Hi, I have just returned from Pueblo Ingles and though I would share my experience with you all.
I really enjoyed it and have met some lovely people.
I did a 4 day immersion program in La Alberca, Salamanca from the 19th until the 22nd of April. I was met by one of the team in Madrid on the Thursday morning and travelled with 3 other volunteers to La Alberca, we arrived about 13.50hrs and had 10 mins to freshen up before i had lunch with the other volunteers (or Anglos as we were called) by the time we had eaten lunch the students (secondary school teachers from Asturias) had arrived and then the work began. We had a bit of an ice-breaker getting to ask questions and mixing and chatting in the bar then we had group activites. Then it was dinner (there were 13 anglos and 26 students and there had to be no more than 2 anglos on each table at breakfast, lunch and dinner). Friday and Saturday consisted of breakfast followed by 4 one to one conversation lessons with a student, some anglos chose to stay in the hotel, however I went for a few walks and also to a bar for coffee and a chat with some of my students. After a huge 3 course lunch we had a hour or so of free time then it was back to 2 more one to ones followed by a group activites and then a bit of theatre. I ended up dresse in a black and blue wig dressed as a witch to do a 'queimada' which was fun, we also had a bit of a sing a long too.
The last day was 2 more one to ones followed by presentations by the students on the subjects they taught at school and finally lunch and a bit of a end of course ceromony where both anglos and students received cerficates. Finally it was group photos, lots of hugs and goodbyes before heading back to Madrid.
All in all I would say it was a great experience, the hotel and the village of La Alberca were lovely, though you don't get much free time to yourself to explore the surrounding area. It is very intense and fast course and punctuality is key to the success of the program as they cram a lot in a small space of time. I though it was well organised and think i have learnt some skills and ideas to take with me when i pass my TEFL and land my first paid job. I also met some great people with whom i will keep in touch. So would I do it again?.....The answer is probably yes :-)