Dear Adelheid,… We are looking forward to the weeks when we can finally come back to Conil. It is unbelievable how much we miss you and Conil with all the trimmings. We miss you. I wonder if you are all healthy? We sincerely hope so. Many warm greetings to the entire Academia team. We look forward to seeing you again, whenever, Maria and Ole… Maria Christensen, Teacher VHS Diepholz
…Carolin enjoyed it very, very much and immediately made friends at school and with a Spanish group. She did a lot of things and was also warmly welcomed by her host family, with whom she felt very comfortable. Carmen must be a wonderful woman. She was also delighted with the teachers, the intern and Andreas. It was a wonderful stay for her, and certainly not the last time… Carolin M., 17, Frankfurt.
Dear Ms Schindicht,
“I really enjoyed my stay and language course at Academia Atlantika!
Accommodation and lessons were super and I had a very good time. I’m still reminiscing about it…”
Susanne L. 55 years, architect, Hamburg
Hello dear Academia Atlántika,
…. I wanted to thank you and the Academia again, everything worked out great. Great flat, very good teachers (Carlos and Pruden, since Maria is unfortunately ill; get well soon) and super good lessons. I got inspired for my Persian lessons next week….
Angela P., Lecturer in Persian, LMU-Munich
Hello Ms Schindicht,
I have just finished my private lessons with Carlos Zapato and I must say that he is a top teacher. He took away any fear of speaking Spanish for me and my daughter. We had a lot of fun and learned a lot. Great teacher!
Happy to do it again anytime – please pass this on 😊
Daniel Ceccarelli , 44 years, Hofheim, Portfolio Manager.
Dear Ms Schindicht,
First of all a big thank you for the wonderful time in Conil; the flat ( I had the upper one ) in the Calle “Torre del Tejo” was just the right one for me and the three weeks of lessons were top !
They were so good that I decided to take Skyen and had my first session with the teacher Paqui yesterday, as agreed last week!
Barbara Rose, Bremen , chemical-technical assistant,
Dear Mrs Goldbaum, Dear Mrs Schindicht
Now that Victoria has painstakingly tried to settle back into the Cologne grey (…!!!) for a week, we wanted to thank you very much for the good time she was able to spend in Conil and at Academia Atlantika: Losing her fear of the language, doing lots of activities with nice people, dancing a lot and enjoying Spanish life, great lessons and very attentive support from the Academia staff on site…. As you had already foreseen, everything went very well and she really enjoyed it at the end of the day.
Many thanks to you and your team!
Victoria B, 18 years
Hello dear Atlantica Team,
… The beginning in your school was the ideal start for our tour of Andalusia. We had the lessons with Raquel Aguilar Olmedo. She managed to pick us up from where we were, shared her joy of the language with us and showed great methodical skills. So we are pleased to say that, looking back, we can highly recommend your school and Raquel as a teacher…”
Heidi & Hermann Kölbener, Winterthur
… unfortunately the educational holiday is already over. The Spanish lessons in Conil were great fun, the learning methods were taught very cratively. The teachers taught the language with a lot of dedication, competence and humour. High praise for them. The tapas tour was particularly great, a culinary delight and a good opportunity to get to know my fellow students. I will definitely take another language course there!!!!
Best regards, Susanne Wilters C.L. Social Pedagogue.
… I would like to thank you for the good “support” by e-mail!
The two weeks in Conil were a great experience for me and I will certainly
plan another stay there in 2020!
Many thanks – and best regards from Swabia
Stefanie Striffling, Göppingen, Assistant Manager Toolmaking
… everything worked out wonderfully in Spain, Hanna is overjoyed about school and the many new friends all over the world. She already misses Conil and definitely wants to come back.
Martina Wittels (mother of Hannah 16 years) 5201 Seekirchen
The educational holiday was a lot of fun. It was a great experience and everyone at the school- Andreas, Amber, the teachers are very nice and helpful. I will definitely take another course there soon. Best regards,
Beate Fischer , 51 yh, Griessheim
My language holiday in your Academia in Conil from 14 – 28 April was a complete success!
You have great teachers and the accommodation was super!
Katja S., Norderstedt, wholesale and export merchant
Our two-week Spanish course in Conil is now just 3 days over, but it is as clear as day that we would like to come back next year and continue. Once again, it was SPITZE !…
Andrea Kieser, 49 years, Handeloh, Youth Hostel Association, Sustainability Department
… It was fantastic, everything worked out great, from the taxi pick-up at the airport to the last detail. I am still blown away by the absolute warmth and friendliness of your brother and the teachers. I moved from Atalaya to the Centrum last week and this flat was incredible. With such a great sea view, quiet and yet right in the middle of it all. Dreamlike. Everything was just great and I can absolutely recommend it to others, which I will definitely do… Sabine Schüler, Freising
… It was simply great! The place Conil and its location, Andreas and the teachers are very committed, the accommodation+the roof terrace in the school and the school itself, the lessons in small groups, the activities offered, and last but not least, Tina the current trainee, who always had an open ear for all the students, and not only organised the activities, but also took part and took photos. The fact that the weather was fantastic was the crowning glory of my stay.
I would definitely like to come back next year, even if I only have 5 days of educational leave. If the lunch breaks were at least 15 minutes longer, it would be perfect.
REINHOLD SEEH, 64390 ERZHAUSEN 60 YEARS
I would like to give you a short feedback about my stay last year in your language school in Conil. In August, I was at the language school for the 6th time. The first time, I came because it was recommended to me by Spanish people from the Conil area.
And I have always been happy to come back. The placement test always assigned me to good groups – according to my learning level. You can take lessons for one or two weeks (more, of course). This means that group members can change after a week. Some found it awkward, but I liked it because it loosens up the lessons and you have new learning partners. I also liked that there were different age groups and nationalities (Austrian, English, Swiss) in one class.
I have had 6 or 7 different teachers over the years.
Each time I had good teachers: the lessons were fun and I always learned a lot about grammar and language and about culture and people. The town of Conil also offers plenty of sun and beaches, and invites you to go on excursions to beautiful towns in Andalusia (Seville and Cadiz) or to the white villages or, a little further away, the mountains. All in all, I am very happy to recommend Academia Atlantika in Conil to others, and would come back at any time if I wanted to improve my Spanish skills….
Axel G. 43 yrs, Stuttgart
…Furthermore, I have long wanted to write that it was gaaaaaanng great!!! From the support until the educational leave was accepted by our employer to the taxi organisation and networking of the course participants… The place and its location are wonderful. The accommodation was great. The school and the teachers were suuuuuuper! So the 8 hours “enforced” by the state of Meck-Pom were amazingly entertaining!!! The colourful composition of the course participants was also amazing. A whole bunch of exciting biographies came together, which made interesting exchanges possible – whether in Spanish or German.
Many thanks to all and hope to see you again
Your Antje Prolingheuer & Karl-Heinz Finnern, Göttingen
… I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Andreas and the whole “Academia Atlantika team” once again for the great week!!!
I have seldom had so much fun learning and everything was really well organised and I felt very comfortable!
Also, a big thank you to my two teachers Paqui and Carlos! It was really a lot of fun, the lessons were very entertaining and I could
and I was able to learn a lot of new things and take them with me!
I will be very happy to come back!!! Many love greetings and hastá la proxima vez… :-))
Sabine Sehn, Flörsheim, employee at Lufthansa, 46 years.
…I wanted to report back after two eventful weeks in Conil. Maria was a great teacher and there was nothing to complain about in the accommodation….
Nadine 22 years….
I am completely enthusiastic about your concept and felt completely at ease both in the school and especially in the host family. I was very sad when I had to fly home again after the two weeks. Thank you also for your excellent organisation!
Caroline, “Diplom-Kauffrau (FH)” 39 years, Bonn
..We wanted to thank you again for everything. It was very nice in Conil again. And the return journey went well. We will definitely come back again….
Tobi and Felix, 17 years
… . i liked it very much, everything!!! profesores, ambiente, classes, todo bien.
I can only recommend the school…
Silvia Ployer, from Switzerland, 70 years
Hello Mrs Schindicht,
…. It really couldn’t have been better for me. My flat was dreamy and I received a warm welcome straight away. I got on well with Andreas and the teachers were all super nice too.
I had the most to do with Pruden, a really super nice and warm woman. I had my language course with her, which also refreshed my grammar a bit. There was another repetition of the subjunctive and I got back into speaking well. It also brought me into contact with lots of interesting people. Of course, there weren’t that many students at the language school at the beginning of March, as you had already told me, but everything was quiet and comfortable and I was able to study for my exam in April. I was particularly taken with the roof terrace…
Lena Balke, 23, 44892 Bochum
… “I came back from Conil about a week ago and it was super nice again! My brother also liked it very much, he will probably come to Conil again one day!”….
Angelika, 42 years
… “We’ve really enjoyed our time at Akademia Atlantika in Conil. Our teacher, Angeles, is very easy to get on with, doesn’t allow us to speak anything except Spanish, and really pushes us to develop our language skills further. The rest of the staff are always very friendly and supportive, helping us out with any problems that we encounter living in Conil, and the social programme that they organize is a great way to relax in a Spanish-speaking environment. We’d recommend studying here to anyone”… Elly.
… “For me as a kitesurfer, the area around Conil is an absolute dream… However, the most important thing about a language study trip is the language school. In my opinion, Academia Atlántika stands out above all for its professionalism … I have rarely experienced such a warm and open welcome in a foreign place. The language teachers are all authentic Spaniards who warmly and competently teach Spanish in a playful way. In my opinion, the emphasis of the language courses is on communication with each other rather than theoretical cramming.”…
Adrian Tippenhauer, 25 years, Hamburg
… “that Valerie’s language holidays in Conil were a complete success. She felt at home with her host parents, who were very nice and eager to help, her host mother cooked very well and both of them sought contact with the girls. Everyone at the institute was also very nice and committed. Valerie has the impression that she learned a lot. She enjoyed the course so much that she looked forward to it in the morning – what more could you want, and during the holidays…???? The excursions were also great. So, Valerie wants to come again, her sister is already planning”….
Anette Baumeister-Duru, Adnan Duru 15 years and Valerie 15 years, Hamburg.
… “Conil tiene el don de agradar.
Desde hace muchos años paso mis vacaciones de verano en la Academia Atlántika en Conil. ¿Por quéme atraen tanto la Academia Atlántika y el pueblo? Hay muchas razones. Los profesores son especialistas y disponen de todas las herramientas para hacer las clases interesantes, vivas y muy comunicativas. Los grupos de alumnos son pequeños aun en las temporadas altas. Me atrae la atmósfera cordial en la academia y además el alojamiento que ofrecen. Después de la clase puedes disfrutar de la maravillosa playa de Conil o participar en una de las actividades que
organiza la academia para sus alumnos. Cada año conozco en la academia a gente que ha llegado no por primera vez. A veces volvemos a vernos en Conil sin haberlo acordado. Conil – un lugar que atrae a muchos”…
Heike Kuban, DaF-/DaZ-Dozentin, Diplom-Slawistin
… I am now back from my 2-week language study trip to Conil and I am really very enthusiastic. It was a great experience that I will definitely repeat 🙂
…. I wanted to tell you now that we will be back next April with 25 people….
Just take the compliment that the students all want to come to your language school and your great teachers and great hospitality….
I have to write this to you, maybe you can publish the text somewhere:
For almost 20 years, the Bremen Adult Education Centre has been offering educational holiday events at the Academia Atlántika in Conil with great success. Initially, there was one group per year that went to Andalusia for a fortnight at a time, but the offer was soon doubled to two groups per year because of the enormous demand.
Three factors are decisive for this success. First and foremost is the quality of the school. It pays off that all teachers have academic and pedagogical qualifications, and that they are personally selected, guided and regularly observed in their teaching by the director of studies, Angeles Vazquez. This is a guarantee that the teaching is always of a consistently high standard.
Secondly, the well-being of the participants depends greatly on the successful cooperation between the Bremen Adult Education Centre as organiser and the Academia Atlántika. Especially with regard to accommodation, individual wishes and preferences are always catered for in the best possible way. Whether the flat should be in the school or close to the beach, whether women like to be among themselves or a mixture of genders is desired, and especially the question of who with whom – everything can be clarified in advance. Likewise, the composition of the learning groups depends not only on the official language level, but also on individual strengths and weaknesses as well as preferences, and this can be arranged in consultation and readjusted if necessary.
Thirdly: the place is simply super! Despite tourist development over the years, the beautiful old town centre – el casco antiguo – has remained intact. The beach and the bright blue sea are simply unsurpassed! And if you want to do more, you have a free choice. Sporting activities such as surfing in all its varieties, beach volleyball, bike rides, hikes in the nearby nature park, even horseback riding on the beach – everything is either offered in the leisure programme or can be organised without much trouble. And there are so many culturally and historically interesting places to visit in the surrounding area – just fifteen kilometres away is the white village, Vejer, also close by is Cadiz, perhaps the oldest city in Europe, within easy reach for a weekend trip is the beautiful city of Seville, further down the southernmost tip of the Atlantic coast is Tarifa, from where whale-watching excursions are offered.
All in all, far too much for just two weeks! Perhaps this explains why so many of the participants immediately put their names on the reserve list for next year: once you’ve been to Conil, you’ll always come back! And more and more learners are bridging the gap until the next educational holiday by either attending a course at the Bremen Adult Education Centre or taking advantage of the Skype lessons offered by Academia Atlántika – or both!
(Patrick Scanlon, lecturer at the Bremen Adult Education Centre)