FAQ

How Will I Benefit from Summer Language Programs for High School Students?

Exposure to native speakers gives teens a real edge over classroom learning alone

The Benefits

Unlike typical summer language camps for high school students that are close to home, GLA's Language Immersion programs offer the following benefits that you won't get elsewhere:

  • Opportunities to engage in discussions with native speakers in their home countries, so that your Spanish or Mandarin practice is given real-world context
  • Supplemental classroom time led by language-teaching professionals who tailor their approach to each student based on their skill level
  • Excursions to culturally-significant places where students are exposed to the history and traditions that tie into the local language
  • Meaningful service projects where students are contributing back to the local community, opening up potential for lifelong friendships that cross language barriers

The Details

GLA currently operates four summer language programs for high school students - three in Spanish language learning, and one in Mandarin. These programs offer between 30 and 45 official language hours that staff would be happy to sign off on for school-related language requirements.

Here are a few details about each of our Language Immersion programs:

China: One Nation, Two Worlds™

Mandarin language hours provided: 30

China is home to one of the most ancient and rich cultures on the planet, and language is an integral part of understanding Chinese culture. Whether you're a beginner or a fluent speaker, you'll come away from this program with an entirely new appreciation for both the intricacies of Mandarin, and the beauty of rural and urban China.

*This is a GLA Flagship program. To learn more about flagship experiences, click here.

Peru: Spanish Service Adventure

Spanish language hours provided: 45

Discover the marvels of the Andes mountains as you use your new Spanish skills to interact with everyone from a traditional shaman to local schoolchildren. Along the way, you'll be immersed in a colorful Peruvian community that is excited to share its language and culture with you.

*This is a GLA Flagship program. To learn more about flagship experiences, click here.

Costa Rica: Spanish Service Adventure

Spanish language hours provided: 45

Discover the marvels of the Andes mountains as you use your new Spanish skills to interact with everyone from a traditional shaman to local schoolchildren. Along the way, you'll be immersed in a colorful Peruvian community that is excited to share its language and culture with you.

*This is a GLA Flagship program. To learn more about flagship experiences, click here.

Costa Rica: Spanish & Service in the Osa

Spanish language hours provided: 30

Dive into life in a rural community in the heart of Costa Rica's Osa peninsula. Here, you'll have the opportunity to utilize your Spanish in a community where English speakers are rarely found. As you open up to new friends and share your stories, you'll gain confidence in your Spanish language skills while experiencing all the adventure that this Pacific paradise has to offer.

Interested in our Spanish and Mandarin programs for teens?