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Instituto Hemingway

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Our Spanish School offers Spanish courses in Bilbao and other cities in Spain with excellent reviews all year round starting from one week on, internships in culinary arts in Spain , jobs in hospitality management in Spain, Spanish courses online and through skype, unpaid internships and School trips to Spain for graduate and undergraduate students.

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Founded
1999
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Bailen 5, 2 Dcha
48003 Bilbao Vizcaya
Spain

Reviews

Venus
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was in Spain for five months in addition of two months studying Spanish. I came there with very little of the language and that was what I wanted, part of the challenge. Fortunately with Instituto Hemingway I had great help into getting acquainted with the city, like organizing the program and making the whole process a lot easier. I cannot imagine doing that without someone here helping me, it would have been ridiculous. I recommend to everyone to having the opportunity to learn what I learned here in a very economical price compared to the United States or anywhere else in the world. ave me all the classic recipes from Spanish cuisine, from paellas to pastas to steaks to desserts, everything. All the ingredients were always ready for us, they gave us lots of helpful tips on how to tweak the recipes a little bit. We had so much fun together, not only cooking, but I also made a lot of long term friends and we interchanged tips between ourselves and we made delicious food.
Overall I had a great experience with hemingway and all the activities they provided us, at night or even during the weekends were so much fun and just a great way to see the city, so definitely do that.
It was a great experience; Northern Spain is a beautiful place

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I learnt to cook squids in black sause. At the beginning it was disgusting but then I thought; everybody says is delicious and then I tried it and it was absolutely fabulous!!
John
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I was in Spain for five months in addition of two months studying Spanish. I came there with very little of the language and that was what I wanted, part of the challenge. Fortunately with Instituto Hemingway I had great help into getting acquainted with the city, like organizing the program and making the whole process a lot easier. I cannot imagine doing that without someone here helping me, it would have been ridiculous. I recommend to everyone to having the opportunity to learn what I learned here in a very economical price compared to the United States or anywhere else in the world. ave me all the classic recipes from Spanish cuisine, from paellas to pastas to steaks to desserts, everything. All the ingredients were always ready for us, they gave us lots of helpful tips on how to tweak the recipes a little bit. We had so much fun together, not only cooking, but I also made a lot of long term friends and we interchanged tips between ourselves and we made delicious food.
Overall I had a great experience with hemingway and all the activities they provided us, at night or even during the weekends were so much fun and just a great way to see the city, so definitely do that.
It was a great experience; Northern Spain is a beautiful place.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I learnt to cook squids in black sause. At the beginning it was disgusting but then I thought; everybody says is delicious and gave a try and it was absolutely fabulous!!
Peter
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The teachers were excellent. I would say not only were they very good at teaching, the three teachers that I interacted with I would characterize as being pleasant and exuberant personalities. I would also like to add that my classmates at the school were excellent as well and that I made some really good friends at (and through) Instituto Hemingway. The location is convenient and I also like the fact that the school is located in an "active" and "entertaining" part of the city. I also participated in activities that were introduced to me through Instituto Hemingway. Those were awesome as well because I was able to interact with other students in Bilbao (ERASMUS for example) outside of my language school. Additionally, my accommodation in Bilbao was as good as anyone could ask for as I was able to stay with an extremely kind and helpful Spanish woman and after some weeks I moved out to an independent apartment of Instituto, next to School. Finally, I can honestly say that my Spanish skills tangibly improved during my time in Bilbao and that I was able to lay a strong foundation for tremendous future improvement after my stay in Bilbao. I was an A+ Spanish student in college in the United States and I would state unequivocally, that my Spanish improved more in my 3 months in Bilbao than it did in an entire year of studying Spanish in college.

What would you improve about this program?
In my opinion 30 hours of intensive lessons per week are a lot when it comes to reality. I think that perhaps it should be accompanied with some outdoor activities but I understand the School has to meet the needs of everybody.
Frank
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My trip to Spain with 22 students was the greatest thing I’ve ever done in my life. It opened my eyes to so many things and I saw and learned so much. Our flight over got delayed and we didn’t end up getting to Spain until a day later but it was all worth it once we got there. Everything was so picture perfect that you couldn’t put your camera down.

The location is perfect, really central and I think easily reachable for everyone. The classes were pleasant and went by fast in general, host families were also fantastic and I liked the fact that the teachers of Instituto Hemingway switch after two hours because it keeps things interesting and does not get boring. I found the teachers to be really nice, are able to explain grammar and constructs clearly. What I would have liked more is that when students speak up in class that the teacher also gives feedback on conversation and grammar mistakes, even though it is not a conversation class

Our chaperone of Instituto Hemingway, Rodrigo, was the most amazing person, he always brought us treats, made us laugh, and helped us get where we needed to be on time. This trip made me want to travel even more all over the world.

What would you improve about this program?
Over all our experience was good. We enjoyed the city, the sites, and the optional excursions but if I had to say something to improve was to have had more time for shopping.
Dena
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I completed the Internship programme and I had the most delightful and fulfilling experience of my life. I spent 6 fantastic weeks improving and polishing my Spanish in the unique international atmoshere of the school, teachers were brilliant, I was feeling like home and made a lot of friends. I also spent 12 remarkable weeks working for a Spanish company in real Spain which was carefully selected by the school and suited to my skills and desire to apply my professional background in a challenging new environment. The application process was efficient, effective, and problem-solving.
The internship provided me with insights within the food & beverage industry. . I set myself low expectations, and it over exceeded my expectations.
It was an experience I would recommend to those interested in growing and learning about the food and beverage industry. I loved the experience of doing an internship in Spain

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Go to Real Spain, not to places overcrowded by tourists just because you want to stay to some point in your confort zone.

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Staff Interviews

Staff interviews are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Alfredo Orive

Job Title
Manager
Alfredo is a lawyer and economist who loves spending time in the countryside and traveling.
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What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Alfredo: Listening to our youngest clients, replying to emails in 24 hours max and provide a wide range of programs and full equipped activities.

Why is language learning and cultural immersion important to you?

Alfredo: Because it is the direct way to get to know a culture deeply and understand another 'type of soul' and way of thinking and feeling.

What was your favorite traveling experience?

Alfredo: USA. I loved it. I saw all the sceneries that I saw in movies and the great landscapes of a fantastic country. I love traveling alone too as it is a more authentic experience and all the ones I met while traveling have been very kind to me in any possible way.

What language have you always wanted to learn and why​?

Alfredo: Chinese because I am patient, love Chinese food and I am fond of Tai Chi and Chinese ancient culture.

What unique qualities does your company possess?

Alfredo: Solving problems quickly, flexibility, innovation, adaptability and youth.

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