Discover Spain’s cutting-edge role in creating more sustainable city life through technological innovation. Work with tech experts to learn the evolving concepts of urban development.
Peace, Politics, & Human Rights
July 4, 2019APPLY NOW
Your Experiment starts in Madrid, Spain’s modern capital city, where innovations such as renewable energy and digital technology are used to transform public spaces, providing
high-tech alternatives to traditional industrial design. Through interactive workshops, you will learn what makes Madrid a “Smart City” that uses urban design innovations to improve daily life, education, and the economy in the growing city.
While in Madrid, you’ll explore the history and culture of Spain—from the Muslim walls to the Palacio Real—and visit El Museo de la Cuidad to see 3D models of historical Madrid. You will also take part in innovation and urban design seminars, learn to analyze urban spaces, and gain hands-on experience mapping and reconstructing the city with digital applications (apps), sketch books, 3D printers, and other cutting-edge devices. Meet fellow young innovators who are tackling issues in their own communities and on a global scale using technology and sustainability. Meet entrepreneurs and artists to get inspired by their digital prototypes; then work on your own project to analyze a public space and create a prototype and design solution.
Travel to Valencia and volunteer on an urban mobility project before meeting your homestay family in Palma de Mallorca, the capital city of Spain’s Balearic Islands, where you will immerse yourself in the daily life of a Spanish family and continue to engage in urban development activities.
Finish your Experiment with a cultural journey to Barcelona, Spain’s second-most-populous city, where you will immerse yourself once again in a different urban lifestyle and culture, using your observations and skills to identify technological advances and discuss concepts of urban development. Explore architecturally astounding sites such as Gaudí’s Park Güell and Sagrada Família. Your final days in Spain will be spent visiting the Museu Picasso or dipping your toes in the Mediterranean Sea.
July 4, 2019 - August 2, 2019
Madrid, 3 days
Palma de Mallorca*, 10-12 days
Hotels and hostels
Orientation in Madrid
During the orientation period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel.
Thematic Focus in Madrid
Thematic Focus in Valencia
Take a guided bike tour of the city and explore historical sites such as Las Cortes Valencianas, the headquarters of the Consell and the Valencian Regional Government, as well as Valencia’s unique shops, restaurants and cafes.
During this period, you will stay in the home of a family. Sample host communities: Mallorca, Malaga
Cultural travel, Program Reflection and Wrap-up in Barcelona
During this period, you and your group will stay in a centrally located hotel.
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.
On this program we learned a lot about different cities in Spain and what changes they have been through and are currently going through. From this information, we brainstormed and came up with many ideas on how we change these cities for the better. On projects we used 3-D printers, laser cutters, models, etc. We also had tons of fun throughout the trip too. We did things such as travel to beaches, bike rides, tours around the city, to staying up late playing cards with each other, and etc. Over all this trip was amazing and it’s the people that I met that made this trip so amazing.--Lakayla
From the eye popping murals, architecture, and in general immersion in the country I got I felt as though I was a regular citizen in the country, everyone I met was so nice and relatable that I am glad I got the opportunity to go. I like my homestay family it was really humbling to say the least that what my parents have taught me really helped me in this program and made my bonds with my host family even stronger and with the people in my group even better.--Luis
When I was in Spain I was able to learn about the culture and visit important sites, while still being able to pursue my interest of technology and urban development. My group was able to create a model, using 3D printing and laser cutting, to help develop a new park in Madrid. In Valencia we helped promote bicycle riding and bike lanes. Lastly in Mallorca we helped paint a wall to bring color to the area.--Aisha
Reflecting from my whole experience, I realize how vital it is to visit different countries. The culture, lifestyle, history, and language made me appreciate Spain and life outside of the US. When the trip was over, I told my family that I wasn’t ready to leave yet. I miss siesta, my host mother’s seafood and chicken paella, strolling through Las Ramblas in the middle of the night with my friends who I’m still in contact with, and my group dinners where we were always laughing.--Nikisha