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Our methodology

We love teaching! We believe that a good language class should go far beyond teaching grammar, following a manual and filling out worksheets. We avoid the classic method of frontal communication and offer instead interactive dynamics and current topics. We teach grammar as a necessary tool for communication and stimulate the students’ interest in the new topics – rather than just giving it to them.

Our teaching team builds bridges between people from different cultures and countries. We also open new doors for students and their professional careers. We help foreigners to become better integrated by speaking Spanish. It is also heart warming for us that some of our students pass their exams thanks to our support. And, of course, we are also inspired by the kids, as we see how passionate they are about learning a new language.

We welcome you with a glass of water, in a cosy and stimulating atmosphere displaying  artistic paintings. We are committed to sustainability which you can tell by our recycled furniture and materials. The conservation of the oceans is one of our priorities, as we also represent the headquarters of Limpiaventura – an environmental association.

Classroom space and content

All our classrooms are equipped with a screen, computer, internet connection, blackboard and quality audiovisual equipment. Some of our furniture is made from reused or second-hand materials and we avoid using plastic bottles.

Our teachers are trained and speak several languages. In class they focus on oral conversation. Our materials are authentic, as we do not follow a manual. We work with materials from internet sources, manuals, authentic materials or our own invention developed on a weekly basis.

What sets us apart from other academies is that our teaching unit lasts 60 minutes instead of 45 minutes. We take our time to attend you in the most personal and human way possible. We have a whatsapp group for each group, where we send photos and materials in case you miss a class. In these groups interesting work groups or initiatives come together to exchange ideas and share free time.

Location

We are located in the centre of Corralejo, in a quiet street in the village of Corralejo, which is in the northern part of Fuerteventura. Just a few minutes from the pier and several cafés, it is an ideal place to have your classes. Enjoy a breakfast in the sun or some tapas with wine in the pedestrian street before or after your classes. Our island is a paradise of crystal clear water and vivid colours.

Alina Kunz

Founder and Teacher

Alina was born in Vienna, her father was from Argentina and her mother was of Swiss nationality, but lived in Austria. As a child, she travelled around Europe and Latin America with her parents until they settled in Fuerteventura in the late seventies. So, Alina grew up between two very different worlds: Fuerteventura – an island which at that time was sparsely inhabited and represented a rustic and deserted paradise, and cities like Vienna, Zurich and Basel. In Vienna, she graduated in Spanish and Italian Philology, as well as in Pedagogy and did a Master’s degree in “German for Foreigners”. She studied teaching Spanish, Italian and German as a foreign language at university. She acquired her practical knowledge at various community colleges in Austria and Germany, at language schools in Switzerland and at the Goethe Institute in Madrid.

Already as a child, Alina spoke several languages and was aware of the problem of not knowing foreign languages on an island that lived off tourism. It hurt her to see friends and classmates leave school early to work in the tomato fields or clean hotels with no other way out. She was also aware of the injustice that existed in the jobs, as foreigners had more possibilities of accessing them than Canarians, simply because they knew languages. On the other hand, she also witnessed various difficulties of adaptation on the part of foreigners on the island, because they did not speak Spanish. At the age of 17, she left the island, making a promise to herself that if she ever returned, she would do something to solve this problem of misunderstanding between two cultures.

The Kunz Academy is more than just a language school, it is an education centre that is also a place for creativity, communication and project development. Alongside her work as founder and teacher, Alina has created a project with which she has been visiting public schools and summer camps since 2017 to raise awareness among kids and young people about respect for nature. The project is directly linked to her environmental association Limpiaventura and consists of 5 instructors. It is a didactic and experimental project for kids that includes painting and cleaning beaches.

Painting courses have been given at the Academy by painter and artist Elena Lanz. We have offered free seminars and chats on topics such as dolphins in the sea, the importance of sharks in the sea, the question of whether there is life on Mars and female genital mutilation. These chats were given by marine biologists, engineers and active members of associations of the islands. Since 2015 we have also made our classrooms available for yoga, pilates, dance classes as well as for exclusive beauty and massage treatments. With the company Beautyventura, for example, you can enjoy a beauty treatment in a cosy and warm room.

Apart from these activities, the Academy has collaborated with humanitarian initiatives. We did a massive collection of clothes and shoes during the arrival of small refugee boats to the Canary Islands in 2019 and 2010. We collected and distributed food during the lockdown due to Covid19 in 2020. All this has been possible thanks to the commitment of volunteers and the collaboration with the Red Cross, Modern Christian Mission and other humanitarian associations. We have also been collaborating with dog saving organisations, taking in puppies on a seasonal basis and finding owners for them.

The small school has become a second home for Alina, where she tries to teach values for a more humane, healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Her life revolves around her son and outside the academy life she enjoys walking her dogs and dedicates herself to the environmental association she founded in 2015, which cleans beaches and organises events. She also does contact sports, enjoys dancing and is involved in women’s protection and empowerment projects. Alina believes that a healthy future must be ecological and protects women with the support of men and women.

Elena Uskova

Head of Studies and Teacher

Elena was born in Russia and lived in Berlin, where she graduated in Linguistics for German Studies, specialising in “German as a Foreign Language” and in Russian. She has worked for years as a teacher in Germany, giving literacy and integration courses, German courses for all levels and work-specific courses preparing her students intensively for exams. Elena loves her job and loves to continue her education and training. She is used to prepare entertaining and elaborating methods for her classes and is constantly developing new methodologies. She often finds it easy to build a relationship of respect and trust with her students in order to create a happy learning environment. Elena is convinced that joy and fun during learning are the key to success and makes it easier to tackle more difficult aspects such as German grammar. Elena is interested in learning several languages and likes to share her enthusiasm for nature, water sports and different cultures with her students.

Marlene Hüthmair

Teacher

Marlene Hüthmair was born in Austria and graduated in English and Spanish Philology, with additional training in Pedagogy and Didactics. This Spanish and English teacher has always had a passion for Spanish, which led her to spend a year as an Erasmus student in Gran Canaria, where she wrote her thesis on the Canarian variant of Spanish. She came to Fuerteventura as an assistant teacher of German at secondary school. She specialises in teaching Spanish, English and German at all levels, for adults, young people and kids. In her lessons she transmits the innate joy she feels for getting in touch with other cultures and travelling around the world. In Fuerteventura she spends her free time surfing and enjoying nature.

Other Teachers

To be part of our team, it is not only the curriculum that counts. We also take into consideration the human qualities and the personality of the teacher. Apart from the permanent teachers in our team, we also have other teachers who are with us on a seasonal basis.

The same goes for our offer, which changes according to demand. So it is possible that in addition to our regular offer of Spanish, German, English, French and school support, we may also offer a computer course, Italian, yoga, pilates, painting, dance or another course. Therefore, the best thing to do is to inform yourself directly about the current range of courses and teachers by Whatsapp on +34610013424.

Apart from the course programme, we also have a classroom which can be used for lectures and a smaller, cosy classroom where you can book beauty and health treatments.

We are as flexible as possible and have adapted to the circumstances. Our motto is: when everything goes wrong, keep smiling. We are very proud that we have been able to survive the 2020 global crisis as a company.

Follow our social networks and Whatsapp us on 61013424 if you want up to date information.

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Contact us, we will give you info in English, Spanish or other languages.

Calle Poril, 24 · 35660 Corralejo · Fuerteventura

+34 610 013 424

What our students say about us

Privacy notice

Thank you for choosing to be part of our community at Academia Kunz, doing business as Alina Kunz X0397081D (“Alina Kunz X0397081D”, “we”, “us”, “our”). We are committed to protecting your personal information and your right to privacy. If you have any questions or concerns about this privacy notice, or our practices with regards to your personal information, please contact us at https://academiakunz.com/.

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Please read this privacy notice carefully as it will help you understand what we do with the information that we collect.

1. WHAT INFORMATION DO WE COLLECT?

Personal information you disclose to us

In Short: We collect personal information that you provide to us.

We collect personal information that you voluntarily provide to us when you express an interest in obtaining information about us or our products and Services, when you participate in activities on the Website or otherwise when you contact us.

The personal information that we collect depends on the context of your interactions with us and the Website, the choices you make and the products and features you use. The personal information we collect may include the following:

Personal Information Provided by You. We collect names; email addresses; and other similar information.

Social Media Login Data. We may provide you with the option to register with us using your existing social media account details, like your Facebook, Twitter or other social media account. If you choose to register in this way, we will collect the Information described in the section called “HOW DO WE HANDLE YOUR SOCIAL LOGINS” below.

All personal information that you provide to us must be true, complete and accurate, and you must notify us of any changes to such personal information.

Information collected from other sources

In Short: We may collect limited data from public databases, marketing partners, social media platforms, and other outside sources.

In order to enhance our ability to provide relevant marketing, offers and services to you and update our records, we may obtain information about you from other sources, such as public databases, joint marketing partners, affiliate programs, data providers, social media platforms, as well as from other third parties. This information includes mailing addresses, job titles, email addresses, phone numbers, intent data (or user behavior data), Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, social media profiles, social media URLs and custom profiles, for purposes of targeted advertising and event promotion. If you interact with us on a social media platform using your social media account (e.g. Facebook or Twitter), we receive personal information about you such as your name, email address, and gender. Any personal information that we collect from your social media account depends on your social media account’s privacy settings.

2. WILL YOUR INFORMATION BE SHARED WITH ANYONE?

In Short: We only share information with your consent, to comply with laws, to provide you with services, to protect your rights, or to fulfill business obligations.

We may process or share your data that we hold based on the following legal basis:
• Consent: We may process your data if you have given us specific consent to use your personal information for a specific purpose.
• Legitimate Interests: We may process your data when it is reasonably necessary to achieve our legitimate business interests.
• Performance of a Contract: Where we have entered into a contract with you, we may process your personal information to fulfill the terms of our contract.
• Legal Obligations: We may disclose your information where we are legally required to do so in order to comply with applicable law, governmental requests, a judicial proceeding, court order, or legal process, such as in response to a court order or a subpoena (including in response to public authorities to meet national security or law enforcement requirements).
• Vital Interests: We may disclose your information where we believe it is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding potential violations of our policies, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the safety of any person and illegal activities, or as evidence in litigation in which we are involved.
More specifically, we may need to process your data or share your personal information in the following situations:
• Business Transfers. We may share or transfer your information in connection with, or during negotiations of, any merger, sale of company assets, financing, or acquisition of all or a portion of our business to another company.

3. DO WE USE COOKIES AND OTHER TRACKING TECHNOLOGIES?

In Short: We may use cookies and other tracking technologies to collect and store your information.

We may use cookies and similar tracking technologies (like web beacons and pixels) to access or store information. Specific information about how we use such technologies and how you can refuse certain cookies is set out in our Cookie Notice.

4. HOW DO WE HANDLE YOUR SOCIAL LOGINS?

In Short: If you choose to register or log in to our services using a social media account, we may have access to certain information about you.

Our Website offers you the ability to register and login using your third-party social media account details (like your Facebook or Twitter logins). Where you choose to do this, we will receive certain profile information about you from your social media provider. The profile Information we receive may vary depending on the social media provider concerned, but will often include your name, email address, friends list, profile picture as well as other information you choose to make public on such social media platform.

We will use the information we receive only for the purposes that are described in this privacy notice or that are otherwise made clear to you on the relevant Website. Please note that we do not control, and are not responsible for, other uses of your personal information by your third-party social media provider. We recommend that you review their privacy notice to understand how they collect, use and share your personal information, and how you can set your privacy preferences on their sites and apps.

5. HOW LONG DO WE KEEP YOUR INFORMATION?

In Short: We keep your information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this privacy notice unless otherwise required by law.

We will only keep your personal information for as long as it is necessary for the purposes set out in this privacy notice, unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law (such as tax, accounting or other legal requirements). No purpose in this notice will require us keeping your personal information for longer than 1 year.

When we have no ongoing legitimate business need to process your personal information, we will either delete or anonymize such information, or, if this is not possible (for example, because your personal information has been stored in backup archives), then we will securely store your personal information and isolate it from any further processing until deletion is possible.

6. HOW DO WE KEEP YOUR INFORMATION SAFE?

In Short: We aim to protect your personal information through a system of organizational and technical security measures.

We have implemented appropriate technical and organizational security measures designed to protect the security of any personal information we process. However, despite our safeguards and efforts to secure your information, no electronic transmission over the Internet or information storage technology can be guaranteed to be 100% secure, so we cannot promise or guarantee that hackers, cybercriminals, or other unauthorized third parties will not be able to defeat our security, and improperly collect, access, steal, or modify your information. Although we will do our best to protect your personal information, transmission of personal information to and from our Website is at your own risk. You should only access the Website within a secure environment.

7. WHAT ARE YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS?

In Short: In some regions, such as the European Economic Area, you have rights that allow you greater access to and control over your personal information. You may review, change, or terminate your account at any time.

In some regions (like the European Economic Area), you have certain rights under applicable data protection laws. These may include the right (i) to request access and obtain a copy of your personal information, (ii) to request rectification or erasure; (iii) to restrict the processing of your personal information; and (iv) if applicable, to data portability. In certain circumstances, you may also have the right to object to the processing of your personal information. To make such a request, please use the contact details provided below. We will consider and act upon any request in accordance with applicable data protection laws.

If we are relying on your consent to process your personal information, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. Please note however that this will not affect the lawfulness of the processing before its withdrawal, nor will it affect the processing of your personal information conducted in reliance on lawful processing grounds other than consent.

If you are a resident in the European Economic Area and you believe we are unlawfully processing your personal information, you also have the right to complain to your local data protection supervisory authority. You can find their contact details here: http://ec.europa.eu/justice/data-protection/bodies/authorities/index_en.htm.

If you are a resident in Switzerland, the contact details for the data protection authorities are available here: https://www.edoeb.admin.ch/edoeb/en/home.html.

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8. CONTROLS FOR DO-NOT-TRACK FEATURES

Most web browsers and some mobile operating systems and mobile applications include a Do-Not-Track (“DNT”) feature or setting you can activate to signal your privacy preference not to have data about your online browsing activities monitored and collected. At this stage no uniform technology standard for recognizing and implementing DNT signals has been finalized. As such, we do not currently respond to DNT browser signals or any other mechanism that automatically communicates your choice not to be tracked online. If a standard for online tracking is adopted that we must follow in the future, we will inform you about that practice in a revised version of this privacy notice.

9. DO WE MAKE UPDATES TO THIS NOTICE?

In Short: Yes, we will update this notice as necessary to stay compliant with relevant laws.

We may update this privacy notice from time to time. The updated version will be indicated by an updated “Revised” date and the updated version will be effective as soon as it is accessible. If we make material changes to this privacy notice, we may notify you either by prominently posting a notice of such changes or by directly sending you a notification. We encourage you to review this privacy notice frequently to be informed of how we are protecting your information.

10. HOW CAN YOU CONTACT US ABOUT THIS NOTICE?

If you have questions or comments about this notice, you may email us at [email protected]
or by post to:
Academia Kunz
Calle Poril 24
Corralejo, La Oliva 35660
Spain

11. HOW CAN YOU REVIEW, UPDATE, OR DELETE THE DATA WE COLLECT FROM YOU?

Based on the applicable laws of your country, you may have the right to request access to the personal information we collect from you, change that information, or delete it in some circumstances. To request to review, update, or delete your personal information, please submit a request form. We will respond to your request within 30 days.

12. USING THE FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, YOUTUBE AND VIMEO PLUGIN

We use plugins from the Social media providers on our site. If you use those features and especially the “follow” function, the providers links your account to the websites you visit. This is announced to other users on Social media providers, in particular your followers. In this way, a data transfer to Faceook, Instagram, Youtube and Vimeo also takes place. We have no influence on the data that they collect with the help of the plugins, nor on the scope of the data collected by them. To the best of our knowledge, Social media providers collects the URL of the respective website accessed and the IP address of the user. However, these are not used for any other purpose than the presentation of the plugins. Further information on this can be found in their data protection declaration. We use the components of Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo and Youtube to make our offer accessible to a wider audience. Therein lie our legitimate interests, which serve as a legal basis for data processing. You can change your privacy settings in the account settings directly.

13. USE OF OUR CONTACT FORM

On our website you can get in touch with us via an electronic contact form. The data you enter in the input mask, such as name, e-mail address, etc., will be transmitted to us and stored. The data you provide will be used to process your request. Pre-contractual measures as well as our legitimate interests in the handling of the enquiry serve as a legal basis. We only store your data for as long as is necessary to process your enquiry or as long as we are required to do so by law.

14. GOOGLE WEB FONTS

We use so-called web fonts provided by Google (Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway Mountain View, CA 94043, USA) on our website for the uniform display of fonts. When you call up one of our pages, your browser loads the required web fonts into your browser cache in order to display texts and fonts correctly.

For this purpose, the browser you use connects to the Google servers. This enables Google to know that our website has been accessed via your IP address. Google Web Fonts are used in the interest of a uniform and attractive presentation of our online offers. This is where our legitimate interests lie, which serve as the legal basis for data processing. If your browser does not support Web Fonts, a standard font is used by your computer. Further information about Google Web Fonts can be found at https://developers.google.com/fonts/faq and in Google’s privacy policy: https://www.google.com/policies/privacy/

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