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Intensive spanish lessons or language school along the way?


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I am having a lot of trouble with my left knee and may need to have it operated on -soon if needed, before I start my camino in september. I am trying to think 100% positively but just in case my knee can't manage lots of walking and I only can manage a small part of the camino, I want to have a plan B. I have booked my airfare from Australia and a return flight 6 weeks later and don't want to change this. So I thought IF my knee doesn't work out, why not stay somewhere along the camino frances and become a language student?

So my question: Does anyone know if there is a language school or similar along the camino frances (probably in Burgos or Leon??) that teaches spanish for forgeiners over a month or so? I'd like to find somewhere along the camino frances and possibly does anyone know of a place I could stay cheaply (as I will be budgeting on albergues or refugios for my walk) in order to become a full time student? Or do families billet overseas students??
(I am hoping plan B never has to come into effect, but me being me, I still need a plan B! :) ) thanks!
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An American friend had a similar situation in 2002, and the doctors told her to stop at Burgos to prevent further damage to her knee. She ended up taking 4 weeks on the northern coast, near Santander, staying with a retired teacher of Spanish who gave her classes in the morning, and she had the rest of the day to herself. I believe that she located the teacher through a language school associated with the University in Burgos, but I can give you no contact information. In any case, there are a number of opportunities for studies and I have no doubt that a number of board-watchers will be coming through with specifics for you.


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You could travel on the Via de la Plata to Seville where they have an excellent Spanish School. They offer shared students accommodation - for all ages - or home stays with families, cultural events etc. This website also has excellent info on how to get to Seville.


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Yes - Clic in Seville is a very good school with excelent modern facilities. There are a number of schools there. But no matter where organised courses can be expensive - a cheaper alternative which I used was to to find an individual teacher and agree an hourly or daily rate. A good way of searching is on a local message board or a newspaper with classified ads - one such in Seville is:

In Seville they also simply put up handwritten posters on lamposts which is how I found my teacher!



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thank you everyone for your imput. Hopefully I won't need it but will note it down in my camino journal in case I do! I'm very hopeful that a quick operation on my knee done soon will solve all problems and I can walk the camino in its entirity as planned! :?: :) Jane.
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There is a great language school in Salamanca called Colegio Delibes, it's small and independent and reasonably priced, I really enjoyed my time there and met lots of nice people. Salamanca is also a wonderful city to spend a few weeks, it's small and cozy and beautiful - and it's on the Via de la Plata.

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