Spanish Programs for Teens
Studying a language in another country is probably one of the most influential experiences that a teenager can have. The world instantly is enlarged, and the teen comes home with a much greater appreciation for other cultures and other ways of life. Tolerance and understanding is enhanced, and the student also has an entirely different outlook on his own life and customs. Being motivated to interact with new foreign friends creates a strong reason to diligently continue on with the study of the language. Especially in the Spain programs, it is common to have a high percentage of teens from Europe, in addition to students from the U.S., and this can create interesting roommate combinations.
The intensity of study in small groups creates huge strides in knowledge of Spanish, in comparison with limited classroom time spent in traditional language classes with twenty or more students. In brief, sending a teen to one of our Spanish immersion programs is probably one of the best and most rewarding things that a parent will ever give his child.
In addition to these programs which are open to individual teen students, we often arrange special closed teen groups for specific schools. We have had closed high school groups in Cuernavaca, Seville, Antigua, Heredia/Samara, Costa Rica, Santiago, Quito and Cusco. Please contact us if you are interested in organizing and directing a group. .
Many of our programs are suitable for entire families, and teens sometimes come accompanied by a parent. Special programs have been created for teens who want to come alone or independently. These are programs which we confidently recommend for unaccompanied teens, as they are specially designed for this age group. Programs are supervised, with some more closely than others, good medical care is available, and students live with families or in residences which take responsibility for the teens. However, teen participants must be mature and serious in purpose. None of the programs will have a chaperone constantly in attendance with the teen, so participants must be responsible and carefully follow any advice given by the school. These are not "camps", as all have a serious learning component. They are, however, fun and active, and participants have a wonderful time!
Some students travel with a friend; others who are a bit more independent successfully come alone and quickly make friends. In some programs we have a parent, relative or guardian studying in the regular program at the same time, while the teen participates in the special program. In these cases, we can place the parent and teen with the same family.
Please see the following schools and look under Program Descriptions. These are special programs with their own very complete schedule, costs, dates and requirements. Please request from Language Link more information on the program(s) of your choice. Note that all have specific start dates.
Intercultura of Heredia and Sámara Beach, Costa Rica – A two week program starting on a Sunday in June and ending on in August. Students spend one week in Heredia, visit the Arenal Volcano and Monteverde Cloud forest, spend a week at Sámara Beach, one of Costa Rica’s safest and most beautiful beaches. There is also a weekly option of teen classes/excursions at both locations during the summer.
Spanish Language Institute of Cuernavaca, Mexico - This program has wonderful host family stays and a full range of activities to explore Central Mexico, including a visit to the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan. Students can arrive any Sunday June through August. This is a one week, repeatable program.
CLIC of Seville, Spain – A choice of weeks in exciting southern Spain. An all inclusive program including many activities and excursions, including airport pickup. A popular choice with Language Link teens. Start dates in June and July.
IH Barcelona of Barcelona, Spain (program runs in Tarragona, Spain) - Fee for program includes tuition, full board and lodging in school residence or host family, activities and excursions, and round trip airport transfer from Barcelona. Stays from 2 to 6 weeks. Offered in June and July.
Lacunza of San Sebastian, Spain – Pricing based on single or double room, number of weeks, and airport pickup location. This is in a great mid-sized Spanish city and is one of our most highly rated teen programs. Offered June through August.
Españolé International House of Valencia, Spain- pricing based on homestay or residence. Stays from 1 week to 7 weeks. One of our newer teen programs which has already recieved rave reviews. Offered June through August.