- Granada, Spain; Madrid, Spain
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- High School
- Program Description:
Begin your Experiment in Spain’s capital, Madrid, exploring the famous sites, museums, and neighborhoods while trying authentic foods such as paella and pulpo. Take a day trip to Toledo, the “Imperial City” known for its 2,000+ years of history, before continuing on to the province of Andalucía in southern Spain, where you will dive into intensive Spanish language classes.
This program has two separate language learning groups. Both groups will develop their Spanish language skills through 50+ hours of exposure and practice through formal classes, experiential learning activities, host family interactions, peer-to-peer practice, and more. Group One has formal language instruction in the historic city of Granada, where the group will attend exclusive small classes divided by level at the Centro de Lenguas y Educación Intercultural. In addition to formal instruction, this group will learn through music, film, city scavenger hunts, field trips, and organized activities with local students such as playing sports. Group Two will also have formal language classes as well as immersive arts training in Guadix, delivered fully in Spanish. You will practice by doing, using, and developing your Spanish language skills in ceramics, theater, flamenco, or other arts classes. Both groups will visit and explore Granada, Guadix, and Alhambra.
Your Spanish language immersion continues with a homestay in an Andalusian town, where you can expect to enjoy home-cooked meals and visit local markets, beaches, and cafés with your friends and host family. Experience Spain’s outdoors during activities such as trekking along a river and canoeing. Return to Madrid for final reflection and language practice before departing for home.
- Setting Description:
- The program has two separate language groups. One group has Spanish training in the historic city of Granada, where, for four hours each day, the group attends small-group, interactive language classes divided by language level at the Centro de Lenguas y Educación Intercultural. Learn inside and outside the classroom through music, film, city scavenger hunts, and field trips. After class, take advantage of opportunities to meet up with Spanish students learning English and join them for sporting or cultural events. The program’s other group has language classes and immersive arts training in Guadix. This group participates in workshops focused on flamenco, ceramics, theatrical performance, and other arts, in addition to the language training. In Guadix, there are opportunities to learn about Romani culture and Gitano identity and to perform flamenco and traditional village dances with local community members.
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
- For summer 2020, we will offer merit-based partial scholarships to students who live in the Florida Keys, the Houston, TX metro area, the Seattle, WA metro area, and the Washington, DC metro area. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Based on 16 Reviews
- Best experience ever09/30/19
The trip overall was the best thing that has ever happened to me. I got to meet the most amazing people from all around the U.S and Spain. I feel so lucky to have met them. We all created such a great bond with each other. They have become some of my
best friends for life. Same goes with the group leaders. They were so kind and nice to all of us and always made sure that we were having fun and safe. This trip has made me feel more confident to meet new people and try new things. I will always cherish the memories I I have about this trip. If I could do this trip all over again. I would. I am so grateful for such an amazing experience.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- A life changing experience09/02/19
Having the chance to study abroad with the experiment was a life changing adventure, from learning just how different a culture can be from your own to all the first experiences i got the chance to have. I now not only have new friends across the country
i have friends outside of the country that i still keep in contact with to this dayread moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Most Memorable Month of my Life09/01/19
This program allowed me to have the most amazing summer of my life. The leaders were amazing people who were so helpful, fun, and loving. They wanted to make sure we had a great time and they really succeeded. The experience was shared with an awesome
group of other teenagers. We all shared our memories together and we became close super quickly. Overall, The Experiment does everything they can to ensure we really enjoy our trip. I highly recommend. Spain is amazing and it is so great to be able to make memories with some of your new best friends. The experience was overall amazing and I would recommend it to anybody who has never traveled overseas. It was my first time travelling overseas and I'm so glad I did it with The Experiment. Nothing could have been better for first travellers.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Without a doubt the best month of my life.08/21/19
During my time in Spain I was deeply immersed in a culture which held little in common with what I had been living my whole life. This allowed to both my mind and my heart to open in ways that could not be possible by staying in the United States forever.
The country itself was almost as beautiful as the people living within it who opened their arms to me without a second thought. I was overwhelmed by the mesmerizing scenery, the fascinating history, and the intricate language which filled every street. My group leaders never once failed to give me and the rest of my group anything less than an awesome experience. The in-country partners were just as organized and intelligent, enabling me and my group to receive education and inclusion way beyond what we would ever get as simple tourists. My host family were incredibly kind, caring, and funny, and my time with them flew by. Never did I have doubts or feel unsafe during this trip. Every single aspect and every single detail allowed me to grow and form new appreciation for the world and for life. Because of this trip I now feel as though I have a second home and a second family, neither of which I will ever forget.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- New Persepectives08/21/19
Traveling with the Experiment in International Living was a spectacular experience that I would never trade for anything. Going into the trip to Spain I didn't think I would be learning so much as I did, but the moment I got outside of the airport I also
already observing, comparing and thinking about what I saw. I now know how beneficial this experience will be to my future now that I have gained a new perspective on life in another country. I felt safe, protected, and welcomed by this program and I highly recommend applying.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Best Experience Ever!09/01/18I had incredible group leaders and peers that made this experience be one of the best things I've ever done. The activities were very enjoyable and made the group extremely close to one another.Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Best Experience Ever09/01/18
Going to Spain with the Experiment was the best decision of my life. Not only was I able to understand the Spanish culture and language but i was also immersed in courses where I learned Spanish, ceramics, and flamenco dancing. I was able to do tours
of authentic places in Spain where the tourist population is minimal to none. I felt like doing this i was able to have a better experience and understanding of the Spanish culture and improved my Spanish because I was forced to communicate by speaking only Spanish. I was also able to make friends who are now like family to me and I consider like my brothers and siblings. There is nothing I would want to change about my experience and the program.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- The Experience of a Lifetime!08/31/18
This program was so much more than a simple trip abroad. From living with a wonderful, caring, and supportive host family to making countless connections with locals and fellow Experimenters alike, this experience was truly one that I will never forget.
Despite previous travels abroad, this experience allowed me to completely immerse myself in a foreign culture more fully than any opportunity that I had had before. It was truly amazing to be able to meet local Spaniards and create unique, memorable friendships with them while learning about Spain’s beautiful language and culture. However, I still believe that the best part of this experience was the ability to live with a host family for an entire week and a half. Although the availability of this aspect of traveling abroad is harder to find nowadays, it is, in my opinion, what made this trip so unbelievable. During this time period, my Spanish skills improved remarkably and I made unforgettable personal connections with my host family and their friends which will undoubtedly last a lifetime. All in all, my participation in this program has provided me with indescribably precious memories and friendships that I am sure to treasure for the rest of my life.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Life Changing08/31/18
Going abroad by itself can be lifechanging, but the ease of transitioning and the help of my group leaders is really what helped me be as open and excited as I was. Not only were leaders there to teach us life skills and skills for abroad, they also were
emotionally there for us when the reality of situations hit. Being with The Experiment, I never felt unsafe or out of place wherever I went. The bonds I've made and people I've connected with exceeds any other group experience I've had domestic or abroad.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
"Por favor ayudame"- A piece of cardboard held between tired hands grabbed my eye. A woman, maybe late 30's, held out this cry for help, asking pedestrians for spare change. Her sign then continued to describe how she has 2 children in need of food.
"How are they allowed to beg?" I asked. Arturo, our in-country advisor, had a solemn look on his face and explained how homelessness is a big issue in Spain. I had never seen something like this before. I knew homelessness was a problem, but I have never realized it was to this extent. This situation was something extremely odd and foreign, but to Arturo, it was something sad and typical. In Granda, as we took our hike to where we would have our language classes, we stopped at "La Mirador de San Nicholas" A viewpoint overlooking La Alhambra. There sat an older woman, next to her, boxes of castantes. Shell-shaped clappers connected with string. As people passed by she looked longingly. As if praying for someone to look at her product. As someone would walk by, she would play the castantes. This woman stayed in my mind throughout the day, as we began to leave the school, I saw her again still playing her castantes. Then almost every day on our way to school I would see her. It bothered me so much I began to not even look at her. But as we pass more and more people without homes, I saw others do the same. Too ashamed to watch and to distracted to care. I then saw how instead of becoming the solution, I was ignoring the problem. Over 40,000 people in Spain are homeless,1.5 million families are living in shelters, and over 100 million people are homeless worldwide. As these statistics continue to rise, so does the rate of unemployment. These events have unexpectedly made me realize that because of my actions I might have affected someone's life. Although I might not be able to help them financially, I could help with my body expression and what I say. Since my Experiment in Spain, I've found myself being kinder. Saying hello instead of silently judging, or offering a warm smile while passing by instead of moving away. I believe that people follow by example. I am now a senior in high school and have learned that what I do is seen by others. Therefore what I do or say can influence people positively or negatively. I want to be that change that people see in the world. I am a leader and a role model to the younger generation. This program has enlightened me in so many ways that I could go on forever about my experience. I've chosen this story to talk about to show that actually experiencing the country does not always mean rainbows and butterflies. This has opened my eyes to an issue that I otherwise would have never thought about and has made me realize that I can influence change from the knowledge I've learned in my experiment abroad.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- amazing trip08/31/18
I must say that my trip to Spain was all that I expected and more. Throughout the trip, I was taught the Spanish language through complete immersion, and I learned more than I thought possible. I think it's important that future participants realize that
this trip is a learning experience designed so that any Spanish language background is fine. This was most emphasized by my lack of in-depth knowledge because of the few language classes I had taken prior. However, it is essential that I state, that this lack of knowledge, though troublesome, was efficacious in altering the experiences I had. Through my struggles with the language barrier, my trip was made unique. I forced myself out of the so called 'comfort zone' and into the unique country of Spain. I learned the names of foods in Spanish by simply eating them and figuring out what I ate after, and I learned subjunctives through the explanations of kids my age in Spain. Overall, I must say that this trip was a learning experience, and any future experimenter should know that the best way to learn in Spain is full immersion. No matter how little Spanish you know, it's good to meet locals and just talk to them.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Spain 201808/27/18
The Spain program allowed for a safe and encouraging setting to reach outside of one's comfort zone. This not only included my immense improvement in my Spanish speaking and understanding, but we learned how to cook, explored cave houses, and received
forty eight hours of in-class Spanish learning. Although the in-class portion, which took place over two weeks in Granada, might appear boring or just more school, it was honestly the highlight of our time spent in Granada. We had two teachers, one who would take us into the city or show us movies and Spanish influencers, and another who would give us a more traditional setting but would bring such an energy to the room, it was impossible to not be excited to learn. The homestay portion of the trip not only brought our already existing friendships with the kids from the United States closer together, but allowed us to create lasting friendships with the kids from Guadix. Something that truly struck me was how close everyone became despite our location and age differences. Our ages ranged from fourteen to eighteen, and it really made me wonder why we are typically separated by age. Not only did we make lasting friendships during this time, but we gained a second family. My host sister and I did not see eye to eye on everything but at the end of the day we knew we loved each other. Growing up with two older sisters who would do the same made the homestay truly feel like home. I was able to shadow my host dad at work and my host mother taught me how to cook a traditional Spanish tortilla. It was truly unforgettable.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- An Unforgettable Month08/15/18
The program I did over the summer was probably the best thing I’ve ever done on Earth for the first 15 years of my life. I got to see so many new things and experience them with a wonderful group of people. I’d say my Homestay was by far my favorite
part and although I was nervous at first, I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything else. I strongly strongly recommend this program for someone who likes adventure, learning about something completely different and I mean Completely different from back home, and someone who wants to come back home with wonderful stories to shareread moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- A life changing opportunity!09/02/17
I learned a lot and grew as an individual by traveling abroad to Spain through the Experiment. The group leaders, host families, and coordinators made this trip especially memorable for me. I not only learned more about myself and how independent I was
traveling to another country, but I also was able to strengthen my Spanish skills greatly. This was an experience that I'll cherish and I'll never forget.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Experiment in International Living: Spanish Language and Cultural Discovery09/01/17
The few days before the others on my program and I would inevitably meet at the airport to travel to Spain, I was overwhelmed with nerves. I kept wondering: what was in store in the upcoming month? As soon as I met my leaders and peers, my jitters instantly
melted away. The leaders made me feel so incredibly welcome and comfortable. Our group would soon turn into a family by the end of the month. Not only was my group amazing, but so were all the planned activities that we did together. I can't even name all of the fun activities that we did! We went on a graffiti scavenger hunt, explored the Alhambra, participated in language classes, did community service in Guadix, and traversed the beautiful landscapes of Castril. What made this trip so meaningful was that I got to do all of these wonderful things with my best friends.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- An Experiment Worth Experiencing08/07/17
My experience in Spain was a dream come true. Not only did I become more confident with myself and my decisions, but I have grown familiar with the Spanish culture and made an amazing family along the way. Being in Spain was like being in whole new world
because I have never left the country before until now. I decided to go to Spain to become more immersed with the culture and meet people who would leave a huge impact on my life, which is exactly what happened. I learned more Spanish being with my home stay family, who took the time to include me in every aspect of their traditions, and in doing so created unbreakable bonds. I explored extraordinary places throughout the country with my group and made new incredible friends along the way. Seeing the country and doing unbelievable activities with my group members and group leaders allowed me to open more and fall in love with diversity all over again. What made this experience so inspirational is getting to make new long lasting relationships that I know will stay with me forever. This was an experiment worth experiencing because I made more families along the way, seen and been to places I've never been before, and learned more about myself as an individual. I will forever be grateful.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend