Speak Teens offers English language immersion 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. Our Camps consist of a mixture of One-to-One conversation sessions, group discussions and activities, fun projects, sports and games. Our Camp offers both an unforgettable summer experience while developing the English speaking and listening skills of the leaners through natural conversation.
For our “English Adventure” Summer Camp at Sores in Trentino our Learners are between 10-14 years of age while for our “English Discovery” Summer Camp at Valbonella in Emilia-Romagna our Learners are between 12-17 years of age.
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.
The Teen Anglos and Anglo Guides are native English-speaking teenagers from all over the world. Precisely because they come from different countries and different regions, their accents are different too. They are friendly and sociable and like making new friends, sharing stories, their experiences and their culture.
Our Speak Teens Summer Camps focus on speaking and listening in English and create the environment conducive to spontaneous and natural conversation. By communicating exclusively in English at all times throughout the day, you will get real practice in a range of natural situations, hear a range of English accents and lose the inhibitions that so often block those learning a language.
Each day will contain One-to-One sessions involving one English Learner and one Anglo, 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.
Our innovative and highly communicative approach to learning allows learners of all levels to be challenged and make real progress.
Our “English Discovery” Camp at Valbonella is designed for our older Teens looking to improve their communicative skills while the “English Adventure” Camp at Sores is more suitable for younger Teens with a more blended learning approach.
You will receive a Speak Teens certificate for your participation in the Camp, highlighting your progress through the Camp.
In addition, Speak is also an exam centre for Trinity College London. At both our English Adventure and English Discovery camps, Learners can choose to take a Trinity GESE exam that at the end of the Summer Camp in order to certify their speaking and listening skills. Please write to email@example.com for more details.
It would seem logical for those who want to improve their English to go abroad, yet often summer schools in English speaking countries offer the same cycle of lessons as an English school at home and very little chance to actually speak and practice English with English speakers. Speak Teens offers a unique situation where you will be speaking in English every moment of the day with our mother-tongue Anglos, from the time you wake up from the time you go to bed at night!
To reserve a place at one of our Speak Teens Summer Camps, fill in the online Booking Form here. After completing the Booking Form, we will send you a confirmation email together with your pre-completed Booking Form and the Terms and Conditions of the Speak Teens Summer Camp. These documents will need signing and sending back to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or completing by hand and sending to our office address: Speak Srl, Viale Pio XI, 11/a, 70056, Molfetta (BA).
After receiving the signed documents, we will send you a confirmation email with a Purchase Order with explanations on how to make payment. For each payment made, we will send a confirmation e-mail with an invoice attached.
Of course! We welcome bookings from those who wish to stay for more than one Camp. Discounts are also available for multiple Camp bookings. At “English Adventure” at Sores, Learners who decide to stay for more than one Camp will also go on a full day extrusion to Gardaland!
Absolutely! Our “English Adventure” Camp at Sores offers a full-day Adventure Excursion to discover the natural beauty of Trentino and includes a trip to Trentino Wild, the largest outdoor sports centre in Italy where our Teens can take part in a Rafting or Mountain-biking experience in stunning natural surroundings. They can also enjoy two sessions at the Sores Adventure Park with its 1400m of high ropes forest adventure lines.
At our “English Discovery” Summer Camp at Valbonella, all Learners will go on a full-day excursion to the famous Mirabilandia Theme Park. They will also be involved in nature treks to a nearby lake and a guided evening “Walk with Wolves” in the forest!
Learners can either arrive directly at one of our locations or make use of our Meeting Point in the heart of Italy, in Bologna. Those who prefer to arrive at our Welcome Club in Bologna on the first day of the Camp will come to our Welcome Club at the Amadeus Hotel near Bologna Airport (BLQ).
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 joining the Speak Camp. You will have time to start mixing with both other English Learners and Anglos and enjoy some light refreshments before taking one of our private Coach Transfers to our camp locations: either Valbonella or Sores.
Once we are ready to leave the Welcome Club we will take you on one of our private coach transfers to the chosen location.
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 at our locations.
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.
All participants will be in multiple rooms with Anglos and other participants so you can practice your English with your roommates too! Generally, the rooms are 4-6 beds each and every room has a private bathroom. Staff are located in nearby rooms and there is always a member of staff available 24 hours.
All participants will be in multiple en-suite rooms. Generally, the rooms are 4-6 beds each and every room has a private bathroom. Staff are located in nearby rooms and there is always a member of staff available 24 hours.
Absolutely. Our locations have fully prepared kitchens and staff offering the best of local Italian cuisine. They will be more than happy to cater for specific dietary requirements. Just let us know on your application!
Yes – halfway through each Summer Camp programme, Speak will organise laundry for light clothing: t-shirts, underwear, for each participant.
Towels and bedding are provided by our locations but we advise you to bring your own towel too, especially for the swimming pool at Valbonella.
As well as our qualified First Aid trained staff always at hand on-site, both of our locations have agreements with nearby doctors as well as easy access to both dentist and hospital services.
During check-in at the location 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.
You will be covered by Speak’s Public Liability Insurance (UnipolSai) for the duration of your time at the Programme.
We strongly recommend that you take out private travel/baggage/medical insurance to cover them for the entire duration of the Programme.
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.
On the final day of the Camp you will have breakfast before either being collected by your parents or leaving the location on our private Coach Transfer, returning to the Welcome Club at the Amadeus Hotel near Bologna Airport (BLQ) where you will need to be collected between 12.00 – 13.00 *Please see FAQ below regarding Unaccompanied Minors if you are travelling alone.
Once your booking 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 email@example.com
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 the Amadeus Hotel.
If you wish to make use of our UM service 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.