We have vacancies for interns in the school office of the Spanish school in La Herradura.
The candidate will have the opportunity to learn or perfect his/her Spanish through an intensive Spanish course in the mornings, and gain valuable experience and skills through an office internship in the afternoons.
We are currently busy with several projects. Examples of currently on-going projects are; The planning, promotion and implementation of Summer Camps in the south of Spain. The summer camp will include Spanish lessons, sport activities and trips in Andalucía. The target group will be American children from 5 to 18.
We are also starting up a language school in the North of Morocco, located in the city Tanger. This is going to be an addition to the current language school in the south of Spain. For both schools there are many on-going projects regarding market research, creating products, promotions and the creation of new programs in which students can follow language lessons for a few weeks in Spain, followed by a few weeks in Morocco.
Another company linked to Spanish school La Herradura is Costa Tropical Events, this company creates tailor made trips in Spain with the option of participating in many different sport activities.
For all these projects the company is busy using social media to promote these different products as much as possible. We are working with: Facebook, Linkedin, Hyves, Google+, Twitter, and blogs are posted on the website. Students who are interested in Social media and Online Marketing are very welcome assist us with these projects to optimize the reach of these channels.
Because of the many projects, we are looking for enthusiastic interns with different backgrounds, nationalities, levels and from different universities. Students with the following background/education would be beneficial; Marketing, Promotion, Social media, History, Leisure and event management, Tourism, Accounting, text writers/journalists, photographers, Sports education, ICT.
The intern will be participating in one or several of the appointed projects, this depends on the background of the student and the task he/she has to accomplish for the internship. After a short interview or email correspondence the agreements about what projects the intern will be working can be decided on and finalized.
The intern will be assisting and cooperate with the employees in the on-going projects, this includes conducting market research, promoting and optimizing the use of social media, selling trips and creating packages for Costa Tropical Events & AsilahVentures, plan and implement activities for summer camps and other tailored trips.
The company is located at the boulevard with a view on the beach, the intern is free to use all utilities at the company, including internet, copy machines and the use of all databases and other things needed. The intern will be offered a working place in the office, but will also be asked from time to time to go out into the field, assisting with several activities, interviewing host families, taking pictures of the group activities and more.
Since the company’s core business is the language school in La Herradura, Spain, the intern will be given the possibility to follow language lessons for free. No monetary reward for the work, but a great opportunity to learn a new language or improve it.
For the first month the intern has to book an intensive course Spanish. For this intensive course the student has to pay a fee. The intensive language course consists of 4 hours of class per day, after the classes the intern can work on his/her projects. After the first month the student will still have the possibility to continue with the Spanish lessons for free, as a reward for the work. The amount of hours then depend on the present group situation.
The classes are taught entirely in Spanish (the immersion method). In our experience this maximizes the learning experience, allowing students to get the most of their Spanish studies. The classes are divided into two hours of grammar and two hours of conversation. In this way students develop a sound understanding of the grammatical basis of the language, and build on it with practical communication skills and everyday vocabulary, which they can use outside the classroom straight away. All students need to buy the relevant course book and exercise book (€30 for both). Any other essential materials are provided free of charge. Teachers will usually set a short exercise for homework each day.
The areas of grammar studied will depend on the length of your stay and on the previous knowledge of the students in the group, but here are some of the grammar topics you can expect to cover at each level: Elementary: regular and irregular verbs in the present tense, the use of ser and estar, reflexive pronouns, the present continuous tense, comparatives and superlatives, forming questions. Intermediate: regular and irregular verbs in the past tense, the perfect tenses, reflexive verbs, direct and indirect object pronouns, reported speech (statements), the use of por, para and other prepositions. Advanced: contrasting the past tenses, the present and past subjunctive, the future tense to express possibility, the conditional tense, and reported speech (requests and commands).
Conversation classes allow students to develop their speaking skills, listening skills, fluency and vocabulary through guided discussions of topics appropriate to the level of the group. The teachers may provide material, such as a picture, short text or questionnaire, to prompt the conversation. Topics may include personal information, likes and dislikes, past experiences, giving your opinion, asking for advice, the differences between Spain and your home country, current affairs, travel and culture. Conversation classes tend to be informal, fun classes – if the weather is nice we sometimes take them out on the terrace.
There is a maximum of 8 students per group, although that number may be exceeded in conversation classes. If you booked group lessons but there is no group at your level, you’ll receive one-to-one classes instead, or if the group is smaller than 4 persons, the classes will proceed with a reduced number of hours daily. This is to reflect the intensive nature of individual, or small group tuition. Your group may change in the course of your stay as students leave, new students arrive, or if you progress to a different level.
If you are interested please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Bert Carstens and I am studying International Marketing and Management at the University of Applied science in Utrecht (Hogeschool Utrecht).
For my first internship (Stage1) I had the possibility to work at a company in the Netherlands, or in any other country in the world. My final choice was to go to the South of Spain and work for an International language school, operating in the languages; Spanish, English, Dutch and German. There are many different projects going on, so I have been working on various different things. I have been assisting in setting up various social media channels for the company in order to promote several products and to create more awareness. I have also been contributing to market research together with the other interns, to find out who the most interesting people are to target and most importantly where to find them. During my internship I’ve also been asked to interview host families, take and upload pictures of the various sports activities we organize for groups and more.
No day has been the same, normally we have Spanish classes in the morning and the working hours can vary, sometimes It is needed to be at the office from 09:00–19:00 with a two hour break during the afternoon. Sometimes it is needed to go out into the field, or do some other research which you can’t perform at the school’s offcice. You get a lot of freedom to fill in hours in which you do work for the company, this is also because of the different “horrario” in Spain, the siesta between 14:00 and 16:00 really is a time wherein the Spanish take a break and relax normally. Sounds great, no? But, don’t worry, you will be more than able to reach your required amount of hours, it is just divided over the day, completely different than we are used to in Northern European countries, for instance.
The next period, also the final period of my internship is going to be very exciting. We are going to have a big group of Americans who will arrive in about a week from now. There will be guys and girls in the age range of 18 to 23, a total of about 10 – 12 people. They are coming to Spain to learn a new language (Spanish) and to have a great time during the pre-summer. It is considered a summer camp in which we offer the following program: Lessons during the morning, and sport activities during the day (read: Kayaking, rock climbing, paintballing, diving, football, tennis or basketball and many more). Of course, there will be a few days in which my assistance is required, I get to participate in the activities and take/upload as much pictures on the Summer Camp facebook site.
Now, some information about the region, La Herradura is a small town located in the South of Spain. La Herradura is surrounded by little towns and bigger cities and located only about 45 minutes drive from the famous Alhambra in Granada. The environment is beautiful and when you drive about 1,5 hours you are at the Sierra Nevada, a famous ski resort. La Herradura is a very unique Spanish town with some tourism in the off-season periods and lot of tourism (mostly Spanish) during high season. The name La Herradura literally means “horseshoe”, representing the shape of the bay. La Herradura has a nice rocky beach stretched all the way throughout the bay, the siesta could be a great time to visit it. The people are very friendly and it is very easy to meet new friends in the local pubs or elsewhere. Actually, in the last period I have been able to meet a lot of people who actually became real good friends of mine. Some of them I have met at the company and with them I have been able to work together on internship assignments and other things. Others I have met in the local (tapas)bars, on the beach or elsewhere.
There are also quite a lot of pubs, clubs and restaurants you can visit during the week and specially in the weekend. There are a few cities close by where you can also find more to do during the evening. Of course, here in the small town you rapidly get to know the locals, meaning that going for a drink on Tuesday in one of the tapas places, watching football can easily be a lot of fun, not to speak about the weekends.
Of course there is much more to see and visit, but hopefully you will have to chance to learn about that and more when you are having your internship here!