How do they work?
Residential camps during the academic year: often held during the long-weekend holidays such as Halloween, Christmas, Carnivals and Easter. Normally these camps have more Spanish national children than international and English-speaking children, so our methodology can be adapted to provide more focus on English learning.
Each camp is adapted to the specific needs of the group. Our monitors are native level English speakers with experience in teaching and working with children. The guides have experience in inspiring children to engage with our stunning natural location. Often the children are experiencing a “getaway” from urban life and so we focus on employing professionals such as Forest School leaders, ecologists, gardeners, outdoor sports specialists, cooks, musicians, Bushcraft practitioners, film makers and so on – to provide an alternative perspective and interest. Our workshops offer a fun way for children to explore new interests and discover what they enjoy.
Pre-existing knowledge is paired with new subjects, while school curriculums and homework become linked. For example, science could be related to habitat identification in biology. Their history homework comes alive by acting out a short episode in English. According to the needs of the students, the camp contains a scheduled study time, with academic support and in a peaceful and comfortable classroom, so they can get their homework and assignments done before returning to their academic routine.
Within each programme, there is plenty of time for relaxation, whether to connect or to unwind. At 4Elements Galicia we have a range of active games and pastimes: darts, table football, table tennis, Ping Pong, chess, board games, and bowling to name but a few. In addition, there are spaces that encourage relaxation and downtime made comfortable in all seasons by underfloor heating, benches on covered terraces, rocking chairs, a campfire area, hammocks, an oak forest for enjoying some shade, sofas, wood burning cookers, even a Home Cinema and DVD folder full of classic English-language films.
What is not available is Wi-Fi and unchecked mobile phone use.