Spain: Spanish Service in Action

For more than a language course, travel to Toledo—the perfect setting for a full Spanish experience.

Highlights

  • Improve your Spanish through language immersion
  • Visit some of Madrid’s oldest restaurants on a tapas tour
  • See Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and the Park Güell at sunset in Barcelona
  • Zipline over the urban landscapes of Toledo
  • Go white water rafting on the Alto Tajo River
  • Kayak in Barcelona and hike outside Madrid

Overview

The passions of Spain's people are the fabric of daily life; this is a country with music in its soul, a love of fine food and wild landscapes, and a special talent for celebrating all things in life. Based in the city of Toledo, you’ll be surrounded by rich history and architecture, and get to visit medieval monuments and historic cathedrals. Sharpen your Spanish skills through a mix of language immersion and formal instruction, and practice with passionate native Spanish speakers as you volunteer alongside local youth.

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Community Service

Spain's youth has struggled for years with high unemployment rates. You'll help Spanish children have better opportunities in the future by improving their English language skills. In Toledo, volunteer at a school running a summer English camp with children where you'll help them to learn English and develop other skills that will prepare them for the future. Throughout the program, work on additional projects helping to address other local community needs.

Hands-On Learning

Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Toledo's extensive monumental and cultural heritage is a playground for learning. It is known as "the city of three cultures" as Judaism, Islam and Christianity are all rooted in this city. Follow in the footsteps of well-known literary legend Don Quixote de la Mancha, whose famous route ran through the city of Toledo.

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Adventure

Experience the adrenaline rush of ziplining above the Tagus River and the historic architecture of Toledo's city center. Go on a multi-day excursion to visit Madrid, where you'll experience Spain's culture with a tapas tour, followed by a white water rafting excursion on the Alto Tajo River. You'll also get the chance to cool off from the summer heat in ancient underground baths which were built by the Moors–Spain’s medieval Arab immigrants. To really make the most of your time in Spain, ask about adding a Barcelona portion. This city is known for its fabled architecture and Catalonian culture. See the famous Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, two iconic emblems of Spain.

Lodging

Home Base is located in a castle in Toledo overlooking a historic section of the city, and is a 30 minute walk from the city center. El Albergue San Servando, a historical landmark, once served as a monastery and was occupied by monks and knights. Students will share rooms with roommates and have shared bathrooms. We may also stay in comfortable hostels in Madrid and Barcelona.

Dates & Tuition

Spanish Service in Action
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Tuition: $0
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Tuition includes all in-country expenses including:
  • All educational materials
  • Lodging
  • 3 meals per day
  • All in-country transportation
  • Airport pick-up/drop-off
  • Professional full-time staff and experts from the USA/Europe
  • 24/7 Parent Support Hotline during the program
  • Secondary medical and travel insurance
  • All cultural activities, lectures and weekend excursions
  • Pre-departure materials and support
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