I know I’ve said before I don’t like to plan. And, I don’t. The beauty of travel is going with the flow … seeing what comes and then just doing.
However, when someone makes a suggestion that could make your trip even more awesome than originally thought, you DO IT.
So, I did.
Thus, I have once again broken my rule of not planning by confirming today my participation in a very exciting program, Vaughan Town. Located in the Soria mountains, the town of Valdelavilla is where this takes place. The village, which was abandoned for 30 years (1960 – 1990), is an English-speaking village and is four hours form Madrid. This program brings together Spanish business people who wanted to learn English through immersion. For six days, they spend time with native English speakers (no Spanish allowed) and just talk.
I’ve never taught English before, and it isn’t required. You don’t need any certifications, etc. You just have to come with the desire to help people learn. According to the site, I will be staying in a “rustic medieval villa” and my days will be PACKED with one-to-one conversations, group activities and more. To see what I will be doing, click here.
This is going to be such an incredible opportunity.
As a backpacker on a budget (and with the goal to extend my trip beyond Sept. 20) the only cost I have to cover is my transport to and from Madrid. I booked a flight from Dublin to Madrid on RyanAir for $150. Everything else — the accomodations, the food, the transport to the town — is complimentary.
And, come on!!! How cool is it to teach English to people by helping them develop conversational skills in SPAIN??!!??
I am so excited to participate in this program. Stay tuned … will most definitely be telling the tales of this experience.
Of course, since I have decided to take this little detour to Madrid and Valdeavilla, my itinerary has changed. Looks like I will be hanging in Spain for a bit before I make it down to Morocco. But, that’s cool with me. I live for last-minute awesomeness.
Besides, some rules are just made to be broken.