• Spain
    • Cadiz
2 - 4 weeks

Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Host Family
Age Min.
Age Max


Starting Price
Price Details
Price includes all activities, classes, meals, homestay and living expenses. Does not include airfare
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Airport Transfers Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Feb 08, 2024
Nov 09, 2023
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About Program

Athena Spain is an authentic Spanish language immersion experience for high school students who are ready to improve their Spanish through active engagement over the summer. There is no substitute for living with a Spanish speaking family. By spending time with a carefully selected family you will have the greatest opportunity to hear and speak the language on a daily basis. As part of that family you will be treated as a special guest and have a real link to the daily life of your family and its members. Our director, Marta Ramos is a native of Conil and oversees our language programs from NYC. Marta knows all Athena homestay families personally, many of who have hosted for us over multiple summers. As part of that family you will be treated as a special guest and gain a profound understanding of Spain, its language and culture. With daily activities and weekend travel, Athena is a unique opportunity for personal growth and authentic language immersion unavailable anywhere else.

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Program Highlights

  • Experience life in a small Spanish town on the beautiful Andalusian coast
  • Authentic homestay to maximize language learning
  • Choose from daily activities such as surfing, community service, soccer, cooking and flamenci
  • Madrid orientation and weekend trips to Cordoba, Sevilla, Cadiz, Vejer and Gibraltar
  • Freedom to practice Spanish and explore Spain at your own pace

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4.83 Rating
based on 6 reviews
  • 5 rating 83.33%
  • 4 rating 16.67%
  • 3 rating 0%
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  • Growth 4.5
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4.35
  • Housing 4.85
  • Safety 4.85
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Yes, I recommend this program

Had a ton of fun!

Conil was awesome. The family I stayed with was wonderful. Everyone is super friendly and the food is great. Conil is very hot in the summer so going to the beach often is smart. The morning classes were useful and they didn’t get in the way of having fun. There were many exciting activities such as surfing, cooking, and volunteering. I really enjoyed exploring the cities we took trips to. These included Gibraltar, Cadiz, Sevilla, and Cordoba. Overall I had a great time and I learned a lot. I would definitely recommend this experience to others.

  • Made a lot of new friends.
  • Explored many cities across the south of Spain
  • Very hot.
  • Lots of walking through cities and in Conil
26 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Athena in Spain

I had so much fun doing this program!! I made really good friends and the staff were very supportive. I also had a great host family and had many opportunities everyday to practice my Spanish. The activities we did in the program were my favorite part, especially the ones where we would take day trips. I loved getting to see many different areas, like Seville and Gibraltar. Something else that I really enjoyed was all of the free time we were given to spend time with friends. I would definitely recommend the program to any high schoolers studying Spanish!

  • Learn Spanish
  • Host Family
  • Spend time at the beach
  • Host families food sometimes
  • Some people in group did not have an open mind
25 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Athena Spain Program

Traveling to Spain is fun, of course, but living with a Spaniard family in a small town is an incredibly unique and immersive experience that is truly once in a lifetime. In this program, you can spend your time with your family as well as the other members, so you truly choose how much you want to immerse yourself in the Spanish culture and force yourself to practice your Spanish as well as have a good time with other kids your age. If you do this program, you should be comfortable with or expect to live in a small town where you walk everywhere and spend a lot of time outside. Enthusiastic counselors as well as weekly trips to other Spanish cities keep the program interesting throughout the month. Your time at the program will be spent learning Spanish in class, spending time with your family, doing activities like cooking and surfing, and exploring Conil during the day and night, alone and with new American and local Spanish friends. Overall, this program was a great and fun experience during my summer that improved my Spanish skills and built a special relationship with Spain, which I went back to the next summer.

  • Spanish Immersion
  • Small Coastal Town Vibe (cool weather)
  • Trips to other cities
  • Lots of walking if you don't like it
25 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program


So much fun!! My Spanish definitely improved and I had an amazing time doing it. Filled with surfing, cooking, swimming and more there was never a dull moment. My family was welcoming and always made me feel at home. You were left to do what you wanted to do and there was always your choice involved with decisions. There was freedom so you could explore the town on your own with your friends but there was guidance when needed. The classes are fun and enjoyable. I Highly recommend this program!!!!!

96 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing homestay experience in Cádiz, Spain

Athena (was Summerfuel) Cádiz was the first time I traveled abroad without my family. I was 15-years old and it was the first summer I did not return to the sleep away summer camp I had gone to for many years. In Cádiz, I got to stay with a local family and one other student from America. My roommate and I developed such a strong bond with our host family that we have actually gone back to Cádiz a handful of times since the end of our program to visit them. We also still call our host parents "mama" and "papa". One of my favorite memories was our Sunday family beach day. Each Sunday, we packed up the car and drove across the city to my "parents'" favorite beach and had a little picnic while we enjoyed the beautiful coastline of Andalusia. I also enjoyed the activities built into our summer calendars such as flamenco classes, the tapas tour, and World Cup watch parties that Summerfuel organized for us so we could take part in cheering on the Spanish National team. I came out of this summer (summer 2010) with numerous new friendships, a new sense of independence and interest in adventure, and a fervent love for Spain. I can't recommend this program enough. Homestay is the way to go!!

What would you improve about this program?
Honestly, many of us wished the program was longer! Four weeks sounds like a long time to be away from home but by the end of the program, we wanted nothing more than to stay.
91 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best Summer of My Life

My spanish improved soooo much, and I am now even more interested in Spanish at school than I was before. The program is a great mixture of education and fun, because there is time for both. Plus, Even when you are just having fun, you can't help but learn Spanish because you are in Spain. There is plenty of freedom, so the staff doesn't treat you like young kids at summer camp. This program is perfect for you if you like the beach, small towns, ice cream. I am glad I did this program because I do not like touristy things like touring churches and museums and stuff like that, so this was perfect because we only did one weekend of stuff like that. My host family was absolutely perfect for me and I am still in touch with them. I hope to go back soon!

What would you improve about this program?
The classes in the morning were very short, but very boring. I was in the least advanced class so it was a lot of review.
91 people found this review helpful.

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