If we were to ask you guys what’s the game of the year, the game that everyone is talking about, and that many of you are probably already hooked on, we have no doubt that you’d all shout in unison “Pokémon Go!”
The frenzy caused by Pokémon has been so intense that in many countries, there have been problems due to distracted players wandering into prohibited areas to catch Pokémon. But we don’t want to talk about what you already know; today we want to talk about how the Pokémon (is it Pokémon or Pokémons?) have arrived at Enforex Camps and they’re here to stay.
But let’s start from the beginning: What is Pokémon Go?
Because it’s possible that there’s still someone out there who has no idea what we’re talking about, we’ll begin with the most basic: What is a Pokémon? The word Pokémon is short for “Pocket Monster”; in its contracted form it became the combination “Poké” + “Mon”. They’re little creatures originally born into a video game, but they became world famous in 1996 when they became the main characters of a TV series that was exported to many different countries.
This is when the Pokémon fever emerged… but why is it back now? It all began in 2013 on April Fool’s Day, when Google released some maps where users could find these funny creatures. The “prank” was so successful that they decided to move the idea to a mobile app game called Pokémon Go.
And what does this have to do with Enforex Camps?
But let’s get to what we’re really here to talk about, the summer camps. It all began one July afternoon when we received some strange images from Enforex Camps Salamanca, in which our intrepid campers made these costumes for an activity. Imagine our surprise to discover that our campers weren’t dressing up as superheroes or movie characters… they were dressing up as Pokémon!
But that wasn’t the end of it: the next day it was the campers at Enforex Camps Marbella Alemán who sent us a group photo. Yet again, we were surprised to see everyone dressed up as Pokémon Trainers.
But the moment we were really left us speechless was when we received a video that we’ve decided to call the Pokémon Go Games…you have to see it for yourself to understand.
Using Pokémon Go to discover new destinations
Many believe that Pokémon Go is a just another game, but the truth is that it can be used to discover new places since Poké Stops are located at monuments or important local places (oftentimes less-frequented spots that won’t appear in the travel guides, perfect for a special photo shoot). Not only are you exploring a new place, you can even catch a Pokémon while you’re there! How does catching a Pikachu at Puerto Banús sound to you? Or finding a Legendary Pokémon by chance on Barcelona’s La Rambla?
Now that you’re all caught up with those who already know and love the game, you can see that the Pokémon fever has come to our camps, and all we have to say is “Gotta Catch ‘Em All!”
The world is becoming smaller and smaller every day… and more interesting at the same time. Learning about new cultures and learning from them has become necessary to grow, to mature and even to make new friends. At Enforex Camps campers learn about the benefits of meeting people from around the world first hand.
As you know our camps are multicultural: Campers come from all over the world! Our camp counselors also organize activities and international festivals so that everybody gets to know each other and all campers feel like part of the group.
Learning about other cultures helps campers make closer friends with people from other countries, and learn how to be respectful of them, their cultures and their beliefs. We know it’s important to keep in mind the many differences that exist between cultures: some expressions or gestures that mean something in one culture can have a very different meaning in others for example.
Learning about other cultures helps prepare campers for the future. We’ve already mentioned that the world has become very small; we all know someone who has traveled to other countries! And we’re sure that many campers’ parents have had to travel for work! If campers know how people express themselve in other parts of the world, and about the customs and cultures of other countries, they will be prepared to go on new and interesting trips in the future and to get the most out of them.
Learning about different cultures is fun and interesting. It’s one thing to learn about world geography and history from books… and quite another to learn about these subjects from people from around the world! When campers from different countries tell each other stories about their lives and countries, all of them will be able to see how different and how similar they all are at the same time!
Learning about other cultures makes campers more tolerant and caring. When young people learn about people from other countries and about their customs and traditions, they will see that they have a lot in common with people from around the world; that a guy from Spain is just the like a girl from Germany… Everyone gets worried about that subject in school that’s hard for them, everyone wants to pass their exams, everyone wants to have a great summer… We all understand each other!
Learning about other cultures helps campers understand the world. If they make foreign friends and keep in touch by e-mail or on social networks, they will better understand their new friends’ countries too.
That’s why we think it is so important to have students from all over the world at our camps; because learning about other cultures and meeting people from all over the world makes us better people. It is the perfect time for campers to begin this adventure!
We’re sure you’re wondering, what a typical day at an Enforex Camp is like? Well, since your wish is our command, we decided to write a post all about our day to day life at camp. Ready? We are!
Morning activities – start the day with energy!
Every day at camp starts with a good breakfast, the most important meal of the day! Juice, milk, fruit… Everything campers need to start the day full of energy.
After breakfast, the morning continues with language classes. On the first day of camp, students take language level tests, so that each student is placed in the class that is right for them. Our camp counselors and teachers make sure that language classes are interesting and educational, but more than anything fun.
Best of all, after class, campers can practice what they have learned with all of the other Spanish and international students at camp, which is an excellent way to gain new perspective on other cultures, languages and countries.
Campers will also spend the morning playing their favorite sports. Summer is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy playing soccer or going sailing or horseback riding… campers choose the sports they like the best!
Afternoon activities – relax as the sun begins to fall
After lunch and a short rest, we start the afternoon with activities. First we start with different board games, warming up for an active afternoon and to go out on an excursion.
Depending on the camp location we take campers on different excursions. From Hoces del Duratón, Jávea, Parque de la Ciudatella, to the Oceanográfico… Campers at each destination go on unique excursions to enjoy a unique and exciting summer.
But the afternoon doesn’t end there, there is still time to enjoy tons of activities and workshops, such as our superhero costume workshop, where campers draw on their creative sides to create their own superheroes.
Evening activities – fun under the stars
Some of the things our campers like the most are the activities we do at night. We play plenty of games under the stars and enjoy every minute until it is time for bed.
One of the most popular nighttime activities is our Mystery Night. It’s like a live version of Clue in which campers have to solve mysteries acted out by camp counselors. It’s a great way to feel just like Sherlock Holmes!
But the last day of camp is the most special for a lot of campers. We all say goodbye and remember the good times we had with the photos and videos we took throughout the camp.
Now that you know a little more about day to day life at Enforex Camps what
are you waiting for? Your kids will have one of the best summers of their lives!
We know that learning a language is good for our kids’ development, but what are the real, tangible benefits? In this article we’ll look at the true advantages of learning a language. Ready?
The most important thing, and what we are all probably thinking about when we think about the reasons to learn a language, is the possibility of communicating with people from different countries. We live in an increasingly globalized world, where we come into close contact with people who may have seemed very far away just a few years ago (and who still may be far away, physically, even though we work or interact with them closely). It is important to know our colleagues’ and counterparts’ languages, not only to understand and to be understood linguistically, but also in order to understand each other’s culture and traditions.
This point goes hand in hand with the next: having a better understanding of the world that surrounds us. If our children learn a new language many more possibilities are open to them. They can read foreign authors, see shows and movies as original versions (without bothering with subtitles), and even follow the social media profiles of people they admire who speak a different language. All of the information that they have access to in this way can help them achieve a richer and more comprehensive vision of the world.
Another great advantage is greater access to higher-paying jobs. You’re probably thinking they’re too young to think about their future careers in a serious way, but the earlier they start to learn a language the better. We’re not going to get into technicalities or specific science, but it is proven that the brain is more receptive at an early age.
We’re also not going to say that learning a new language makes us smarter, but it’s true that it does help us exercise the brain. Learning new verbs, new structures, new sounds… all help us keep one of our most valuable and important muscles in shape. Understanding different structures in a second language also helps when it comes to learning a third language, making it possible to learn it much faster!
And finally the reason which is the most important to us: learning a new language is a way to make friends from around the world. Traveling becomes much more fun if you know the language spoken wherever you are. It becomes possible to talk to the locals and understand their culture and environment in a deeper way. It also makes it possible to create much deeper friendships that last forever.
At Enforex Camps, not only will your children be able to learn or improve their language level, they will also be able to practice with students from around the world. What are you waiting for? Your kids will have unforgettable summer! We can’t wait to meet them at Enforex Camps!
1. Your kids will meet people from around the world
At our camps we believe it’s important for kids to share an experience with campers from around the world. More than 32 nationalities enjoy the summer together at our international camps! They are ideal multicultural spaces where campers can explore different, enriching realities creating a unique experience which teaches them to tackle new challenges, deal with change and about how to get along with different kinds of people.
2. They will learn a new language
Our campers not only share their stay with people from different nationalities, language classes are taught every week by native speakers. Spanish, German, Chinese… any language that might come in handy for a successful future can be learned and put into practice during an unforgettable summer.
3. They will experience a new culture in a meaningful way
Experiencing about many new cultures, and about the Spanish culture in an integral way, will help them broaden their horizons and enjoy other traditions and customs that they have never experienced before. On a family trip abroad we are not always able to fully understand the culture that surrounds us and how different other cultures can really be. But by living with people from different places 24 hours a day, kids find themselves immersed in a complete cultural experience.
4. They will increase their knowledge of the world
We live in a globalized world, where the greater our knowledge of it is, the more successful we will be. It is essential for our children to get out of their comfort zone and begin to understand the complexities of the different cultures that exist in the world.
5. They will make lasting friendships
This may be a trite concept, but it is very true. When you are young it is easy to create intense friendships and when a new friend doesn’t live next door or even in the same country, it forces kids to make a bigger effort to maintain a friendship. These friends from around the world share different realities with one another helping each other better understand the world around them.
So it’s final. An international summer allows campers to enjoy an unforgettable stay, live with people from around the world, share in activities, trips and sports and learn about new cultures. Can you think of a better reasons for your kids to spend an unforgettable summer at an Enforex Camp?
We’re sure you know spending summer at a summer camp is an unforgettable experience that helps kids grow, experience new things and get out of their comfort zone. But we thought we’d delve a little deeper and take a little look at the 10 most important reasons to spend a summer at an Enforex Camp. We think they’re pretty great reasons! Let’s see if you agree.
1. International Environment
One of the most enriching things kids (well, and really everyone) can do is spend time with people from different countries, who have a completely different outlook on the world. At Enforex Camps kids are surrounded by fellow campers from around the world. Spain, England, Russia, China… a wide variety of nationalities are mixed together in an international environment creating an ideal space for learning languages and about other cultures.
2. Practice Languages
It is not uncommon for kids these days to speak perfect (or near perfect) English, but without practice it’s easy to lose the skill. How can we solve that problem? Spending a whole summer with people who speak different languages is a good start. It forces campers to make themselves understood and to understand their fellow campers in one common language. And at our camps they will also practice languages in entertaining, fun language classes, taught by experienced, native teachers.
3. Discover New Cultures
TV, social media, newspapers … We are oversaturated with information, many times giving us a false sense that we know everything about the countries and cultures that surround us. But having an experience at an international camp allows our campers to understand another much broader and richer perspective on the world.
4. Get Outside and Play Sports
When kids finish school and summer vacation starts, it’s normal that life becomes a bit more sedentary. The opportunity for your kids to spend the summer playing the sports they love with people from around the world is one they will never forget. Our camps offer tons of sports and activities from soccer to sailing to horseback riding or swimming both at the camp pools and at the beach, basking in the sun and sand.
One of the most important developmental areas for kids is creativity; the ability to unleash their imagination and let it run wild. It is essential to take part in activities that encourage creativity, which they will be able to apply to solving everyday problems later in life. Theater, dance, crafts… all of the activities at Enforex Camps are about creativity!
6. See New Places
Our camps organize trips to see different places with half day or full day outings. Campers, whether they are Spanish or international get the chance to experience new places, cultures and traditions and get to know the area around the camp. It is the perfect way to explore the world!
7. The Best Facilities
Our camps are found in the best destinations in Spain and are located at modern, educational centers with the best sports facilities. Spacious classrooms, fully equipped kitchens, brightly lit spaces… Everything is just so so that campers feel right at home.
8. Highly Qualified Camp Counselors and Teachers
24h supervision at camps ensures that our counselors are there for campers at all times, and are available for anything they may need. During language classes, our native and highly qualified teachers are responsible for teaching in an entertaining, and above all, fun way.
Photos, videos, comments, experiences… With Enfocamp Club campers can reminisce about all of their experiences and remember the good times they had at camp, while sharing them on our social networks; a great online space just for our campers.
10. A Unique Experience
The last of our reasons, but definitely not the least, is the enriching experience that campers will enjoy surrounded by new friends from around the world in a place where sports, crafts and languages create an exciting and unforgettable environment. These are the keys to a singularly spectacular summer.
So there you have it, our 10 reasons for kids of all ages to enjoy the summer with us. And now that you know, what are you waiting for to sign your kids up for the best summer ever? We can’t wait to meet them!
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