MIDDLE SCHOOL SERVICE TRIP IN SPAIN

Summer travel program for Middle School students!

Embark on a journey to Spain designed as a meaningful and exciting introduction to community service work abroad for middle school students! Experience working and living in a sustainable local community while doing environmental service projects. It’s more than just service though! Explore the stunning and historical landmarks of Madrid and Barcelona. Adventure by kayaking and hiking through some of Spain’s most beautiful natural environments. This trip has it all for middle school students excited to venture out into the world!

Itinerary

DAYS 1-3: MADRID ARRIVAL AND ORIENTATION

Our group flight lands in Madrid and we begin our adventure. During our stay, we visit the world-renowned Prado Museum and stroll through the Plaza Mayor and Retiro Park. We sample local delicacies during a scavenger hunt at the Mercado and see the intricate architecture of the Royal Palace.

DAYS 4-6: AMAYUELAS: A MODEL COMMUNITY OF SUSTAINABLE LIVING

We travel north to the small town of Amayuelas de Abajo, a formerly abandoned Spanish town that has been reclaimed by Spaniards looking to create a sustainable community. Amayuelas provides an inspiring setting for many interesting environmental restoration and conservation projects. Our students break into small groups and join with Spanish community members to work on various projects such as making adobe bricks for construction, gardening, and bread baking. We’ll learn about their work to conserve native regional seeds and collaborate on restoration projects using traditional, sustainable building methods. Global Works Ambassadors are assigned each day to collaborate with the local project leaders, communicate plans with the group, and conduct evening activities with the our hosts. Students practice skills such as public speaking, interpersonal communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, and teamwork. Naturally, it is not “all work and no play.” In the late afternoons and evenings, there is time for exploration, activities, and soccer games!

DAYS 7-8 CANTELEJO ADVENTURES

This beautiful spot has a summer camp-like vibe with lots of fun activities. We spend the next two days kayaking on the river, hiking, and getting to know one another through team building activities. We also take an afternoon to visit the city of Segovia to view its spanning aqueduct and towering cathedral.

DAYS 9-11: BARCELONA EXPLORATION

Transfer by high speed train from Madrid to Barcelona.  Visit the sites of Park Guell, including the longest park bench in the world! Take a bike tour and enjoy lunch at La Boqueria market.  Walk up Passeig de la Gracia and Avenida Diagonal to enjoy some of Barcelona’s most unique Modernism architecture, including several Gaudi buildings.  Explore La Sagrada Familia and visit Camp Nou soccer stadium.  We’ll also find some beach time before wrapping up this adventure!

DAYS 12: DEPARTURE

We have a final celebratory dinner before we say our goodbyes to this beautiful country and our new friends! The trip comes to an end, and we fly home.

Global Works will arrange a chaperoned group flight for this program. Airfare is not included in the tuition. Please visit our Flight & Travel Arrangements page for more information about booking the flight and the travel days.

Please note that this itinerary is subject to change.

Participants may be subject to additional expenses related to entry requirements to your destination and/or re-entry to your home country. Global Works does not cover these expenses. Additional costs may include, but are not limited to, COVID tests, insurance, or other. See our Covid-19 FAQ’s for more information.   The most up to date requirements can be found via links on your login page on the Flight and Travel Day Instruction form after enrollment.

Community Service Projects

Environmental Sustainability

Learn about sustainable living practices and create adobe structures

Community Development

Prepare meals and make break to help a local sustainable community

Adventure & Cultural Activities

Kayak through stunning Sebulcor

Explore the unique architecture of Barcelona

Play soccer with local community members

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Accommodations

MADRID

Our hostel is just off of the bustling square, Puerta del Sol, and a few blocks walk to the majestic Plaza Mayor and the renowned Prado Museum. The historic 19th century building was a favorite haunt of Ernest Hemingway and the location of the first cinema projection in Spain before it became the simple but comfortable hostel that it is today. All rooms have private bathrooms.

AMAYUELAS DE ABAJO

In Amayuelas de Abajo, participants stay in a beautiful 17th-century house that has maintained many of its old-world charms. The proprietors have conserved as many of the home’s original elements as possible, including its numerous cozy plazas, large communal dining areas and a gorgeous covered patio. Lodging is simple, clean and cozy with bunk-bed sleeping arrangements. Owners of this hostel work hard to promote community-based living environments with a focus on healthy agricultural initiatives and sustainable rural development.

SEBULCOR

We begin our program in quaint guesthouse lodging in the beautiful town of Sebulcor, north of Madrid. Surrounded by the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains, this is the perfect launch pad for orientation activities, hiking, and kayaking. Participants stay in rooms of 2-3 people with private baths.

BARCELONA

Our comfortable Barcelona hotel sits in a central location near multiple local landmarks that are within walking distance. Rooms typically hold 2-4 students and have private bathrooms.