Why choose LOLA Languages?

Formerly ISLA and now LOLA Languages, we have been organizing Spanish stays in the captivating location of Salamanca for more than 30 years to over 500 schools and universities from all over the world, almost all of whom have become regular visitors.

These years of experience bring tried and tested class methodology, homestays and freetime activities… and also, solid and organized support with the bureaucratic stuff. We have risk assessments, family vetting, safety policy, kit list and insurance documents ready to go (all downloadable on this website).

And if I book via a travel agency?
Some schools prefer to book via a travel agency for insurance purposes but LOLA has its own 6 million euro Public Liability Cover which is the standard requirement from Senior management.  It can seem simpler to book the whole package (home coach transfers, flights, lessons, activities and accommodation) together, but this not only costs a lot more but also means you don’t have direct contact with the folks who will take care of you once you get here. 

Plaza Mayor de Salamanca, España

Our day trips are special: destinations are slightly off the beaten track and leave students with unforgettable memories of vistas and fun.

What’s the difference between LOLA and a traditional intercambio?

While we don’t offer them, we appreciate the appeal of the traditional “ My house and then yours” model as it can lead to friendships between the spontaneous siblings. But they can be a bit of a headache to organize.  Some schools worry about the difficulty of getting police CRWB checks on participating parents, or have to finesse requests from home parents for foreign hosts’ MOT´s! They can interrupt the school calendar a bit as the syllabus is halted to include activities that better accommodate the visiting children.  A language course is a one stop blast of Spanish. The fact that there is no reciprocal element for the children of potential hosts here means that we often to use older ladies and gentleman as homestays, whose offspring have now flown the coop.