FAQs

Answers to some of the more frequently asked questions from prospective participants:

Who can attend?

The SYA Adult Enrichment seminars are open to all members of the "SYA family," as well as Spanish teachers from our sending schools. The only requirement is that you have a strong command of the Spanish language.

The Adult Enrichment seminar was originally designed as an opportunity for alumni to return in-country, practice their Spanish, re-connect with the SYA community and learn about something new. The assumption was that SYA Spain alums would be the ones interested; however, we soon discovered that there were other SYAers, who had studied in other countries, wanting to participate as well - even family and friends who hadn't done SYA at all. And what a great opportunity for Spanish teachers looking for a professional development in Spain. We have found that this mix of participants has greatly enriched the overall experience.

Do I need to be fluent in Spanish to attend?

The seminar will be conducted entirely in Spanish. Participants must have a strong command of the language.

What do you recommend in terms of travel arrangements?

Cádiz is located in southwestern Spain. You can fly to Madrid and take a high-speed train to Cádiz (4.5 hours) or you could fly to Sevilla and take a 1.5-hour train to Cádiz. Classes will be held on June 24 - June 28, 2019. You should plan to arrive in town in time for a welcoming reception dinner on the night of June 23 and plan to stay through the day on the 28th, as there will be class held.

Where do participants stay while in Cádiz?

You are free to stay wherever you would like, but for your convenience we have compiled a list of suitable hotels in the area. If you are interested in living with a Spanish "host" (for an additional fee), please contact Whitney Hermann. Since Cádiz is not where we operate our SYA school, we cannot guarantee finding a host, but we are willing to try! 

Is there any advanced work that needs to be done?

Stay tuned!

Is there a discounted price for Member School teachers?

Yes, there is. The registration for teachers from Member Schools is $1,200.

Professional Development

Some common questions from teachers are:

Do you grant credit for the seminar? While you will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the seminar, we do not have an arrangement to grant professional development credit.
I really want to save a spot, but I have to wait until I know whether my school will contribute PD money. Send Whitney an email, and she will talk this through with you. We realize that all schools function on slightly different calendars when it comes to approving PD funds.

 

What does a typical day look like?

While each summer brings with it some modifications depending on both the instructor and the content of the seminar, the traditional structure is as follows:

10-1:30 Class (with coffee break, claro)
LUNCH (on your own)
4:30-6:30 Class resumes either at the school or elsewhere as specified by instructor
An activity could be planned for as early as 7 or as late as 9...depends on the activity!

Planned activities are not required, but participants often find them interesting and a good way to get to know the other participants and practice their Spanish. Activities in the past have included: walking tours, wine tasting, "tapas crawl," museum visit and cooking class.

As the schedule above indicates, there are approximately 5 hours of class per day and plenty of time to squeeze in activities of your own choosing, walking on the beach, visiting a monument, taking photographs or perusing the shops. Cádiz is a very easy city to explore, with a reasonably compact "downtown."