- What guarantees does a FEDELE center offer its clients?
In addition to being formed exclusively of schools that have accreditation from Instituto Cervantes, the association has the support of a federation composed of about 100 companies in the sector, whose ambition is the constant improvement of our sector. This depends on many factors, including the maintenance of the high quality standards already demanded by the Instituto Cervantes, the commitment to the training of the teaching staff and administrative teams and the care of our external clients, without which the sector would not exist and as our internal clients, especially professionals in the teaching of Spanish. Throughout the year, FEDELE organizes meetings in which the current and future of the sector is discussed. These are moments when we forget to be competitors and share experiences and opinions. From there, we constantly learn and grow in vision and perspective.
These accreditations allow us, for example, to invite students from outside Europe to study in our centers, since we are recognized as official by the Spanish consulates and also work with organizations such as the Bildungsurlaub in Germany.
- What changes have you seen in these past years?
When I started as a center director 18 years ago, the typical Spanish client took private lessons. Nowadays, the internet has changed this, and the market is increasingly dominated by groups, a high volume and relatively low-cost business model. Today’s customers are less loyal, and this is a clear threat to the centers. Personalization is lost and we forget that each of our students has a personal motivation to come to this country and learn the language.
Undoubtedly, the sector has grown substantially in recent years, the proliferation of language schools demonstrates the market that exists. However, the Balearic Islands have seen negative growth in the last two, possibly due to the strong increase in demand – and therefore price – for tourist accommodation in and around Palma and Ibiza and then, in the case of the city of Palma , the prohibition of rentals of less than one month. That said, due to its international nature, we enjoy a bag of residential students who usually take classes throughout the year, so it is a market that suffers less from temporary work than in other regions and communities.
- Why study in Islas Baleares?
It’s a good question, many believe that the islands are not for studying, but to enjoy the beaches and summer nights.
We believe that the islands are a destination of 12 months a year, offering the student a vision of the history of the Mediterranean through the old centers of the main cities, the villages and, of course, the countryside and the stone forged landscapes and the efforts of the many agents that have passed through our coasts, from the prehistoric inhabitants of the Talaiots, the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Arabs, …
There are activities of interest throughout the year for the tourist. Winter is a perfect time to practice sports: cycling, golf and trekking in the Sierra de Tramuntana, a World Heritage Site, being a constant attraction. Both perfectly compatible with a Spanish course. Or enjoy the famous almond blossom in February. Spring and autumn are mild, perfect moments to escape the gray days of northern Europe. At the end of the day, we have about 300 sunny days per year!
The islands have unbeatable communications with the rest of Europe, with hundreds of daily direct flights to its three airports.