Tennis Academy & Spanish Classes

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  1. SFAlly

    SFAlly New User

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    Pardon me if there are some threads on this topic, but it was challenging to search/find. I am on a gap year before college and want to spend the spring 2013 semester at a tennis academy in a Spanish speaking country where I can: 1) improve my game 2) improve my Spanish language skills 3) not spend a fortune. I was interested in Barcelona, but most academies seem to be close to $10k for 3 months. I cannot afford to spend that much. I really want a credible program where I can work hard and get my game ready for college. Thanks for any ideas, experience, input!
     
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  2. atatu

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    You're probably better off going to Mexico, maybe that World Tennis Academy in Cancun. Just hire a private tutor for the language, it can't be too expensive....
     
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    Can't speak to the tennis academy part, but the best way to work on your Spanish is probably to do a homestay with a family where English isn't spoken (preferably a family who is interested in helping you learn and not just looking to make money).

    So you could see if there are any Latin American tennis academies that could set you up to stay with a family while you are there.

    If you could find a viable place in (say) Bogota, Quito or La Paz, you'd be able to to do some altitude training as well. :)
     
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  4. SFAlly

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    thanks for the ideas! very true about playing in higher elevation for conditioning. I started doing more research in Argentina and Ecuador. Had not thought about Mexico, but will do some research on that too.
     
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  5. peoplespeace

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    If u go to a Latin American country for tennis (i recommend Argentina) and dont want to spend a fortune, the go stay in a provincial "capital" and not the capital as prices are many fold cheaper in the provincial cities both regardin acdemies, housing and other costs of living and in argentina the quality of the academies in the provinces is plenty high.
     
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  6. SFAlly

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    Do you know any academies by name in one of the provincial cities? Seems like a good idea, especially to keep costs down.
     
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  8. joelmilnetennis

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    I spent a few weeks over the winter at the Valencia Tennis Academy (VTA) in Valencia. It was great. Very professional, not quite as pricy as Barcelona. Still maybe more than something in latin or south america. I've wanted to try Argentina too, heard the academies are low cost there for a high quality camp but on the other hand the flight there (from Vancouver, Canada) is very pricy. Costs far less for me to fly to Madrid.

    I'm trying now to find a place in Costa Rica or Mexico. Checking out some of the Mexico options somebody mentioned.

    I think there needs to be a good global directory of academies because many are Spanish or other language and don't show up on google or don't have any websites at all.
     
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  9. WorldTennisTravel

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    Hi Joel,

    We're building exactly that at World Tennis Travel - not just for academies but all styles of tennis venues, including resorts.

    A few of our current playing packages offer Spanish classes.

    You're welcome to enquire with your tennis and language requirements. We speak with the academies directly and could get you some answers.

    Hope this helps, and always happy to receive some feedback and ideas from fellow tennis players and travellers on how we can improve :)

    Sach & Rish
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