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Speak Teens offers English language immersion summer camps in Italy.
We bring together native English-speaking Teens from around the world with English language-learning Teens in order to immerse them in English in a vibrant international summer camp experience.
The camp programme consists of a mixture of One-to-One conversation sessions, group discussions and activities, fun projects, sports and games. The programme offers both an unforgettable summer experience while developing the English speaking and listening skills of the leaners through natural conversation - i.e., no books, lessons or teachers.
We offer two different camps - one at Vabonella in Emilia-Romagna and one at Sores in Trentino.
Each day contains One-to-One sessions, each involving one Anglo and one English Learner, as well as a variety of group activities and games. The day begins with breakfast and is followed by One-to-One sessions and group activities. Then there will be lunch and some free time to relax. The afternoon may kick off with a project, group session or sports, before dinner. After dinner, the whole group will be involved in a fun and engaging evening session before bed.
The English Leaners joining the Speak Teens programme are young people from Italy and other European counties who wish to develop their English communication skills, improve their fluency and enjoy an international summer camp experience.
Our Anglos at Valbonella are mother-tongue English-speaking Teens from around the world.
Anglos participating at our English Discovery Summer Camp at Valbonella will help our Leaners improve their English and participate in an unforgettable summer camp experience in Italy as well as making new friends from around the world.
For Teen Anglos, every day is about spending time with our Learners, chatting with them in English and boosting their language skills and confidence in speaking to native English speakers – something they might never have done before!
Click here for more information about being an Anglo.
Our Anglo Guides mentor younger English Learners (10 – 14) for 2 weeks during the summer camp through a varied programme of one-to-one and group activities and loads of outdoor activity and adventure.
In the morning sessions, English Learners will divide their time between project-based learning with qualified English teachers and one-to-one sessions with the Anglo Guides. Anglo Guides will use stories, games and role play to bring English to life, boosting our Learners’ confidence through natural conversation.
In the afternoons and evenings, our Anglo Guides participate in, and sometimes even lead, activities from our exciting and varied Camp programme. From team challenges and creative projects to forest trekking and river rafting.
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We look for Teens Anglos and Anglo Guides who are chatty, friendly and sociable!
The whole aim of Speak is to naturally communicate in English with our Learners and so you will need to talk, talk and talk some more! We ask that you simply chat away as you would at home with your friends – and of course always in English! So, you will need to participate fully in all aspects of the programme such as discussions, activities, games and projects. It’s important that you are curious about the other participants, contribute to making the programme a lot fun and be patient, supportive and understanding with the English learners.
To be a Teen Anglo at Valbonella we accept applications from teens aged between 13-17 years of age
To be an Anglo Guide at Sores we accept applications from teens aged between 15-17 years of age
Our Summer Camp is designed to be a lot of fun but also help the English learners to improves their English so our rule is:
English only during programme!
We would be happy to receive an application from a friend if you would like to come together. However, please note that they will need to apply separately and use a separate email address. Please remember however, that we will consider their application independently so we cannot guarantee that you will both be accepted.
Because the programme is all about speaking and socialising, we discourage the use of mobile phones during programme sessions.
However, there will of course be opportunities at various points during the day when you will be able to speak with family. This will be during your free time. Both of our locations have Wi-Fi available in communal areas so that you can contact family using WhatsApp or other similar services.
We also have a Speak contact phone which is active 24 hours a day for any emergencies.
Please apply online using the 'Apply Now' tab in the menu or by clicking here.
Please fill in the online form carefully, telling us all about you and why you would be right for the programme. It’s important you complete the form as fully as possible to give yourself the best chance of being accepted.
Once we have received your completed application we will be in contact with you via email to acknowledge your application. We will look at your application and if we think that you are right for the Speak Teens programme, we will contact you in order to arrange a chat on Skype.
If you are successful, we will then carry your application forward.
Please be aware that while we will try our best to satisfy your choice of programme, this may not always be possible depending on availability.
Once we have arranged the programme dates, we will send you our Welcome Pack together with our Anglo Agreement for you to sign. Please read the Agreement carefully before signing.
When we have received your signed Anglo Agreement we will send you an official Confirmation Email. Please DO NOT make any travel arrangements prior to receiving this Confirmation Email.
We typically respond to applications within two weeks. However, our Programmes are very popular and so this may take longer on occasions so please be patient!
You will need to arrive between 9.00-15.00 at the Welcome Club in Bologna (near Bologna Airport) on the first day of the Programme.
The Welcome Club is the place where you will be registered by the Speak Teens team and get to meet some of the other participants on the Speak Summer Camp, enjoy some refreshments and then take one of our private Coach Transfers to our location, Valbonella. The journey will take around 1.5 hours.
The Welcome Club is at the Amadeus Hotel near Bologna Airport (BLQ).
IMPORTANT: Anglos must arrive between 9.00am and 15.00 in order to register.
It is strongly recommended that you arrive in Bologna the day before the Programme so that you make the Welcome Club in good time the next day.
Detailed information regarding arrivals is included in the Speak Teens Welcome Pack.
Anglos Guides will need to arrive between 12.00 - 14.00 at the Welcome Club in Bologna (Hotel Amadeus near Bologna Airport) on the first day of the two-week Camp (so, either on Saturday 8th June or Saturday 22nd June 2019).
At the Welcome Club there will be a light buffet lunch and registration and you will get to meet some of the other Anglo Guides at the Speak Summer Camp.
After lunch, we will provide a private transfer for all our Anglo Guides to a hotel near our Sores location where you will have time to check-in and relax.
There will then be a Welcome induction session between 18.00-20.00 with some of the Speak Teens managers and staff. This will be followed by dinner and a fun after-dinner activity before bed.
The next morning, after breakfast, you will go to Sores where, after check-in and a site visit, the Camp will begin!
IMPORTANT: Anglos must arrive between 12.00 - 14.00 in order to register.
On the final day of the Camp you will have breakfast before leaving the location on our private Coach Transfer, returning to the Welcome Club at the Amadeus Hotel at Bologna Airport (BLQ) where you will need to be collected between 12.00-13.00.
*Please see FAQ regarding Unaccompanied Minors if you are travelling alone.
Clothing: Italy is hot in the summer and so participants should be prepared accordingly. Please ensure you bring plenty of practical, comfortable clothes and footwear for the Programme. This means plenty of shorts and t-shirts, trainers, flip flops and swimming costumes. You should also bring lots of sun cream with you! However, temperatures may drop slightly in the evenings so a hoodie or waterproof may come in useful. Sun glasses and hats are highly recommended. Towels and bedding are provided by Valbonella but we advise you to bring a beach towel to use at the swimming pool (Valbonella) or spa (Sores).
Personal objects: Speak will provide all the materials necessary for the Programme. However, it can be useful to bring along any items which you feel may aid discussion. You are also welcome to bring a musical instrument or anything else which reflects your personality or culture! Please do not bring valuable items such as iPads or expensive jewellery.
Medicine: If you regularly take medicines for a particular condition such as asthma, please ensure you bring enough medication with you for the duration of the Programme.
Detailed information regarding what to bring and medical information is included in the Speak Teens Welcome Pack.
During check-in, our Speak staff will take important documents such as passports, ID cards and any other documents you would like to be kept safe. They will also take any money you bring with you to keep it safe. You can then access your money when you like from the “Speak Bank”.
Everything is included at the Speak Teens Summer Camp so you won’t need to bring much pocket money with you but, of course, you may wish to buy some snacks or souvenirs, for example when we go on an excursion. We would therefore recommend that you bring a minimum of €50 to spend during the programme.
Once your participation is confirmed, we will provide you with a Welcome Pack including all information for your arrival and departure, travel advice and suggestions for accommodation in Bologna.
Please note however that Speak cannot make any travel or accommodation bookings on your behalf.
Should you require any specific assistance, do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Speak will take care of everything during the Camp so that Anglos can enjoy the experience to the full. Speak provides the following:
- Reception at Welcome Club at the Amadeus Hotel near Bologna Airport (BLQ).
- Private Group coach transfer from the Amadeus Hotel on the first day of the Camp to Valbonella.
- 10 nights’ accommodation and all meals in our beautiful location from dinner on the first day of the Camp to breakfast on the last day of the Camp.
- An excursion during your stay to the Mirabilandia theme park!
- Private Group coach transfer from Valbonella to the Amadeus Hotel at Bologna Airport (BLQ) on the final day of the Camp.
Speak will take care of everything during the Camp so that Anglo Guides can enjoy the experience to the full. Speak provides the following:
- Reception at Welcome Club at the Amadeus Hotel near Bologna Airport (BLQ).
- Private Group coach transfer from the Amadeus Hotel to Trentino on the first day of the Camp.
- Welcome induction and overnight stay on first night of Camp in a hotel in the vicinity of our location, Sores.
- 15 nights’ accommodation and all meals in our beautiful location Sores from dinner on the first day of the Camp to breakfast on the last day of the Camp.
- An excursion during your stay to the Gardaland theme park, a trip to the Trentino Wild outdoor activity sports centre and a session at the Sores Adventure Park.
- Private Group coach transfer from Sores to the Amadeus Hotel at Bologna Airport (BLQ) on the final day of the Camp.
Once your application has been accepted, all Anglos and Anglo Guides will be required to pay an admin fee of €180*.
This fee covers all administrative services outside of the Camp (Admin fee, Meet & Greet service, Coach transfers, Public Liability Insurance).
There is no charge for the Speak Summer Camp experience itself for Anglos and Anglo guides! This includes:
- Stay of 10 nights (Valbonella) or 15 nights (Sores) in quality en-suite accommodation;
- Quality full board from dinner on the first day of the Camp to breakfast on the final day of the Camp.
- Excursion to theme park (Gardaland or Mirabilandia)
* Note: This fee is reduced by 50% for two siblings attending together.
Anglos must be sure of their legal entitlement to be in Italy for the entire duration of the Programme.
Our Anglos come from all over the world and therefore every case is different. While citizens of many countries do not need any kind of visa to enter Italy as a tourist (at least for a period of less than 90 days), Speak advises all Anglo participants to check the procedures required with the relevant authorities in your home country for minors travelling abroad and your ability to meet the requirements necessary in order to enter Italy. The Anglo must, upon arrival in Italy, be in possession of an individual passport and other documentation required for entry and stay in Italy and that is not due to expire for at least six months beyond the final date of the Programme selected.
A good starting point is the Italian Foreign Office official website which offers advice to nationals of different countries wishing to enter Italy. Please click on the link below to find out more: http://vistoperitalia.esteri.it/home/en
IMPORTANT: You will need to both submit to Speak prior to the Programme and bring with you 2 photocopies of your passport and other important documentation.
You will be covered by Speak’s Public Liability Insurance (Unipol Sai) for the duration of your time at the Programme.
We strongly recommend that Anglos take out private travel/baggage/medical insurance to cover them for the entire duration of their stay.
Please do not purchase your travel tickets yet!
Once your application has been accepted, we will send you our Welcome Pack - including all of the necessary information regarding the Programme, travel tips and suggestions for accommodation together with an Anglo Agreement to sign and instructions for payment of the administration fee.
Once we have received your signed Anglo Agreement and administration fee, we will send you a Programme Confirmation Email and at that point you may proceed with booking travel and any accommodation outside of the Programme dates.
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Those who chose to arrive in Bologna as an ‘Unaccompanied Minor’ will be met by a member of our dedicated Speak Transfer Team. When travelling as a UM, airlines take care of everything until passing the UM over to a nominated member of the Speak Team at arrivals who will then accompany them to the nearby Welcome Club at FlyOn.
If you wish to make use of our UM service (included in the administration fee) you will need to contact the Speak Teens team in advance in order to arrange the necessary documentation. For more information please contact Speak at firstname.lastname@example.org