seville Abroad

Seville Abroad

About

We are a agency dedicated to organizing Spanish courses, high school programs and educational trips to Spain. Our business philosophy is focused on the closeness, trust and personalized attention we give to students and families.

If you want to improve your Spanish, enjoy an experience abroad or go on the educational trip of your dreams, we are your agency, and you our priority!

Reviews

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Mike
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful Experience!

My daughter spent the 2020-2021 school year in the Seville Abroad program. She really matured as a person in so many ways. Her Spanish improved immensely. She learned how to be independent in a safe environment. The staff of Seville Abroad was always available when we needed them. My daughter was also fortunate to be placed with a wonderful caring host family. They treated her with respect and kindness. I would highly recommend this program to students who want to see the world from a different point of view.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
This is for the parents: If your child will be spending their 12th grade year abroad, it might be best for them to try to finish the high school graduation requirements at their home school before entering the program to alleviate any confusion when applying for colleges afterwards.
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Mirai
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great program!!

I was in Seville for the 2020/2021 school year. I had an amazing experience. All the support staff were generous with their time, and were there when I needed them. I am especially grateful for my host family, who made me feel at home in another country. Despite the covid restrictions, we were lucky enough to go on various trips throughout the spring and summer. I felt that I grew so much in my year with Seville abroad, and I would not trade that experience for anything. I would highly recommend this program.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
-Don’t be afraid of making mistakes.
-Taking yourself out of your comfort zone may be difficult, but it will help you grow.
-Use your Spanish as much as possible.
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Adina
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An amazing experience for a teenager

It is with great pleasure that I write this review about Seville Abroad. Our son spent his junior year with this program and it was an amazing experience for him. He matured, he learned so much about his host family, the local culture, and was given a great deal of room to figure it out on his terms. His host family and the program director always had a watchful eye on him, but let him learn his own way. He gained confidence, created a social circle, had a great deal of fun and really got a jump start of his spanish. He returned a happy and more confident teen. The program supports the students, the families and the communication was terrific. I high recommend this program. Seville is a beautiful city and the people are warm and welcoming. Its safe and allows for freedoms for teens on thier own.

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Ava
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An experience of a lifetime!

When I first discovered Seville Abroad, I honestly thought that the program was too good to be true. But even after 7 incredible months in Seville, it continued to exceed my expectations in every way. The support is absolutely unparalleled, and the tight-knit exchange family goes on a lot of excursions together. My Spanish improved in leaps and bounds because of the immersive nature of exchange, and private Spanish lessons 3 times a week to ask questions, practice without fear, and reinforce my grammar.

I couldn't have asked for a better host family- Pepa and Chelo (the program leaders) work hard to match each student with a carefully vetted and compatible family. Because of my host family, I was able to really live an authentic Spanish lifestyle, and my house felt like home right from the start!

As exchange students, we were given a lot of freedom, while still being kept safe. There are no strict or ridiculous rules like many other exchange programs have, but I and my family know that I was always being looked out for.

I'm not going to lie- foreign exchange is really difficult. It takes a lot of work and determination to completely uproot yourself and go to a new country and school. But, it's 100% worth it. This program gave me the opportunity and freedom to discover who I am and what I want in life, and I have made lifelong friends . For anyone thinking about exchange, or what program to go with, I promise that you won't regret choosing Seville Abroad! I honestly can't sing their praises enough. Please, feel free to contact me with any questions (no matter how small) you may have at avasteckel@gmail.com. I wish you the best with your exchange experience, and would love to help you get there!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Say yes to all the opportunities that come your way! While insanely fun and rewarding, foreign exchange is not a vacation; rather, it's a challenging but very fulfilling choice in life. My biggest piece of advice relating to the program is to dedicate yourself during Spanish classes, do the homework, and ask questions. You get out what you put in, and I promise that if you take your language learning into your own hands you will be ecstatic about the results!
It's also important to have open communication with Seville Abroad and your host family. Don't be afraid to tell them about your feelings and any hopes you have for your exchange- you'll be glad you did!
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Amelie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Adventure and Learning!

The best thing about my summer with Sevilleabroad are the numerous trips through which I got to know Andalucía really well! Often we went to beautiful beaches, the perfect place to be in summer! Meanwhile we learned a lot of spanish, because the host siblings attend the trips as well which are guided in spansih. Everything is very personal and the families were so nice! I always felt safe and never alone or helpless! Everyone took care of me very well and integrated me in to their lives! I'm still in contact with them and hopefully will visit them soon!

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Pepa Hernandez Vargas

Job Title
High School Program Director
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Pepa was born in Madrid, Spain, traveling, learning from other cultures, and meeting people from other countries has always been constant in her life during more than 25 years in which she has developed her professional career working for high-level multinationals. She has gained experience in organizing travel and in the management of large groups.

At the same time, she also took part as host family welcoming young students of different nationalities to her home for more than 15 years. This experience gave her enough knowledge to know in detail what each student needs when traveling outside their home and how to deal with cultural change and adaptation in Spain.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Without a doubt, my favorite travel memory was my first experience abroad. At the age of 20, I put my things in a suitcase and traveled across half the world, destined for Seattle. I was going on an educational program that would change my life completely. That experience opened my mind to other countries, cultures, to another language. It was one of the most enriching experiences of my life, and from which I keep the best memories. My American family and my friends were the best part of my year abroad, I´m still in touch with all of them and I am lucky to be able to see them every so often.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Being able to work with people from all over the world, traveling, and helping young people to have a unique experience in Spain has always been one of my greatest passions in life, so, to lead this company, is to fulfill a dream and make others can do it too.

I would highlight maybe the relationship with our student´s families in their home countries, it feels good when you see that parents trust you their children and the relationship that we developed with them before and during the stay of their children in Spain It is very satisfying for me.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

In general, all the messages we receive when the students return home thanking us and letting us know how special the experience has been for them and how they miss their host families. But we always get emotional when we receive images of one of our students from their graduation in their home country, we are very pleased to have contributed, in some way, when they get to graduate.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

The full-year High School program. Shorter programs are very fun and enjoyable, but the vision that you get from Spain is more in a tourist way, however, with the full school year it is how you really get to live and experience the real local life, and is also when you can make more real friends and strengthen your emotional relationship with them and with your host family.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Commitment, closeness and communication, are our company values. For us, being a coordinator goes beyond solving specific problems with students, it has to do with dedicating your time to them, knowing them, and being able get them to see you like a close person to trust.

All of us who coordinate students have been in our youth abroad, just like them, and we know all the satisfaction that a program of this type brings, but also the difficulties and problems of adaptation to Spanish culture. As a director, I feel particularly satisfied with the commitment and love with which all the coordinators give to the student and their families.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Particularly for this type of organizations, the most important factor to be successful is trust. After all, you are working with younger children, they are young people who embark on an unknown adventure away from their parents, for most part it is the first time they leave their homes, so, trust both for the students and parents is a determining factor.