TECS Camp Puerto (Kids + Teens)
Location: El Puerto de Santa Maria, Near Cadiz in the south of Spain
Number of Campers: Max 200 per fortnight
Age: 7-17 years old (Kids: 7-13 | Teens: 14-17 Seniors)
Competition: Colour War (Blue Vs. White)
ABOUT TECS CAMP PUERTO KIDS + TEENS
TECS Camp Puerto is the first programme that we started back in 1997. This is by far our biggest and most popular camp because it offers a bit to everyone! All staff and campers are residential in this camp with our campers generally staying for 2 weeks at a time. This camp runs for 6 weeks from the beginning of July to mid-August.
In this camp we have a wide age range with the campers being between 7 and 17 years old. We divide the kids then into two camps: Puerto Kids (7-13 years old) and Puerto Teens (14-17 years old). This allows us then to adapt the general programme to best suit each age group.
Everything in this camp is run 100% in English and no level of Spanish is required by staff. Except for concrete moments of the day such as English classes, workshops or evening entertainments the campers can speak Spanish among themselves but must speak in English to our staff. The only exception to this is that with the youngest campers (7/8 year olds) we might have a bilingual Spanish monitor who can slip into Spanish when needed.
The campers will generally have 4 hours of English class in the morning run by our TEFL English teachers. After that they will have some chill out time, workshops or arts & crafts, which is then followed by 4 hours of activities run by our monitors (camp counsellors). During the activities the campers will get to do a mixture of sports, large group activities and competitions, and trips to the beach. They can also sign up for 4 days of watersports (named “Water & Fun”). In the evenings, campers will have showers, dinner and then evening activities in their age groups – this can range from gunk night, to Gala Night for the seniors, with lots of Colour War guaranteed 😉
Multi and Extra Activities
ENGLISH PROGRAMME :
This camp runs what we call a “Full Immersion English PLUS” programme, with classes being run very similar to those of a well run language academy but using our own authentic TECS Files (student and teacher packs), which are two week English programmes designed to teach normal language themes but with emphasis on useful language for summer camp life and of course a big focus on fun, like in all our camps.
These TECS Files are well renowned in the Spanish summer camp industry and there has even been interest from well known publishers to publish the material for a wider summer camp market. For this reason, teachers on this camp can be confident that they will be provided with excellent teaching material which consists of: Student Packs, Teacher Notes, Flashcard packs and, in the case of some packs, starting and leaving tests.
For all these reasons and the fact that both internet and extra course book material is easily available in this camp, generally TECS Camp Puerto is the best camp for teachers who are looking for well-oiled support mechanisms and excellent teaching material. However on the other side, because of the very active and hectic nature of three age group programme, TECS Camp Puerto is also generally better suited to teachers who have a strong interest and passion for outside the classroom camp life as the programme demands on teachers can be quite tiring, although also of course potentially very rewarding as teachers in this camp have a very close contact with the students in all walks of camp life.
For our Senior age group, they also choose a workshop before coming to camp. This means that they have classes based on their own interests. Workshops include: robotics, health and fitness, media academy, intensive english, performance, and leadership.