Language and Cultural Immersion
Known by its combination of ancient and modern cultures, its outstanding cuisine and the birthplace of the Spanish language, Spain represents an ideal classroom without walls for a global education program. The Iberian Peninsula has be inhabited for thousands of years and is home to some of the most antique archaeological and cultural sites in western Europe. Our programs delve into the past and the present of the country through experiences that put students in direct contact with local people. We learn and share experiences with Spanish citizens while traveling through different regions, depending on the final itinerary. We use this program as a backdrop for learning about the religious, political, social and economical transitions through the exploration of the local treasures preserved in the area. At the same time, we challenge students to expand their comfort zone by learning and relying on their Spanish language skills for communication and daily life.
“Many student groups participate in ‘Voluntourism’. This trip did not attempt that, but rather funneled the collective energy of each member into meaningful, mutually beneficial cultural interactions. Thank you so much for this unforgettable and transformational experience.”— Altana , Student, Friends Seminary South Africa 2016
“I was incredibly impressed by the care taken by Envoys. Before we even hit the ground, there was an emphasis on comprehending impact on our destination’s environment that I appreciated..Throughout the trip, our Envoys leaders made sure that we continued to be conscious of impact. That awareness of cause and effect is something that often gets lost when traveling, and Envoys did not allow it to. During this trip, there was never a moment I did not feel safe and cared for nor a moment where I did not feel I was learning something!”— Keylee S. , Student, Dalton South Africa 2014
“My goals were to learn about post-conflict Colombia and step out of my comfort zone. These were fulfilled each and every day through activities, reflections, and first-hand experience.”— Julia D. , Student, GEBG Colombia 2016
“The Envoys staff has been amazing. I have bonded with each of them in different ways and they made the trip to Colombia nicer that I expected. Envoys helped me open myself up to interacting with the locals wherever we traveled!”— Illeana G. , Student, Deerfield Colombia 2014
“I can honestly say that this was the best 10 days of my entire life. I feel as though I have grown as a person, and that I have made lifelong connections. This experience changed my life, so thank you very much to the entire Envoys staff!”— Eliza C. , Student, Hingham Japan 2015