Hi I'm an NQT working at a comprehensive school for boys. I never thought I'd be crazy enough to consider planning a school trip but it is something that keeps nagging me. I would never dream of opening it up as a whole-school trip and will sell it as a languages trip for my small GCSE group. Whenever I mention tge trip to colleagues I get a mixed reaction. Some think it is a great idea, some think the potential for problems is too great. This ranges from the logistics of kids staying in a room with a balcony, to them getting drunk to supervising them of an evening. I am writing for advice, help and suggestions. To reduce the potential for unpleasant accidents, I am keen to avoid outdoor pursuits or water parks which seem to be a common feature of trips to Spain. As it is a language trip, I would like to stick to things of cultural interest, from eating tapas in a restaurant to visiting football stadiums , bull rings, flamenco shows etc. For this reason, I am thinking Madrid. There are some (minor!) problems: I am a French specialist so my lack of language will become apparent immediately. Also, my knowledge of Spain and its culture is very limited. I am also conscious of problems relating to accommodation etc. Is Madrid a good location for a first time trip? Can anybody suggest another town? I thought Barcelona but as they speak Catalan it defeats the purpose of a Spanish trip. What do you think of host families? I was told this eliminates the problem of the kids gettung up to mischief together when they get bored of an evening but I also think it might be enough to put them off the trip completely. If host families are not possible, how can we keep the boys entertained and occupied of an evening and stop them running riot in the hotels? Sorry for all the questions but I am keen to do this but too many worries are preventing me from committing. Any and all suggestions welcome! Muchas gracias a todos!