Spain: Spanish in the Land of Don Quixote™
For more than a language course, travel to Toledo and Madrid. the perfect setting for a full Spanish experience in Castilla-La Mancha!
- Improve your Spanish through language immersion
- Walk the historic streets of Toledo, known as “the city of three cultures”
- Visit some of Madrid’s oldest restaurants on a tapas tour
- Go kayaking on the Alto Tajo River and experience an epic urban zipline
- Support needs within the local community with a focus on youth development
- Discover the history and world renowned-architecture of Barcelona (21-Day Flagship Program Only)
On This Program you will...
Explore the passions of Spain’s people in 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 Toledo, you’ll be surrounded by rich history and architecture, and get to visit medieval monuments and historic cathedrals. 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 youth. Experience two of Spain’s amazing cities—Toledo and Madrid (and visit Barcelona on the 21-Day Flagship Program) 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.
Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!
Spain’s youth have struggled for years with high unemployment rates. You’ll help Spanish children have better opportunities for the future by improving their English language skills. Spend several mornings at a school summer camp in Toledo. Run activities with your peers to help local children learn English, skill-building efforts that can have a tremendous impact as they age. Activities may include arts and crafts, a small theater, career exploration, a family tree activity, an environmental-focused project and more! This is also a unique chance to practice your own Spanish language skills, as you engage with the school children and local teachers during the course of your service project.
Take your Spanish language learning to the next level with engaging classes taught by local teachers and myriad opportunities for rich cultural exchange. Discover more about Spain’s literary history – including a visit to the windmills made famous in Cervantes’ masterpiece work. Learn from local artisans in skilled trades such as sword-making and the art of flamenco dance; then, try your hand at creating traditional Spanish cuisine in a cooking class.
Explore the Spanish language through the lens of one of Spain’s most famous literary figures as you walk the steps of Cervantes in this land of Don Quixote. See Spain by land, air and water! In Madrid, go kayaking and visit the Prado Museum. Enjoy an afternoon by the Alto Tajo River. Explore Toledo via scavenger hunt and take in the cityscape from above on an epic urban zipline. For students participating in the 21-Day Flagship Program, a visit to the city of Barcelona is in the cards as well. Experience its tremendous, whimsical architecture all around you and discover its many cultural wonders.
Your GLA Home Base is your “home away from home” throughout your time in Spain, and has spaces set aside and reserved exclusively for GLA students and staff. Your Home Base on this program will be enclosed compound-style lodging in the city of Toledo. Students will share rooms with roommates, and have shared bathrooms with showers. Food will be healthy and varied, from traditional staple meals to tapas and incredible seafood.
Dates & Tuition
Spanish in the Land of Don Quixote™
21-Day Flagship Program
|JUL 17 – AUG 11, 2023|
|JUL 01 – JUL 14, 2023|
|JUL 17 – JUL 30, 2023|
Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses Including:
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- In-country transportation
- 3 meals per day
- Professional full-time staff and experts
- 24/7 parent support hotline during the program
- Secondary medical and evacuation insurance
- Cultural activities, lectures and excursions
- Pre-departure materials and support
- Educational materials