STUDENT COMMENTS

We always value feedback from all of our students  and here is what some of our students thought of us.

Greg Rozas and family

Wonderful experience. Both Alvaro, Esther, and their children could not have been friendlier, or more patient with our Spanish learning. Our family is mixed in our spanish speaking abilities with our teenagers already being well advanced over my wife and I. They handled this perfectly and adjusted both classes and conversations towards our respective levels. Our living area and their house was so clean, roomy, and comfortable!!

We previously did a home-stay in Costa Rica and although we loved Costa Rica, Spanish in Nature exceeded all expectations and was significantly better for practicing/learning spanish. A big reason is class doesn’t end with the classroom session but continues during all meals and past-times. The family took us on excursions to museums, castles, and ancient Roman towns you would not normally see on a trip to Madrid. They took us on mountain hikes, one of their favorite pastimes, but more importantly, they used every excursion as an opportunity to teach spanish from the different words you learn in class to just basic conversations while on a hike.

Their cooking is fabulous and love of their own country and desire to show it to you is contagious. My kids enjoyed every single day there; so much they literally want to move there. My teenagers attended Lucia’s (their oldest daughter) school one day, we went out one night for drinks and a live band downtown in the small town they live near. We begrudgingly left for Barcelona for the remainder of our holiday. We honestly feel like we left friends that we hope to keep for a long-long time and if anyone in their family comes to the US, we would love to host them.

Greg Rozas and familyEEUU. June 2017
A. Moore

Gedurende twee weken woonde ik bij Esther en Álvaro en hun drie kinderen in hun mooie huis met tuin en zwembad. Doordeweeks kreeg ik drie uur per dag afwisselende en interessante lessen van Álvaro. Met hem bezocht ik een mooi kasteel. Met Esther maakte ik veel culturele uitstapjes naar musea. Verder trokken we de prachtige, bergachtige natuur in. Door het intensieve en prettige contact met het gezin, kreeg ik de kans heel veel in het Spaans te converseren. Een echte aanrader voor wie zijn Spaans op een leuke en snelle manier wil verbeteren. Bovendien bieden zij voor iedereen programma’s op maat aan, bv. met golfen of andere activiteiten.

A. MooreNetherlands. May 2017
Rachel Kuprionis

Staying with Esther and her family was a fantastic experience. All of them were very welcoming and by the first night I felt very comfortable. They were very inclusive and made sure I was speaking constantly and practicing my Spanish as much as possible. They cater the experience to what you want to do and have a lot of fun activities to choose from. For example, I hiked El Yelmo with them, went to a modern Flamenco class, and got a coffee with Esther and her friends. It was all very fun and wish that I had more than just 3 days with them! They also prepared very fresh, healthy meals that were delicious and even taught you had to prepare some plates like tortilla and paella. The Spanish classes with Alvaro were long, but great. He worked to make the activities interesting and caters it to what you are most interested in learning. He has so much patience and explains things very well making sure that you completely understand everything. My grammar got better over the 3 days with the lessons, but for improving in talking I needed more days with them. This experience exceeded my expectations, and I would do it again in a heartbeat. They are very nice and caring, and I felt like a part of their family after only 3 days with them. I would recommend this 100%. It is a great location, especially if you are a person who loves the outdoors, and an amazing family

Rachel KuprionisEEUU 20 años. April 2017
Paul Adams

Having studied Spanish on and off for many years, I have always been disappointed in my progress because of lack of meaningful conversation practice. You just don’t get this when your main contacts are waiters, hotel staff and shopkeepers, and conversations in lessons in the UK always seem quite artificial !
I found that a week’s stay with Spanish in Nature ,speaking only Spanish, gets over these problems,and I improved my vocabulary and gained confidence. Any previous fears I had about undertaking a week of only speaking Spanish were dispelled on the first day. Esther, Alvaro and their family were very patient with me, and if I didn’t understand the first time we found Spanish words that got me there in the end. It was nice to be able to have normal conversations in Spanish about everyday subjects.
The right balance was struck between between formal lessons and excursions into the countryside, to Madrid, Segovia and other historic towns. I also managed a half day skiing and scrabbled up rocks in the beautiful National Park to view vultures, eagles and mountain goats !
It was a great balance between learning and speaking Spanish and having a holiday in a region of Spain you would not normally visit.
I can thoroughly recommend a stay with Spanish in Nature.

Paul AdamsUK. 74 años. March 2017
Ewa Bazarnicka

This year’s winter holidays were exceptional – my children and I spent one week in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere at Esther´s and Alvaro´s. Since I had the pleasure of visiting them before, I knew that they would try their best to make us feel at home with them. Meanwhile, I didn’t know how my six and nine-year old children would react to the Spanish food, foreign language, and an environment to which they aren’t accustomed. However, when we came into their house these fears disappeared, and I was completely calm.

From the first meal they really enjoyed the food and they were pleasantly surprised. After that the children disappeared to find out about the new surroundings and play with Javier, Amor and Lucía. Each day gave us many new experiences: lots of different games and activities, preparation of meals, horseback riding, a visit to the fire brigade, trips to the mountains and to the centre of Madrid, a visit to an unusual museum dedicated to the mouse “Perez”, breakfast bar tasting “churros con chocolate” and finally an unforgettable visit to the Spanish school, where children spent the morning attending classes with Javier and with a nice and friendly school staff.
Not only did the children have a nice time, but they also wanted to learn Spanish. In fact, they learned more than I could have imagined. They learned a lot during the classes with Esther, Amor and Lucía and were inspired to learn more. From morning to evening my children bombarded them with questions about everything. They tried to communicate in Spanish and when they saw that they were able to do it, they were very proud of themselves.
Amazingly, I even had time to deepen my knowledge, to practice the language and also to relax and reflect.
The time flew by and one week went by quickly. It was difficult to say goodbye. But we have already booked our next visit!

Ewa BazarnickaFamily with children from Sweden. Februery 2017
Anna

I spent a highly memorable week being fully immersed in Spanish culture, thanks to Spanish In Nature. I felt welcome from the outset, meeting Esther, Alvaro and their three children, who accommodated me, my interests, and tailored my Spanish experience. They even surprised me with a little Spanish celebration for my birthday, cake and all! The lessons in the mornings were always interesting and challenging, with the use of music and videos – I always learnt something new and surprising, both about the language and the culture. Each afternoon was a chance to explore another aspect of Madrid and the surrounding areas, and I particularly enjoyed the hiking in Guadarrama National Park, with some absolutely stunning views. The week was busy and varied, but with many opportunities to relax and enjoy the landscape and culture of El Boalo and Madrid. It was great to see the real Spain, and not just the tourist attractions, making it feel like I had a more authentic experience. They encouraged me to practise speaking in Spanish throughout, so much so that I even found myself thinking in the language. I don’t think I spoke English at all until I returned home. For me this was a really fun, rewarding and memorable experience, and it has improved my confidence, both in Spanish and in general. It has definitely inspired me to plan my next trip to España.

AnnaUK 21 years old
Piers Heagerty

Learning Spanish whilst hiking in the mountains, playing golf, playing padel, going for beers, doing the sights was perfect for me. Esther, Alvaro and their children made me feel very at home and they made a big effort to adapt the programme to me and my interests. A great way to improve your Spanish and have fun at the same time.

Piers Heagerty54 years olk. UK
Wendy, Jef and Eleonor

My husband, daughter and I had an amazing week staying with Alvaro and Esther and their three lovely children in August. It exceeded all expectations. As any family would be, we were really apprehensive, before we went, wondering and worrying about what it would be like to stay with complete strangers in their home but our worries vanished instantly on arrival because we were made to feel so welcome and by the end of the week, we felt that we had known the family for years. No family could be more friendly and hospitable. The purpose of our visit was for our 12 year old daughter to improve her Spanish beyond the little she had done in a term and a half in her first year at senior school. She had a three hour formal lesson each day, being one-to-one tuition with Alvaro and she thoroughly enjoyed her lessons. We went on some really interesting trips during our week, including spending a day exploring Madrid. Our daughter enjoyed rock climbing with Alvaro and Lucia, his elder daughter and canoeing with all the family. Our first meal soon after arrival was a lovely lunch of paella, cooked outside by Alvaro and all the meals in the week were mouth-wateringly delicious. The weather was fantastic and we really enjoyed the Spanish way of life with the afternoon siesta out of the heat of the day and lovely after dinner chats late into the evening. The house was situated in beautiful surroundings and it was all so peaceful. It really was a most idyllic week and one we very much hope to repeat. The worst part of the week was saying goodbye at the end and we were so sad to leave.

Wendy, Jef and Eleonorfamily from UK
M.Ewart

Our daughter Manon, who is an intermediate Spanish student, age 15, spent two weeks with Spanish in Nature this summer and she absolutely LOVED it. Lots of fun activities which were both educational, cultural and outdoors – and all of it completely in Spanish – was really amazing. She came back home speaking really well with lots of confidence. We cannot recommend enough: the welcome, the warm, supportive family life, the Spanish way of doing it, well – were all amazing. I would not hesitate to have my daughter Manon return there and her little brother is also on the list!!! She had one of the best times of her life (so little brother is keen!!) ��

M.Ewartmother of M.Ewart 15 years old. France
S. Petrovic

Sending our 14 year old daughter to Spanish in Nature this Summer, turned out to be great decision. She stayed there for 2 weeks and came home very happy and full of positive impressions. We didn’t want to send her to a big school, crowded with students and Spanish in Nature seemed as a perfect choice. We would highly recommend the school – it has a lovely family atmosphere and perfect combination of learning and fun activities. Our daughter was encouraged to use Spanish as much as possible. She gained her confidence in Spanish, while also exploring and enjoying Madrid, wonderful nature and meeting new friends. During her stay she felt safe and welcomed and would love to come again. Thank you Esther and Alvaro!

S. Petrovicmother of J.Petrovic, 14 years old. Serbia
A. Bardon-Jourdan

Mon fils de 15 ans a découvert l espagnol grâce a Spanish In Nature. Le mélange de cours, d intégration dans une famille très bien choisie, d un encadrement attentif et toujours disponible, et de sport dans un lieu très nature, a été un merveilleux facteur déclencheur pour notre fils. Cet organisme mérite d être mieux connu !

A. Bardon-Jourdanmother of M.Jourdan, 15 years old. France
E.Smith

Muchas gracias por una semana muy buena en julio 2016. Me encantó todo, las clases, la comida, la casa y el tiempo. Me gustó mucho todas las actividades después de las clases ¡me encantó montar a caballo!.

¡Sois una familia fantástica!. Mi español es más bueno gracias a vosotros. Espero que mis clases de español en la escuela y mis exámenes sean muy buenas.

Otra vez, ¡muchas gracias!

E.Smith16 years old. England
D. Marsaly

The two weeks I spent in Spain are among the most memorable of my life. The program offers a unique opportunity to learn Spanish in a one on one classroom setting as well as by immersion, all the while experiencing Spain`s unique culture, attractions, histories and food.

The family is very nice and accommodationg, the community instantly makes you feel included and the surrounding mountains and forests are breathtaking. Not to mention the magnificent city of Madrid which you can spend days touring and Segovia ofcourse.

My biggest complaint is that I wasn’t able to stay longer!

Les deux semaines que j’ai passé en Espagne sont parmi les plus mémorables de ma vie. Ce stage offre l’opportunité unique d’apprendre l’espagnol non seulement dans le format d’un cours particulier avec un professeur mais aussi en immersion dans le langage, aussi bien que dans la culture, les attractions, l’histoire et bien sûr la nourriture espagnol.

La famille est très gentille et accommodant, la communauté hospitalier et l’environnement simplement à couper le souffle! Sans parler de la ville de Madrid, où on peut passer plusieurs journées.

Ma plus grande plainte, c’est de ne pas pourvoir y rester plus longtemps!

D. Marsaly16 years old. American and French.
Natalia Nowacka

 

Al final de mayo estuve en El Boalo, en el corazón del Parque Natural del Guadarrama, para hacer un curso de inmersión “Español en la naturaleza”. Pasé una experiencia muy única, porque la familia era fenomenal. Me trataron como si fuera de su familia, me cocinaron riquísimo y tradicional de España y me dedicaron un montón de tiempo de calidad. Con la variedad de las actividades, por ejemplo: participación en la vida de la familia, en los eventos locales; senderismo, ciclismo, escalar, nadar, visitar Madrid y Segovia etc. fue imposible aburrirse. La combinación de este entretenimiento con hablar solo español, para mí, fue la mejor manera para aprender el idioma. Aparte de inmersión total, tenía tres horas de clases formales cada día.

Estoy muy sorprendida como he mejorado mi nivel de español, solo durante una semana – ahora tengo mucha más confianza de hablar en español, sin ayuda de inglés.

Esther, Álvaro y sus hijos son personas particularmente abiertas, cariñosas, pacientes e interesantes, por eso no tengo ninguna duda en recomendar estos cursos a nadie.

At the end of May I stayed in El Boalo, Madrid for an immersion course called “Spanish in Nature” (as it’s located in the heart of Guadarrama National Park, in the mountains). It’s been an unusual experience to me,  the family that provided me with everything in their own house were amazing. They’ve treated me like one of them, cooked delicious Spanish food and spent with me a lot of quality time. With the variety of activities I had every day (like participating in the local events, family life, hiking, rock climbing, swimming, cycling, visiting Madrid and Segovia and so on) it was impossible to be bored. To combine such entertainment with speaking Spanish all the time, to me, was the best way to acquire the language. Apart from that, I had 3 hours of proper classes every day. I’m surprised how one week of the course made me more confident speaking Spanish and not Spanglish.
Esther, Álvaro and their children are particularly open, caring, patient and interesting people and I would totally recommend their courses to anyone who wants to improve their Spanish.

Natalia Nowacka30. Ponland
Michael Squire

Soy de Inglaterra , cerca Brighton y estoy aprendiendo español para ayudar en
mi vacaciones este año en Perú y Ecuador. Empecé estudiar español hace diez
meses. Mi mentor en Inglaterra ha dicho que la experiencia mejor era vivir en España y recomendó
Esther y Álvaro en SPANISH IN NATURE.
Viven en una casa en un pueblo pequeño en la Sierra de Guadarrama, un parque
nacional, aproximadamente cuarenta minutos del centro de Madrid. Viven con
sus tres niños encantadores. Todo el día hablamos español y no permitía
hablar inglés. Cada mañana tuve clases por tres horas con Álvaro y después
del almuerzo salimos a visitar Madrid o caminar en las montañas de la Sierra
a observar los aves. El sábado fuimos en una expedición por seis horas
observando los aves con un grupo organizado por SEO birdlife. Vimos muchos
aves incluidas algunas la primera vez para mi ( nombres inglés ) Booted
Eagle, Black Vulture, Black Redstart and a Cirl Bunting.
En principio  los dos días  primeros fue muy difícil y cansado pero mejoré.
Esther y la familia fueron muy agradables y mas importante hablaron
despacio. ¿Fue útil? Si por supuesto, tengo más confianza, puedo entender
más español y generalmente la gente me puede entender.  ¿Aprenderé  la
diferencia entre por y par? Es una buena pregunta. Quizá……..una día. RECOMIENDO
ESTA GRAN EXPERIENCIA

Michael Squire69.U.K.
KAJETAN ERDINGER

I spent a wonderful week with Esther, Alvaro and their family. It was the first time I have attended a language course and I enjoyed it so much! The one week every day and all day language class was very productive. Esther and Alvaro are very professional and patient teachers, the lessons were tailor made and stress free. The family contact is very important, and their friends are so welcoming. They are more than just teachers. Having arrived as a student I left as a friend. I enjoyed my stay so much, I have learned a lot and the activities were great> nature at its best and sight seeing to improve the use of the learned language. Segovia, Madrid, El Escorial, The Guadarama mountains – soi much to see. I consider to arrange another course! Thank you for a wonderful week! Muchas gracias y hasta luego

KAJETAN ERDINGER54. ENGLAND
C. Warn

Spanish in Nature is very well organised. I really enjoyed the canoeing, visiting Madrid, trekking, cooking and going to the cinema. I loved talking around the dinner table with the family and playing games.

Thank you, a great experience.

Spanish in Nature está muy bien organizado. Yo disfruté con todas las actividades, me encantó practicar español en la mesa durante la cena con toda la familia, también fue muy divertido jugar a juegos de mesa con todos.

Muchas gracias, ha sido una gran experiencia.

C. Warn16 years old. England
E. Newmark

Fue una semana perfecta!!! He mejorado el español y disfrute de todo mucho. Mi actividad favorita fue la canoa, especialmente con la familia de Esther, su hermano, sobrino y cuñada. También me gustó mucho Segovia, porque era muy bonita y relajada. El paseo por el Parque Nacional era hermoso y poder vivir las fiestas del pueblo fue muy guay. También me encantó que pudimos visitar Madrid y el rastro era muy divertido.

Gracias Alvaro, Esther, Lucia, Amor y Javier.

E. Newmark16 años. Inglaterra
OLIVER FORTES

I spent the week of 21st of June to the 28th of June 2015 participating in the course EN CASA DEL PROFESOR, at the home of Alvaro and Esther. No matter what your level of Spanish may be I cannot recommend this course highly enough. Initially it is quite daunting throwing yourself in at the deep end (no English is spoken, although all the family speak a high level of English), but after a while it’s no longer a challenge but enjoyable. All the family are more than willing to help you, and you don’t feel foolish when you make a mistake, you realise it’s part of the learning curve, and in time the mistakes become less and less. There’s no pressure whatsoever and you learn at your pace, and that’s a massive help and relief. The lessons seem to fly by and Alvaro’s a great teacher. The real learning however takes place outside the classroom, talking with the family, their relatives, their friends. The activities that are available are second to none, and nothing is too much for the family to arrange for you. Madrid’s not too far an well worth a visit. To conclude, this course is well worth doing for so many different reasons, and when you leave you know the family will be your friends for life. I hope to return to do the course again in the future.

Esta ha sido una de mis mejores experiencias de mi vida hasta ahora. Cuando llegas eres bienvenido con tanta amabilidad y te sientes como un miembro de la familia y mientras estas allí, eres un miembro de la familia. Estas inmerso al 100% y es verdaderamente el mejor metodo para mejorar tu español. Alvaro y Esther son grandes profesores y los niños hablan mucho contigo, todos tienen paciencia cuando pareces estar teniendo problemas con el idioma. No importa tu nivel de español, necesitas intentar esta experiencia. No te vas a lamentar, y aunque cuando llegues es posible que vas a sentir la relación de maestro alumno, cuando sales sabes que tienes unos amigos.

OLIVER FORTES41 years old. England
Soylanda Passial

I had one of the best time in my life when I did the Spanish language course. The school Spanish in Nature was amazing. The teachers were nice and teach very good. The activities we did after school were a lot of fun. For example, we went to Madrid and we ride horses.

Next year I want to come again, it was really nice week. And I have learned a lot in a week.

Alvaro and Esther, GRACIAS por todo, fue maravilloso!

Soylanda Passial16 years old. The Netherland
Laura Chazanow

Dear Alvaro, Esther and all the family. Thank you for the amazing time that I had here, for all the things I have learned, for the great people I met and of course for the delicious (vegetarian) food.

I hope to come back someday. I will always remember these two weeks.

Queridos Alvaro y Esther. Gracias por las dos semanas increibles, la gente muy simpática, muchas palabras nuevas y una cocina buenísima. QUIERO VOLVER ALGUN DIA!!!! Yo recordaré este verano siempre.

Laura Chazanow14 years. Poland
Richard James Power

Hola! I spent a fantastic week staying with Esther, Alvaro and their children in July last year. They were extremely friendly, welcoming and, most importantly, great language teachers. Their home is within easy reach of Madrid but, at the same time, completely tranquil and very much in the Spanish countryside. I learnt tonnes of Spanish and even went to the local village evening meal where the locals bring their own cutlery and eat from a giant communal pot of stew! It was the cultural highlight of my Spanish trip! Having spent time in English-speaking countries, they know where anglophones are coming from in terms of language learning, which is important. Bueno, en pocas palabras, se lo recomiendo de todo corazon!

Richard James Power27 years old. Ireland
Wytsje de Wit

It has been a while since me and my two children visited you and your language school. But we already have plans to come back. We have learned so much about the Spanish language, but also about your rich culture and Spanish cuisine. We felt very welcome and enjoyed all of the activities. Wether it was in Madrid city, or the great Mountains or just swimming in the swimming pool. We are sure to come back and enjoy!!!

Desde que os visitamos no dejamos de pensar en el momento que volveremos a reunirnos con vosotros. Aprendimos mucho de la lengua, la cultura y la comida. Nos sentimos realmente bien venidos y disfrutamos mucho de las actividades en Madrid y en la montaña. Nos veremos otra vez!!!

Wytsje de Wit45, 14, 9 years old. The Netherlands

Fue sus colegio en 2013 de verano. Pasé un semana en Madrid de su casa y estudiar el español con sus familia. Ambiente de sus colegio es muy fantástico y muy divertido. Creo que mi capacidad del español mejorar porque estuve pasar en sus casa con sus familia. Recomendó este colegio que quiere estudiar español.

MIZUKI HIRAKAWA17 years old. JAPAN

Wonderful environment for Spanish learning. Small village setting with easy access to historic cities and national parks creates a unique way to experience Spanish culture while being immersed in a supportive language learning environment. Highly recommended.

Maravilloso sitio para aprender español. Un pueblo pequeño muy cercano al centro de Madrid y rodeado de montañas y naturaleza. El mejor lugar para aprender la cultura y la lengua española, mientras estas inmenso en la vida cotidiana y en un entorno precioso. Altamente recomendable.

Michelle Cartier21 years old. Iowa city. USA
Katei Webb

“Impresionante lugar para aprender español, gran familia y profesores. Es como estar en casa. Gracias Esther!!”

Katei Webb23 years old. Lake Orion. USA
Sabrina Keenan

“Gracias por vuestra atención, ha sido una gran experiencia para mejorar mi español y conocer vuestras costumbres. Me ha encantado todo, el entorno, la casa, la familia …. y la comida.”

Sabrina Keenan29 years old. Waterford. IRELAND