Spain: Regional Cultures

Language and Cultural Discovery

Experience the differences in regions and cultures across Spain’s largest cities and quaint towns. Take flamenco lessons, taste tapas, see renowned works of art, and interact with locals along your journey.


July 3, 2018






Outdoor Activity



Program Description

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 medieval streets, visit the 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.

You will 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 you come to experience Spain’s regional differences. Your Spanish language skills will grow through daily inter­actions with your host family and other locals. Explore the surrounding area on day trips with your Experiment group. Participate in flamenco classes, attend workshops about multiculturalism in Spain, and learn how to make paella in a cooking class. Your discovery of Spain’s cultures and regional differences will continue 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, parks, and the Picasso Museum. See the architecture of Gaudí and shop along La Rambla, Barcelona’s famous central street, and travel to the beautiful seaside town of Sitges.  Return to Madrid for a final day of explora­tion and reflection.




Spanish (at least one year)


July 3, 2018 - July 24, 2018 (3 weeks)

Program Fee:


(does not include airfare)
Group Airfare Cost:


Depart/Return City:

New York


Madrid, 4 days


Valencia*, 11 days

Other Accommodations:

Hotels and apartments

Sample Itinerary

    Days 1-3

    Orientation in Madrid

    • Learn about the history and culture of Spain
    • Get to know other members of your group during activities and discussions
    • Visit famous sites and museums throughout the city, including the Prado museum and the Bourbon district
    • Explore diverse neighborhoods, navigate the metro, and sample Spanish cuisine in street-side cafés
    • Practice your Spanish language skills
    • Go on a daylong excursion to Toledo

    During the orientation period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel.

    Days 4-17


    • Become fully immersed in the daily life of a Spanish family and community
    • Do activities with your host family
    • Explore your host community and the surrounding area with your group
    • Attend traditional crafts workshops and flamenco classes
    • Learn how to cook paella
    • Go biking along the Turia River

    During this period, you will stay in the home of a family. Sample host communities: Valencia, Vilagarcia, Úbeda, Logrono

    Days 18-20

    Travel in Barcelona

    • Visit famous sites and museums throughout Barcelona, including the Olympic Harbor and the Picasso Museum
    • See the architecture of Gaudí and taste tapas on La Rambla

    During this period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel.

    Day 21

    Program Reflection and Wrap-up in Madrid

    • Reflect with your group on your experiences during the program

    During the reflection period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel.

    Day 22


    Please note: 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 above.

Itinerary is subject to change.

Past Group Leaders

  • Sharon Lake-Post

    As a high school student, Sharon Lake-Post had the good fortune to study abroad, in Barcelona, Spain, where she lived with a Catalan host family. She returned to Spain in college, this time to Valencia, to further enhance her Spanish language and cultural studies. Sharon graduated from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, with a double major in Spanish and political science, then went on to complete her master’s in international politics at the University of New Hampshire. Sharon has spent the bulk of her career working and consulting with Save the Children Federation in Westport, Connecticut, supporting new families as a childbirth educator and postpartum doula.

    Through her work in international development, she has travelled to Bolivia, Brazil, Malawi, Mexico, and the Philippines. She enjoys biking, kayaking in Maine, playing basketball, and trying to grow a vegetable garden. Sharon currently teaches middle school Spanish and lives in Connecticut with her husband, three children, and dog.

  • Emily Robbins

    Emily first began her travels as an Experimenter to France in 2001. On that trip, she learned a love of language and culture that has shaped much of her life. Now a writer and translator in Chicago, Emily speaks Arabic, Spanish, and Portuguese and has lived in much of the Middle East and South America. In 2008, as a Fulbright Fellow, Emily lived with the family of one of Syria’s leading intellectuals while she did research on the use of technology in women’s sacred spaces. Her experiences in Syria were the inspiration for a novel, A Word for Love, which is forthcoming from Penguin/Riverhead Books in 2016.

    Emily has a BA from Swarthmore College and an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. Her other jobs include teaching and anthropology, and her other loves include reading new fiction, and swimming in lakes. She has led for the Experiment four times, in Morocco and Spain.

Student Voices

  • Diverse, kind hearted, outgoing, and fun are just a few adjectives to describe my group. Everyone’s unique character contributed to what this experience was about. Throughout the stay my group members no longer felt like the kids I first met at the airport but my family members.

    Daisia, Aquinas High School

Pre-departure Documents

Summer 2018

Congratulations on your upcoming Experiment summer on the Spain: Regional Cultures program. Visit our pre-departure page for information about our expectations, communications, and travel planning. In early 2018, our summer international information will be published in a secure page, found in the Parent Portal.

In early spring 2018, the following program-specific documents will be linked to this page:

  • Participant Handbook
  • Parent Handbook
  • Health Guidelines
  • Personal Funds Abroad
  • Accident and Sickness Insurance
  • Packing List

Many questions can be answered by reviewing these materials, but please do not hesitate to contact us if further information is required. To submit or update your domestic travel and emergency contact information, please login in to the Parent Portal.

Important Passport and Medical Information

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