Details & Itinerary
Join a journey of old world charm and vibrant people. This language immersion program offers the experience of living alongside Spanish families without a full homestay. At the Fundación Escuela de Solidaridad (FES) in Granada, a special community welcomes you. Stay in group lodging while you participate in community projects, such as working in the preschool, teaching English, gardening, or preparing paella. Add a walking tour of historic architecture in Seville, and a kayaking excursion along the coastal waters of Malaga; the sites and cities on this program offer an incredible Spanish experience.
We start our adventures in Malaga! Upon arrival, we head to our centrally-located lodging; this provides us with some time to rest and catch up on jet-lag before beginning orientation and language activities. During our stay, we get our first taste of the history and culture of the region with a tour of the Moorish Alcazaba fortress followed by a paella cooking class. We also explore the nearby town of Nerja with a scavenger hunt to practice our Spanish and go on a sea kayaking adventure.
For the next seven days, we are based at the Fundación Escuela de Solidaridad (FES) near historic Granada. Over the course of the week, we learn that FES is a very special community, composed of people from all walks of life throughout Spain, Europe, and even Africa! Everyone who lives there contributes to different work projects throughout the community, while also learning job skills that will help them upon departure from FES. Our community development and educational projects vary from day-to-day and may include: working in the preschool, teaching English, preparing meals, gardening, building greenhouses, making candles, and even creating a mosaic as a reminder of the important projects that we have completed. Spanish immersion activities are held each day with our knowledgeable Global Works leaders and local community members. Students of all ability levels are sure to increase their confidence and improve their communication skills through daily interaction with our local partners!
One morning, we visit the beautiful Alhambra, a Moorish palace-fortress and “paradise on earth” for the rulers who lived there in the 13th century. We take in stunning views of the Alhambra on a walk up to Jardines de Zoraya. We also put on our dancing shoes for a flamenco lesson and enjoy a flamenco performance in the gypsy neighborhood known as Sacromonte.
We travel south to Sevilla, a quintessential Andalusian gem of a city. Here we explore the vibrant culture while absorbing the sounds of flamenco and enjoying tapas. Highlights include the Alcazar, Gothic Cathedral, and Jewish quarter.
A short bus ride takes us back to Malaga and the Costa Del Sol. We cap off our trip with a final dinner, live music, and a chance to pack up for our trip home the next day.
The Global Works chaperoned Group Flight departs from New York (JFK) for this program. Airfare is not included the tuition. Please visit Dates & Tuition for group flight costs and Flight & Travel Arrangements for more information about travel days.
Adventure & Cultural Activities
Our centrally located hotel is within walking distance to most major historical sites, including the Alcazaba. Rooms are for two to four students with private bathrooms.
We stay in a typical Spanish hotel, two to four students per room with private bathrooms.
Our accommodations are at the Fundacion Escuela de Solidaridad, just outside of Granada. The Fundacion serves as our base for completing our service projects in the Granada area. Accommodations consist of dorm style lodging with private bathrooms. Expansive open spaces are on the premises as well as a large swimming pool and a communal dining area where we share meals with local families.