Intercultural Programs for
High School Students
Study Abroad in Spain

Special Summer Program For New York. Parent´s Guide

SPECIAL SUMMER PROGRAMS TO SPAIN
FOR NEW YORK MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

PARENT’S GUIDE

1.- REASONS TO STUDY ABROAD:

1. Studying abroad you will use more than textbooks to learn: the entire culture will be in front of you. The encounter with the new culture will open a deeper insight into your own culture.

2. Get a leg up over other students before entering college: you will have a better global understanding of the world, improve your communication skills, and better solving skills than students who haven’t taken this opportunity.

3. Learn a new language, or put a second language to use: cultural immersion experiences are the best way to learn and practice a second language.

4. Experience firsthand different cultures, customs, and foods: Living in the host country will give students an intimate view of the daily customs and norms of the local people.

5. Increase personal confidence by succeeding in a different environment

6. Looks great on a college application or during college interviews: any little detail on a college application that will help you stand out from the crowd will be beneficial. If you study abroad you will be able not only to show “an interesting paper”, but also to describe it in a detailed and descriptive way because you have lived the experiences yourself.

7. Become more independent: you will have the opportunity to learn independence while still under the care and supervision of experienced staff and faculty.

9. Gain a higher appreciation for the U.S. and a better understanding of global affairs

10. Become more marketable in this globalized business world: those jobs that high school students will by applying to or looking for after college, may not even exist yet.

2.- WHICH ARE THE BENEFITS TO STAY WITH A HOST FAMILY?

Living with a host family has many advantages:

  • You will pick up the language much faster, as you have to communicate with the members of your host family in Spanish most of the day.
  • Your host family will show you around and answer the million questions you will have in the beginning about the Spanish society, Spanish customs, Spanish youth customs, and many more.
  • Your host family will give you advice and take care of you.
  • You will become part of your host family, they will introduce you to other locals and you will meet many nice people.
  • And when you go back to the States, you will always have a family away from home and friends for a lifetime.
  • You will get to know local people from a completely different perspective and gain a deeper insight when you live with them. You will learn a lot about the people, their culture, believes, hobbies and cuisine, an insight that you will hardly get, when you live with other foreign students in an international dorm.

3.- HOW IS A SPANISH FAMILY LIKE?

It is somehow difficult to describe a typical host family as there is such a variety. Some are young couples without children, others have babies or teenagers. In Spain we even have families that have a set of grandparents living with them, which offer an amazing opportunity to learn even more about our past.
Our host families are high-middle class by local standards. A typical house will have a living room/ and a dining room, a kitchen and 2 bathrooms, and 3 or 4 bedrooms. The standard of living of these families in Spain is high and they will be willing to host you as a member of the family and do the activities they usually do with their own children.

 

4.- WHAT’S INCLUDED?

A summary of what’s included is listed below:

  • Pre-departure support: An advisor will support you before depart to Madrid and information about Madrid will be provided.
  • Airport reception: CIRI staff will be waiting for you at the airport, at the designated day.
  • Cell Phones: For faculty members who stay with students.
  • Housing: Host family, dorm accommodation or hotel/rural house
  • Laundry: Once a week
  • Meals: All meals
  • On site orientation: Students will receive useful information for a quick adaptation to Spanish way of life.
  • Tuition and registration: The CIRI program price includes the cost of standard tuition and registration fees.
  • On-site staff: CIRI staff is ready to help you in your academic and personal life.
  • Medical insurance: Health, accident and repatriation.
  • Cultural activities and excursions: See Program for details

5.- TENTATIVE PROGRAM ITINERARIES

TWO WEEKS PROGRAM – MADRID: ART, HISTORY AND CULTURE

Program Location: Community of Madrid, Spain
Program Dates: From July 8, 2014 to July 21, 2014 (Dates are tentative – TBC)

 

2014 – ITINERARY:

08.07 Fly out of New York
09.07 Arrival to Spain. Orientation. The life in Spain.
10.07 Madrid walking tour. Madrid of the Bourbons. The Prado Museum.
11.07 Stroll through Old Madrid. Museum Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando and Reina Sofia Museum
12.07 Day trip. Excursion to Alcalá de Henares
13.07 Day trip to Toledo.
14.07 Spanish/ Spanish teenagers’ life and experiences Conversation exchange and activities with Spaniards.
15.07 Spanish/ Sports in Spain. Visit to Santiago Bernabéu Stadium (Real Madrid)
16.07 Spanish/ Spain, land of migrants. Museum of America. Visit to Debod Temple.
17.07 Spanish/ Regional diversity in Spanish Gastronomy. Visit to a typical madrileño market.
18.07 Spanish/ The Naval Museum. The Retiro. The Crystal Palace. Outdoor activities.
19.07 Day trip to El Escorial.
20.07 El Rastro. Shopping.
21.07 Group Departure back to USA

 

THREE WEEKS PROGRAM: ART, SOCIETY AND CULTURE

Program Location: Community of Madrid, and Andalusia, Spain
Program Dates: From July 08, 2014 to July 28, 2014. Dates are tentative-TBC

2014 – ITINERARY :

08.07 Fly out of New York
09.07 Arrival to Spain. Orientation. The life in Spain.
10.07 Madrid walking tour. Madrid of the Bourbons. The Prado Museum.
11.07 Stroll through Old Madrid. Museum Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando and Reina Sofia Museum
12.07 Day trip. Excursion to Alcalá de Henares
13.07 Day trip to Toledo.
14.07 Spanish/ Spanish teenagers’ life and experiences Conversation exchange and activities with Spaniards.
15.07 Spanish/ Sports in Spain. Visit to Santiago Bernabéu Stadium (Real Madrid)
16.07 Spanish/ Spain, land of migrants. Museum of America. Visit to Debod Temple.
17.07 Spanish/ Regional diversity in Spanish Gastronomy. Visit to a typical madrileño market.
18.07 Spanish/ The Naval Museum. The Retiro. The Crystal Palace. Outdoor activities.
19.07 Day trip to El Escorial.
20.07 El Rastro. Shopping
21.07 Spanish/ The transition to democracy: social and political changes. Visit to the Congress of Deputies.
22.07 Spanish/ Culture and Counter Culture in Democratic Spain. Almodovar and other symbols in the 1980s and 1990s. Spanish film.
23.07 Spanish/ Gypsies and flamenco. The Jews and the Arabs in Spain.
24.07 Spanish/ Museum of Anthropology The Saint James’Day (Santiago Apostol) and other Catholic feasts.
25.07 Excursion to Córdoba, Sevilla and Granada
26.07 Excursion to Córdoba, Sevilla and Granada
27.07 Excursion to Córdoba, Sevilla and Granada
28.07 Group Departure back to USA.