“Oh you’re going to Spain – you should look up Diverbo.”
Advertised as a free holiday for English speakers, Diverbo is a language program for Spaniards. The general idea is that an equal number of Spaniards and Anglos attend the retreat, which takes place at a semi remote location designed to create a natural separation between the Spaniards and their language. The Spaniards (or their employers) pay a large amount of money for this experience. The English speakers volunteer for the experience and in return for their time, energy, and the words that flow very easily and naturally out of their mouths receive food, drink, and shelter.