You will need
- Big pieces of paper
- Coloured pens or pencils
Before you begin
- Print copies of the ‘Group help sheet’ so that you have one per group.
- Print one copy of the ‘Leader help sheet’.
- Write up a table with a column for each group. Use this to keep track of how much each group spends and what they’ve bought. Make some equipment tokens to represent the equipment listed on the ‘Leader help sheet’.
- For each group, put out tables and chairs, both sizes of paper, writing materials, coloured pencils and a copy of the ‘Group help sheet’.
- For the ‘campsite manager’, set up a table and chair, equipment tokens, record sheet, writing materials and the ‘Leader help sheet’.
Setting the scene
- Split into groups of no more than five. Explain that everyone will be creating a plan for a weekend camp in Spain. The camp will be for 12 people and each group’s budget is €1,800. All equipment and activities need to be ‘booked’ by talking to the campsite manager, who only speaks Spanish.
- Set some ground rules and guidelines for the groups, depending on their level of Spanish and camping experience. Think about dilemmas like how many activities each camp should have and how many people can sleep in one tent. Refer to the ‘Leader help sheet’ for further guidance.
Time to camp
- Everyone has 30 minutes to set up their weekend camp. They should start by drawing a sketch of their campsite on A3 paper, setting out what goes where and deciding what equipment they’ll need, where to set it up and where to store it. They should also plan out their activities for the weekend in as much detail as they can and make a timeline of when to do what. At the same time, campsites and activities need to be kept within the budget.
- When each group has a clear idea of what they’re doing, members of the team should take turns to go and speak to the campsite manager. All equipment for camping and activities should be obtained in this way. The campsite manager should make a note of who buys what and how much they paid. Everyone should remember to introduce themselves!
- Have a helper walk among the groups to check on their plans and budgets. They could pretend to be a rep with the company you booked your trip with!
- When the time’s up, have each group present their proposition for a weekend camp in Spain, outlining what their pitch should look like and what activities they’ve got planned.
Using a different language for something so important can be challenging. Was everyone able to negotiate in Spanish with the campsite manager to create a fun-filled camp that was in budget? Pronouncing the Spanish words clearly and accurately was key to quickly communicating what you needed and making a deal. It was also important to be friendly and polite. There’s no prize for who knows the most words in Spanish, but quite often being friendly and listening when others speak can get you a long way!
A new language can help you do all sorts of things all around the world. Spanish is especially useful and that’s why it’s taught in lots of schools. How many countries around the world can you name where Spanish is the first or second language? How many can you name that speak a similar language to Spanish? The more people are able to understand you, the more experiences you’ll get from new countries and cultures, and this is one of the joys of travel.