Top Tips for Planning a Spanish Language Trip
Studying a language is an exciting departure from the standard school curriculum. Taking a Spanish language trip is an exciting departure as well – inspiring a deep dive into a new place and culture. Here are our top tips for planning a Spanish language trip.
Why A Language Trip?
We live in a global society, connected by a web of technology and opportunity. We want young people to thrive in this world by giving them the tools to succeed beyond borders.
Studying a language is one of those tools. A language trip as part of that study is an excellent way to become immersed in a new culture and interact with native speakers.
A language trip allows them to put their classroom skills to practical use by navigating activities, transportation, shopping, dining, and more. Students read and interact with native speakers in real-life settings. There’s really no better way to learn a language than going all in!
Where To Go?
Spain is one of the top destinations for student travelers for a reason. They can explore from coast to coast, hitting the highlights from Barcelona to Grenada. Each distinctive region has something to offer – from the warmth and welcome of a small town to the impressive architecture of a big city.
Costa Rica is a unique spot for Spanish language immersion. Students take a deep dive into the “pura vida” culture as they hike the rainforests, get up close and personal with a volcano, or soak up the sun and sand.
There are lots of opportunities to study the language at local universities or in the homes of local host families.
Mexico is made for language immersion! Students can hone their speaking skills as they learn to prepare authentic local cuisine or climb the ancient Mayan ruins of Chichen Iza. Stroll through charming pueblos, snap a selfie in the jungle, or absorb the bustling energy of city life in Merida.
Classes and excursions here are designed for a transformative cultural experience!
These are just a few ideas for an amazing Spanish language trip. For even more suggestions, contact the expert planning team at Kaleidoscope Adventures.
Make it Memorable
When you plan a Spanish language trip, remember it’s a once-in-a-lifetime adventure for most students. Make it memorable with thoughtful touches and meaningful experiences.
Visit World Heritage sites like stunning Guanacaste in Costa Rica, the ancestral Mayan city of Uxmal, Mexico, or the extensive Roman monuments in Merida, Spain.
Take your language studies to another level and add classes taught by local instructors.
Spend time with a host family for a fully immersive cultural experience.
Live like a local and plan an activity that’s completely provincial (cooking classes, anyone?)
Make sustainable travel choices by opting for local marketplaces, eco-friendly transportation and accommodations, and off-the-beaten-path attractions. Give back by spending a day volunteering in the communities you visit.
Tips for First-Time Travelers Abroad
Chances are, many of your students are traveling abroad for the first time. And chances are even better that they won’t know how to prepare for the experience!
Make it easy with these handy tips for first-time travelers. And by the way- they’re great for seasoned pros, too!
Be sure your passport is up to date. If you need a passport, apply as soon as possible. Allow for 10 – 12 weeks for the government to process your request.
Check with the State Department for destination updates including travel advisories, current medical information, or other necessary information.
Carry a credit card (or two!) for easy currency conversion while traveling abroad. Be sure to alert the card company prior to your departure so your card isn’t flagged for potential fraud.
Protect your investment with travel protection. The unpredictable can happen at any given time. Travel protection is a way to help protect your travel investments, belongings, health and safety, and other losses related to travel. It can provide coverage for unexpected events that may happen before or during your trip.
Do your homework! Understand the cultures and customs in your destination and behave accordingly. Wear appropriate clothing,
Download travel apps ahead of time. Apps like GroupMe, Journi, and MYTSA are super helpful resources for student and adult travelers.
Pack like a pro. Resist the temptation to stuff all the comforts of home in one small suitcase and keep it simple.
Top Tips for Planning a Spanish Language Trip
Our top tip for planning a Spanish language trip is to plan with an expert partner. Kaleidoscope Adventures has 30 years of experience planning outstanding student travel.
Online registration and payments, convenient crowdfunding options, impeccable customer care, and an expert team make planning the perfect trip simple and efficient.
It’s how we take your travel beyond expectations!
Why Kaleidoscope Adventures?
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