Gap Year in Spain

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  • About

    Spanish culture is widely known for it's unique styles of art and music. The Spanish created Flamenco music and wonderfully unflattering portraits of royalty. The painters El Greco and Francisco de Goya emerged in the 18th century as Spain's most prolific artists. From Spain's Gothic cathedrals to its breathtaking beaches, Spain is perfect for a gap year.

  • Types of Programs
    Volunteering

    While Spain is a westernized first world country, there is still a large need for volunteers. Conservation is needed to protect locals species and to keep Spain's beaches clean for the future. Volunteers often live with a host-family and are provided several weeks of Spanish lessons. Volunteers are placed throughout Spain. Programs range from protecting Spain's pristine coasts to helping out at inner city orphanages. Volunteering in Spain provides a great opportunity to explore one of the most popular destinations in Europe while also learning about Spanish culture and traditions. If you choose to Volunteer, you must be open-minded and willing to adapt to a new environment. Spain provides both a fascinating and fun place to volunteer abroad!

    Internships

    Spain is one of the most popular destinations in Europe, especially Barcelona. As one of the most traveled destinations on earth, especially for students, Spain's metropolitan areas offer a variety of internship opportunities that are tailored to meet your professional goals. While the Spanish economy is struggling at the moment, Spain's diverse number of businesses means that you will have many placement opportunities with numerous companies. Whether you're interested in healthcare, business, non-profit management, or anything in between you will have no shortage of opportunities to choose from in Spain!

  • Planning Your Trip
    Cost of Living in Spain

    Compared to other western European nations the cost of living is very cheap. In fact, the cost of living in Spain has actually come down in several major economic centers throughout the country. Apartment rents have declined about 10-20% since the financial crisis began. However, while rent has become quite cheap, the cost of good in tourist areas has begun to sky-rocket. For groceries and your everyday needs, it's best to avoid tourist shopping centers.

    Culture and Etiquette in Spain

    Traditionally, Spain's social structure emphasizes the family before all else, including both the nuclear and the extended family. They provide both a social and a financial support network. Over the years, familial networks have become less tight, but in comparison to the United States, men and women are less likely to move away from home until their late 20's.

    During Spain's history, there have been long periods where different religious groups have coexisted, including Muslims, Jews and Christians. However, Spanish culture is predominantly Catholic, which becomes apparent in every small town, where the most grandiose building is typically the church.

    In business, trust is very important. As a result, there are less quick networking opportunities since most companies desire long lasting relationships built on a slow, but necessary trusting bond. It is important that you spend sufficient time letting your business colleagues get to know you. Face-to-face contact is preferred to written or telephone communication. When meeting a new person, always shake hands and refer to them as Don or Dona before using his/her first name.

  • Health & Safety

    The Spanish take Health & Safety very seriously. The Red Cross has a 24 hour emergency ambulance service for anyone in need. Added to this, there is also Chemists (pharmacies) that are open 24 hours a day. If you are sick in Spain, it is not hard for you to receive the aid that your need.

    While Spain does not suffer from widespread disease, there are smaller health and safety factors for you to be aware of. Spain is a very hot country, so intense sunburn is prevalent. One should always try and avoid the blazing sun by wearing hats (preferably fashionable ones) and having sunscreen with them at all times. And, on those blisteringly hot days, one should try to buy bottled drinking water if possible. While all of the Food Establishments and Public Swimming Pools are spot checked and regularly examined by the health inspectors, the drinking water in Spain is not held to the same high standards as the water in the countries like The U.S. and England.

    While the crime rate is relatively low in Spain, Spain's economic power has declined in recent years so that rate has risen slightly. The rural towns typically have less crime than the cities, but the cities are still safe and have a strong police force. It's always best to avoid certain streets at nighttime and to carry mace for you own personal protection.

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  • GapForce
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    Do you want to experience the best of Europe this summer? Join our group of like-minded travellers and our expert leader as...
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  • Marine conservation with Volunteering Solutions
    Volunteering Solutions
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    Join a Volunteering Solutions program in Spain to become immersed in Spanish culture while helping the local community....
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  • Intern in Madrid with The Intern Group
    The Intern Group
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    We provide successful applicants with a top internship in Madrid! We offer programs for people of all backgrounds and...
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  • EF International Language Centers
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    Travel to Spain for a semester or year and learn Spanish in one of the world's greatest cities. With centers in Madrid,...
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  • API Gap Year students in Spain
    API Study Abroad
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    The Spanish Language & Culture Program at the Universidad de Salamanca, offered through API Gap Year, takes recent high...
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  • Twin Work and Volunteer
    For unforgettable language, travel and cultural learning experiences, venture to Spain with us and spend up to one year...
  • EF International Language Centers
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    Learn Spanish with EF in some of the world's greatest cities. With centers in Madrid, Malaga, and Barcelona you will not...
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
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  • Aerial View of La Coruña, Spain
    Linguistic Horizons
    Immerse yourself in the Spanish language in beautiful La Coruna, Spain! You may choose to take Spanish language classes (all...
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  • Spanish Gap Year Course in Madrid
    Live Languages Abroad
    Live Languages Abroad offers a range of Spanish Gap Year Courses in Spain for Gap Year students. These short-term and long-...
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  • Stoke Travel
    We can't guarantee you'll see any lions or elephants on this Surfari but you will be hunting the best waves along the...
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  • API Gap Year Program in Madrid
    API Study Abroad
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    One intensive month of Spanish language study (all levels available) followed by three to four 3-credit Spanish culture...
  • CIEE students on a gap year in Seville!
    CIEE Gap Year and High School Abroad
    Spend your gap year abroad in Seville, Spain, a town known for its enchanting architecture, mouthwatering food, and friendly...
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    CESA Languages
    A long-term gap year course is the ideal solution for those looking for rapid acquisition of Spanish. The Spanish Gap Year...
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    EF Educational Tours
    Learn Spanish in Spain with Education First (EF). EF's Spanish language schools are designed to give you the best study...
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    Cultural Homestay International
    Join Cultural Homestay International's World Explorers program in Spain! CHI offers native English speakers the opportunity...
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