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What are the Facilities like?
Facilities include throughout the school, three classrooms with whiteboards and projectors in each and CELTA trainers on-site between 08:30 and 19:30.
The CELTA workroom or hub has a dedicated photocopier, two printers, stationery boxes for your group so you don’t need to buy any, and a well-stocked library with all the required books from the reading list along with the coursebooks and audio CD’s you need to teach your two levels. We have also put in a microwave and tea and coffee making facilities in the hub, to help you eat healthily and economically.
In addition, there is a light and airy patio with seating and tables where you can eat and work and a hot drinks machine to keep you going through the long day.
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What are the Centre Opening Hours?
The training centre opens at 08:30 so you can come in and start preparing and closes at 20:30 to give you access to the facilities you need to plan and prepare your classes. Cambridge tutors are on hand to assist from 08:30 – 18:30.
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Where is the CELTA course held?
Our CELTA is held on the beautiful sub-tropical island of Gran Canaria and our centre is in the capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. You can find us at Calle Perojo, 9, 35003 which is right beside the historic old town and shopping district, Triana.
Coming from the Airport
You can take a taxi from the airport which should cost you between 25 to 30 euros depending on how much luggage you have (there is a luggage surcharge). Remember to check the price before getting into the taxi and although everyone is very trustworthy here, I would advise you to take laptops and handbags in the cab with you. Just give the taxi driver the address Calle Perojo, 9 and they will know where to take you.
Alternatively, take the number 60 blue GLOBAL bus from the first floor exit of the airport. Be careful here as there are two stops side by side…one for the North and one for the South. You need to stand at the far right stop for the North and take the number 60 (labelled Santa Catalina) to the San Telmo bus station and bus tickets are about 2 euros 60 for a single. There is a compartment on the bus for you to put your luggage; just remember to place your luggage in the compartment for San Telmo not Parque Santa Catalina. The buses are every 30 minutes, even at the weekend and are very reliable and comfortable. The bus drivers do speak some English so speak slowly and calmly if you need to ask them anything. A smile goes a long way here!
Once at San Telmo, walk through the station which lies underneath a main road and come up on the other side into Parque San Telmo (San Telmo Park). Walk to the far right opposite Hotel Parque San Telmo and cross the road so you are in front of the hotel. Then, walk straight up that road, passing the park on the left hand side where you will see a small kiosk at the top right hand corner of the park, before crossing the road and continuing straight up. Go straight on until you come to Calle Perojo which you will turn right into and then walk along a couple of metres until you see the Irish Academy on the left hand side of the road at number 9.
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Again, we know that you need to feel comfortable when you are studying on the CELTA and living somewhere nice is important, especially as this course will be your entire life for the month you are with us. Therefore, we have found a number of options so that there is something to suit everyone.
Residence Self-contained Apartments
These are located in the new university residence (ULPGC), 5 mins walk form the school.
We are in contact with various landlords in the neighbourhood near to the school and so other apartments to share or for individual use may be available upon request.
If you would like to live with a Spanish family, this is also an option. This type of accommodation is normally a single room with WIFI and half board provided. Prices are around 500 euros per month.