English Language Experience and Action (ELEA)

English Language Experience and Action (ELEA)

Peartree English Language Experience and Action (ELEA) is a residential language learning programme focused on developing real world English language communication skills through dynamic lessons, leisure activities and immersive free time.

Peartree ELEA combines 15 years of industry experience in teaching high-quality, accredited English language courses with the spectacular location, facilities, pastoral care and opportunities offered by UWC Atlantic College in the heart of South Wales. ELEA will take you on an inspirational language-learning journey and you will build lifelong memories.

Alongside a network of students from all over the world, you will enjoy challenging lessons, experience action activities, make new international friends and have a fantastic time – and we will help you to do all of this using only the English language.

Through a full daily schedule which combines your language classes with physical activities, you will develop valuable skills for both your studies in your home country and your future. At Peartree ELEA, you will have the chance to improve your confidence in English and your personal skills while having the summer experience of a lifetime!



If you want to know more about ELEA before applying, we will be hosting an online Webinar for parents, participants and agent on Thursday 9th March 6-7pm GMT. The webinar will be presented by Nicky Partridge, founder of ELEA along with Katie Lloyd, ELEA coordinator at UWC Atlantic.

Register for free here (spaces are limited to 100).



If you would like to apply to attend ELEA 2023 please complete the application form found at the bottom of this webpage. We recommend you first read the course information pack and terms and conditions to ensure ELEA is right for you. Both parents/guardians and the applying student must complete sections on the application form, which cannot be saved and returned to. Therefore, we recommend you also review the summary of application form questions document to prepare your answers.

2023 Course Information

– Date| Thursday 20th July – Thursday 3rd August 2023
– Fee | £2,300pp GBP per person
– Ages | 12 – 17 years old
– English Language Level | A2 to C1



– Repeat participants receive a £50 GBP per person discount
– Sibling bookings receive a £50 GBP per person discount

Please note: The early booking discount can be used in conjunction with the repeat participant or sibling discounts, but repeat participant and sibling discounts cannot be used in conjunction with one another.


What to expect from ELEA

About ELEA

ELEA is an English as a foreign language (EFL) course for 12-17 year olds looking to develop their English language communication skills through an engaging and unique experience. If you want to spend your summer day-in-day-out in a classroom, then this course isn’t for you!

What we offer is a full daily schedule which combines your language classes with action activities. You will develop valuable skills for your studies in your home country, and improve your confidence in English and your personal skills while having the adventure experience of a lifetime!

The Location

Peartree ELEA takes place at UWC Atlantic, Vale of Glamorgan (near Cardiff) in Wales, UK. This spectacular, 122-acre site is home to its own 12th-century St Donat’s Castle, woodland, farm, valley and seafront with an enclosed bay. You will enjoy meals in a magical dining hall, listen to stories and myths about the castle and be in constant contact with nature in this safe, beautiful residential setting.

The Lessons

You will join English language group classes, divided by level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for language competence (B1, B2 etc). Participants must be able to demonstrate a minimum level of A2 (pre-intermediate) and a maximum level of C1 (advanced) to be eligible to join the course.

Classes are delivered according to the standards set by the British Council for the teaching of English in the U.K. Lessons will focus on developing communicative and authentic English language competencies and class themes will be based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals as part of our well-developed 21st-century skills curriculum. This course is not suitable for first-language or near-first-language competency users of English.


You will live in houses containing dormitories where up to four students share a room. Rooms are allocated by gender, nationality and age, with floors split by gender and houses split by age groups. Each house has a common room with plenty of space to relax and a small kitchen stocked with daily supplies.

All houses are located within the grounds of the college, with wonderful views of the sea and woodland, and are an easy walk to all facilities (dining hall, lessons, activities, pick-up points). There will be three full meals per day – breakfast, lunch and dinner, and meals will be enjoyed in the spectacular castle dining hall, giving students the feeling of being in a real-life Harry Potter movie!

The Activities

There will be a range of activities over the two-week experience, including archery, climbing and orienteering and navigation. You will also enjoy visits to local areas of natural beauty as you hike along along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast on which the campus sits. You’ll also take part in team games including a tournament challenge.

The Excursions

For two full days, we will travel away from the residence to get to know new places in the U.K. We will go on excursions to the city of Bath in England, which will include a visit to the famous Roman baths and also for a whole day to Cardiff, to explore the capital city of Wales. There will also be a half-day cultural/historical excursion to the Big Pit underground mine or Saint Fagans National Museum of History.


The full programme of evening activities offers you the chance to speak English when relaxing and having fun. This includes an outdoor BBQ, karaoke, cinema evening (full-sized screen), a disco and much more, all within the grounds of the residence.

On non-excursion days we offer well-being sessions including early morning swimming, gym and sports.


UWC Atlantic College is committed to providing the highest standards of pastoral care, including 24-hour supervision. Staff are carefully checked for their suitability to provide the highest level of care to children and young people.


At Peartree ELEA our aim is to help you improve your English-language level as you develop important life skills for your future. Through the wide range of adventures we have planned, you can develop team-building, leadership,
communication and listening skills, along with resilience.

In the summer months, the UWC Atlantic campus comes alive with a range of groups, young people and other external events that contribute to a global landscape of learning and exploration. Many of your leisure moments will be spent with the participants of these other adventures, as well as your classmates, giving you the unique opportunity to speak English and make friends with first-language English speakers


As part of ELEA, international students living outside of the UK will benefit from GuardMe COVID-specific insurance as part of the course fee, to provide additional cover for COVID-related cancellations.

The policy provides cover for participant cancellation in the event of:

– Having a positive case of COVID at the start date of the course, prohibiting them to join. The cover provided is up to the value of £7,500
– COVID medical cover, up to £10 million
– Flight and accommodation cover for participant and guardian should they be required to isolate in the UK and/or fly to the UK to provide care

Course Information


The course will be held at UWC Atlantic, from Thursday 20th July – Thursday 3rd August 2023.

Applications are open to 12-17 year olds and the course is divided into two age groups split as follows:

– Group 1: ages 12-14
– Group 2: ages 15-17

The capacity of ELEA is 70 participants, with a restriction of up to 15 participants maximum with the same first language across both ages groups. Participants must have a minimum proven language level of A2 and a maximum level of C1. Please note that this course is not suitable for participants who are at beginner level, first language English speakers or students with C2 level fluency. Participants must complete an assessment test as part of their application and an online interview may be required.



£2,300 GBP per person
The course fee includes all boarding, catering, activity fees and GuardMe insurance. Price is also inclusive of optional transfer to/from Heathrow Airport. The fee does not include flights, participant spending money, visa fees or travel costs outside of the transfer.



– Book before 31st January 2023 to secure a discounted fee of £2,250 GBP per person
– Repeat participants receive a £50 GBP per person discount
– Sibling bookings receive a £50 GBP per person discount

Please note: The early booking discount can be used in conjunction with the repeat participant or sibling
discounts, but repeat participant ad sibling discounts cannot be used in conjunction with one another.


If you’re interested in joining ELEA, please complete the age-appropriate application form found below. The application form includes an assessment section which must be completed by the student.

The closing date for applications is 28th April 2023 or when fully booked. We recommend before applying you read the course pack, terms and conditions and summary of application form questions all found in the downloads section below, as you cannot leave and return to the application form.


Contact Us

If you need to get in touch, don’t hesitate to contact us by email elea@uwcatlanticexperience.com or call +44 (0)  1446 799 000.

If you are an Education Tour Operator looking to book ELEA 2023, please contact Peartree directly on info@peartreelanguages.com


UWC Atlantic
St Donat’s Castle
Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan
Wales, UK
CF61 1WF


Apply to attend ELEA 2023 by completing the application form below. Please read the course pack before applying for full course details:

Application Form | Ages 12-14 Application Form | Ages 15-17 Summary of Application Form Questions | PDF

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