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Spain: Cultural Odyssey™

Spain: Cultural Odyssey™

To get a real feel for Spain, you've got to do some moving around.

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Highlights

  • Explore five cities in Spain over three weeks
  • Visit countless art museums, architectural icons and historic districts in every city
  • See Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and the Park Güell at sunset in Barcelona
  • Volunteer with organizations focused on contemporary issues such as education, activism and social change
  • Learn to make paella and experience “flamenco night”
  • Kayak in Barcelona and hike outside Madrid

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Overview

On this Cultural Odyssey, travel to five different cities in Spain and experience the unique character of each: Exuberant Barcelona, cosmopolitan Madrid, peaceful Toledo, mystical Segovia and Arab-influenced Granada. The sights you’ll see—Roman ruins, Gothic cathedrals and jewels of Jewish and Islamic architecture—speak of a country where history’s great civilizations have risen, fallen and left behind their indelible mark. The Spaniards have long celebrated rebellious and relentlessly creative spirits such as Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Antoni Gaudí, placing their work front and center in public life. Soak it all in, plus other details of Spain’s addicting culture: legendary tapas, otherworldly architecture, paella, flamenco and fiesta!

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Community Service

While experiencing Spain’s must-sees, remember to look beyond its reputation as a popular tourism destination and consider the country’s modern-day role as a major epicenter of immigration, melting pot of cultures and confluence of diverse faiths. Visit an urban Impact Hub and community garden, two examples of how ideas for social innovation, youth activism and sustainability have come to fruition. Volunteer with organizations focused on contemporary issues, including improving education, urban development and promoting solidarity across Spain’s diverse society.

Hands-On Learning

See every highlight of Spain you could possibly fit into three weeks! Overflowing with well-preserved art and architecture, Spain provides endless opportunities to study the historic work of painters like Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, and see Gaudí’s Barcelona: Visit Sagrada Familia, Park Güell at sunset, and Passeig de Gràcia, Barcelona’s “avenue of luxury.” Take a guided walking tour through Renaissance-era streets of Madrid’s Habsburg district, and visit the 2000-year old Roman aqueduct in Segovia. In Granada, visit an immigrant and refugee support organization to learn about Spain in the modern day; and in Toledo—a place where Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities have peacefully coexisted since the Middle Ages—learn about henna from a local artist who keeps Arab traditions alive in Spain. 

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Adventure

Take a flamenco class and head to the beach for a Mediterranean kayaking experience. Explore Mercado de Santa Caterina, a sprawling market historically built as the local blue-collar community’s neighborhood food source, but today serves as a central gathering place with outstanding restaurants and hip stalls. For a change of pace from Spain’s cosmopolitan cities, relax on the beaches of southern Spain, hike Madrid’s trails and wander around Albaicín, a neighborhood in Granada known for its maze of quaint, cobblestone streets: too narrow for cars, but perfect for a midday siesta and al fresco dining.

Lodging

Over the 21 days of this program, students will travel to five different cities in Spain, staying in a variety of locally-owned and managed accommodations unique to each region of the country. Accommodations are simple, but clean and safe. Students will live with roommates and have access to shared bathrooms.

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Dates & Tuition

Spain: Cultural Odyssey™ 21-Day Program Flagship
2018 Dates
Jun 25 - Jul 15, 2018
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $7,499
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 15
Language Hours: N/A
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