TY Experiences in Spain or Gap Year Adventures in Spain

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Many thanks Mairi. Anna had a fabulous time and really improved her Spanish.

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Naoise had a great time, hopefully she’ll be back over if timings all align…

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Mairi, thank you for having her over in Madrid. It was great knowing you were there if something was to happen. I hope the language skills she has picked up will motivate her to up her game in Spanish.

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If you’re looking for an enriching TY Experience or gap year for your teen, you’ve come to the right place!


Transition Year, or TY Experiences in Spain by Mairi Murphy:


  • Home stay & high school experiences in Madrid
  • Boarding school experience in Madrid/Toledo/Alicante/ Asturias
  • Home stay & private language academy in Granada
TY Experiences in Spain, Mairi Murphy

About Mairi Murphy

Hi! I'm Mairi Murphy
Hi! I'm Mairi Murphy



“Celtic” by self-definition, I was born in Glasgow but my father was from Cork and I spent many holidays with family in Dublin.

My husband is Spanish and we have lived in Madrid for 15 years. Before that, we have lived in Paris, Cuba, Hungary, England and Australia.
 We have 4 children (16, 14, 12 & 9) who are French & Spanish born, and bilingual English/ Spanish. They have all had independent academic or camp experiences abroad and each time I find it a fascinating learning adventure, critical for their development as young people.

I set up my own company sending Spanish & French children to Ireland & UK boarding schools 8 years ago. I generally deal with 25-30 kids a year, giving the parents my full & personal support during the year.

Bringing students to Spain came about through word of mouth and every year there is more interest.

I can deal with local day school placements staying with a host family and I also work with the 4 best boarding schools there are here in Spain. We can also organise something more short term and less academic in Granada.

Find out more below and please get in touch using Calendly for your 30 mins free call back consultation.

Did you know? We can also help you obtain a TY EXPERIENCE or GAP YEAR experience in CANADA, FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, AUSTRALIA...

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Spanish Boarding School Options


Where: Madrid, Asturias, Toledo or Alicante

Minimum Stay: 1 term (Sept-Christmas, Jan-Easter & Easter-End June)

Cost: From 2.100€/mth + fixed extras (800€)


  • Personalised attention throughout
  • Complete clarity on how the school works and recommendations of curriculum/ subject choices
  • Interview and matriculation
  • Organise uniform
  • Meet & Greet local airport
  • Settle in to boarding & hand over to house mistress
  • Troubleshooting and liaison with school & residence during the stay
  • Departure at local airport
TY experiences in Spain, Mairi Murphy

Spanish School Placement & Home Stay Option


Where: Outskirts of Madrid

Minimum stay: 4 weeks

Cost: From 1000€/mth + fixed extras (300€)


  • Personalised attention throughout
  • Complete clarity on how the school works and recommendations of curriculum/ subject choices
  • Organise interview with school as necessary
  • Facetime introductions with host family
  • Host family accommodation & full board
  • Organise uniform as necessary
  • Meet & Greet Madrid airport together with host family
  • Troubleshooting and liaison with school & host family during the stay
  • Departure at Madrid airport

NB: this offer is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

TY Experiences in Spain, Mairi Murphy

Spanish Language Academy & Cultural Immersion with Homestay:


Where: Granada

Minimum Stay: 4 weeks

Costs: 2.890€ (4 weeks), 4.340€ (6 weeks), 5.750€ (8 weeks)


  • Meet & greet in Malaga airport
  • Host family accommodation & full board
  • Spanish lessons (mornings) and class material
  • Exam techniques for Irish syllabus
  • Activities, excursions, adventure sports (all “COVID friendly”)
  • Mentor time
  • Cultural immersion
  • 24-hour emergency contact number
  • We have an additional Winter Sports package. Ask about it!
TY Experiences


  1. Quick chat on the phone (via Calendly if you like)
  2. Interview with mum/ dad (& in Spanish for child) via Skype/ Facetime. I am often in Ireland so I can sometimes meet in person too.
  3. Confirm interest to proceed via Expression of Interest.
  4. Send copy of passport
  5. Send names, occupations & full contact details of both parents
  6. Sign contract & pay non-refundable deposit of 150€*
  7. I then give you my recommendation on which boarding school is best suited to your child given their interests and character, liaise with school for interview (as necessary) and help you every step of the way in the application process till airport pick up and purchase of uniform.
  8. If the request is for a Homestay and local school, I start my research for suitable schools and families & organise a Facetime introduction with Host Family before departure.
  9. Payment of Native Experiences Fees: 500€/ child for personalised consultation and organisation of whatever adventure(s) you prefer to opt for during the TY year.
  • Each student should be ready to write an auto-biography for the school &/or host family so we can match him/ her with suitable family. Include plenty of photos of child and whole family.
  • Both Irish student and Host Family, must sign a code of conduct to ensure they understand what is expected of them during this Cultural & Linguistic Experience.
  • All costs exclude flights & please note that for the moment (sept 2020), due to COVID19, under 16 year olds can only travel to Madrid with Iberia.

2 thoughts on “TY Experiences in Spain or Gap Year Adventures in Spain”

  1. I love this Mairi! I wish I was young enough to do it! Loved my time in Spain with you and your beautiful family
    and my recent Spanish lessons with young
    I recommend Mairi to anybody who is thinking this would be a fun experience for their child.
    Good luck Mairi. I hope you get lots of interest.
    Moya. xx

    • Jade did Camp America when she was about 17, didn’t she? So worthwhile for their personal development, wouldn’t you agree? Keep your eyes open for the experiences I am organising in FRANCE, CANADA, SWITZERLAND, IRELAND, SCOTLAND, ENGLAND AND… AUSTRALIA!!!


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