My summer with the LITA five-week South Program was an incredible experience. LITA is an amazing program committed to providing its students with a unique experience and to create personal connections with the Spanish Culture and Language.
From the moment I was first introduced to the program in late 2021, Jordan and his team made an effort to build a relationship with me, to make sure that any questions I had were answered, and to prepare me as much as possible prior to the trip in June of 2022. The back and forth zoom calls and email check-ins over those months made it clear how attentive Jordan was to the LITA applicants and the programs mission to provide the best possible experience for me in Spain. There was not a single concern I was unable to voice and get a thorough answer to before the flight.
Once we landed in Spain, every activity from then on was elaborately planned, and every day was a unique experience in which we learned new aspects of Spanish culture. There were new goals each day. Every person we met had something to teach us, and every town we visited had plenty of opportunities for us to learn. I remember our group leaders telling us that every day on this trip, we would have the opportunity to learn, and that remained true throughout the entire five weeks.
One reason the activities were so immersive was because of the rural settings of the places that we visited, as well as LITA’s connections with local guides and families. My three-week homestay in a small town was amazing, and it was clear as soon as I met my host family that Jordan and his team had put in time and effort in picking the best family for me to provide a personalized experience.
If you’re interested in greatly improving your Spanish, this program will meet your expectations. We were constantly put in situations where we had to converse with native speakers. I am extremely happy with how much my Spanish improved, and the confidence I gained in speaking it.
The relationships that I built throughout my homestay and the rest of the trip were genuine, and I learned more about Spanish culture than I ever could have imagined. This program was incredible. I fell in love with Spain this summer, and I’ve never enjoyed speaking Spanish more in my life. LITA’s commitment to language learning through immersion and creating meaningful connections between its students and small local communities in Spain sets it apart from other programs.