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Spain: Spanish Service Adventure

Spain: Spanish Service Adventure

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

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Highlights

  • Improve your Spanish through language immersion
  • Explore complex issues of immigration facing modern-day Spain
  • See Spain’s iconic architecture and visit the Sagrada Familia
  • Take a paella workshop and learn to dance flamenco
  • Tour the Barcelona soccer stadium

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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 Valencia, you’ll experience a sophisticated cultural scene, great food, diverse people and stunning contemporary architecture. 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 organizations. Experience two of Spain’s sun-bathed coastal jewels—Valencia and Barcelona on this life-changing Spanish experience.

The GLA Experiential Language Curriculum™ integrates Spanish language learning into all aspects of the experience, allowing students to take away more of the culture, and also leave more behind. From community service to excursions and cultural events, language is given a new context. Spanish class will never be the same.

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Community Service

Although Spain has traditionally been one of the world's strongest economies, many of the nation's minority populations are underserved. Spain is at the epicenter of immigration within the EU, and your service projects will focus on promoting intercultural understanding and an attitude of solidarity and respect towards diversity. Help a local organization that exists to help immigrants assimilate into Spanish culture by running a summer camp for youth at a local school, reinforcing their English curriculum through learning games and constructing activities for boys and girls to play. Overcome language barriers as you improve your Spanish through your work alongside local organizations.

Hands-On Learning

History and culture collide with the modern and festive in Valencia, and this fascinating city will become your medium for becoming a confident Spanish speaker. Take a paella workshop and learn to cook one of Spain’s iconic dishes in the place it was invented. Learn how food, and long meals with loved ones, plays a vibrant role in daily Spanish life. Tour Cabanyal, a protected historical zone and fishermen’s quarter in existence since the 13th century. Learn flamenco, Spain’s official folklore dance and explore Barcelona's gothic quarter. Dive into medieval history as you stroll past peaceful plazas and soaring 14th-century cathedrals on winding cobblestone streets. See the influence of artists like Gaudí, Salvador Dalí, and Pablo Picasso in the architecture and attitude of the city.

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Adventure

Visit the enchanting seaside city of Barcelona, with boundless culture, fabled architecture and a world-class dining scene. Observe the famous Sagrada Familia, emblem of Spain, and Park Güell. Tour the Barcelona soccer stadium. Experience a "Street Life Tour" in support of a social enterprise, creating a job for a formerly homeless person. Chat with locals as you spend an afternoon soaking up the sun on an incredible Mediterranean beach, and go rafting through class III rapids on one of Spain’s fast and fun rivers.

Lodging

The GLA Home Base is located in Valencia in an historic and traditional Spanish-style home. The building is basic, but cozy, clean and safe. Students will sleep in gender-segregated rooms with roommates and will have private bathrooms with Western-style toilets. During excursions, we will stay in small hotels.

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Dates & Tuition

Spain: Spanish Service Adventure 21-Day Flagship Program Flagship
2018 Dates
Jun 23 - Jul 13, 2018
Jul 17 - Jul 30, 2018
Duration: 21 days
Tuition: $6,399
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 45
Language Hours: 45
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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
Spain: Spanish Service Adventure 14-Day Program
2018 Dates
Jul 17 - Jul 30, 2018
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $4,199
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 30
Language Hours: 30
See What's Included
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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Interested in Family-Friendly trips? Check out Discover Corps, our volunteer vacations for adults and families, in collaboration with the National Peace Corps Association.

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Alexandra

Alexandra

My time with Global Leadership Adventures made me realize that I want to spend my life learning about other cultures and providing services to help those in need. I discovered my passion, and how fulfilling it can be to form connections with people who don't even speak your same language. My experience with GLA made me the person I am today, and I cannot wait for my next trip abroad.

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