Language Vacations Abroad
The Most Economical and Rewarding Way to Travel
Well, its a matter of probability." Joe McKenzie pulls out a waxy Spanish napkin, better for notepads then actually wiping off greasy fingers. He uses the napkin to map out the three types of future tenses in Spanish during the pausa, a daily coffee break in the middle of our intensive language course in Seville, Spain.
Joe is a retired businessman from Fort Worth, Texas. He and his wife, Miki, have been to five language schools throughout Mexico, Central America, and Spain "because there is only so much time one can spend playing golf."
For Joe and Miki, as well as other over-50 globetrotters, full-immersion language schools offer a way to see the world that is more economical and more rewarding than traditional travel.
"You just cant get to know a place by passing through it," says Miki. "Taking a class allows us to get into the rhythm of the place, get to know the town and really meet people."
To avoid ending up in a less than ideal location, Troy Peden of GoAbroad.com recommends requesting a list of references from the school. Former students can help you better assess the quality of the school and determine if the location fits your needs.
Wherever you want to go, there is likely a school to suit your needs. Once you discover the world through language schools, you might get hooked.
For More Info
GoAbroad.com, www.goabroad.com, lists schools as well as travel resources such as travel warnings, embassies, currency converters, and travel guides.
Language Learning, www.language-learning.net, lists over 6,500 schools in 90 countries teaching 70 languages. It allows you to search for your school based on location, course, accommodations, and activities.
Language Schools Directory, www.language-schools-directory.com, lists schools worldwide and agencies that specialize in setting up language school travel.
ShawGuides: Language Vacations and Schools, language.shawguides.com, provides detailed descriptions and upcoming programs of language schools worldwide.