|OUR PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IN THE EDUCATION FIELD|
A professional team of Spanish teachers & counselors together with American teachers & counselors who travel with the participants make the program unique and successful for those who invest their time in learning. We are all adults, teachers and qualified people with the ability to attend to the needs of a group of young people. Some of the counselors are college students with majors in education or a related field.
|FOUNDERS and OWNERS, we are now a family
Maira Bonjorn: Born in Mollerussa (Spain) in 1977. Degree in Translation and Interpretation at The School of Human and Sciences Translation and Documentation of the University of Vic (Spain). Director and Counselor (Official degree number 35533/1 by the Spanish Government as a Director/Counselor of activities including arts and crafts with children, teenagers and adolescents during their free time). Teacher Certification Course at the University Complutense of Madrid (Spain). Former Spanish Professor at Keene State College, New Hampshire, in the USA. Professional experience is very wide in the education field. Worked in English and Spanish Summer camps and worked as director and counselor in several organizations. English teacher in English programs in different schools. She is currently working in a multi-language business environment in Spain and studying an MBA program in Barcelona.
Francesc Coll: Born in Vic (Spain) in 1974. Degree in Translation and Interpretation at The School of Human and Sciences Translation and Documentation of the University of Vic (Spain). Teacher Certification Course at the University of Barcelona (Spain). Degree numbers 4497/1 and 21705/23 by the Spanish Government as a Director and Counselor of activities including arts and crafts with children, teenagers and adolescents during their free time. Worked as director of linguistic and sport Summer camps. Held maximum responsibility in several Spanish camps and related organizations. Counselor leader in several educational program organizations. Former Spanish Professor at Keene State College, New Hampshire, in the USA. He is currently working managing Spanish and American programs and studying an MBA program in Barcelona.
|SUMMER CAMP COUNSELORS|
All the counselors are especially well trained to educate. All the Spanish counselors have the Official Certificate of Counselor and Education, as well as a good knowledge of English. All the counselors have attended training sessions and personal interviews. The Spanish counselors facilitate the linguistic and cultural immersion for the American participants.
|CAMP COUNSELORS IN CASTELLAR DE N'HUG|
|COUNSELORS AT THE DAY CAMP IN GOLMÉS|
Every year we have counselors in training. The profile of a CIT is a boy or a girl who is between 17 and 18 years of age and who is willing to learn to become a counselor. Once you are 18, if you get certification for being a counselor or life guard certification you can apply for a summer job at Fun and Learn. CITs come as volunteer and they learn the rules, the duties and they participate in all the counselor meetings. They also have to apply in our web site to join one of our programs and they pay a tuition as well.
One simple thought - make it as easy as possible to meet and interact with children from a different country in the midst of a very different economic, political, linguistic and cultural climate.
Advancing ones knowledge of Spanish is also one of our major goals. In the classroom, one can learn the basics of a language (grammar, orthography, syntax and so on) but children do not usually have the opportunity to be in an environment which motivates them or which invites them to speak the language they are learning.
With our programs, at a Spanish camp and with the option of staying with a Spanish host family after camp, participants will be able to use and reinforce what they have learned in class. In essence, what we offer is linguistic and cultural immersion, in a relaxed, fun and safe environment. Children who attend the camp tend to develop long term friendships with campers from Spain and stay in touch once they return to the United States.
|WHAT IS LINGUISTIC AND CULTURAL IMMERSION?
Linguistic and cultural immersion consists of getting completely involved in an environment where the culture and language which we speak are completely different from our native ones. Participants will have to speak and put into practice their knowledge and abilities in order to understand and make themselves understood. Losing the fear to speak is an important goal of linguistic and cultural immersion. This comes easily to participants when they live and learn together.
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