Explore Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, and Toledo as you learn about the differences in cultures across Spain’s distinct regions. Experience flamenco, taste tapas, see renowned works of art, and interact with locals along the way.
Your journey begins with an immersive orientation in Spain’s capital and largest city, Madrid. Immediately begin practicing your Spanish as you navigate the city’s lively streets and visit the Reina Sofia and Prado Museum on Madrid’s “museum mile” to see original art by Spanish artists such as Picasso and Dalí. Order tapas in local cafés as you visit the Habsburg district. Take a full-day excursion to historic Toledo as your knowledge of Spain’s history and culture deepens.
Experience an entirely different region of Spain as you and your group travel from Madrid to your homestay location. Spend two weeks immersed in a Spanish community as your language skills grow through daily interactions with your host family and local students. Visit Valencia to take a bike tour through the Gardens of Turia, explore multiculturalism in Spain, and learn to make paella in a cooking class.
Your discovery of Spain’s cultures and regional differences continues as you and your group travel to Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city and the capital of Catalonia. Visit Barcelona’s numerous UNESCO World Heritage sites and parks, and see the Picasso Museum. Discover some of Europe’s most intriguing architecture as you visit Gaudí’s La Sagrada Família, one of Spain’s most famous landmarks. Shop along La Rambla, Barcelona’s bustling central street.
The Experiment’s programs are designed to build skills that will help you succeed. In Spain, you will learn:
*Program fees may increase by$500 -$1000 to account for changesto lodging accommodations.
Families or partner organizations are also responsible for arranging and paying for participants' domestic travel to the international departure/return airport in the U.S., whether flying, driving or by other means. By its nature, domestic airfare varies by airline, timing, destination, and availability.
This program was so much more than a simple trip abroad! My Spanish skills improved remarkably and I made unforgettable personal connections with my host family and their friends, which will undoubtedly last a lifetime.
NATHAN, The Experiment alum, Spain
This itinerary is only a sample and is subject to change. Because of factors such as group size and availability of in-country offerings such as festivals, your experience — including sites visited and the number of days spent in each location — may differ somewhat from the one presented below.
Orientation in Madrid
During the orientation period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel.
Homestay in Valencia
During this period, you will stay in the home of a family. Sample host communities: Valencia, Vilagarcia, Úbeda, Logrono
Travel and Wrap-up in Barcelona
During the reflection period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel.
The Experiment’s group leaders go through a rigorous selection process and have extensive experience with youth education, local expertise in the country or region of their program, language abilities, knowledge in their program theme, travel logistics and management know-how, and experience with health, safety and risk management.
Isaias Torres was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona. While in high school, his life changed when he went to Thailand with The Experiment. After graduating high school, Isaias attended Rice University in Houston, Texas. There, he studied History, Religious Studies, and Secondary Education. While working at an urban magnet school in Houston, Isaias earned his Master Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston. After living and working for eight years in Houston, he moved to Rome, Italy to teach history at the American Overseas School of Rome. He then went on to teach Economics, Human Geography, and Model United Nations at the American School Foundation of Guadalajara, Mexico. Currently, he is living and working in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. His interests include traveling, photography, playing volleyball and tennis, and playing with his dogs, Snoopy and Chachi. Isaias’ passion is educating young people to have a nuanced understanding of our complex world so that they can bring about meaningful change.
The Experiment's programs are led by accomplished and experienced faculty and staff who typically live in the country of study. Program leaders are responsible for instructional content, classroom and field experiences, and daily program operations.
José Antonio Cámara Martínez, one of our oldest and most trusted local representatives, has years of experience managing educational and cultural programs. He coordinates homestays with families in Valencia, giving students a deep cultural experience. Many students say their homestay is unforgettable, integrating them into Spanish family life and culture, local traditions and this wonderful region of Spain.
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