Later in the year, maybe the fall when Lintilla has some time built up, we might seriously consider this program.
From a Kiplinger’s article about it:
I never thought my foreign-language deficiency could be an asset. Not speaking Spanish helped me and my wife, Alice, land a free week at a four-star resort in western Spain. All we had to do was talk — in English.
Madrid is headquarters for two companies that recruit English speakers to help improve the conversational English skills of Spaniards, most of whom are employees of multinational corporations. These are English-immersion programs, so the companies prefer that the instructors not know Spanish. English speakers aren’t paid, and we had to pay for our airfare.
A four-star resort in Spain, for talking? Where do I sign up? With the dollar at incredible lows against the euro, any trip to Europe would be out of the question, otherwise.
AND, once you’ve “graduated” from this program, you can sign up to go to Italy (which is where we really want to go).
Yes, you have to work to earn your keep, but that work is talking. Something Lintilla and I do entirely too much, naturally.