Location
  • Spain
Length
2 - 12 weeks

Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Timeframe
Summer
Housing
Host Family Hotel
Language
Spanish
Age Min.
14
Age Max
18

Pricing

Starting Price
6725
Price Details
5-Week Program: $9,650
3-Week Program: $6,725

Program cost includes: lodging, all meals, transportation during the program, excursions and activities. Price does not include airfare to meet the group at the departure airport (JFK) or the international group flight to Spain.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Meals SIM cards Transportation Travel Insurance
What's Not Included
Airfare
Dec 19, 2023
Jan 27, 2024
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About Program

LITA is a unique, rural focused language immersion program in Spain. Our dynamic, academically challenging programs offer students finishing 9th-11th grades a different approach to exploring the vibrant elements of Spanish language and culture. Through small groups and individual attention, LITA offers personal, highly authentic immersive experiences to motivated students with a true commitment to language acquisition.

Programs are three and five weeks in length and center around a family homestay in small/medium sized communities in northern or southern Spain. All students take language classes and complete an independent project on a cultural topic of their choice. Five-week program students have the option to participate in a volunteer internship in the community. LITA programs focus on language as it relates to family life, food, music, history, and art. LITA programs are full immersion experiences, geared toward a more motivated and enthusiastic Spanish student.

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

At LITA, we stand alongside every student. Our team works closely with families to make sure everyone feels safe and welcome regardless of their ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, and physical ability. We recognize that the journey toward true diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is on-going and ever-evolving. LITA is deeply committed to upholding our DEI promise and growing alongside the families and students we serve. Our philosophy is rooted in our dedication to offering students authentic and varied experiences in communities across rural Spain, emphasizing an understanding and celebration of differences.

Program Highlights

  • Rural travel.
  • Dynamic homestays.
  • Personalized programs.
  • Internship and research project opportunities.
  • Small group experiences.

Program Reviews

4.98 Rating
based on 60 reviews
  • 5 rating 98.33%
  • 4 rating 1.67%
  • 3 rating 0%
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  • Growth 5
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.9
  • Housing 5
  • Safety 5
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Justine
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible experience

This program was absolutely incredible and I would recommend it to anyone looking to improve their Spanish skills in a fun and unforgettable manner. My homestay community was so welcoming and so was my host family. From the start, you truly feel the complete Spanish immersion and are immediately welcomed by the chaperones and your group. We always had a fun activity and in the homestay communities you could get together with other people in the program and their host families, creating an even closer knit group. This program improved not only my Spanish speaking skills, but also gave me a deep appreciation of Spanish culture, left me with a stronger sense of self, and memories I will never forget.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The most unfamiliar thing I ate was caracoles which are these tiny snails that come in some sort of broth.
Pros
  • Amazing communiity
  • Unforgettable learning opportunity
  • Engaging and fun activities
33 people found this review helpful.
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Peter
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A Life Changing Experience

Lita is an amazing program to get out of your comfort zone, improve your Spanish, and experience life in a completely new culture. I was on the 3-week program in south Spain and have amazing memories of my host family, my group, my group leaders, and the other kind people I met.

The highlight of my trip was my homestay. I loved spending time with my host family, and although I was nervous at first, they were incredibly supportive. My group was in a small, tight-knit community in a town without any tourists, and this warm and safe environment helped me immerse myself in the Spanish culture and language. I truly learned at every moment, and my Spanish vastly improved while I expanded my perspective. By the end, my host family and I had grown very close, and I was sad to leave. I am still in touch with them and hope to see them again some day.

While being eager to learn Spanish is important, it is just as crucial to be excited about the other aspects of Spanish culture by trying new foods, spending quality time with your host family, and participating in group activities. The trip really does fly by, and you will get the most out of it and the Spanish part will come naturally if you are truly excited to learn.

What was your funniest moment?
I was on a car ride with my host family talking about some of our favorite movies, and I called one of them cheesy (in Spanish). They all had bewildered faces, and then I laughed because I realized that that expression just does not translate into Spanish. Tons of small moments like these really helped me become better at conversational Spanish which is a really important skill.
30 people found this review helpful.
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Joy
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Una experiencia inolvidable!

This program is a perfect summer trip for those who are interested in learning Spanish & Spanish culture while having fun! LITA does a fantastic job of building a sense of community throughout the trip. I remember my first week (as part of the five week Northern trip), I spent time with my group alone in Galicia and really got to know everyone well before we went to our host stay families in Castile y Leon. While a Spanish immersion trip can at times be daunting, these friendships provide crucial support to ensure you enjoy your trip while meeting that immersion challenge. On top of this, LITA provides a unique learning experience by taking students to less traveled areas in Spain. Through these experiences, you get to have one-on-one conversations with a myriad of people to learn local “dichos” (sayings) and the current happenings in Spain. In these moments, I saw the unfiltered honesty and kindness in the Spanish people. On one excursion outside of A Coruña, I remember that I got lost trying to find a church and a lady personally walked me there while talking about her experiences with the Spanish Civil War. Overall, LITA trains its students how to speak Spanish in a practical manner, which is a strong contrast to Spanish teaching methods that stuff students into a classroom and force them to memorize verb conjugations. The one piece of advice that I would have is simply that ideally, you should study up a bit on your Spanish and Spanish history before arriving. Understanding the cultural and historical context behind the places you’ll stay in helps you get the most out of your experience. Thus, if you’re not passionate about learning Spanish, this may not be the trip for you. However, if you’re interested in Spanish, this is a wonderful program to partake in!

Pros
  • Can significantly improve your Spanish vocabulary, fluidity, & accent
  • Host stay family opportunity creates deep bonds & helps you learn about Spanish culture
Cons
  • Can require a bit of preparation before
  • Internship opportunities for your host stay family can be limited based on what town you’re staying in
41 people found this review helpful.
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Elizabeth
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable Experience!

After being put on the waitlist in 2022, I'm very grateful that I was able to join this past summer! Initially, I was leaning towards the three-week trip, as being away for five weeks seemed daunting. However, after chatting with people and us all agreeing I should go for longer, I did, and I have absolutely no regrets! The set-up of the program between homestay and traveling with the group was refreshing and allowed me to get comfortable with everyone first. My Lita group was extremely friendly, open, and caring; even though I'm not the biggest talker, I felt comfortable with everyone and more than that, our group leaders. They were always helping us out and rooting for our success in activities, which was endearing and motivating. The trips we all took together were a healthy mix of fun and educational, and we even had some outdoor things mixed in there (those were the best!).
Not only that, but I loved meeting and engaging with so many different types of people. My friends from the group were amazing, and all of the others I met from being around my homestay family were just as awesome. Experiencing daily life in Spain for my family was vastly different from how I spend my days normally, so it was refreshing and helped me to become open to any sort of activities we did. And the delicious food I had every day was like the cherry on top!
For anyone who is looking to go on one of Lita's many adventures, I promise you to do it. I was very hesitant because of nervousness, and my lack of confidence speaking in another language, but this trip essentially eliminated those issues. The development of my speaking abilities alone is enough for me to recommend this trip to anyone considering it. No matter your expectations, the Lita experience will go above and beyond what you're expecting. It's an unforgettable experience!

Pros
  • Great groups to explore Spain with
  • Excellent homestays
  • Awesome activities
36 people found this review helpful.
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Jillian
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Most amazing experience of my life.

The five weeks I spent in Southern Spain were some of the most amazing weeks of my life. My group was full of driven, Spanish-loving students like myself and I grew so close to these people. Many of them I still stay in touch with today, and we just had a mini reunion a few weeks ago! The experiences and activities were so hands-on and so involved. Although the idea of the homestay can be scary, it truly did make my Spanish skills so much better and it taught me how to navigate different cultures and the challenges that came with that. I grew close to my homestay sister and my own as well as other homestay families. I never felt isolated as I was oftentimes with another LITA student or two. I fully recommend this program to anyone who is willing to push themselves outside their comfort zone.

Pros
  • Amazing group of people
  • Unforgettable experiences you could never get anywhere else
  • Increase your Spanish language skills exponentially
40 people found this review helpful.
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Eli
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The Best Summer of My Life

I regret absolutely nothing about choosing to go on a 5-week trip to the south of Spain this past summer. I am not lying when I say this summer was the most enjoyable of my life.

I got to know all 15 American kids in my group personally and still stay in touch with over half of the group. The connections I made with the other Americans were incredible; I was shocked to see how well I got to know some of my friends after "just" 5 weeks. I will value these friendships for the rest of my life and look forward to seeing all the friends I made through this incredible experience as soon as possible.

Every activity we engaged in was entertaining and educational, helping us understand more about Spanish traditions and culture while also having a blast. I particularly enjoyed getting to forge iron in the local forge, hiking and experiencing Andalusia's natural beauty, and learning about food via cooking classes and incredible meals. The daily activities are unique, and I am so grateful to have participated in all the amazing things we engaged with and saw, alongside the connections made with locals through these daily experiences.

I will keep in touch with my host family for the rest of my life---they were incredible. My host parents treated me as if I were their real son, and I spent time with my host brothers as if they were my own. Whenever I was unsure about something, I could rely on the helpful advice of my host parents. They had fascinating stories to share, and I will never forget their generosity in opening their home to me. Even though I only have known him for a few months, my friendship with my host brother is the most incredible and unique one I have. Becoming very close with somebody in Spanish significantly increased my confidence. Through this friendship, I have learned all about Spanish slang and everyday language alongside daily life as a teenager in Spain. Being able to compare and contrast the differences was fascinating. My two older host brothers were the older brothers I never had. After living my entire life with two younger brothers, being able to experience family life as the youngest child was just another of the many eye-opening experiences I had with LITA. My favorite memories of the experience were late-night conversations with my host family, spending time with my host brother and his friends, and getting to meet their family friends, and extended family. I'm seeing them in a few short months and can't wait! Through LITA's incredible homestay experience, I learned to slow down and appreciate the little moments above all else.

My Spanish improved significantly to the point where I can confidently say, and native speakers can surely agree that I am fluent. I can express almost all of my thoughts and opinions in Spanish. I also can access literature and TV in their original language. LITA's hands-on "classes" were highly beneficial. I will forever appreciate talking to locals, going to the market on a Friday, and learning about Spain's rich traditions and culture by fully immersing myself in it.

What's incredible about LITA is that I haven't even covered everything. You have to experience the magic yourself to grasp how unique this program is. If you are even thinking about thinking about going to Spain with LITA, you most definitely should. LITA has a space for you, no matter who you are. I will forever cherish the memories and bonds I made during this unbelievable summer.

Pros
  • Unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences
  • Meeting incredible people
  • Not feeling like a tourist in a foreign country
40 people found this review helpful.
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Ayla
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

LITA Immersion Program Review

LITA is a unique and intense language immersion program that helped me grow my spanish and showed me what its really like to live in an small town in Spain. During my time on LITA, I made so many long lasting relationships with the other kids in my group, and the people in my homestay community, like my host sister Sofia. Whats really special about this program is that it attracts the type of student that is motivated and excited to be in spanish the whole time. I barley spoke a word of english during my time on LITA, and it really paid off in the end. LITA provided me with a very intense and eye opening experience, as well as a fun and social one.

42 people found this review helpful.
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Rachel
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A very unique and fun program to immerse yourself in the Spanish life!

This was such an amazing and interesting summer! I learned so much about Spanish traditions, their lifestyle, and its beautiful culture. I explored and traveled into small towns that are off the radar of the "normal" tourist attractions so I was able to fully immerse myself in the culture, language, and what was around me. I bonded with my host family and throughout the 5 week program, I grew academically and socially. It was an experience I will never forget, and I will remember the lessons and memories forever.

Pros
  • I greatly improved my conversation Spanish
  • I had the most delicious food of my life!
  • I bonded with other teens from across the country
47 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

Thanks for reaching out Deedee! It was great speaking with you and your parents yesterday! You see each member of your group everyday, even during the homestay portion of the program. I hope that because clear in our conversation over Zoom. Thanks!

Hi Hannah, Thanks so much for reaching out to us. There are a few programatic differences between the north and south programs, but largely the differences are geographical. And it is certainly hotter in southern Spain than in northern Spain during the summer. I would be more than happy to chat with you and your parents if you would like to do that. You can reach me over email directly at jordan...