for granted!

The Government of Mexico requires that all travelers to present a valid passport to enter Mexico. Driver’s licenses, voter registration cards, affidavits and similar documents are not accepted.  
In Mexico VISA policy allows citizens of these countries to travel to Mexico without a visa: Andorra, Argentina. Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Chile, Cyprus, South Korea, Costa Rica, Denmark, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, USA, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, United Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Norway, New Zealand, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Most of your activities, all of your accommodation plus breakfast is included in the price the trip however you will need some spending money. We estimate $5-$10 per meal per day. $500  per week should be more than enough to cover you for the duration of your stay. It off course depends on how much you like to party….
Plenty! You will be in one of the top destinations in Mexico, and whilst there is loads crammed into this itinerary you will also have plenty of beach time and extra time to explore and do optional extras. Our guides at the hostel can tell you all about it!
Duration Option Price
3 (Week) Yoga/ Crossfit £ 1399 £ 1189 (SALE! 15.00% Off!) Book Now
3 (Week) Sky Dive £ 1559 £ 1325 (SALE! 15.00% Off!) Book Now
3 (Week) Freediving course £ 1689 £ 1436 (SALE! 15.00% Off!) Book Now
3 (Week) PADI Open Water £ 1689 £ 1436 (SALE! 15.00% Off!) Book Now
3 (Week) Kite Surf £ 1899 £ 1614 (SALE! 15.00% Off!) Book Now

INCLUDED

  • Airport pickup Cancun
  • Transfer to Playa del Carmen from  Cancun
  • All accommodation (Dorm)
  • Xtreme Gap Year representative on-call
  • Welcome dinner on arrival
  • Walking tour of Playa del Carmen
  • Daily breakfasts at the hostel
  • Mexican cooking class
  • 20 hours of Spanish lessons
  • Whalesharks Safari in season (15 May to 15 October). Alternative is Sian Khan
  • Free diving/snorkelling in 3 different the Cenotes
  • Adventure day featuring the  highest Zip line in Latin America
  • Stalactite rivers
  • Underground rafting
  • speed boating, jungle trekking and drifting in crystal clear Mangroves.
  • One Xtreme activity option as per selection in week 3, take your pick between freediving, Open water, Crossfit, Skydive, Yoga,

EXCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals unless stated
  • Extra spending money for drinks
  • Departure tax 50USD payable at the airport. ONLY USD!

DATES

 

The trip starts on the first Sunday of the month. The trip does not run in January

 

Xtreme Options In Week 3

 

Learn Spanish In Barcelona Spain

Imagine spending your summer in the exhilarating city of Barcelona, embracing all aspects of life in sunny Spain, from the sexy language and the blissful siestas to the mouth-watering food and amazing wine. It´s safe to say that life in Barcelona is pretty sweet. So don´t envy them, join them!

Imagine spending your summer in the exhilarating city of Barcelona, embracing all aspects of life in sunny Spain, from the sexy language and the blissful siestas to the mouth-watering food and amazing wine. It´s safe to say that life in Barcelona is pretty sweet. So don´t envy them, join them! The exciting trip feature a great intro to the city with an intensive language course.

 Learn Spanish In Barcelona With Xtreme Activities!

Barcelona is one of the coolest cities in Spain, and Europe. Not only do you get to live here, immersing yourself in a new culture for a few weeks or months, but you´ll also become fluent in one of the most important and widely used languages in the world. After Barcelona, there´ll be no stopping you from hopping on a plane to South America, Central America or the Caribbean; the world is your oyster when you master the language of love!

Barcelona is a fantastic place to live and learn Spanish for many reasons; the year-round great weather, the amazing arts and music scene, including huge festivals like Benicassim, the Primavera Sound Festival and Sonisphere Barcelona Festival, and, of course, the city´s central location in Europe allows you to easily explore some of the best spots on the continent.

Did we mention that Barcelona is a beach city? So, if you´re feeling too hot from the gorgeous weather, or you want to relax after an intensive Spanish lesson, you can simply stroll to the beach to dip your toes in the warm Mediterranean  Sea.

What should you do when you´re not studying Spanish? There are lots of things to do on your time off, from exploring the history and culture of Barcelona through the beautiful architecture, the amazing museums and the mesmerising art, to travelling around the country and continent, visiting the best beaches, cities and festivals that Europe has to offer. Trust us, there´s nowhere more exciting to spend a gap year than Europe in the summertime!

Highlights

We pack a load into this short itinerary that you still have plenty of time to check out the must see places and obligatory sites like the Sagrada Familia, Parc Guell Cathedral and much more.

  • Intensive Spanish language classes
  • Two hour boat party with live DJ and Unlimited beer and sangria (throughout the summer until the end of September)
  • Lots of social excursions and activities in Barcelona

 

 

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THE BARCELONA SPANISH COURSE

Learning Spanish in Barcelona is easy, fun and flexible. All of our courses in Barcelona can be completely tailored to suit your lifestyle, whether you want to accommodate a job and can only commit to a few hours of learning each week, or if you want to fully immerse yourself in the language-learning process and come out speaking Spanish like a native.

From just 5 hours a week in the mornings or evenings, to over 30 hours a week of intensive full-time learning, our Spanish courses are both professional and extremely effective, leaving you with plenty of time and independence to decide how you spend the rest of your time in Spain.

In fact, the courses have a nice little twist to them in the form of ´gamification´. In the ´Casa´ where you will go to complete your lessons, beginners start on the bottom floor of the building (Level A1) and literally ´level up´ as their Spanish improves and they move on to more difficult courses. By improving your skills, you will gradually move up to higher floors in the building until you reach the very top level; floor 6 (Level C2)!

It´s these small details that make learning Spanish with us so fun and intriguing. No more boring classes, yawn-inducing teachers or pointless books. We provide you with the best, most appropriate material, the coolest and most qualified teachers, and the most amazing way to learn Spanish fast; through living and immersing yourself in one of the coolest cultures and cities in Europe!

All of the Spanish courses have been certified by the Cervantes Institute, so you can be confident that the qualifications you receive in Barcelona will be widely recognized as standard-level Spanish qualifications across the world.

Course Schedule

Apart from the weather, food, amazing city and awesome culture, one of the main reason why so many students choose to study in our Barcelona Spanish school is because of the flexibility they are awarded here.

From choosing how many hours you want to study per week, to choosing how many weeks you will stay in Barcelona, there is a lot of room for flexibility and changes of plans. You can even extend your course on a week-by-week basis, in case you are not sure how long you can stay. That means you´ll have plenty of time to yourself for traveling, eating, partying, dating hot Spaniards, or whatever other way you choose to spend your time!

Choose from the Standard Spanish Courses (max. 10 students per class) with hours ranging from 6 to 30 hours per week, the Combined Spanish Courses (private and group lessons) with hours ranging from 5 to 24 hours per week, or a range of other courses like the Exam Preparation Courses, Private Spanish Courses, Express Spanish Courses and Long Courses (up to 48 weeks!!).

On  Arrival

ARRIVAL

With your accommodation sorted jump on the airport bus (A2) or get a train (departing every half an hour direct from the airport) and this will get you into the city centre in 20 min. Head to the homestay to check in, before heading over to our central Barcelona language school to meet the team.

Barcelona Highlights

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

Parc Guell

Parc Guell

Plaza Espana

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Homestay Accommodation

One of the really nice things about this learn Spanish programme is that you stay in a homestay in Barcelona. This really helps you integrate with the local environment and it’s really nice to have a supporting friendly family looking after you.

As the name suggests, a homestay is where you live with a host family. All of our host families have been thoroughly vetted, and are used to hosting our students so even if you are a little bit nervous about going to a completely foreign city you will be made most welcome.

The host family will take care of your accommodation and your food during your stay. Obviously, there’s a social side to studying Barcelona as well, as you will be meeting and hanging out with other students but always be mindful and respectful of your host family as well.

Typically you will have your own room in an apartment or house close to the language school. Each of our host families are located in different areas, so they will familiarise you with the Metro system (Barcelona has an excellent public transport infrastructure) and you will feel at home in no time.

 

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Fly into El Prat Airport (Barcelona). With really cheap flights from most European destinations, it is very easy to get there.
We have around 300 people studying at the school at one time so it’s easy to make friends quickly. You’ll be broken into smaller groups of between 7-10 for your classes.
Duration Option Price  
1 (Week)GBP 589Book Now
2 (Week)GBP 999Book Now
2 (Week)GBP 1099Book Now
4 (Week)GBP 1669Book Now
6 (Week)GBP 2399Book Now
8 (Week)GBP 2299Book Now
12 (Week)GBP 3799Book Now

INCLUDED

  • Awesome predeparture and in country support
  • 20 hours of Spanish language classes per week
  • Unlimited transport for the first three days throughout Barcelona
  • Homestay Accommodation
  • Two-hour boat party
  • The best fun you can have in Barcelona!

EXCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals unless stated

Dates

If you are a BEGINNER we start our Intensive program every 2 weeks on a Monday.
If you already speak some Spanish you can start any week on a Monday.

Please contact us for availability!

 

 

Learn Spanish in Havana Cuba!

Learn Spanish in Havana The UNESCO world Heritage site and capital city of Cuba. Complete cultural immersion brings you To the heart of this thriving country as you practice of salsa moves and learn the lingo whilst falling in love with this charming and heart wrenching country.

Get your Salsa on and Learn Spanish in  the heart of Havana the UNESCO world heritage site and capital city of Cuba. An exciting destination with a turbulent history you can witness it in the making as you learn Spanish and soak up the atmosphere in this amazing Caribbean country. This is complete cultural immersion and you will see the site to Cuba that most ” tourists” are hidden from. That’s a good thing by the way, as we think you will fall in love this place.

Two Or Four Weeks Of Spanish In Cuba!

This  programme is without doubt one of our most ambitious ever, and will see you begin your journey in the world famous capital city, Havana. You won’t be staying in a hotel though, but in a casa particular, charming guesthouses run by local people and which are one of the only examples of legal capitalism in the country.

This accommodation will allow you to immerse yourself in the local culture, as you share breakfast and lunch with the owners, as well as fellow travellers. You can even practice your Spanish on them, and they’ll certainly do their best to help you understand the country as a whole.

 Highlights:

  • Exploring this wonderful Caribbean country
  • Learning Spanish with up to 80 hours of Spanish lessons
  • Cruising through Havana in 1950s cars
  • Exploring the culture and history of this incredible country
  • Seeing what life is like living in the world last Communist states
  • Gaining impressive Cuban salsa moves with included dancing lessons and other cultural activities
  • Trips to the Caribbean beaches

 

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Learn Spanish in Cuba

Havana

Xtreme Cuba Experience (3)Much of the time in Havana will be spent learning Spanish, and you will be given 3 x 45 minute lessons every weekday. Don’t worry though, it’s not like school the lessons are informal and delivered by local teachers! The lessons are tailored to your level as well, with a test at the beginning of the program used to established what you need to be taught. You’ll be in small classes too, with about 6-8 pupils being the maximum.

You won’t just be learning the language in Havana though you’ll be learning the culture and traditions as well, and what is more Cuban than throwing your hair back and taking to the dance floor? Cubans love to dance, and you’ll get a couple of dance lessons each week to learn the basics of dances such as the cha cha cha, rumba and, of course, salsa. Okay, you won’t be an expert when you leave, but you’ll impress everyone when you get back home! You might even impress some of the locals with your moves when you head to one of the many different vibrant music venues throughout the city in the evening!

Throughout your time in Havana, you’ll also get the chance to head out on a number of excursions, taking in the different aspects of the history, culture and politics of this island. All tours are curated by a scholar from the University of Havana, meaning that you’ll only get the very best information. Once you head home, we hope that these excursions allow you to answer one simple question, a question that has baffled many people before you: what, exactly, is Cuba?

Accommodation

While in Cuba, you will be staying with real Cuban families, understanding what it is like to live in this country on a day to day basis. As already mentioned, you’ll stay in a  casa particular  while in Havana, and some of the main features of these are:

  • Run by local families, therefore providing a window into the life of Cubans
  • Twin rooms with air conditioning
  • All rooms have on en-suite bathroom
  • Breakfast and lunch included within the price
  • Located in Habana Vieja, the most authentic part of the city
  • Owner of the casa particular is a doctor, should any medical problems arise
  • Family speaks some English, making the transition to Cuban life easier

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Of course. There are many opportunities to head off on your own, and many people on this trip also extend their time in Cuba afterwards to travel around more. There are many museums and other sites to see in Havana, plus you could even take a few days to head to towns such as Santiago, Cienfuegos or Trinidad (the latter is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most beautiful cities in the Caribbean).
Our teachers are trained to deal with all different levels. The level of teaching will be tailored to your exact needs, therefore it doesn’t matter if you arrive speaking some Spanish, or absolutely none at all. All you need to bring is a willingness to learn!

The price includes all accommodation, as well as breakfast and lunch every day (plus dinner when on the cultural exchange). Additionally, you will receive around 80 hours of Spanish lessons, as well as dance lessons twice a week and three cultural sessions per week. The price also includes two trips to the beach and a visit to Vinales Valley. Extra nights can be booked for $35, and the cost of the transfer from the airport to the hotel will be approximately $15. We will also be happy to advise on the best ways to book flights to Cuba from any other country.

Make sure you bring everything you’ll need for the trip, as many things you take for granted will not be available in Cuba. This includes medication, mosquito spray, sanitary products and a plenty of clothes. If you are able to, please also bring extra supplies of essentials, as these can be given to the local people and will help to improve their lives immeasurably. These will be collected by your host and you might get the chance to help them with the distribution.

Duration Option Price  
1 (Week)GBP 649Book Now
2 (Week)GBP 1019Book Now
4 (Week)GBP 1789Book Now

Included

  • Airport pickup and transfer
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner when on the cultural exchange project
  • Approximately 80 hours in Spanish lessons
  • Cuban dance lessons twice a week
  • Three cultural sessions per week

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Costs for visas
  • Spending money
  • Travel insurance

Dates

2019 – Two Start Dates per Month

01-Dec; 15-Dec

2020 – Two Start Dates per Month

05; 19 Jan
02; 16 Feb
01; 15 March
05; 19 April
03; 17 May
07; 21 June
05; 19 July
02; 16 August
06; 20 September
04; 18 October
01; 15 November
06; 20 December

 

Xtreme Cuba Experience

Xtreme hits Cuba! Learn Spanish and gain amazing salsa moves with our Xtreme Cuba experience. Offering one of the only gap year opportunities to spend real-time in Cuba, on cultural exchange projects, learning Spanish and checking out this incredible country. Far more than just a holiday get under the skin of this beautiful country and have an unrivalled opportunity to soak up history in the making.

Cuba: a land quite like no other. With this trip, combining Cuban cultural immersion  and learning Spanish, you can find out first hand just why so many people regard this diverse country as the jewel of the Caribbean! While most visitors will only ever experience Havana and the local area, you’ll get to see everything, from the bustling streets of the capital through to the rural areas, as well as have the chance to visit UNESCO sites, beautiful beaches and vibrant bars and clubs. There truly is something for everyone in this mesmerising country, and we’ve packaged all the best bits up into this trip!

 Xtreme Cuba Experience

This 6 week program is without doubt one of our most ambitious ever, and will see you begin your journey in the world famous capital city, Havana. You won’t be staying in a hotel though, but in a casa particular, charming guesthouses run by local people and which are one of the only examples of legal capitalism in the country.

This accommodation will allow you to immerse yourself in the local culture, as you share breakfast and lunch with the owners, as well as fellow travellers. You can even practice your Spanish on them, and they’ll certainly do their best to help you understand the country as a whole.

14052160805_eb6223cfec_cHighlights:

  • Exploring this wonderful Caribbean country
  • Learning Spanish with up to 80 hours of Spanish lessons
  • Cruising through Havana in 1950s cars
  • Exploring the culture and history of this incredible country
  • Seeing what life is like living in the world last Communist states
  • Gaining impressive Cuban salsa moves with included dancing lessons and other cultural activities
  •  Trips to the Caribbean beaches

 

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Xtreme Cuba Gap Year Experience

 

Havana

Much of the time in Havana will be spent learning Spanish, and you will be given 3 x 45 minute lessons every weekday. Don’t worry though, it’s not like school the lessons are informal and delivered by local teachers! The lessons are tailored to your level as well, with a test at the beginning of the program used to established what you need to be taught. You’ll be in small classes too, with about 6-8 pupils being the maximum.

You won’t just be learning the language in Havana though ” you’ll be learning the culture and traditions as well, and what is more Cuban than throwing your hair back and taking to the dance floor? Cubans love to dance, and you’ll get a couple of dance lessons each week to learn the basics of dances such as the cha cha cha, rumba and, of course, salsa. Okay, you won’t be an expert when you leave, but you’ll impress everyone when you get back home! You might even impress some of the locals with your moves when you head to one of the many different vibrant music venues throughout the city in the evening!

On Saturday or Sundays in Havana you’ll have the chance to get involved with the arts and crafts initiative on the Paseo del Prado Boulevard. Artists set up workshops to share their creative talent, teaching children for free. There are 40 or more artists and literally hundreds of children drawing and painting using all manner of waste materials into sculptures and imaginative objects.

  • Part of our ‘Donation initiative’ is to contribute to the energy and excitement at the Paseo del Prado. We make discreet donations of materials and you will assist various artists, offering guidance and encouragement to the kids, and helping to deliver their mentor’s vision. Please, if you can, bring some small items from home as donations for the children. Having something to give will make your experience more meaningful. Cuba has been choked by sanctions for so many years they are short of many things we take for granted!
  • Our objective is to engage the children’s time productively, creatively and educationally. Attendance is entirely voluntary – this is not a school. You will need to use your imagination and fledgling Spanish-language skills to encourage the children to come along.

Projects – Playa Giron – weeks 3&4 

After the first two weeks in Havana, it’s time to head to Playa Giron and nearby Punta Perdiz, 200km south-east from Havana, world renowned because of the ‘Bay of Pigs’ invasion in April 1961. Punta Perdiz is adjacent to the Zapata Peninsula, where lies the ‘Gran Parque Natural Montemar’, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It contains the largest wetlands in the Caribbean, home to flamingos, manatee, crocodiles and the world’s smallest bird, the bee hummingbird. Here your time will be split between helping the Cuban Red Cross and local International Diving Centre protect this area and manage tourism sustainably and responsibly.

  • You’ll help clean up a section of the reef and beach, which are prone to picking up discarded and wind blow rubbish. You can do this whilst snorkelling.
  • You’ll also participate in underwater surveys to log certain species that may be in danger, changes to reefs and rates of growth, and to examine the Lion Fish epidemic that is becoming quite a problem across the Caribbean.

Both projects help to improve the environment and marine life for future generations.

Onshore at Punta Perdiz ‘Campismo’, we are renovating the sport and recreational facilities with a good lick of paint and with new sports equipment. Basketballs, volleyballs, nets and bibs etc will be provided to encourage local games and good team spirit. Until recently Cubans have not been allowed to mix with tourists (unless they work in the tourism sector) so they are super excited to meet us.

  • Each volunteer group will undertake to renovate a different part of the ‘Campismo‘ thus paving the way for the next group and leaving a lasting legacy in the form of improved facilities and good memories, ensuring that the Campismo’s are more comfortable for future Cuban families.

Back to Havana Weeks 5-6 Projects in  Havana

Depending on the group we change different projects through out the year but below is an example of some of the projects you could be involved in.

There are three main ongoing projects and the choice as to which one you’ll work on will be made during weeks 1 & 2 – when you first arrive in Havana and weeks 5 and 6. These projects are;

Arco Iris/Rainbow Project

‘Arco Iris’ is a community centre in a particularly run down area between Old Havana and Centro. The centre is a ‘home away from home’ for kids whose domestic circumstances are difficult. As well as hands on renovation to make this building fit for purpose, you will help pack the centre with activities – after school homework supervision, academic classes e.g. teaching English, arts and crafts activities and drama and music. It will be a privilege to work with such a group of fun loving kids and local people who are trying to create something special where they live.

  • You’ll be working to inject new life by painting murals, construction, after school activities like home work supervision, arts and crafts and eventually drama and music shows.

Centro Deportivo La Habana

Most famous for the baseball players it has produced this public sports facility hosts several different schools, sports clubs and all the community centres in La Habana, making it an extremely important and well used facility.

We will focus primarily on the dug-outs for the baseball teams, these over-used facilities have become derelict and in need of renovation. We will finish the project by hosting a match against one of the junior sides when team Leap can see how they fare against some of the most talented junior players in the world.

Rafael Trejo Boxing Gimnasio Project

Boxing is the country’s second favourite sport surpassed only by Cuba’s well- documented passion for baseball. Here the niños begin their training very young.

Here Hector Vinent Charon (a 2 time Olympic gold medalist) trains the niños. He believes that boxing teaches skills such as confidence that children can use in everyday life, regardless of what they may achieve in the gym, “it effects how you act in the classroom or on the street. It’s not just boxing.”

  • Despite this upbeat philosophy the Gimnasio looks pretty gloomy and could use a lick of paint. Your first project will be to source paints, brushes and other materials locally to spruce up the outside of the gym. With the help of Vianko, our Director of Arts, and a team of young Cuban helpers, you will paint a colourful collage on the outside of the building, featuring boxers from the club who have gone on to represent their country.
  • Time permitting you will also spruce up the interior walls and start to repair various sections of the stadium seating. The club is functional, but with a bit of work and effort it could be a much more inspiring.

Spanish Lessons
Each morning Monday to Friday from 09:00-11:45 you will receive 3 x 45 minute intensive structured Spanish lessons (each lesson is followed by a 15 minute break). Tuition is delivered by an accredited and licensed Cuban teacher, and lessons take place in the Casa. On the first morning there will be a short test to establish your level and requirements.

* The Cultural Immersion content will feature additional Spanish language tuition, oral comprehension and dialogue (approx. 4 hours per week).

Dance Classes

There are 2 dance classes per week – each approximately one hour duration, during which you will be taken through your paces learning Salsa, Son, Rueda de Casino, Mambo, Cha Cha Cha, and Rumba and perhaps a few moves you haven’t heard of… The lessons are delivered a short walk from your Casa by a licensed dance instructor, and in the evenings there are MANY free live music venues where you can do your homework!

Weekend Excursions

We have included weekend activities. First two weekends you will be accompanied on a daytrip to a beach directly east of Havana. Journey time is 30 minutes by bus and you will enjoy the exhilarating rollers that break on these pristine sandy beaches.

Third weekend  will feature a two-night trip to Viñales, a three hour drive to the central western region of Cuba. The Viñales Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site owing to the outstanding landscape, traditional architecture and agricultural techniques still used.

Accommodation

Havana is an exciting city with many interesting neighbourhoods. However, to experience the ‘real’ Havana you need to stay in Habana Vieja. From here you are a very comfortable walk to the best bars and nightlife, and during the daytime you will be living among the real Habanos working in shops, bars, art galleries and going about their daily lives in this atmospheric part of the city.

Havana has a unique distinction, being the safest city in the Caribbean and Latin America generally. There are a number of reasons for this, but what it means for the curious traveller is that you will be able to enjoy unprecedented access to local people as you wander around the ‘barrio’ that makes up Habana Vieja.

 

Your Casa has been specially selected for its central location in ‘Habana Vieja’ and quality of service. The local cuban staff are on hand to help you all the time.  Expect to stay with up to 30 other gappers all in the same building. You can see more here on our blog.

During your volunteer placement at Punta Perdiz you will be staying in a a combination of accommodations. Some of the time will be in a lovely Casa Particulare in Playa Giron. You may also spend some nights at Punta Perdiz Campismo in series of blockwork cabins with concrete floors and en suite (cold water only) that form the accommodation units at the Campismo. Each cabin consists of bunk beds and includes a fridge. Most Cuban guest’s at the Campismo will self cater with an outside BBQ. Our group will be self-sufficient and have a daily rota for preparation meals and cleaning, overseen by your program manager. You should bring a sheet, mosquito net and towel and will be encouraged to leave some or all of these items at the end of your stay (more ‘Donativo’!).

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

Of course. There are many opportunities to head off on your own, and many people on this trip also extend their time in Cuba afterwards to travel around more. There are many museums and other sites to see in Havana, plus you could even take a few days to head to towns such as Santiago, Cienfuegos or Trinidad (the latter is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most beautiful cities in the Caribbean).
Our teachers are trained to deal with all different levels. The level of teaching will be tailored to your exact needs, therefore it doesn’t matter if you arrive speaking some Spanish, or absolutely none at all. All you need to bring is a willingness to learn!

The price includes all accommodation, as well as breakfast and lunch every day (plus dinner when on the cultural exchange). Additionally, you will receive around 80 hours of Spanish lessons, as well as dance lessons twice a week and three cultural sessions per week. The price also includes two trips to the beach and a visit to Vinales Valley. Extra nights can be booked for $35, and the cost of the transfer from the airport to the hotel will be approximately $15. We will also be happy to advise on the best ways to book flights to Cuba from any other country.

Make sure you bring everything you’ll need for the trip, as many things you take for granted will not be available in Cuba. This includes medication, mosquito spray, sanitary products and a plenty of clothes. If you are able to, please also bring extra supplies of essentials, as these can be given to the local people and will help to improve their lives immeasurably. These will be collected by your host and you might get the chance to help them with the distribution.

Varies but sometimes up to 17 student clients doing a mix of programmes… 9 Learn Spanish & Volunteer and some Learn Spanish & Culture, and some The Boxing programme. We expect at least 10-15 every month.
65% Europe, 35% North America. 70% under 25 – a really nice mix of nationalities – Scandinavian, British, Dutch, German, Canadian, American etc
In October you should still have 9 hours or so of sunshine plus pleasant breezes. This is actually better than July/August when it can get a bit too hot, dry etc for Europeans. But as many book during holiday time July is actually the busiest time (but not necessarily the best weather wise.)

Included

  • Airport pickup and transfer
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner when on the cultural exchange project
  • Approximately 80 hours in Spanish lessons
  • Cuban dance lessons twice a week
  • Three cultural sessions per week
  • Two trips the beach
  • A visit to Vinales Valley

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Costs for visas
  • Spending money
  • Travel insurance

Dates

Start Dates 2018

Sep-02 2018

 

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Spanish And Surfing In Ecuador

Surfing and Spanish is a wicked combination if you are heading out on a South America Gap Year. No boring classrooms, but learning Spanish on the beach. You will be staying in Montanita, a funky beach town and the capital of surfing in Ecuador. You become a great surfer as you will be taught by worlds best competitive surfing champions. No surf experience is needed.

Surfing and Spanish is a wicked combination if you are heading out on a South America Gap Year. No boring classrooms, but learning Spanish on the beach. You will be staying in Montanita, a funky beach town and the capital of surfing in Ecuador. You become a great surfer as you will be taught by world’s best competitive surfing champions. No surf experience is needed.

 Spanish And Surfing In Ecuador

  • Learn Spanish at an award-winning language school
  • Learn to surf from world known surf professionals
  • You do not need to have experience in surfing or Spanish
  • Stay in the most popular surf spot in Ecuador, Montanita
  • Surf trips down the coast when your skills are well developed
  • Very social seen: surfing, activities etc. are organized in groups
  • Great trip to make new friends and travel onwards with them
  • Perfect start for your South America Gap Year Experience

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Spanish and Surf Ecuador

Award winning Spanish language school

Learn Spanish in MexicoImagine hearing the crash of the Pacific ocean as the waves hit the beach, while you grasp the basics of Spanish. Besides that learning the language is essential if you plan to take a gap year in South America. So what better way to prepare yourself or improve your Spanish, than by doing it is a fun environment?

Our partner Spanish School in Ecuador, is one of the most original and exciting Spanish academies in South America. They are winner of numerous awards, including the language star awards (being nominated as one of the top 5 language academies in the world).

We particularly love this language school as it is the way the classes are delivered that adds a little spice to the whole learning process. When you add this to the fact that the language school is based in Montanita, one of the most popular backpacking beach towns in Ecuador it is a great chilled out place to hang out learn Spanish and get into the South American swing.

Intensive Spanish

The Spanish School provides small mini-group Spanish. We pride ourselves on the quality of these courses. You can expect to receive plenty of help with your Spanish with 4 lessons per day, 5 days per week. With 6 different ability groups you will be with others also keen to learn, at the same level. The levels follow the standard European Educational system of A1 to C2. By having others in your class it is an excellent way to stay motivated, practice what you are learning and to meet other students, many of whom travel onwards after the course.

Classes consist of 2 hours of largely Grammar based learning. We make it fun! Then there is 2 hours of more conversational or activity based Spanish, to put into practice what you have learned. We have found this approach to be extremely effective.

Small groups for effective learning

The groups are very small, normally 2-6 persons. So you will get lots of attention, and your learning needs are catered for. Occasionally we will not meet our minimum numbers per class in your ability group. In this case your lessons will be replaced with 15 hours of private one on one lessons.

The amazing surf lessons

Every day (from Monday to Friday) you will have 1.5 hours surf classes. You will practice in small group so you learn to surf quickly. The quality of the surf instructors teaching you how to surf are amazing! Instructors and surfers from Montanita are (comprise half of the Ecuadorian National team) placed in the TOP 10 in Billabong ISA World Surfing Games 2011 in Panama! And you get learn to surf with these guys! Unbelievable! So then once your surf skills are a little more established, we will hit the road: Every second weekend we load up the surf truck and make a short surf trip up or down the coast. This is the perfect occasion to practice those new moves you have been learning in class and explore some of the more secret surf spots which are usually guarded as local knowledge.

No experience needed

Most people on this programme are in the same boat. Montanita is perfect for beginners and advanced surfers alike. The waves at low tide are a little more relaxed for beginners. When you are feeling confident, grab your surf board and get out there at high tide, where the biggest waves are waiting to challenge your new surf skills. You will certainly gain some impressive surfing ability, with one of Ecuador’s top instructors who came an impressive 17th in the World Championships on hand to get you moving through the water like a surf crazed torpedo!

Extra programme activities

It’s not just surfing you could combine with Spanish, there are other options available locally to add some more thrills or chills to your language course.

  • learn salsa
  • learn yoga
  • learn kitesurfing
  • or do the surf and scuba combo!

Accommodation

ecuador classroom (11)Our accommodation is a perfect combination of location, quietness and luxury! The accommodation will be shared with maximum 4 other travellers. You will stay with four other in a dorm or you can upgrade to a Cabana. This all is located in a stunning Eco Resort.

About the Eco Resort

Eco Resort means, recycled water to feed our large and growing garden (please bring biodegradable soap and shampoo if possible), solar powered outside lighting, rainwater collection for the large and tempting swimming pool (and Jacuzzi – a life saver to soothe the aching muscles – the ones you never knew you had – after an afternoon surfing), and a recycling system. Do you wish to see more picture? Please visit our blog with this link.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

It is hard to tell when is the best time to go. It also depends on what you prefer. The average temperature is 28 degrees Celsius. The period from December to May is the rainy season. During this period the temperature is higher, there is more sun, but also some (heavy) afternoon rain showers. From June to November it is much dryer, but also a bit cooler, even chilly in evenings. If you prefer higher waves you should go from December to May. The waves are around 1.5 meters, now and then up to 2 meters. The waves from June to November are between 0.5 and 1 meters. The peak season is from June to August and in December and January when many tourists visit Ecuador. Please book early (also your flights) if you wish to go in this period to make sure you get a good deal.
You will absolutely not be lonely on this programme. Therefore it is best to start on the first Monday of the month as many more participants will starts at the same time. One of the reasons we set group starting dates. But if you wish to start another date, no worries, there are always people surfing and learning Spanish at the location you are staying at! So, you will make lots of new friends and have an amazing experience!
No worries, most people on this program are in the same boat. Montanita is perfect for beginners and advanced surfers alike. The waves at low tide are a little more relaxed for beginners. When you are feeling confident, grab your surf board and get out there at high tide, where the biggest waves are waiting to challenge your new surf skills. You will certainly gain some impressive surfing ability, with one of Ecuador’s top instructors who came an impressive 17th in the World Championships on hand to get you moving through the water like a surf crazed torpedo!
Yes, the quality of the surf instructor teaching you how to surf are amazing! Instructors and surfers from Montanita are (comprise half of the Ecuadorian National team) placed in the TOP 10 in Billabong ISA World Surfing Games 2011 in Panama! And you get learn to surf with these guys! Unbelievable! So then once your surf skills are a little more established, we will hit the road: Every second weekend we load up the surf truck and make a short surf trip up or down the coast. This is the perfect occasion to practice those new moves you have been learning in class and explore some of the more secret surf spots which are usually guarded as local knowledge.
Its is not just any language school. It is set right on the beach a stones thrown from the Pacific and you will be enroll in a multi award winning language school. There are 4 lessons per day (1 hour duration), 5 days per week. With 6 different ability groups you will be with others also keen to learn at the same level. By having others in your class it is an excellent way to stay motivated, practice what you are learning and to meet other students. There are a maximum of 6 students per class so you learn pretty fast.
Yes, if you want to have a crash course, we can also offer one to one lessons – 20 hours a week. Please contact us for additional costs.
Montanita is the place where you will be staying. It is a small coastal town where around 1,000 people live. It is a multicultural beach town and worldwide know within the surf community. But the surf is not only in Montanita. There are hundreds of miles of other breaks all throughout the coast. If you want a deserted first class break, you can easily find it! And surf boards are allowed in local buses.
Also other water sport can be done here, like water skiing, scuba diving and wind surfing. Montanita is one of the most liberal places in Ecuador and the atmosphere is very relaxed. You will hear a lot of reggae and hippie music and see many portraits of Bob Marley, Che Guevara and John Lennon while walking on the streets. Montañita is filled with bars, restaurants, and cafes that cater to all the budgets and tastes. During the peak season, there are many electronic and house music festivals on the beach.

If you are not convinced by now… Here are some more reason why you should join this programme:

  • People do not generally speak English in South America. Spanish is required.
  • Learn Spanish at an award-winning language school.
  • Montanita is one of the coolest surf towns in South America.
  • You will have lots of fun and learn a language at the same time.
  • You have surf lessons world pro surfers and you live in a cool place!
  • You spend your gap year constructively! Learning a language and a new skill (surfing).
Lots of people come to Montanita to learn Spanish and hang out before heading on with their travels to South America. If you are a little nervous about travelling or going alone, this is a great program to ease yourself into South America, and get you set up before you head off on your travels. It is not uncommon for our groups to travel together after the program and people often meet others wanting to do the same adventures.
With regards to money its quite difficult to say how much you will need. Really depends on your choice of food. At the restaurants around town the meals are between 1.50 and 5.50USD. What you spend has also to do with how much you will be drinking and partying, how active you are with the activities throughout the town etc. It really depends on the student how much they spend in Montanita. You can live off as little as $5.00 daily if you cook all meals, and spend up to $30 if you eat out and go out more often. A realistic daily budget if you live aware of money and don’t go out to eat every day is $15-$20. I hope this helps, but please do not complain when you spend more because you love to party!
Flights from London to Quito or Guayaquil, which is only 2.5 hours away from Montanita, will start from 650GBP. But it really depends on the date of flying and how much in advance you book your flights. Please note that this is an indication.
Unfortunately not, as this program is called Spanish and surf for a reason! However we have plenty of other fantastic surfing programs which do not require Spanish lessons, so contact us and we can talk you through your options.
There are two cash machines and a small bank where you can withdraw money from while you are there. If ATM’s not work? There are two ATM’s in town, and there are issues sometimes due to electricity shortages or errors in the system or sometimes they are simply out of money (especially at busy times like with the surf championship going on). However, these issues are usually solved within a day. There is always the option to go to the bank teller and withdraw money there with a bank-/ credit card and the student’s passport they can withdraw up to $1000. So if the ATM’s don’t work, this is always an option (except for Sundays where it’s closed).
Extra costs: From the airport (Guayaquil) we offer transfer, however they are not inclusive. The transfer from Guayaquil to Montanita costs £80, the return trip costs   £70 . Most people opt for the bus, only 6 or 7 dollars and very easy. Other extra costs are if you wish to hire a surf board for when you have no activities planned. Its 80 USD a week, to be arranged and paid locally.
Meals are great and there are plenty of restaurants. There are lots of meals with fruit, veggies and rice here!  There are even veggie ´fast food restaurants´: vegetarian fast-food joint offers soy hamburgers, organic tofu, natural yogurt and a long list of delicious fruit and vegetable extracts. So for vegetarians there are a lot of choices too!
The board rental usage is included during the classes, but not outside of these times. If you wish to use boards after class you can rent one by the week:  $60 for the first week and $30 for every week thereafter. this is paid locally.

 

Duration Option Price  
2 (Week)Shared DormGBP 650Book Now
4 (Week)Shared DormGBP 1499Book Now

Included

  • Pre departure information before you leave
  • Surfing lessons (Monday to Friday and 1.5 hours per day)
  • Spanish lessons in an open air environment (Monday to Friday and 4 hours per day)
  • Accommodation
  • All Spanish course materials
  • Other excursions as mentioned in the itinerary

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Internal flight from Quito to Guayaquil (30 minutes and around $38)
  • Meals and drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Transfers to Montanita (private pick up can be arranged for a £80 fee)

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Learn Spanish in Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen in Mexico is an enchanting place and a popular beach town located on the Mayan Riviera, with beautiful white beaches and a thrilling night life. You will learn Spanish every morning at an award winning language school, located 10 minute walk from the beach, in cool open air palapas instead of a boring bright lighted class room. It is an intensive course that will have you ordering tacos and getting into the Mexican swing in days! Besides going to classes you are free to enjoy the laid back beach life or go explore Mayan ruins, go diving, visit one of the beautiful under water caves (cenotes) and enjoy the Mexican hospitality.


Playa del Carmen, or just Playa as the locals lovingly call it. An enchanting place in the Mexican Caribbean and a favorite beach town located on the ‘Riviera Maya’. It is famous for its beautiful white beaches, crystal blue sea and a thrilling nightlife. You will learn Spanish every morning at an award winning language school, located 10-minute walk from the beach, in cool open air palapa’s instead of a boring bright lighted classroom.

 Learn Spanish in Mexico. Playa Del Carmen

It is an intensive course that will have you ordering taco´s and getting into the Mexican swing in days! Besides going to classes you are free to enjoy the laid back beach life or go explore Mayan ruins, go diving, visit one of the beautiful underwater caves (cenotes) and enjoy the Mexican hospitality. You share a residence with other students and together you will try your newly grasped language skills out on the streets and on the beaches!

Live and learn in paradise!

Mexico Sale Now OnThe award winning language school is the best place to apprehend the second largest language in the world and living in Playa del Carmen will surely be a life changing experience. It is full of people like you, that came here once and never left, or keep coming back. Whatever it is, after this Gap Year you will never be the same, in the most positive sense of the word! Viva Mexico!

  • 20 hours Spanish a week in the most thrilling town in the Caribbean
  • Classes are held in open air palapas in an award winning language school
  • Walk to the white beach and blue sea in just five minutes after your class is finished
  • Make friends easily with weekly ´Social Cafe´ and sport activities on the beach every Friday
  • Salsa and cooking classes
  • Never a dull moment with so much culture, nightlife, beach, friends to make and activities to do!

It will be hard to find a place that combines learning and fun like our school in Playa. We suggest booking one way! You won’t be the first deciding to extend their stay.

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The Details

281805_10151292617477274_564882607_nOur language school was founded in 1997. Their mission is to provide the best quality instruction of Spanish as a Second Language, and to offer students a meaningful and unforgettable cultural experience.
One thing that sets the school apart is the individual attention each student receives to learn Spanish fast. The teachers and professional staff provide around the clock attention, creating a family environment for every student.

On the first day of school you will be taking a small exam to see what your level in Spanish is, so you will be placed in the appropriate class. During the morning there will be a contact session with the director of the school who will give you information about the programme as well as living in Playa del Carmen. Everybody in the school will be part of your everyday life in no time, for teachers and students will participate together in the many activities.

Besides learning Spanish the fun way, outside in a ´palapa´ instead of a boring classroom, you will be living in a place like no other, with white sandy beaches and crystal clear blue warm waters close by. You will be staying with your new friends in a beautifully set-up residence not far from the school. Amazing night life, restaurants, bars, shopping streets, countless activities, sports, culture, wildlife, and most of all fun, fun, fun!

Imagine practicing your newly apprehended Spanish skills staring at the sea, with your feet in the sand and a bucket of cold corona´s next to you, some mariachi´s playing songs that sound slightly familiar. That is studying Spanish in Mexico!

300x200Some reasons to study here

  • Small groups with a maximum of 6 students per instructor
  • All Spanish programmes and levels available year-round
  • Friendly environment for every student.
  • Cultural activities from Tuesday through Friday, such as movies or lectures in Spanish, free Salsa and cooking lessons, soccer and volleyball games and Cafe Social every Wednesday at a local cafe/restaurant/bar
  • Beautiful settings in our Spanish school, tropical gardens, open terraces and architecture
  • Located downtown, close to main streets, restaurants, cafes, stores and bars, 6 blocks from the beach
  • Cultural and recreational excursions to various archaeological sites and other places of interest in the area each weekend
  • Individual attention to each student and assistance with any questions or problems
  • A library with books on history, art, literature, etc as well as magazines and newspapers
  • Receiving calls in our Spanish schools offices free of charge
  • Computer room for students and free WiFi
  • An ID card from the school which will grant you discount in bars, restaurants and stores
  • Many things to do, like diving, kite surfing, paddle boarding, horse riding, quad tours, salsa classes, natural parks, snorkelling with turtles, underwater caves, gyms, islands to visit, fishing, archaeological sites.

The Spanish Course

  • 20 hours Spanish lessons per week
  • Spanish courses are held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and are composed of 3 lessons of practical conversational grammar and 1 lessons of practical conversation and/or lectures.
  • This programme consists of classes with an average of 4 students per class with a maximum of 6-8 students in high season.

Playa del Carmen

Playa del Carmen is a beautiful city that sits on the Caribbean Sea coast. It used to be a humble fishing village and the stopover for travelers visiting Cozumel Island. It is blessed with the same stretch of white sandy beaches and azure waters as Cancun, but with less crowd.
Tourists then began to see Playa del Carmen as a good holiday getaway, and so began its rise as a major destination. It is now home to various hotels, restaurants, resorts, and bars and clubs, not to mention many other attractions such as adventure sports facilities and great diving opportunities.

Quinta Avenida is the city’s major street. You can walk it from the beach. It is filled with boutiques, restaurants, and many other interesting establishments. Walking along this street will make you feel the festive atmosphere of the place. You will find streets intersecting with the Quinta and leading to the beach. Here you will find internet cafes, money changers, dive-shops and other specialty stores. Quinta Avenida transforms into a vibrant party venue at night. It is the perfect place to mingle with the locals and fellow tourists.
The picturesque beaches in Playa del Carmen are open to the public. The crystal-like waters have the right temperature for a nice swim. If you prefer a crowded beach, then head for the ones close to the ferry docks. But if you want a serene, private place, then go to either north or south for less crowded and quieter beaches.
Playa del Carmen offers lots of sporting activities at the beach. You can fish, scuba-dive, or snorkel. Do not worry if you forgot to bring your gears since there are many dive shops that rent out equipment. If you do not prefer some action, you can always relax by lounging under your umbrella, while sipping a glass of Margarita.
As for culinary adventures, the city also has many interesting things to offer. It has a diverse mix of traditional, international, as well as fusion cuisines and all ready to appease your craving palate with something hot, something new, or something scrumptious. Options include authentic Mayan dishes French, Italian, Chinese, Argentinian, and many other international dishes.
Visit the bustling yet charming Playa del Carmen. This heavenly, stylish, and surprisingly seductive place will astound you with all its unique offers. You´ll never want to leave!

Accommodation Xtreme Gap Mexican Base.

Your accommodation is in a beautiful boutique hostel, with a great intimate atmosphere. The rooms have private bathrooms and air conditioning! All guests have use of a big terrace where they can relax or just share travel tips with other guests. Its located in a great neighbourhood, everything is round the corner, oh and there is free WiFi!

The best hostel in Playa del Carmen for sure. Perfect blend of atmosphere without being too crazy. Great chill out area in the middle with fun events at night. The staff are all really good fun and friendly. The place has a great vibe and if you like tequila you will do very well here.

Breakfast

We include breakfast for you. Breakfast is a buffet style and includes – coffee, tea, bread, butter, 4 types of jam, 2 types of cereal, milk and 2 types of fruits, so good start of the day!

 

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

We focus on the conversational ability of the students though writing, comprehension, pronunciation, grammar and reading are also emphasized.

Following are descriptions of the grammatical points covered in each level.

A1: Beginner Spanish I
Gender and number, definite and indefinite articles, adjectives, the verbs estar, haber and ser, demonstratives, regular and irregular verbs in present tense, direct pronouns (part I).

A2: Beginner Spanish II
Irregular verbs in present tense (part II), present progressive, present perfect and preterit tense, reflexive verbs, direct and indirect pronouns in the same sentence.

B1: Intermediate Spanish I

Imperfect tense, imperfect progressive and preterit progressive tenses, preterit and imperfect in the same sentence, accidental verbs, comparisons, past perfect tense.

B2: Intermediate Spanish II
Future tense, conditional tense, passive voice, comparisons of por and para, familiar and formal commands.

C1: Advanced Spanish I
Subjunctive mode (present and past).

C2: Advanced Spanish II
In depth analysis and review of all the grammatical points seen in the previous levels.

Advanced Spanish III
Analysis of literature, newspapers, journals and other material, Grammatical review.

 

You can start on any Monday throughout the year. With the exception of national holidays listed below.

In case the Monday is a national holiday the school will be closed. No refunds for this day, instead use it to hit the beach and drink corona’s or cocktails!
National holidays are:

  • January 1st: new year´s day
  • February 4th: Constitution´s day
  • March 18th: Benito Juarez´s birthday
  • March 29th: Good Friday
  • May 1st: Labor day
  • September 16th: Independence day
  • November 2nd: Day of the Dead
  • November 18th: Commemoration of the Mexican Revolution
  • December 25th: Christmas

Playa Del Carmen offers plenty to do when you’re not studying. The beautiful beaches and sea provide all kinds of activities like: volleyball, stand up paddle board, snorkelling with turtles, fishing, diving, free diving, kite surfing, cheap massages, parasailing, jet board, sailing or just chillaxing in the sun. There are jeep tours and natural parks with lots of activities. Depending on the season you can go diving with bull sharks or whale sharks. Close to the beach are countless restaurants, bars and stores to explore. There is Cancun and Tulum to visit, all with their own vibe. The area is famous for its hundreds of underwater caves that are unique in the world. Playa del Carmen has a nightlife like no other place. There are salsa parties everywhere. There are many cultural and archeological places to visit, like the Mayan ruins of Tulum, Chicen itza or Coba. There is gym’s, cross fit, many yoga schools, meditation classes and of course the enchanting quinta avenida that will make you come back time after time.

Yes there is! You can use the kitchen at the accommodation to prepare your meals. also in walking distance is a massive super market with beautiful food! So if you like preparing your own meals and you want to keep the costs down, this is a perfect option.
From the 20th Dec-20th Jan the prices increase. Please contact us for a custom quote.
Duration Option Price  
1 (Week)One weekGBP 599Book Now
2 (Week)Two weeksGBP 999Book Now
3 (Week)GBP 1349Book Now
4 (Week)GBP 1699Book Now
5 (Week)GBP 1899Book Now
6 (Week)GBP 2200Book Now
7 (Week)GBP 2499Book Now
10 (Week)GBP 3199Book Now
11 (Week)GBP 3499Book Now

Included

  • Exclusive pre departure information pack before you leave
  • Airport pickup
  • 24 hour support
  • Spanish classes 4 hours a day, 5 days a week in open air palapas
  • Shared  accommodation in a fun hostel
  • Breakfasts
  • Weekly salsa and cooking classes
  • Weekly social cafe and sports activities on the beach
  • Placement exams to be given at arrival to determine students level
  • Daily conversation classes
  • Many other excursions, sports and activities to be added to your trip
  • ID card from the school for various discounts
  • Spanish courses certificate of your studies
  • Text books included
  • Free WiFi throughout the school
  • Use of Kitchen at your accommodation
  • Spanish movie night once a week
  • Unlimited sun, beach, fun!

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Drinks
  • Spending money
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance

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“The teachers are very professional, and in general all the staff are very friendly. I learned a lot in this time and had a great time in this beautiful place you got here. Thank you very much!”
Patrick - Switzerland
“The people there were very nice and extremely helpful. The classes-especially the conversation-made me feel more comfortable and practice my Spanish out loud. The excursions were great and the residence wonderful.”
Kelly - USA
“Thanks to everyone for a wonderful learning experience; it was truly fabulous! In general, the campus, directors and teaching personal, all contribute to a rich environment very conclusive to optimal learning potential for students.”
Margaret - UK
” ¡Desde el primer contacto mi experiencia estuvo muy bien! La organización es muy buena … me gusto como todo el equipo de la escuala atiende a los estudiantes!”
Monica - Germany
“Great school, very social and amazing location. The teachers were great as were all the people studying there. And Playa is just a Disney wonderland.”
Mick - Netherlands
“The school is like a home away from home Basically a small family and some new friends for a life time Thank you for the good times”
Karen - Switzerland
“I received a solid introduction to Spanish and the Mexican culture through both my classes and going out with the other students.”
Kathryn - USA
“Great people, great teachers, beautiful school. Very happy with my time in Mexico and Xtreme gap and I am planning to return …”
Jim - UK
“Living in the residence was like living in my own house, as you know this is my second time here, I hope this is not the last one, because I really want to visit again. …”
Andrea - Switzerland
” …Loved the classes and the whole vibe, the teachers, the other students, learning on the beach. La pura vida!! I miss it every day!”
Annette - Netherlands
I met people from all around the world and made lifelong friends. I had the time of my life in Mexico! It was such an amazing experience I will totally recommend!
Ilaria - Italy

Learn Spanish in stunning Malaga Spain

Spanish and Sun 2 Week Crash Course Spain
Learn Spanish and soak up the best weather in Europe. Taking in 3 major Spanish cities with optional Xtreme adventures on the way – you will learn Spanish for 20 hours per week, take part in Spains biggest festival, and indulge in Spanish culture from Flamenco to Tapas.

 

Learn Spanish and soak up the best weather in Europe. Enjoining a truly buzzing city on the coast of the Costa del Sol, providing you wit a lot of bars, beach bars, great nightlife and delicious Andalusian Food. Oh, and don ´t forget the culture! We take you on Malaga city tours and visits to Museums and in weekends you can join our city trips, especially put together for all students at the Picasso Institute. The Spanish lessons are 20 hours per week, and all of this takes part during Spain’s biggest festival, the Malaga Feria.

 Study Spanish At Spains Biggest Festival In Malaga

Spanish is the world’s second most widely spoken language and incredibly easy to learn. You don’t have to go all the way to South America to pick up new Spanish language skills when you can take a three-hour flight from the UK to the Costa Del Sol which boasts the best weather in Europe and do an intensive Spanish crash course with Xtreme Gap.

Combining 20 hours of Spanish with loads of really cool cultural activities in the major city of Malaga, and joining weekend trips to Marbella, Seville, Cordoba or Granada, with some optional Xtreme adventures along the way, you can top up your tan, devour tasty tapas, and immerse yourself in flamenco culture all the while perfecting your Spanish on this exciting Spanish and Sun 2 or 4 Week Crash Course in Spain.

 

Highlights

  • Picking up new Spanish language skills during Malaga Feria week
  • Soaking up the sun in the sunniest cities in Europe
  • Plenty of beach time
  • Immersing yourself in Andalusian culture with tapas crawls, cooking classes and a flamenco show
  • Hitting stunning ancient cities in weekends
  • Discovering your Picasso’s from your Dali’s in the Picasso Museum

The Feria weeks In August

We run the strip once a year to coincide with the Malaga Festival which is a huge party in Andalusia. Expect a week of parades partying great food and music right on your doorstep. There’s loads of fun stuff to do which makes it so much more than just a typical Spanish crash course. Please contact us for exact dates.

The Feria is divided into two parts, day and night…….The daytime events start around noon in the main shopping street in Malaga and carries on until about 7pm. Be tempted by Spain’s national drink of sherry from the open air bars as you soak up the city’s daytime party atmosphere.

The night time party takes place on the huge fairground a short way from the city centre. Starting around 9pm you can party until dawn breaks. Hundreds of stalls selling food and drink, fairground rides and lots of loud party music, this is the event the Malaguenos save up for all year.

What will I do on a daily basis?

We have daily classes in the morning and afternoon, and you will be given a timetable schedule during your orientation.

In general you will be learning Spanish getting to know your classmates, but you will also have plenty of free time to enjoy the awesome vibe of living in Malaga a truly beautiful city.

Really social environment

The great beauty of studying Spanish and Malaga, is that not only is this one of the sunniest cities in Europe it also boasts several beaches within walking distance to the school accommodation. The language school set in the heart of the city, is in a historical building, located right next to the ancient Moorish citadel, and just a couple of metres from the old town. Groups tend to get very social, and on downtime you can expect to be hanging out with your new friends from all over the world and exploring the city, and nightlife. No two days will be the same however, as we also organise quite a few excursions and trips during the course.

This trip really represent the perfect mix for a great summer, a couple of hours a day devoted to learning Spanish in improving your life skills, with amazing weather, good times with new friends and superb nightlife that really does go on all night if you want it.

Just be sure you can handle it if you’ve got an early morning class the next day!

Flights

You will need to fly into Malaga which has hundreds of cheap low-cost airline connections from the UK and the rest of Europe (check Ryanair, Monarch, EasyJet and sky scanner).

 

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Further Details

Further details on the activities can be found on our  blog here.

Location

P5010144The majority of this program takes place in Malaga, the major city on the south coast of Spain. Malaga has beautiful beaches, beautiful architecture and is an exciting student town with plenty going on during the day and late into the night. Walking through the winding backstreets of the old town you can follow in the footsteps of Picasso or wander along Calle Marques de Larios, Malaga’s  finest shopping street. Take  in the sights of the beautiful cathedral and the Alcazaba, a muslim fortified palace,  or sit back and relax with a glass of chilled cava along the ultra-chic waterfront.

Our partners the Picasso language school will conduct your lessons in the centre of Malaga, right amongst all the heart of the action with the hundreds of bars and shops and restaurants all around. When you are not studying there is plenty to see and do in this beautiful city.

Whilst all of your lessons (20 hours per week) will be conducted in Malaga there are day trips to other cities and locations in Andalusia, one of the highlights will be heading to Granada, a couple of hours inland from Malaga. Here you can get involved in the Xtreme adventure canyoning, as an optional extra, before you check out the world famous Alhambra Palace and take a stroll through the charming Moorish streets and alleys.

Activities

Also included during your time in Malaga there will be a trip to the Picasso Museum. Christened with no less than 23 names, Pablo Picasso has become known as the son of Malaga.  See one of the famous Andalusian flamenco shows  and then hit some of the bars and restaurants in Malaga centre to finish off your evening.  Don’t forget of  course to spend plenty of time in the gorgeous sunshine on the beach.

Xtreme activities

P5040245For those interested in doing some extreme activities during the weekend we can head down to Tarifa, aka the wind capital of Europe, where you can learn to kite surf with some of the worlds top kite surf instructors. Check out our YouTube channel on kite surfing in Tarifa to see what all the fuss is about.

With Malaga being located on the south coast you are just a stones throw from Africa so for the really adventurous you can do weekend trip to Morocco to go and haggle in the markets, and eat some tagine.

Spanish cuisine

You can’t come to the Costa del Sol without trying some paella, so during the week you will be taken out to dinner with the rest of the group to eat this mouthwatering Spanish delicacy. Of course it might not be as delicious as it should be because you will in fact be doing the cooking. On our paella evening we will be teaching you how to make the dish!!!!

If you have any room left over you’ll be pleased to know there are hundreds of tapas bars located on your doorstep.  Tapas are small snacks that can be washed down with a cool glass of San Miguel, a locally brewed beer.  Be warned all this tasty food is incredibly moreish.

Language lessons

Spanish lessons are fun and educational with native Spanish speakers and take place twice a day. There are two main sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon with up to 4 hours per day. There’s plenty free time to explore the city, hit the beach and hang out with your new friends. Both beginners and intermediates are very welcome to join as classes are tailored to your level so whether you want to pick up the lingo or improve your already strong Spanish levels you will be well looked after.

Accommodation

Depending on numbers in the group you will be housed in either a hostel or an apartment located near the school. There are plenty of inexpensive restaurants and eating out is a very social activity in Spain. Visit one of the local restaurants, sit outside with some of your new friends, share a jug of chilled sangria and watch the world go by.

Frequently Asked Questions

The lessons are all delivered in Spanish, because we have students from all over the world it would not be fair to deliver the lessons in one language over another. But they are structured in a proven way that actually gets your Spanish up to speed a lot quicker. You will find between two and eight weeks you can really improve your Spanish.
No. As this is a crash course you can learn Spanish with no experience at all, however if you already speak Spanish and you want to improve this is also great course for you. Not only do you get four hours a day practising with native Spanish speakers, you also get to do a lot of activities with Spanish guides giving you plenty of opportunities to practice your language skills.
Our Spanish school is in Malaga
Spain is one of the cheapest countries in Europe significantly cheaper than the UK so you actually don’t need that much. You can eat out of a nice restaurant for about eight pounds and a glass of beer costs less than orange juice! Of course during the festival there’s plenty in the way of temptation so you may want to bring a little bit extra to have a good time! We would recommend about €25 per day is adequate. There are plenty of cheap or free activities in Malaga, but you will want to cover your snacks and drinks.
Whilst there are plenty of free activities included in this trip our couple of optional extras for example of Morocco trip and kite surfing in Tarifa. You do not have to take part in these trips (which happened at the weekends) but they are rather good fun. A short ferry ride to Morocco is like entering a new world: stands to reason that you will be entering a new continent, and the kite surfing trip to Tarifa enables you to learn to kite surf in one of the worlds top kite surfing locations.
We recommend you book at least 12 weeks ahead because Malaga during the festival is pretty busy. The Malaga  Festival is actually the biggest in Spain and accommodation can be quite tight. You’re free to e-mail us if you have any questions, but you can book ahead for as little as £100.
Duration Option Price  
2 (Week)Spanish & SunGBP 999Book Now
4 (Week)Spanish & SunGBP 1499Book Now

Included

  • 20 hours of Spanish per week
  • All course materials
  • Accommodation
  • Day trips
  • Paella cooking class
  • Tapas Bar Crawl
  • Welcome drink
  • Flamenco show
  • Trip to the Picasso Museum

Excluded

  • Airport Transfers
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals
  • Weekend trip to Morocco (optional extra about £200)
  • Kite surfing trip to Tarifa (optional extra about £100)

Dates

2018 – We have a start date on the first Monday of every month.

2019 dates:

January
7th | 21st

February
4th | 18th

March
4th | 18th

April
1st | 15th |29th

May
13th | 27th

June
10th | 24th

July
1st | 8th | 15th | 22nd | 29th

August
5th | 12th |19th | 26th

September
2nd | 9th | 23rd

October
7th | 21st

November
4th | 18th

December
2nd | 16th