SPAIN

CULTURAL IMMERSION & NATURAL WONDERS
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WHO

SEASIDE WITH LOCAL FRIENDS...

Guide Sam will have you expanding your comfort zone by explaining the stories behind each  delicious breakfast morsel artfully arrayed en la table. Our small village base, La Herradura is the absolute ideal way to experience Spain. Our immersions there are about way more than the delightful language experience. The intimacy of this seaside beauty of a town is most conducive to gaining confidence in your spanish through hands-on engagement in action with local friends and collaborators who love sharing their stories and empowering kids to speak up.

WHERE

OFF THE BEATEN PATH...

La Herradura is off the beaten path, spectacularly located at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills just south of stunning Granada, on one of the finest bays in the entire Mediterranean basin. It has it all. We always love the intersection of mountains, sea and culture. This sublime town is the perfect base for any kind of Spanish exploration appropriate for young people!

WHY

SIERRA NEVADAS WITH THE MAYOR...

High in the white villages of the Sierra Nevada, meet entrepreneur Pepe, who has maintained his family tradition of curing “Jamon Iberico”—the process is fascinating whether you like ham or not!  Stroll next door to meet the Mayor, Angelica, who handlooms beautiful textiles on her antique loom; then try your hand at this incredible process, with her patient guidance! Your spanish will start easily improving as you engage with such charming locals.

SPAIN: SAMPLE ITINERARY

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DAY 1: Owning your Experience

Welcome to Spain! Your guides introduce the Story Approach & Expedition Mentality, and our first nightly reflection circle empowers students to be fully engaged in their experience.

DAY 2: Cultural History of Andalucia, Frigiliana

We spend today in the nearby village of Frigiliana, a window into Andalucia’s past, and we begin to explore the unique cultural history of this area through cuisine, music, and dance.

DAY 3: Calaisa Cove and Cerro Gordo

Today we orient ourselves to the setting, history, and culture of La Herradura by kayaking and hiking along the coastal areas of this former fishing village.

DAY 4: Alhambra, Granada

Visit nearby Granada and the Alhambra- Explore the palaces as we learn about the history of Moorish rule in Granada, the conflicts, cohesion, and history of cultural influences. We then visit the Albayzin, the oldest area of Granada, to explore this beautiful quarter and learn about it’s importance to the culture of Flamenco.

These (Story Approach and Expedition Mentality) were big parts of our trip, specifically in giving students the opportunity to connect the history we were learning about in Spain to current events. We talked about women’s rights, government, religion, and gave students an opportunity to share things they don’t always get to talk about.

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