What is Englischhausen?
It is a six-day residential English course that takes place in Germany. The model typically sees around 16 German adults (average age: 46), living alongside an equal number of native English-speakers ("Anglos"), from various countries and backgrounds. The idea is to create a 100% English-speaking environment, where German professionals can improve their English quickly through conversation and immersion.
Is this a new program?
2020 is our tenth year in Germany! Our sister course in Spain, Pueblo Ingles, has had over 65,000 visitors since its launch in 2001.
Who is eligible to be a volunteer?
To be a volunteer at Englischhausen (an "Anglo") you must be a native English speaker with enough life and career experiences to keep you talking for up to 16 hours a day. Unfortunately German speakers are not usually allowed to attend (*exception during Corona times*); we promise our clients that this will be a 100% English atmosphere and the presence of bilingual Anglos can be detrimental to the program. English must be everywhere with absolutely no escape! ;-) The minimum age requirement is 22 (although we do sometimes make exceptions for outstanding applicants over 18).
**Currently we are prioritising "Anglos" who live in Germany due to the travel restrictions affecting visitors from around the globe. Volunteers who would like to travel from the UK, Ireland and other nearby countries will also be considered depending on the current situation.**
If you've previously applied for Pueblo Ingles then you can now request this course through the website of our partner company Diverbo here
If you have never previously filled an application then you can do so via the website of our partner company Diverbo here (unfortunately Internet Explorer version 11 cannot be used for this application form)
What qualities do you look for in an "Anglo"?
We are looking for interesting, friendly, reliable, patient and flexible people. All of our volunteers must also be organised and proactive enough to plan their trip and itinerary to and from Germany. Positive conversationalists with excellent listening skills and an outgoing nature is the order of the day here!
What will I be doing at Englischhausen?
Talking, talking and talking!!! Your job on the program will not be so much as to “teach” English, but to expose the German participants to the English language in its natural form through conversations, presentations, and fun, light-hearted activities like group work and theatre sketches. So there will be no need to brush up on your grammar and vocabulary! Your days will be made up of activities like one-to-one sessions where you get to chat to a different German participant each hour about… well, about anything you fancy really! The idea is to chat to them as you would your friends and colleagues, so they can improve both their listening and conversation skills. Meal times are also important conversation opportunities and at every meal you will be required to sit with two Germans and one other Anglo (but you can choose who you sit with!). The evenings usually consist of small group activities or more one-to-one sessions followed by evening entertainment provided by – yourselves! If you choose to, this will be your chance to present on a topic of interest, to dazzle everyone with your theatrical or musical talent, or to showcase some kind of other skill you might have. Anglos have given presentations on all kinds of things, from talking about their home towns and how to drink scotch, to demonstrating tai chi and karate. This is not meant to be a nerve-wracking experience by any means, but just a light-hearted and fun way to finish the days and work up an appetite before dinner!
What is the cost of participating?
You will need to have the time and resources to plan your trip to Germany. Your main costs can be broken down into 3 areas; 1/ flights, 2 accommodation before/after the program 3 ancillary expenditure 1 Your journey to and from either Munich/Berlin/Frankfurt, depending on which venue you are booked for 2/ At least one or two nights’ accommodation – the Saturday before the program and the Friday it ends (although if you can get a flight out later in the evening on the Friday, there would be no need for you to stay another night).
3/ During the actual program dates you will only need to finance between-meal snacks (almost always unnecessary as the meals are plentiful), drinks or refreshments, cigarettes, laundry services and any medication required from nearby village pharmacies. From the Sunday morning that your program begins to the following Friday evening, you will be provided with accommodation and all of your food, including 3-course lunches and dinners, with drinks.