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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 contemporary issues facing modern-day Spain
  • Take a paella workshop and learn to dance flamenco
  • Explore Barcelona’s world-renowned architecture and shopping districts
  • Raft through Class III rapids on one of Spain’s fastest and most fun rivers

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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, renowned cuisine, 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™ combines language learning in the classroom with immersion through community service, excursions and cultural activities.

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Community Service

While the 2008 economic crisis had a massive impact on Spain—resulting in peak levels of unemployment, low wages and an exodus of young people in search of work—Spaniards have a way of using their creativity to bounce back from struggle. Spain is now home to over 200 co-working spaces and countless associations for supporting youth and improving their chances of employment as young adults. In Valencia, volunteer with one such organization focused on this goal and on promoting solidarity in Spain's multicultural society. Overcome language barriers as you plan and run activities empowering local students through education and life skills.

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. 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 Antoni Gaudí, Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso in the architecture and attitude of the city.

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Adventure

Spend an afternoon on an incredible beach in Valencia, chatting with locals and taking advantage of your privileged location by the Mediterranean Sea. Go rafting through Class III rapids on one of Spain’s fastest and most fun rivers. Take an excursion to the city of Barcelona, known for its boundless culture, fabled architecture and world-class dining scene. See the famous Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, two iconic emblems of Spain. Tour the Barcelona soccer stadium and experience a "Street Life Tour" in support of a social enterprise, creating a job for a formerly homeless person.

Lodging

Home Base is located in Valencia in a traditional Spanish home. This 500-year-old building was the primary residence of a famous Spanish painter, and is situated in the heart of a charming neighborhood full of vintage shops and street art. Students will share rooms with roommates and have shared bathrooms. During excursions, the group will stay in small hotels.

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Dates & Tuition

Spain: Spanish Service Adventure 14-Day Program
2018 Dates
Jul 17 - Jul 30, 2018
Duration: 14 days
Tuition: $4,399
Student/Staff Ratio: 6 to 1
Community Service Hours: 30
Language Hours: 25
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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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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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