Agents Speak Out
Do you offer mini stays to students?
Máximo Sepúlveda Ramos
Mosaico Idiomas www.mosaicoidiomas.es, Spain
"In Spain, mini-stay programmes are experiencing great growth in recent years. I think it is because for students and their families, as well as for the teachers, it is a very good option to make a very complete trip abroad. For us as an agency, it represents a good opportunity to work with a large number of participants and with a good economic margin, although it is also true that it is a very competitive sector where prices are very important."
Article published: 24 Apr 2017
Eduardo Guibelalde
LENFEX www.lenfex.es, Spain
"Traditionally, Spain has had an important lack of communication when learning a foreign language, due to the focus of a more written approach. Fortunately, the tendency is changing, and recently most of the Spanish educational centres are betting for this kind of short stay programmes, making them a very growing trend. The first time departing abroad must happen in a very comfortable and secure environment, according to the early age of the students. In this sense, one of our main goals is to design a full immersion programme of a week long, where the kids feel themselves happy and wrapped by all the people involved, teachers, classmates, and host families."
Article published: 24 Apr 2017
Tadros Moussa Khoury
Work&Travel Guide www.workandtravelguide.com, Spain
"I don't think a mini stay sounds attractive for my students. Most of them they travel to the UK to learn English and to have an international experience. I believe mini stays are more for professionals or just for people who have a good level of English and they would like to get like a push in a specific area such as marketing, finance, economics, travel management, and they will be more interested in learning specific vocabulary for their jobs or fields, e.g. four or five days is just for meetings or short trainings, not to learn a language."
Article published: 24 Apr 2017
Fabio Boccio and Patrizia Pelliccioni
Crewative www.crewative.eu, Italy
"Mini stays of five days tuition are generally meant for school groups, but yes we have also seen this trend with our students in summer, but it is also because they have a higher level of language than some years ago and they like to change place or language in some other country like France or Spain. The appeal is less time, but more concentrated and more efficiently spent. They can change, for example, and have a week in London and one in Cambridge (always very appealing for Italian students). Finally, these kinds of programmes are also less expensive; they learn something or more than something if very intensive without spending so much."
Article published: 24 Apr 2017