Semana Santa, the big performance

Yes, it’s just started, even though in some places of Spain it’s been prepared along the whole year. In some cities, specially in the south, the streets are going to be almost collapsed during a week, and instead of normal life, we are going to find processions any time of day or night, those in which people sing, those in which people cry, those which music bands play, those in complete silence… All of them recreating the Passion of Christ. If you’ve never seen anything like this, you can imagine it maybe like a whole-week christian “parade”, or like a dramatic version of the carnival… The atmosphere is very particular, […]

DELE exams coming!

For those who don’t know it, DELE is the offical certificate on spanish language by the Instituto Cervantes (DELE = Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera) and, in a few words, it is internationally considered the most reliable certificate for spanish language.  During each year there are up to 4 dates when you can take the exam, all of them coordinated by the Instituto Cervantes in collaboration with language institutions around the world. Here you can find a list with those centers where the exams will take place, and find the one wich is closest to you! In 2014 the dates will be in april (in a couple of weeks!), may, july, october and november. Have a look […]

Finca La Pizpireta, a house among the berries

And here we go introducing one of our partner projects: Finca agroecológica “La Pizpireta”  Patri and Luigi are two young producers of organic berries that live and work in the Valle del Pas, southern Cantabria, an area with an amazing natural landscape marked by the traditional cattle farming, the little streams everywhere and the huge green mountains all around.  They have been hosting volunteers since two years ago, mainly during the summer season, when the berries need to be picked and distributed (and tasted!). They belong to a bigger net of organic farmers and consumers called Efecto Ecológico, and sometimes they also have to do some tasks related to that (preparing baskets […]

Why volunteering in Cantabria?

Yes, all our current partner projects, through wich you can come to Spain, are located in the Comunidad Autónoma of Cantabria, near the north coast of Spain. So let’s talk a little bit about that very special place…  Many people say Cantabria looks a lot like Ireland, maybe because of its huge cliffs and its tipical rainy weather, or maybe because for some people it is unexpected to find such a green landscape in Spain, and no trace of the typical image of flamenco and forever-sun that is associated to the word “Spain”.  Cantabria is a small region (600.000 inhabitants) and for active travellers (and locals!) this is a big advantage: let’s just say […]

Volunteering and learning spanish

SPANISH NATURALLY collaborates with some projects in Spain that can host you for free if you get involved! They all are organizations with a social impact, dealing with ecology, natural farming, rural development, social innovation… they host people as well as these peolpe help them in their project for a few hours a day. It is an chance to live in nature with a spanish group of people and learn about the language and culture in a very personal way… We will tell you more about each project on this blog… coming soon!!

¡Hola!

Hey! We’re getting started! Spanish Naturally is here to help nice people on their learning of spanish language, personally and in an easy way. We teach online using tools like Skype, and if you want to come to Spain we offer you the chance to do it collaborating with sustainable development projects, usually on rural areas of Spain. On this blog we’ll try to give you usefull information about spanish language and culture, and about interesting things going on round here!  We hope you enjoy!