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Overview

From small mountain village dance halls to the world-class museums of Madrid, experience the creative diversity of Spain as you speak the language, dance the flamenco and live as a local.

Broaden your worldview on this immersive cultural adventure in one of Europe's most artistic countries. From the museums, tapas restaurants and historic plazas of Madrid to the Alhambra in Granada and into the home of a local family in a small sleepy town, you'll experience the imaginative and creative Spain that exists beyond the tour guide books, the real Spain. In between language lessons focused on growing your verbal and comprehension skills, you and the group will have countless opportunities for adventure and exploring.

Tour Andalusian museums and appreciate the artists' techniques, entirely in Spanish. After learning the flamenco with seasoned professionals, canyoneering through Sierra de Grazalema, surfing the Southern coast and discovering the world of artistic expression that Spain has to offer, you'll leave with a worldly understanding of this complex country, its cultural and creative communities and present way of life.

DatesGradesLengthTuitionAvailability
June 25 - July 15 HS21 days$5,980Available
July 18 - August 7 HS21 days$5,980Available
Earn & Learn
Spain Spanish & Culture Earn & Learn

Earn & Learn

Broadreach combines your thirst for fun and adventure with tangible skill development, real-world educational opportunities and a genuine commitment to service. While on program, you’ll earn documented community service hours and even college credits. It’s what we call “Earn & Learn,” and it’s what you’ll take home as evidence of your many accomplishments.

Spain Spanish & Culture offers 3 Spanish language college credits through Lesley University. Additionally, students earn 20 hours of documented community service.

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
  • 1 year of high school Spanish

ACADEMICS & COLLEGE CREDIT

Course Description
Students will develop a functional level of conversational Spanish while learning about the nation’s rich artistic and musical culture. Between speaking, reading, writing and listening activities, they will tour art museums and historic monuments, hike, learn traditional Spanish dance and music styles, visit artist studios and work with a children’s nonprofit teaching art classes. They’ll also study the history of the country’s different regions, from Madrid to Andalusia.

Course Objectives

  • Complete 35+ hours of intensive lessons covering the grammar, vocabulary and history of Spain
  • Absorb the Spanish culture by practicing flamenco, studying classical and modern art, exploring cities and visiting working artist studios
  • Achieve a functional level of conversational Spanish sufficient for traveling in a Spanish-speaking country
  • Increase cultural awareness, develop leadership and teamwork skills, and gain confidence

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Through service, gain a more meaningful connection to the cultures and communities you explore while taking an active role to address important global issues at the local level. While in Spain, help with a local youth movement that works to increase kids understanding of art. The project gives you the opportunity to practice your Spanish conversation skills while working with young people and their mentors to expand your worldview and collaborate together to create art.

  • Lead an art class for under-served Spanish children
  • Learn to create crafts to raise money for a local non-profit

20 Service Hours

3 College Credits

Spain Spanish & Culture Itinerary

Itinerary

1

Seville is our entry point to our one-of-a-kind cultural journey. But before we satiate our eye for art, we’ll leap right into the adventure and explore the local landscape with a trek along the Caminito del Rey, a picturesque walkway winding through the Graganta del Chorro gorge. Tour the studios of local painters, sculptors and musicians and explore first-hand different sources of creative inspiration and expression. Delve into the history of art in Seville by perusing the Alcázar of Seville, an ancient royal palace built by Moorish Muslim kings.

2

Next we make our way to a tiny, white-washed village in the province of Cádiz, Prado del Rey. This sleepy Andalusian village is where we put down roots for our next adventure — a weeklong immersive homestay with a local family. Living as a true local is the best way to master a new language and experience its rich, cultural heritage. Mornings here are spent taking intensive Spanish language lessons and honing reading, writing and comprehension skills. After class, join your new amigos as you head out on gastronomy excursions, in search of quintessential Andalusian cuisine while tasting goat cheese or baking bread at a nearby farm. Go canyoneering in Sierra de Grazalema, a nearby national park. Then, take part in authentic Spanish traditions such as flamenco. You’ll even get the chance to teach an art class to Spanish children and practice your flamenco dance skills with teenage locals. We say goodbye to the families that so graciously welcomed us into their lives and homes with promises to write and return.

3

Discover an entirely different side of Spain on the pristine beaches of Tarifa, in the province of Cadiz. Known as “The Gateway to Morocco”, you can see the Moroccan hills from the coast and see the neighboring country’s influence throughout this sunny, seaside town. We spend our days learning how to surf and picking up new words and phrases in the distinct coastal dialect. Our growing language skills and speaking confidence will come into play on our next adventure, in Granada.

4

We travel to the city of Granada, nicknamed the “Moorish Jewel,” to volunteer with a local non-profit that provides a haven for low-income Spanish families. Take part in hands on crafts and workshops, including soap, pottery and furniture making, plus teach children how to read, and help facilitate a safer, healthier home life. In Granada, we have an opportunity to visit the Alhambra, a former fortress and palace of Moorish monarchs. Fall in love with Granada’s medieval streets, public squares and many important monuments. You’ll even get to hone your flamenco dance skills with a professional dancer and visit a locals’ spot for an authentic performance.

5

Close out the program by visiting world-class museums and experiencing some of the most renowned art Spain has to offer, including standing in awe in front of Picasso’s “Guernica”. As we go out for a final dinner and farewell, we take a moment to process all the art and culture we’ve experienced, all the Spanish we’ve learned in such a short time, our new families in Seville, the lives we touched in Granada and the people who have spent the last 21 days with us on this life-changing adventure. For now, it’s adiós, but not for long.

  • Trip Highlights

  • Practice conversational Spanish and different dialects with locals
  • Live with a homestay family and embrace the Spanish way of life
  • Assist with art classes for low-income students
  • Take intensive Spanish classes at a community school
  • Tour world-class museums, monuments and palaces
  • Go canyoneering in Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park
Spain Spanish & Culture Reviews & Testimonials

Reviews & Testimonials

Sarah Kerfoot from Camden, SC

Amazing, breathtaking, phenomenal, incredible, extraordinary, I could list more because this trip was all of these things and more. Broadreach trips are the best trips I have ever been on that balance learning and experiencing the culture around you.

Testimonial - Caroline Dixon from Southern Shores, NC

After three weeks in Spain, I felt like I had learned a whole year’s worth of Spanish. Especially after only taking one year of Spanish, I was worried I would not be able to understand the culture. However, the people there and places I visited grew my knowledge of the Spanish culture. I learned so much from my host family and from the cool sites that we hiked or looked at. It was truly an unforgettable experience that I will hold with me forever.

Testimonial - Chloe Casdagli from Santa Fe, NM

I had the time of my life. I’ve always believed experiences shape us, and never will I find one more educational than this one. Not only the activities, but the people motivated me to open my mind and change some perspectives. It gave me more confidence in myself and a better understanding of the world. I highly recommend this trip for those who want to extend themselves beyond their home and family.

Testimonial - Sophia Donovan from Appleton, WI

I went on a Broadreach trip to Spain this past summer and it was arguably one of the best experiences of my life. The staff was so nice and easy to work with and the other campers were amazing. I would 100% recommend looking into going on Broadreach trip. You won’t regret it.

Testimonial - Thea Reddin from Charlotte, NC

I learned so much about Spanish and being confident in my speaking ability. I also learned a lot about other cultures and how to adapt to different lifestyles. We didn’t have very many health issues to address. This was my second Broadreach trip and I loved it so much! I would definitely do it again because the people, the leaders, and the actual trip was exactly was I was looking for. We only needed to spend money on souvenirs and snacks so it was really easy. Don’t spend all of your money within the first week! Don’t be afraid to speak to people and to mess up! Everyone understands that you’re going to make mistakes and they are really accepting of it. The wardrobe you packed was better suited for a semester of camping than club hopping. Outdoorsy, you might forgo a crazy night out for an early all-day adventure. You’d rather take in the rich culture of an old town than the metropolis of a modern city, but for you getting off the grid is ideal.

Spain Spanish & Culture FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:
What is included in the tuition cost and what additional expenses should I expect?
Answer:

Tuition is all inclusive for instruction, food, accommodations, and activities from the time you arrive in country. However, you are responsible for your airfare, spending money (we suggest about $150-200 depending on the program), any required textbooks, and student expenses such as medical fees. Some trips require scuba gear which can be rented, purchased or in some cases borrowed from Broadreach. Finally, for our high school trips that offer college credit, you can elect to receive an official Lesley University credit transcript for approximately $180 per credit hour. For more information about expenses that might apply to your program, click here.

Question:
Are flights included in the program tuition cost?
Answer:

Airfare is not included in the program tuition cost, mostly because students join our programs from all over the U.S. and other countries around the world. Some programs also have internal flights which are not included in the program tuition, and we’ll provide details on exactly how to book those once you are enrolled.

Question:
How does travel work?
Answer:

For most programs, we have a few recommended flights and an arrival time range, and we usually give you the option to book flights on your own or through our travel agency partner. A few programs have required group flights, which we set up in advance. Students travel independently, but often meet up along the way, and we collect student itinerary details. Broadreach instructors will be waiting in the arrivals hall of the destination airport to greet each student, and they’ll be wearing special shirts and holding a Broadreach sign. We also mail students Broadreach shirts to wear while traveling which makes it easy for them to identify each other. Typically, making travel arrangements and the actual travel days go very smoothly.

Question:
How does Broadreach address safety?
Answer:

Safety is our top priority, and it is something we evaluate from every angle throughout the year. We’re very proud of our safety record over the past 26 years of running international programs for students. There are so many ways to address how we handle safety, including the extensive experience and training of our instructors, the specific locations we choose to visit, the relationships we have established with our local partners, and the 24/7 support we provide our groups. We have extensive program-specific risk management plans and safety standards that we adhere to. We’d be happy to talk about safety in more detail for the program you’re considering if you’d like to call our office.

Question:
When is the application deadline?
Answer:

We accept applications on a rolling basis until each session is full. So, the sooner you enroll, the greater chance you’ll have to get into your first choice program and session! Some of our most popular program sessions fill as early as the fall.

Question:
How many students are in a group? What is the male/female ratio?
Answer:

The majority of programs will have a maximum of 12 students in a group. We aim for a balance of males and females, but in our experience, the gender ratio plays a small role in the success of each program.

Question:
Do most participants come alone or with friends?
Answer:

Most participants come alone, so there is no need to be concerned if you don’t know anyone else on your program. It’s normal to be a little nervous about not knowing other students in advance, but within a day of starting your program you’ll be laughing and sharing exciting adventures with new friends.

Question:
Will students be able to call home or access the internet?
Answer:

Students will call home within a few hours of landing in the destination airport to let parents know they have arrived safely and have met up with the group. For most programs, students will have the option to call home once a week, typically on Sundays. Timing for calling home depends on the schedule of the trip and location. Usually, students call home with the in-country instructor cell phones or via Skype if good internet service is available. If you’d like to learn more about our full communication policy, please call our office.

Question:
Do I need to purchase travel insurance?
Answer:

We require that students have at least $100,000 of emergency evacuation coverage and some kind of international medical coverage, as well as coverage for scuba diving for programs that include diving. We offer two different policy options, or if you already have a policy that meets this criteria, we would just collect those policy details after enrollment.

Question:
What does tuition protection cover?
Answer:

Our Tuition Protection policy covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state). It’s also a great comprehensive travel insurance policy, including medical coverage, emergency evacuation, travel delay, baggage (loss or delay), etc. The cost of the policy ranges from $319-379 based on the program duration. For more specific coverage details, please call our office.

Question:
Who will my instructors be?
Answer:

Broadreach instructors are highly experienced, passionate, energetic and supportive. The average age of our instructors is 28 years old, and depending on the program, they meet specific qualifications (a Master’s degree in the subject area, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification, foreign language fluency, Wilderness First Responder certification, etc).

Question:
Do your programs accommodate food preferences or food allergies?
Answer:

We do our best to accommodate allergies and food preferences but we consider the situation, country and the program to determine whether it will be a good fit for the specific dietary restriction. It’s important that you let Broadreach know well in advance of any food preferences or allergies so we can determine whether your restrictions will work on your program.

Question:
Can I contact Broadreach alumni families for more information?
Answer:

Absolutely! Just call our office and we can put you in touch with past participants who have joined the programs that interest you. Our alumni families are happy to share their first-person experiences.

Question:
How does payment work? Is the deposit or tuition refundable?
Answer:

We require a non-refundable deposit of $1000 to lock in your spot, and then the final balance can be spread out and paid in a few different ways. The final payment is requested by about 3 months before departure. Our optional tuition protection plan covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and cancellations for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state).

Question:
What should I pack?
Answer:

We provide an extensive packing list for each program that we revise every year based on student and instructor feedback, and most of the items you probably have already. If you’d like to look at a packing list for a certain program, just let us know and we can email the most current version to you.

Question:
Where will we be staying?
Answer:

Accommodations vary by program, from private villas to jungle cabins to beach cabanas to research stations. We love staying in smaller local accommodations with authentic character rather than big chains, and we rarely camp.

Question:
What do the academics involve? What if I don’t take the program for credit?
Answer:

Academics will vary by program but usually include journals, discussions, lectures, research projects, and a midterm and final exam. We expect all of our students to participate fully in the academic course work on our programs, regardless of whether they have chosen to take it for official college credit.

Question:
What is the difference between discovery/explorer/expedition level?
Answer:

Our levels are loose guidelines to help families determine which programs might be the best fit. Discovery level programs do not require any prior experience and are great first-Broadreach options. Explorer level programs build on existing skills and knowledge, and often delve deeper into the program focus. Expedition level programs are usually in more remote or challenging locations, require prior experience, and often include more student ownership of the experience.

Question:
How do college credits work? Where are those credits accepted?
Answer:

We partner with Lesley University in Cambridge, MA to offer college credit for our academic high school and college programs. Those credits are widely accepted at colleges and universities all over North America, and we can often let you know if an alumni student has transferred those credits to a specific school in the past. For more details, click here.

Question:
Do you offer any discounts?
Answer:

In the fall, we have a few different early enrollment discounts– please call our office for more information. We also offer a 5% discount on the second enrollment from the same immediate family in a summer. This offer is available to an individual student or siblings. The 5% discount will be applied to the program of lesser cost, and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

Question:
Do you offer scholarships?
Answer:

We do offer some scholarships through the Broadreach Foundation. Please visit www.broadreachfoundation.org for more information and to apply online for scholarships.

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