Travel and learn
Summer is here. These two months we long for so much, despite the stifling heat and the damp air that curls our hair. The season without school and with a lot of time to do things we’ve been planning all year. The time when the days are longer and the nights shorter. The moment when, without a doubt, the main idea that occupies the mind of almost everyone is to enjoy outdoor activities to the fullest. You’ve probably taken your sunglasses out of a dusty drawer, tidied up your thick jackets and sweaters to make room for tank tops and shorts, and made plans to go on vacation to that tropical destination you dreamed of. since the winter began.
However, if you have a dilemma between traveling or continuing English classes, worried that these two months may affect your progress, I have good news for you, as this does not have to be the case. Who said learning English always has to be in a classroom?
TRAVEL AND LEARN! We are fortunate to live in the digital age, where the internet provides us with almost all the information and solutions we need. Today, websites such as worldpackers.com have become very popular because they offer opportunities for volunteering or collaboration in different types of companies around the world while having the opportunity to travel almost for free. Yes, yes, you read that right, free! All you have to do is create an account and choose where you want to travel by continent. The most popular service, for which users register, is to volunteer in hostels in exchange for free accommodation. Once the hostel has accepted you as a volunteer, it will allow you to stay in its facilities for free for between one and two months. In return, you will need to help at reception, prepare food for guests and occasionally clean up. This is a very good option for those who want to meet people without spending a lot of money traveling. This experience will not only give you the advantage of staying in one place without having to pay anything, but it will also allow you to chat with native and non-native speakers you will find along the way. Most of the time, these hostels also offer their volunteers free food and tours, which make this experience very appealing.
However, if you do not want to “work” and prefer to focus only on improving your English while traveling, the best option is to enroll in English academies abroad. While this means paying for the experience, you’ll be immersed in the language, as most of the people around you will be native speakers, assuming you’re in an English-speaking country. One of the best ways to learn a language is to go to a country where people only speak that language. That way, you’ll have no choice but to try to communicate, even if it’s very inconvenient at first. Going to the limit is one of the best ways to achieve your goals.
Good luck to those who can make the perfect getaway this summer. People who, because of money or time, are unable to make their dream trip should not lose hope. We must try to find the positive side of things. Focusing on learning English at this time of year might be the best option and, who knows, maybe staying home and catching up on British and American TV series you have been wanting to see could help you fine tune that accent of yours!