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What to Do with Your Unused Annual Leave? Our Top 7 End of Year Offers!

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Unused Annual Leave: Book One of These Great Language Holiday Offers

Are the freezing cold mornings and dark afternoons not your idea of fun? Why not swap your scarf for a sombrero, change-up your ginger-bread latte for a gin and tonic, and trade in your fleece for your flip-flops – take that holiday and use up the last of your annual leave before the year is out!

With many airlines, such as EasyJet, doing some fantastic prices on flights before the end of the year, taking a language holiday during November or December works out even cheaper than usual! We have a number of schools in France, Spain, Costa Rica and Panama that are open right up until Christmas week, and you may even get some sun as well as improving your language skills!

1. Toulouse, France: Stock Up on Christmas Gifts, In French

Toulouse is not only a great place to learn French in November or December but also the perfect spot to enjoy all the wonders of a typical French Christmas market. With original gift ideas from local woodcrafts to regional specialities such as foie gras, cheese and saucisson, browsing the stalls in the afternoons after your French lessons is a must! Flights to Toulouse with EasyJet start from just £21 return, and our French courses with accommodation in Toulouse are from £690 per week.


2. Valencia, Spain: Spanish in the City

As a beach city Valencia has it all. Very much like Barcelona, except smaller and cheaper, the food, culture, museums and architecture will have you hooked from the start. It is still warm enough in November to visit the beaches, and even take a dip in the sea! And with flights starting at £50 return with Easyjet, what are you waiting for? Spanish courses in Valencia with accommodation start from as little as £365 per week.


3. Jaco Beach, Costa Rica: Spanish and Surfing at its Best

Located just 1.5 hours from Costa Rica’s capital city and main international airport, Jaco beach is a fun town with great eating options set among the backdrop of jungle and rolling green hills. Jaco offers a whole feast of activities from zipline canopy tours to catamaran cruises and deep sea fishing. But the activity of choice for many of our Spanish language learners is surfing with our Spanish and surfing courses in Costa Rica including accommodation starting at just £535 per week, and flights to San Jose from as little as £525 return.

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4. Martinique, The Caribbean: French and Diving

Martinique is not only one of the most exotic places to learn French, it’s also one of the top destinations in the Caribbean to dive! Combine the two in this paradise destination and get everything you are looking for from a language holiday. Our French and Diving Courses in Martinique, including accommodation are just £920 per week.


5. Bocas Del Toro, Panama: A Tropical Spanish Language Escape

The beautiful archipelago of Bocas del Toro is a fantasy in biodiversity. A tropical wonderland, Bocas del Toro is located on the Caribbean Ocean and offers a mix of Western Caribbean, indigenous and Latino vibes, with some of the best diving, snorkelling and surfing you can find in this part of the world. Learn Spanish here and also combine your classes with some spectacular diving, from £682 per week including accommodation. Spanish and diving in Panama.

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6. Playa Del Carmen, Mexico: Christmas in Spanish

One of only two schools that is open throughout Christmas week, celebrating in Playa del Carmen will bring you all the authentic joy and festivities of a true Mexican Christmas. Playa del Carmen is situated on the Yucatán Peninsula’s Riviera Maya strip of Caribbean shoreline, in the state of Quintana Roo. With a palm-lined beach, numerous restaurants and impressive nightlife you can enjoy all of this plus 20 hours of Spanish classes and 3 Christmas activities in Playa del Carmen for just £240 per week. (dates 24/12/18 and 31/12/18)

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7. Havana, Cuba: At Home with the Cubans

Cuba is a bucket list destination for so many, so why not enjoy its salsa, mojitos, beautiful music and art culture at Christmas time? Understand how Cubans celebrate Christmas and New Year by celebrating in the home of a local, and experience this time of year from their perspective. Two weeks over Christmas including accommodation, Spanish classes and meals is £1087.



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