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ABOUT T4L NORTHERN SPAIN: WHO ARE WE?
ABOUT T4L NORTHERN SPAIN: WHO ARE WE?

Travel For Learning has been providing tailor-made advice and a personalised booking service for language courses and cultural activity holidays in Cantabria and Asturias since 1987. We keep a close working relationship with all our overseas partners and can personally recommend the best places to go according to your particular interests.

ABOUT T4L OPERATIONS DEPARMENT: WHY BOOK WITH US?
ABOUT T4L OPERATIONS DEPARMENT: WHY BOOK WITH US?

When you book with us you can be sure that: We have personally visited the locations and can vouch for our services and schools’ standards of teaching, accommodation and student welfare. We can also talk to you about the location and how to get there. We handle all administration, bookings and payments so you do not have to worry about making international money transfers or having to double-check your booking. You can speak with previous students and group holiday participants before you make your final decision. Word of mouth recommendations are important so ask us to put you in touch with someone who has already been to the location you are considering. You can be sure that your fees are safe with us as we operate a Trust Account which ensures financial protection and security for your payments.

ABOUT T4L NORTHERN SPAIN PROGRAMS
ABOUT T4L NORTHERN SPAIN PROGRAMS

Our programs. Presently we offer: SPECIALIZED SPANISH COURSES IN ALL DESTINATIONS. EDUCATIONAL TOURS for School Groups: PROGRAMMES from 5 to 7 day programme or 13 day programme; Lodge with Spanish families, hotel or youth hostel in destinations SPANISH & SPORT CAMPS If you wish to book reservation then please fill out the form here and submit it to us and we will get in contact with you shortly to confirm the details. What are programme fees composed of and why can they change periodically? We believe travel changes lives and we work to make it affordable for students and their families. We strive to balance the changing costs of travel by maintaining the high quality our customers expect. Our program fee covers the costs associated with many components of the tour: flights, hotels, meals, bus, entrance fees for museums and attractions, etc. and are reviewed quarterly. They are then adjusted, either up or down, for all future enrolments. Programme fees are not increased for those travelers already enrolled, however, decreases are applied to everyone’s account. Does Travel 4 Learning book flights? No, Travel 4 Learning doesn’t book flights. Please see our booking conditions for more information. How do I book my trip? It’s very simple! All you have to do is contact us: +34 942 132 264 Payment can be over the phone by direct bank transfer or cheque. Please check our booking conditions for further information. We will take care of all the necessary administration arrangements on your behalf and will usually be able to confirm your booking within 48 hours of receiving your booking request. Remember, if you would like to speak to someone who has already been to the location of your choice, please let us know and we should be able to put you in contact with a previous client. The balance of payment is due 8 weeks prior to your course/ holiday starting date. If you book less than 8 weeks in advance of the starting date, you will be asked for a full payment at the time of booking. For any flights in the booking, payment is required in full at time of booking. Please note that an administration fee of 35 Euros +VAT is included in course fees for all locations unless otherwise indicated. All prices are subject to alteration according to exchange rate fluctuations. What about travel insurance? The Travel For Learning team all have their travel insurance with INTERMUNDIAL Company. If you have any further questions or would like more information, please contact us by phone: +34 942 132 264

ABOUT T4L TAILOR MADE TOURS
ABOUT T4L TAILOR MADE TOURS

Where do I go to find and price a new tour? Click on Educational Tours and you may search for tours by subject, name, length, program fee or date of the year. How do I create a printable price quote for a tour? Once you select a tour in Educational Tours click on booking form here, enter your tour details and click submit; your price quote will send you. How do I save a price quote? Once you send us a booking form, you will be in contact with our Operations Department. Where do I find information about customized tours? Ask us for aCustomized Tour and we will explain you how to design your “dream tour,” with all the options and examples of customized itineraries, or modify an existing Travel 4 Learning itinerary. Where do I find educational resources? Ask for our collection of resources to find lesson plans and classroom activities to complement your tour.

ABOUT DESTINATIONS
ABOUT DESTINATIONS

When can I go? Courses and holiday trips run all year round the country: Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, Valencia, Palma de Mallorca, Sevilla, Granada, Cordoba, Santiago de Compostela, Santander, Cáceres and Gijón. About our Spanish School, the majority of our language schools are closed for 2 weeks over the Christmas period although some offer special festive programmes but they are open the rest of the year. The peak months for language courses abroad are July and August when the average age of participants tends to be younger (18-24 years) than at other times of the year although there will still be people of all ages participating in the classes. Mature students often prefer to travel in the spring or autumn months, when schools are quieter but still offer an interesting mix of course participants. Our schools groups have set starts throughout the year although tailor-made itineraries can be arranged to suit your travel dates at any other time of the year. Bookings can be made at any time of the year. A minimum of 8 weeks in advance of departure is advised although it is possible to book with less notice.

ABOUT T4L ACCOMMODATION
ABOUT T4L ACCOMMODATION

You can book accommodation through Travel 4 Learning in local homestays, self-catering student apartments, studio flats or school residences where available. We always recommend home stay accommodation as this is the best way to gain firsthand experience of the everyday life of the country whilst staying with friendly native speakers. You will not necessarily be staying with a family (parents + children) as many hosts are single people, or an older couple whose children have already left home, because it is reassuring to have a home from home for the duration of your stay where you are guaranteed a welcoming and safe environment. Breakfast and a main meal per day are included and towels and bed linen are usually provided. Many of our students make friends with their hosts and keep in contact after they return home. Shared student apartments are self-catering and offer communal facilities such as an equipped kitchen, living/sitting room and bathroom. This type of accommodation varies from fairly basic to the luxury end of the market depending on the location. Some language schools have their own residences, offering single or twin study bedrooms with private bathrooms, laundry facilities, telephones and communal kitchens. Student residences can often be quite noisy and may lack privacy although they are an ideal way to meet other international students. All types of accommodation are usually available from the Sunday before the course starts until the Saturday after it finishes. Extra nights can be booked upon request according to availability. Will all our hotel rooms be together? We do request all hotels to allocate rooms as close as possible to each other. However, the sheer logistics of reservations covering a range of nights can make difficult for hotels to guarantee it. Our Rooming List to hotels spells out our preferences to rooms being located together.

ABOUT T4L SPANISH SCHOOLS
ABOUT T4L SPANISH SCHOOLS

How will the school assess my level? When you make a booking with us, we will ask you to rate your own level of ability. Following that, either prior to or on the first morning of the course, all students (except complete beginners) take a placement test which accurately assesses their level of ability. The test can be a combination of written and spoken exercises and your allocated class will usually start later that day or the following morning. Your teacher(s) will identify if you need to move to another level and will suggest this at an appropriate point during your course.

INFORMATION ABOUT MY BOOK
ABOUT T4L SPANISH SCHOOLS

Where is the information about my tours? Please let us know your requirements: detailed itinerary, personalized timeline, changes for your tour, etc. You will lead your tour details managing your groups: Itinerary, preparation for departure, Optional Excursions…and this will make their educational tour more affordable A list of all the tourists is sent by us to the host school. Invariably, the Tour Manager will have been sent the tour brochure as well, which acts as excellent back up information in the matching of hosts to guests, e.g. playing positions, interests etc. In this way, we try to ensure that the stay is as enjoyable as possible. Parent’s houses vary in size which is why we can never guarantee the exact composition of billets. Sometimes, you can get four guests to a billet but more often than not, it is a single guest to a single host. It is the Tour Manager’s responsibility to establish contact with all schools/clubs who have offered billeting to confirm your specific requirements and we will provide you with contact list for your fixtures and billeting. How is my booking protected? Please see our booking conditions (linkear a booking conditions) for more information. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If our overseas partner fails before you start your trip, we guarantee that we will find you an alternative one for the same price. You may also want to take on insurance to cover you if you have to cancel your trip.