General Information

The Journey

The journey is already an important part of your language holiday. Here you can find detailed information regarding your travel options:

Coach Journey

Even in times of air travel, coaches are one of the most reliable ways of travel. We have working with our corporation partners for years and trust them explicitly. Quality and security are our top priorities! In compliance with legally specified driving and rest periods, normally two drivers undertake the journey, taking turns while complying to their shift times. If the distance to the destination requires a third driver, a third driver is appointed to the drivers’ team. To optimise travel times and routes, coach exchanges at way stations take place if required, a so-called relay.

Some departure points, depending on dates, require transfers using public inter-city coaches or taxis. If not communicated otherwise, a member of our staff supervises the children during these parts of the journey.

The coach journey is a supervised overnight drive. Normally, the teamers start supervision at the first departure point. They ensure that all formalities, i.e. at borders and on the ferry, are complied with. During the coach journey, you can already get to know your teamers and your travel companions. Normally, arrival at the destination is in the morning of the next day.

During the official school breaks in the departure region/county, all departure points with a minimum number of 15 students are utilised. If this minimum is not reached, you are automatically rebooked on the nearest departure point at no extra cost.

Flight / Air Journey

This way of travel is much quicker than the coach journey. Supervision starts at the arrival airport, this means airport transfer and the flight are unsupervised. The flight supervision service of the respective airline can be used for younger students. The flight is booked with renowned airlines in economy class. The supervision by our team starts at the arrival airport and also includes the transfer to the final destination. This procedure is the same, regardless of your destination.

Self-arranged Journey

For some destinations, self-arranged journeys can be booked. The advantage: Your parents can take you to the destination and meet the teamer and see the accommodation. Also, you can choose flights which are suitable for you. Here, depending on your selected way of travel, you might also be responsible for booking the transfer from the airport / train station to the final destination. Please refer to the date and price tables for further information.

Obligatory identification

Without necessary travel documents you cannot travel at all. A valid passport, national identity card or child’s identity card is required for travel. The travel document needs to be valid for the duration of the entire language holiday. When travelling by coach, the teamer checks your travel documents prior to departure. If you are not an EU citizen, you might require visa for the destination county as well as all countries you will be travelling through. Please acquire this information yourself; contacting respective consulates or embassies can be of help here.  If you initiate this process early on, it should not get in the way of safe journey.

Accommodation

The typical accommodation during a language holiday is still a homestay – especially for teenagers. Another possible type of accommodation are halls of residence.

Homestay / Host family

Typically, your hosts collect you from the coach. During the drive home, you have the first opportunity to chat with your host family. Homestays offer the opportunity to meet the county and the people on a personal level.  The houses are personalised homes; the first step inside is exciting! What does it look like? What’s different than at home? Who lives here? Host families can be diverse, ranging from the typical mum-dad-child family to the elderly single lady. Normally, two to four students are staying with a host family; together you can explore and experience the customs and culture of your host country.

The homestay families are carefully selected and most of them have been hosting language students for years. Hence they are used to deal with teenagers and can help you get used to your new environment. A present for the host family will be appreciated but not a must. Especially specialties or typical treats from your home region are exciting for the host family and encourage a first conversation.

To make it easier for us to pick the right host family for you, please notify us of any specialities as early as possible. Are you allergic to animals? Are you a vegetarian? Do you have any other allergies or intolerances? Communication is key to understanding each other better and ensuring that you have a pleasant stay. If you have any issues or if you have imagines something to be different, please address it kindly with your host family.  This is the best and fastest way to react to questions and problems and react in a satisfying way.

You might hear different words than the vocabulary you learnt in school, see shops, schools, and buildings that look different than at home or eat dishes that taste different to what your mum cooks. All this reflects the culture and the day life of the host country and that’s exactly the reason why you chose this language holiday.

Halls of Residence / Youth Hostel

Some language holidays offer staying in halls of residence or a youth hostel. Halls of residence normally accommodate college students. Language students from all over the world stay here; you can meet students from different parts of the world and learn about their home countries and culture. Common language is English. It is an exciting new and extraordinary challenge to talk about experiences and listen to stories with people whose mother tongue is not English either. Another advantage: The accommodation is normally in close proximity tot he teaching rooms.

The language holiday in Germany are normally offering accommodation in youth hostels. The dorms normally have multi-national occupants.

Board (Food)

Regardless of accommodation type and destination, you always get full board. Full board normally consists of breakfast, packed lunch and dinner. In homestay families you have the advantage to try traditional food typical for the host country. Typically, the host families aim to offer a mixture of family typical meals and students’ wishes. We suggest you try everything! To try different dishes is a valuable experience to take home from a language holiday. Breakfast and dinner are eaten with the host family. If there is anything you do not eat at all, please look up the vocabulary and explain it to your host parents.

You can indicate any food intolerances and allergies and any other dietary requirements in the respective form when buying the language holiday. We might add a surcharge for certain dietary requirements (e.g. lactose or gluten intolerance) in order to compensate for the host families’ increased expense and effort.

Your host family packs you a lunch box which you can enjoy during the day, at lunch break at school or during day trips. Normally, your packed lunch consists of a sandwich, fruit, a sweet or biscuit and a beverage. Talk to your host family about things you like on your sandwich or which beverages you like.

As part of the leisure time activities, you have the opportunity to try traditional food, e.g. fish’n’chips in England, mussels in France or Tapas in Spain. All these dishes taste even better in an authentic environment.

When staying in the halls of residence, meals are organised as buffets. You can decide which dishes you would like to eat and pick who to sit with and what conversations to engage in.

Lessons

 Language lessons during the language holiday are different than lessons in school at home. The class consists of students with the same level of performance in order to ensure everybody can follow the lessons effectively. On the first day of school, you take a placement exam. This test checks your vocabulary, grammar and comprehension. But don’t be scared, it is all doable and cannot be compared to typical school work. In many cases, you take another test at the end of the first week to check whether you need to change classes for the second week, in order to ensure best possible participation and learning achievement.

The classes are not only formed by performance level but are also much smaller than in a normal school. Additionally, native speakers, who are especially trained to teach their own language as a foreign language, teach you.  Hence, you can only ask questions in the language you are trying to improve. But you’ll soon notice that this is helpful and supports the learning process. The lessons during a language holiday are practical, lively and diverse. Besides vocabulary and grammar, the lesson focus is on communicational teaching strategies.

You need to bring a dictionary, a note pad and pens/ pencils. All other materials are provided. The used teaching materials are very diverse, many of which you will collect in a folder and take home. Books, CDs, etc. will be lent to you for the duration of the lessons.

On the last day of school, you are awarded a certificate. The certificate shows your performance, the course and the time and location of the programme. Take good care of it, as participating in a language holiday look good on applications for apprenticeships, university or internships. But the experiences you will make cannot easily be summarised on a sheet of paper!

Our concept:

  • our own language schools
  • small classes with a maximum of 15 students
  • placement test on the first day of school
  • performance based classes
  • test at the end of week one, moving classes if necessary
  • trained teachers at native speaker standard
  • teaching materials, course book and workbook
  • participation certificate incl. language level
  • leisure time activities

The courses:

 Basic CourseStandard CourseIntensive CourseMini Group CourseFit for AbiCombination Course
Lessons15×45 min per week (11,25h)20×45 min per week (14h)30×45 min per week (21h)20×45 min per week (14h)30×45 min per week (21h)24×45 min per week (17h)
Class SizeMax. 15 studentsMax. 15 studentsMax. 15 students5×45 min (3,75h) with
Max. 5 students
Max. 15 students4×45 min individual lessons (3h)
Language LevelA1-C1A1-C1A1-C1A1-C1B1-C1 A1-C2
DurationMin. 1 weekMin. 1 weekMin. 1 weekMin. 1 weekMin. 1 weekMin. 1 week

Level 0: You have no prior knowledge of the language

Beginners with prior knowledge (elementary):

Level A1: You have limited prior knowledge, a basic vocabulary and few expressions.

Lower to upper intermediate:

Level A2: You are able to have basic conversation in everyday situations.

Level B1: Your grammar knowledge is good and you have profound vocabulary. You still make pronunciation mistakes or struggle speaking fluently.

Level B2: You use the language appropriately and comprehensibly in most contests. You still make errors in regards to accuracy in flow of language and sentence structure. Your technical vocabulary needs expanding.

Advanced:

Level C1: You can appropriately use the language even in difficult situations. You still make minor errors in choice of words, grammar or characteristic features of the language.

Level C2: You can react appropriate in all situations and use the language similar to a native speaker.

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Leisure Time Activities

The first morning starts with breakfast in the homestay or halls or residence. Regardless of where you are staying, the days of your language holiday are filled with a variety of activities. In most cases, language lessons are in the mornings. During summer, some groups might have afternoon lessons. Depending on your lesson plan, your activities are either in the morning before school or after school in the afternoon.

The activity planner is normally displayed in school. Here you can see the planned and supervised activities for the entire duration of your language holiday. When booked on the Combination Course, our professional coaches and lecturers will expect you straight after the end of the regular lessons. In order to train and teach you appropriately, your level of knowledge is evaluated by a special test. After the booking you need to fill in a self evaluation form which you will receive from our partners; this way we can allocate the groups based on performance and prior knowledge. Which materials you receive or need to bring is stated in your travel information pack.

If you are not booked on one of the sports or creative programmes, you can expect a lot of variety. Action and relaxation are both equally important. After all you’re still on holiday. Most activities, including the half day and day trips, are already included in the programme price. Two activities, such as adventure golf or a cinema visit, are already included in the price. Other activities are paid for with the activity money which is administered by the teamers. The activity money is collected during the journey to the destination, anything that is left over will be returned to you in the final days of the language holiday.

We recommend to take extra pocket money, in case you need or want to purchase a bus ticket for your daily journey to school. Information on these prices are available prior to departure.

With all the activities, the days will fly by. Trips to the surrounding sights, games at the beach or in town, dinner with the host family or in the halls of residence… no time to be bored. In the evenings, your group meets again to attend a fancy dress party or the disco or participate in other fun and creative activities. The evening activities depend on the destination as well as your age. Rules are part of a language holiday, so please follow them.

Supervision

Our group leaders, your teamers are always with you. Depending on type of journey, they supervise the journey from the get go and you already have a chance to get to know them. When arriving by plane, your teamers meet you at the programme location. You quickly meet new students, even when booking by yourself.  The majority of students books the language holiday individually without friends from home. But the teamers’ duties reach far further than sole friendship.

Teamer are the connecting link between the travelling students, the members of staff in the programme location and the office in Germany as well as the parents. They live close to you and guide you and your group through the day. While you are  studying in the language lessons, they are preparing the leisure time activities. You can approach your teamer if you have any questions, problems or ambiguities.

But their tasks also include informing you about regulations, specialities and rules in the programme location and ensuring their compliance. Depending on the age of the students, a teamer is responsible for 10 to 15 students.

In order to be a teamer, you need to know a lot. All teamers must take part in a mandatory training which prepares them for the language holiday so they know what to do and how to react in certain situations. Many teamer have already been to the destination as students and really know their way round.

They are reliable and trustworthy persons of contact and tour guides in one.  We leave nothing to chance, teamers need to be first aid trained, provide a certificate of good conduct and attend the teamer-training seminar.  We mainly use teamers who are already experienced group leaders and are at least 19 years old.  Teamers try to speak to you in the local language as much as possible. 

24-HOUR EMERGENCY HOTLINE

The europartner language schools ltd. local representatives are available 24 hours a day to group leaders and students and have a direct line to the Voyage Gruppenreisen GmbH head office in case of an emergency.

INSURANCE

Students are not insured by europartner, nor by the host family, against illness, theft or loss of personal effects, and europartner accepts no responsibility in the event of such occurrence. Personal insurance cover is therefore recommended. europartner does not assume any liability for loss, delay or accident of any kind whatsoever which may occur due to the fault or negligence of any company, hotel proprietor, campus, hostel or any other persons carrying out ancillary arrangements.

TERMINATION

europartner language schools ltd. reserves the right to terminate the contract in the case that a student

+ displays unruly behaviour

+ commits vandalism

+ commits a criminal offence

+ in circumstances where the accommodation and facilities offered by europartner langauge schools ltd. are unsuitable to the special needs of a student

+ displays behaviour and conduct that adversely affects the proper administration of the school

+ has a medical condition needing special medicine and care that is not advised on the booking form or when the booking is made.

QUALITY ASSURANCE

europartner language schools ltd. guarantees the quality of their products by:

+ Quality control with questionnaires:

The students submit their criticisms and assessment of the travel services they have received in the ‚Holiday Questionnaire‘ at the beginning and at the end of the

holiday. ‚School Reports‘ record comments on the teaching and reflect the relationship of the group to the teachers.

Contact information

europartner language schools ltd.

2 Dorchester Road

Weymouth Dorset – DT4 7JS

No.: +44(0) 12024802-66

Fax: +44(0) 12022336-57

E-Mail: marketing@europartner.co.uk

 

GO Sprachreisen

VOYAGE Reiseorganisation GmbH

Nord-West-Ring 4

32832 Augustdorf, Germany

No.: +49(0) 5237 89 08 170

Fax: +49 (0) 5237 89 08 29

E-Mail: info@go-sprachreisen.de