About Rias Bajas School
Summer with Escuela Rias Baixas is a multi-cultural, immersive language experience.
We organise outdoor activities and other events for our students. We encourage our students to meet for language exchange between themselves. Our school organises this exchange through WhatsApp groups and in-house facilities. Therefore, language courses at our school are not limited to the classroom. Escuela Rias Baixas is not a place where people come to work, check in, check out and leave. Our teachers, just like the owners of the school are much more hands on. For instance, we go with our students on excursions, for dinners, to talk, to the beach. This is a very warm and open environment, because our love for this place is part of the school as much as the roof above the school building.
In 1986 we set up Rias Bajas school, a summer school for students of Spanish. We’ve created a space for students around the world who wanted to learn Spanish in Spain. But we also wanted to give our students a different feel of Spain. So, we decided that a town on the Spanish Atlantic Coast would be perfect for our aims.
Time has proved us right. Our students fall in love with the town of O Grove just like we did. And, what’s more, our students come back to spend their summers with us. It’s very true that once you get to know this small Spanish town, you cannot get enough. In addition, many of our teachers from Germany, the UK and other parts of Spain decided to stay and live in O Grove. Not only during the summer months, but all year round.
During the years the school started to give lessons in other languages, apart from Spanish. We work with native teachers of English, German, French and Italian.
Rudi and Ana, the original school owners, still run the school. Now with some help from the ones who fell in love with the project. We believe in a sustainable model of education and tourism. In other words, we want to show all the amazing things this part of Spain has to offer, without converting it into massive touristic compounds.
In the past 10 years, we have lived and worked in many parts of Spain and Portugal. There we saw how destructive the massive model is to the environment and local communities. We strongly believe that our school should design its activities around the idea of integrating our students into the local community. We work with tailor-made solutions for each student.
Above all, we do not deal with masses. We deal with people.