The first Englischhausen program took place in July of 2011. It was the 597th intensive residential English course run by the Pueblo Ingles group (aka "Diverbo", since summer 2012).
There have been over 60 more Englischhausen programs since then. They have all been tremendously successful and received incredibly positive feedback from all participants, both on the volunteer and "student" side.
We are looking forward to more wonderfully diverse groups throughout 2018, and to seeing more German (and other nationality) students making amazing headways in the English language. The full current calendar is now available at our main volunteer website at www.diverbo.com (2018 dates expected in November 2017.)
Generally it is easier to get a volunteer placement if you apply for/request a program soon after our yearly calendar is released (end of November). That said there are several other things to bear in mind:
- There's a great deal of "competition" for places: we have had over 40,000 applicants in the last fifteenth years, a significant number of each have repeated at least once; some even request several programs a year!
- for any one course there are approximately 17 volunteer vacancies; that means a maximum of two places for any given profile (e.g. UK, male, 22-35 years, teacher) because in each group of Anglos we need to get a good representation of nationalities (for diversity of accents), and professional backgrounds; not to mention the importance of mixing men/women, young/less young/young at heart, etc!
- programs in Germany remain fewer and further between than the Pueblo Ingles versions in Spain. To give yourself the best chance of getting a place on a program we would recommend that you consider selecting dates for both the Germany and Spain-based versions.
How to apply
The volunteer application and date-request process is all done through the main Diverbo website. If you have already applied to Englischhausen or Pueblo Ingles (the sister program in Spain) in the past, then you can simply log in and request a date in the normal way.
If you are applying for the first time then you will need to fill in an application at the Diverbo website.