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Spain: Cultural Crossroads Past & Present™

Spain: Cultural Crossroads Past & Present™

Spain is a melting pot of cultural influence - uncover the history of Spain as a cultural crossroads from Moorish influence to current immigration issues.


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  • Explore four Spanish cities, each with a distinct cultural identitiy
  • Visit La Sagrada Familia-one of Gaudi's architectural masterpieces and a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Sample paella, one of the region's signature dishes
  • Learn about Spain's current political situation and the bid for Catalonian independence
  • Spend a half day helping out in the local community with a service project

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On this program you will travel to four Spanish cities, each with its own unique history, culture, and challenges in today's world. Explore central, southern, and northeastern Spain, finding the common threads and exploring key differences across this historically significant region as you go. Spain's proximity to northern Africa and its access to both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean has contributed to an integrated, multi-faceted culture. Mark some of Spain's most famous cathedrals off your list, but also visit cities with strong Jewish and Islamic influences. Explore Spain's role in the European Union and the world, throughout history and present-day.

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Exploratory Travel

  • Start your adventure in the Spanish capital of Madrid and nearby Segovia in a region of Spain with deep Roman influence
  • Travel south to the Andalusian cities of Cordoba and Granada, two cities with strong Jewish and Islamic influences in an otherwise predominantly Catholic country and home to Granada
  • Visit the Alhambra fort and the nearby Mosque-Cathedral
  • Fly northeast to wrap up in coastal Barcelona for a taste of Catalonia and the city's beautiful man-made beaches

Immersive Learning

Explore a side of Barcelona that most will never see via a tour led by a member of the city's homeless population that will give you a feel for the day-to-day life of a displaced person. Learn about Catalonia's long and complex history from locals with varying perspectives. Visit Córdoba's Mosque-Cathedral, a holy site that has been contested between Catholics and Muslims for hundreds of years.

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Expand your culinary knowledge and delight your tastebuds with a tapas tour. Dance the Flamenco in Andalusia, where the art form originated. Do as the locals do and treat yourself to a traditional hammam, or steam bath, a practice brought to Spain by the Moors centuries ago. Marvel at the intricate tilework and architecture of Basilica Sagrada Familia.

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Dates & Tuition

Spain: Cultural Crossroads Past & Present™ 12-Day Program
2020 Dates
Jun 22 - Jul 3, 2020
Jul 6 - Jul 17, 2020
Duration: 12 days
Tuition: $3,999
Student/Staff Ratio: 7 to 1
Community Service Hours: 5
Language Hours: N/A
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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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