About us

Our team is ready to provide you with an experience of a lifetime!

All host-families are vetted and personally known to your Irish Coordinators in Spain. Daily classes in rooms exclusively for our students. All scheduled activities, tours and excursions are supervised by monitors and/or professional guides.

Meet the team

Emily Allen
Founder and Director

Dublin born and brought up in a bilingual home, Emily participated in the first Transition Year programme introduced into mainstream education in 1994. She had an opportunity to go to Spain during TY and she fell madly in love… with the country, its climate, its culture and the people. This TY experience changed the course of her life.

On completing her Honours Degree in Spanish Language and Cultural Studies in UCC, she moved to Spain where her career flourished in education and expanded into the fields of tourism and event management.

While in Madrid, Emily set up and ran a successful language academy in Puerta del Sol (2012-2018). She is an official examiner for various international exam boards, organiser of bilingual events and President of the local bilingual Association.
She is also founder and director of a company dedicated to the organisation of gastronomic and corporate events, touristic activities and personalised tours for family or group celebrations. Awarded certificate of Excellence for 6 consecutive years (Tripadvisor and Luxury Travel Guide).

Upon moving to Granada in 2019, she founded Transition Spain; an initiative to inspire students, opening their eyes to new horizons.

about Transition Spain
Caolán MacCoitir
Dublin born and bred, Caolán has been living in Spain since 2008 and has worked in Barcelona, Madrid and A Coruña. He has been teaching and coordinating Immersion Courses in A Coruña since 2012 where lives with his Spanish wife Ruth and their two sons Cian and Seánie.
Caolán’s background is in education, IT, administration and coordination. He has travelled extensively through Latin America, Asia, Australia and Europe. He is a member of various sporting clubs including climbing, swimming and football. Caolán was on the Dublin minor and under 21 hurling teams between 1998 – 2001 and is still passionate about hurling and Gaelic sports.
Caolán and his family are looking forward to welcoming new students to Transition Spain.
Teachers & Monitors

Our Transition Spain team have a common objective of providing a unique learning experience for our students.
Our native Spanish teachers have extensive training in the educational field offering dynamic classes and personalised lesson plans with practical educational objectives, specifically designed for TY and/or LC students. Our staff are very familiar with the educational system in Ireland and provide them with the tools they need to achieve optimum exam results. Experienced monitors accompany students on their Spanish adventure. Prior to each activity during our action-packed programme, students are given preparation lessons to ensure they have all the vocabulary to fully benefit from activity-based learning.

Meet the Granada Team

Emily & Caolán, as your Irish Coordinators in Spain, work in collaboration with a leading training centre renowned for their professionalism, extensive experience and excellence in specialised quality training courses.

Why choose Transition Spain

Your TY Spanish Adventure
At foot of Sierra Nevada and located in a village with panoramic view points.
Daily outdoor and indoor activities with local teenagers
Spanish survival lessons, bilingual activities and Irish/Spanish cultural exchange
Live the experience with us and open your eyes to spain

Contact Emily or Caolán about our personalised immersion programmes