My name is Juan and i'm a 34 years old Basque guy that will open an English school in a small town in northern Navarra.
I've done many jobs in my life ( barman, waiter, steward, cleaner, waiting staff, office work, kitchen porter....) but none of them made me feel happy and free. After travelling and volunteering around South East Asia for a year and a half i realized that what i do love is sharing my knowledge with children and young people.
On the other hand, I wanted to be as free as possible in this political system where the working conditions and workers' rigths are going backwards, at least in Spain.
My main goal is to be able to pay bills and survive with not much and to give the opportunity to everyone in my town to learn English. The unemployment tax is very high in our valley that's why if both parents are unemployed they just have to pay half price every month until one of them gets a job.
Basque people are really attached to their land, roots and family. My school wants to be a bridge to the world, a little island where students will discover that there is an entire world out there to be explored and that English is vital for that purpose.
I'd like to have fluent relationships with some schools abroad such as the orphanage i taught in Cambodia and the 2 schools i taught in Myanmar in order to put in touch different cultures, ways of living......
Volunteers will play an important role here because students will have the chance of knowing new cultures, diversity, exchange experiences, get used to different accents and be tolerant with races, gender and sexual orientation.
Furthemore it is not usual to see foreigners in our town just a couple of au pairs in summer time.
Help with Computers / internet
The lessons last around 50 minutes. There aren't lesson in the mornings and Monday and Friday are days off for volunteers so they can explore the area or visit around.
A minimum of 2 lessons per day are required.
The school is in the middle of the main square.
If you know how to play any instrument or you are handy with crafts, paintings, arts etc. feel free to do it in any lesson.
I will let you know their English level and what we've learned so far. Anyway, i'll be helping you if you want to and if you need I'll show you resources on the internet.
Spanish, Basque, English, some French
You'll have your own private room in my flat with wi fi connection, shared bathroom and kitchen.
You can use my bikes to go to the forest or visit around.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
If you want to have a look to the area before coming just write in google this words: nacedero del Urederra, Urbasa, monte Beriain, Alsasua, Sakana, San Sebastian,Pamplona and you'll realize that is worthy to come.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Alsasua is a small town in northern Navarra just in the middle of 3 main cities. It's 50 km away from Pamplona( the city of the running of the bulls, San Fermin), 70 km away from San Sebastian, 90km away from Bilbao and 40 km from Vitoria. You can also visit the French Basque country( Biarritz, Hendaya, Bayona....)
Alsasua is part of a valley called Sakana where there are 2 natural parks, Urbasa and Andia. The landscape is awesome, there are beautiful mountains and very green forests.
People are quite friendly and kind with foreigners and all of a sudden you will be part of the town and meet people easily.
You will discover the Basque culture and its amazing gastronomy. On Thursdays me and my friends cook Basque food in our gastronomic clubs and you just have to go eat, drink and enjoy.
If you like sports this place is ideal for running, biking, trekking....
There are supermarkets, shops, bars, cultural centre and a sports centre with sauna, jacuzee, gym and a pool.
There are hourly buses to Pamplona, San Sebastian and Vitoria.
You can reach Madrid by train from Pamplona in just 3 hours.
On Thursdays and Fridays after class there are special offers at the pubs of the town where tasty pintxos or tapas can be enjoyed with a drink.
Maximum 4 hours 4 days a week. Maximum stay 3 weeks