Host a Spanish student

Join us hosting a Spanish Student this summer

A friendship of a lifetime

An exciting program is taking place in Bethel, CT this summer for the 2nd year in a row. We are excited to be partnering with Bethel High World Language Department and 2 Spanish schools to bring 20 Spanish teenagers to experience life in the US.

Each student will stay with a host family from June 29-July 22. The student will be participating in activities each day and would have time with the host family in the evenings and on 2 weekends. Host families receive $400.

Last year we tried this program for the first time. It was more successful that we could have ever imagined. Spanish students and host families developed a nice bond and shared a lot of unique experiences. When it came time to leave, everyone was in tears. We have some returning students and returning host families.

This year we are down to our last 14 students. We have 3 girls and 11 boys. Their ages and profiles range so families can choose from a list of students who they think would be a good match for their family. Host family children are welcome to participate in the activities with the Spanish students. We go to Skyzone, have pool parties, take trips and just have a good time together.

 

2014 Students in a Pool Party

US kids with Spanish students in a Pool Party in Bethel

FAQs

Why could this be beneficial to your family?
This is a culturally enriching experience as your family learns about a new culture and you have a chance to share yours. It is a chance to get to welcome another person into your home so he/she can see how you live.

What if I can’t drop off/pick up the student?
This is no problem. We arrange rides and carpooling so it is easier on everyone.

Does student need a lot of entertaining?
Not so much. The student will be at camp during the week from 9-3 and on some days 9-5. Some days there are activities in the evenings so the student would only be with you on some evenings and 2 weekends.

Does the student need his/her own bedroom?
No, the student needs a bed in a bedroom but the room can be shared with another child in the family of the same sex.

What if a family is going away on vacation?
This is not a problem as long as we know in advance so we can find coverage during this time. The family is also allowed to take the student along with them on trips or activities but we need to know in advance.

Do host families need to be from Bethel, CT?
No, this is not necessary. Living closer to Bethel would be easier but the most important thing is that we have quality families committed to providing a loving environment so we can help out with the driving.

What does the family need to provide?
The family needs to provide meals, a bed and access to the internet.

 

2014 Students in New York City

2014 Spanish Students in New York City

Give a rewarding experience and help your children to learn and grow

More information about the students can be found here:
https://sites.google.com/a/bethel.k12.ct.us/spain-bethel-exchange-program/home/meet-the-students

 

To sign up for the program, click here:
http://goinspired.wpengine.com/high-school-trip-to-usa-host-family-application/

Contact us for any questions at margo@goinspired.com.

Thank you for considering joining us in giving a summer of a lifetime to a Spanish student.

 

Summer Trip to USA

Back to business

After a very busy summer, we are now heading into Fall and are revving up for our courses in 2015.  A big thanks to all of you (families, leaders, Park and Rec, Bethel High School, students, etc.)  who helped make the programs so successful.

With a great summer program in the US behind us, we are looking forward to our new program in Spain this year. We will be taking a group of high school students to the beautiful coast of Spain for 3 weeks. There they will live with a family and get to know Spanish students their age. They will be doing activities and workshops to help them get to know the Spanish culture better. It will be an exciting trip that will stay in their memories forever. This will take place at the end of June to July, 2015.

Summer Trip to USA

We will also be continuing our summer programs in Italy.

Commedia dell’Arte: a 2 or 4-week course in Florence, Italy June 29-July 24, 2015

Commedia dell'Arte workshop

Historal Dance: 1 week course in Florence, Italy July 13-17, 2015

Mask Making: 2-week course in Florence, Italy July 20-31, 2015

Italian Design Workshop: a 3 or 5-week course that will take place 4 weeks in Florence and 1 week in Milan. A great course to learn about Italian design and architecture from Italian designers and architects themselves! June 29-July 31, 2015

For you language learners, we have fun and amazing trips to Ireland and China where we guarantee you will improve your language and give you an experience of a lifetime.

Start making your plans for 2015 and start with Go Inspired. We challenge you to explore the world and take a journey into yourself!

 

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Day 3: Feeling better with our new lifestyle!

July 3rd:

Today is PIZZA DAY!!! As it is the last day of the week (tomorrow is Independence Day, so there won’t be  any camp), we are having this excellent menu for lunch.

¡Hoy es EL DÍA DE LA PIZZA! Como es el último día de la semana (mañana es el día de la independencia, así que no habrá campamento), estamos tomando este excelente menú para comer.

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Now, after lunch, the CITs are taking a masterclass about body lenguage and advertising. It is so cool!!! Everybody is participating and we are having such a fun time.

Ahora, después de comer, los CITs están en una masterclass sobre el lenguaje corporal y la publicidad. ¡Mola mucho! Todo el mundo está participando y lo estamos pasando super bien.

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We are so crazy, and if I say “we”, it’s because EVERYBODY is completely crazy.

Estamos tarados, y si digo “estamos”, es porque TODOS estamos muy majaras.

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They made an activity in which they had to sell a product, like if they were on TV. I recorded them and that’s what happened:

(the video has bad quality because if not it can’t be uploaded)

Today we are very busy OMG, we are finishing our day doing ICE SKATING. Margo and Miguel took many many pictures, like these ones:

Hoy estamos muy atareados Dios mío, estamos acabando el día haciendo PATINAJE SOBRE HIELO. Margo y Miguel han hecho muchas fotos, como estas:

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This weekend everybody is going to stay with their host family, so i’ll post the pictures on Monday.

SEE YOU THEN!!

Este fin de semana todos van a estar con su familia, así que subiré las fotos el lunes.

NOS VEMOS ENTONCES!

 

 

Bethel High-School

Day 1: The first day is always the hardest!

July 1st:

Good morning Bethel! First day of camp! OMG what great weather.

¡Buenos días Bethel! ¡Primer día de campamento! Que tiempo más bueno por Diós.

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Here they are the two monitors, Margo and Miguel, checking that everything is in the right place. The first day is always the craziest.

Aquí tenemos a los dos monitores, Margo y Miguel, comprobando que todo esté en su sitio. El primer día es el más loco.

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Bethel is so beautiful, isn’t it?

Bethel es MUY bonito, ¿Verdad?

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Enjoying the day playing TRIVIAL with Spanish and American kids.

Disfrutando del día jugando al TRIVIAL con los chavales españoles y americanos.

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We’ve finished the camp and now we’re doing an AMERICAN FOOTBALL workshop!

¡Hemos acabado la jornada y ahora estamos haciendo un taller de FÚTBOL AMERICANO!

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After playing football outside… Is there anything better than a fresh snack? We deserve it!

Después de jugar a fútbol… ¿Hay algo mejor que una merienda fresca? ¡Nos la merecemos!

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The Bethel’s first selectman came to visit us!!

¡El alcalde de Bethel ha venido a visitarnos!

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That was all we did the first day in Bethel.

It was awesome, and it’s only the beginning of this fantastic experience!

Summer in USA - Madrid Airport

Day 0: Ready to go to USA!

June 30th:

Castellon’s students ready for the @Go_Inspired experience! About to take the train to Madrid!

Los estudiantes de Castellón listos para la experiencia de Go Inspired! Ahora cogeremos el tren que nos llevará a Madrid!

We’ve just arrived to the Spanish capital. Hello Madrid!

Acabamos de llegar a la capital española. Hola Madrid!

ONLY 5 more hours to take the plane…      But we are too nervous to feel bored.

SOLAMENTE 5 horas para coger el avión…   Pero estamos demasiado nerviosos para sentirnos aburridos.

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While waiting for Madrid’s students, we have time to make new friends (or something more than friends).

Mientras esperamos a los estudiantes de Madrid, nos queda tiempo para hacer nuevos amigos (o algo más que amigos).

YES!  24 people now! Ready for bag check and almost time to say goodbye to Spain.

Sí! Ya estamos los 24! Preparados para el checking y se acerca la hora de decir adiós a España.

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Goodbye time… We see many tears now, but we’ll see more when leaving USA, I’m sure.

Hora de decir adiós… Vemos muchas lágrimas ahora, pero  veremos muchas más cuando nos vayamos de E.E.U.U, estoy seguro.

No hay vuelta atrás, rumbo a Nueva York!! Dentro de 8 horas estaremos pisando tierra americana.

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We are in JFK! Now we’re going to take a bus, and in a few hours we’ll be in BETHEL, CT.

Estamos en JFK! Ahora vamos a tomar el autobús, y en pocas horas estaremos en BETHEL, CT.

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Summer in USA - Madrid Airport

Bethel 2014!!

Hello everyone!

I’m Jorge and I’ll try to keep you informed everyday about all the activities we do.

We arrived  June 30th but I’m starting the blog now, so I’m going to post the best pictures that have been taken so far.

After that, I’ll upload some pictures everyday describing what we are doing in Bethel.

I hope we all enjoy the summer!!

Advice from Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray Love

We came across advice from Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love and we wanted to pass it along to our readers. We hear advice along the way as we are growing up and some advice we receive is good, other times it is just not applicable at that moment and even once in a while, it is bad advice. But if we are open to listening and being true to ourselves, we will find our true path. Here at Go Inspired, we encourage you to travel, travel and travel some more! Learning about other people, cultures and beliefs is a way to make this world a bit better of a place.

This was taken from Elizabeth Gilbert’s facebook on advice she wrote to a daughter of a friend.

“Out into the world you go! Here is some advice along your way: Stay out of debt! Keep your expenses low and learn how to live without luxuries so you can have a bigger and more free life, unbound by the fear of the bill collector. Remember that Autonomy Is The God of Woman. Never give your heart or your body to anyone who doesn’t view you as a precious treasure. Never use another person’s heart or body as a way to pass time while you’re waiting for real love to come along. Don’t ever expect somebody else to hand your destiny to you — go out and find it. Follow your curiosity bravely, because ultimately it is your curiosity that will lead you to your passion. Remember that you are not made of sugar candy: You are stronger than you think, more powerful than you could ever imagine. Therefore, stay near people who know that you are strong and stay away from people who fear that you are weak. Character is more important than personality, both in yourself and in your friends. Learn how to be happy alone. Listen more than you speak. (I’m still learning this one!) Don’t worry what anyone is thinking about you; they are only ever thinking about themselves, anyhow. Don’t smoke. Don’t ride motorcycles — especially not in Southeast Asia. Floss. Wear your seatbelt. Don’t drink sugary sodas. Try to be creative for a half an hour a day. Save your money (have I mentioned this?) and give yourself the gift of travel. Don’t get married too young: Statistics show that the happiest women are those who delayed marriage. (In the meantime, if you want to wear a pretty diamond ring, you can always buy one for yourself.) Be interested and you will always be interesting. Have FUN!

Love, Liz”

Learn English in San Francisco

Learn English in San Francisco!

Choosing a language school can be a difficult task from where to go to how much to spend. At Go Inspired, we understand that all these factors are important and we don’t believe you should have to pay so much money to invest in learning English. That is why we have an opportunity for you in San Francisco to learn English that won’t break the bank!

Learn English in San Francisco

Why San Francisco? If you haven’t been to this fabulous city, it is time you make the trip! With a population of over 800,000 people, this city has so much to offer its visitors and residents. San Francisco is a popular tourist destination, famous for its mild weather, cool summers, fog, eclectic architecture, and famous landmarks including Lombard Street, the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Alcatraz Island, Chinatown and Fisherman’s Wharf. Make new friends and have an incredible time exploring the San Francisco area!

Learn English in San Francisco. Go Inspired provides English learners an incredible opportunity to study English in the USA for a cheap price. Participants will study in a language school in San Francisco with modern facilities including a computer lab and recreation room. The classes will be lively, dynamic and enjoyable. Students will practice speaking every day in class in order to feel more comfortable with the language.

English Classes and Methodology: We know that a language cannot be learned through grammar alone. English as a Second Language classes include pronunciation practice, accent reduction, writing, speaking, reading, vocabulary and learning about American culture. Students will have class from 9:15 to 13:45 Monday through Thursday (18 hours a week plus optional afternoon workshops).

Beginner to advanced students welcome!

In the afternoons, there are free classes and workshops such as:

  • Conversation
  • American Idioms and Slang
  • American Movies
  • Current Events
  • Learn English through Music

English Class Prices (includes 18 hours a week plus free option afternoon workshops):

  • 4 weeks for the price of 3 weeks $800 (you save $250)
  • 12 weeks for the price of 10 weeks $1900 (you save $500)

Accommodation is in a residence where you can choose a single, double or triple room. See Learn English in San Francisco for more information.

Must-Have Guide to Florence, Italy

Must-Have Guide to Florence, Italy

Spending time in Florence, Italy? Which sights should you see? What restaurants will suit your budget? So many questions! Don’t be afraid or overwhelmed. We have all your answers plus great tips for your trip in our Must-Have Guide to Florence, Italy. Florence is an amazing city so whether you have 2 days or 2 months, each day will be special.

One of Go Inspired’s goals is that you get the most out of your experience in Florence. That  is why we created the ebook. Please take the time to read it and feel free to provide us with feedback! If there is a place you think should be added to the list, let us know.

Must-Have guide to Florence [www.goinspired.com]

Courses in Spain

Should Spain adjust its work schedule?

Spain Work Schedules

If you have ever been lucky enough to be on the coast of Spain in the summer, you undoubtedly understand why dinner is at 10 or 11pm. With the sun setting around 9:30pm, there is just so much day light to do things…whether it is taking a nap, eating tapas, sunbathing or just hanging out with your friends.  You would also realize that their schedule/timetable/”horario” is a bit different than most countries and pretty much revolves around eating.

Spanish bocadillos

Work can start around 8 or 9am but if you are waiting for a supermarket to open early, good luck. “Early” for most is 9:15. Then, most workers have “almuerzo” around 10 or 11. This almuerzo is usually a “bocadillo” (sandwich). Back to work they go (helpful advice: don’t go to government offices around 10-11:30am as most workers are having their break and will not wait on you). Then soon enough it is 1:30 or 2 and it is eating time again. Workers who live nearby often go home where they eat and sometimes take a siesta. Soon enough it is 4 or 5 and they must return to work (civil servants usually stop working at 3 and banks close at 2:30 so good luck getting anything done if you are busy in the morning).  Workers then work until 7 or 8pm depending on their job.

Spaniards days are long. And some are asking that the Spanish government change the clocks. Will it happen? Check out the New York Times’ article on the topic.

Spain, Land of 10 P.M. Dinners, Asks if It’s Time to Reset Clock