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Spanish Gap Year

Why choose Spanish Gap Year?

Spanish Gap Year is an experiential education organization with HQs in Madrid, Spain. We offer two different gap semester programs: Spain by Train is all about Spanish culture and language, while Future leaders combines internships and entrepreneurship. For further details, please visit our website or follow us



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Spanish Gap Year Review

I enjoyed this program’s devotion to cultural immersion, exemplified through the homestays, historical tours, Spanish language courses, and cooking classes. We learned so much about artisanal farming through our visits to ecological, horse, donkey, and cheese farms. It also has an art focus through pottery, dancing, collage, and photography. This is a comprehensive program that provides a fully immersive Spanish experience. Overall, this program is more similar to study abroad with it’s classroom and guided tour model, instead of constant free-range outdoor activity - even though they do provide an intensive one week full of adventure in the North.

  • Spanish language improvement
  • Day trips and tastings - tropical fruit tasting, olive oil tasting, wine tasting, jam tasting.
  • Asturias adventure - canyoning, rock climbing over water, biking el Camino de Santiago, surfing
  • My session of the program included a number of students with social, emotional difficulties which negatively affected the social aspect of my experience. This wouldn’t be the case for future groups. The leaders are enhancing the screening for these issues
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Amazing Gap Year opportunity to immerse in Spanish culture

I'm sharing this review as a parent of Spring 2022 Gapper. My son was interested in becoming more fluent in Spanish and learning more about the country and history of Spain. His experience way exceeded his expectations as well as mine! Arantxa and the rest of the SGY crew were phenomenal. They thought through many details and were also open to suggestions from students, since the program is a bit newer. He was given structure but also a certain amount of independence once the students showed they were familiar enough with their location and Spanish customs and program rules. I never worried about his safety and can not recommend SGY strongly enough. My son's experience with this program was truly life changing for him and I am grateful he had the opportunity to immerse himself so completely in Spanish culture.

  • Language and culture immersion
  • Positive group dynamic
  • Excellent homestays
  • Would have liked more time in Madrid
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Excellent Program for Language and Culture

Writing as a parent of a gapper who spent 3 months touring Spain with Spanish Gap Year and Arantxa's team. Overall...GREAT Experience!

We would heartily recommend Spanish Gap Year and were very impressed with Arantxa's organization, staff, home-stay placements (AMAZING!), and connections with local resources. The activities (fun and educational) were super fun for our gapper. We would give a special shout out to Arantxa for connecting with wonderful group language classes for the gappers. The stay in Salamanca was especially well done. Our gapper now hopes to study abroad for a semester or even a year in Salamanca as part of her undergraduate work!

Although the program is still in its early days, Arantxa has loads of personal experience and tons of passion for what these kids are hoping to find, see, learn, and experience. She really gets it.

Spanish Gap Year is a well run outfit. The program offers tremendous opportunities for growth in Spanish language skills as well independence, social opportunities, culture, gastronomy, and understanding the fascinating culture and history of every region of Spain...a true crossroads of cultures.

  • Excellent Language Instruction
  • Fun Activities and Adventure
  • You will learn to TRAVEL and navigate just about every possible mode of transportation. A GREAT life skill!
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My daughter had a wonderful time on this program. It provided a rich and diverse cultural experience across many parts of Spain and in a way which was fun and enjoyable. As a parent I always felt that my daughter was being taken care of and the communication was excellent. The communication not only consisted of email updates but am instagram and google drive location which provided videos and pictures. I would whole heartedly and without reservation recommend this program to other parents considering a gap year program for their son or daughter.

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Parent of a Spanish Gap Year Student

Arantxa (the founder/leader) is a rare gem. She directs the program with professionalism and has excellent communication with the parents, but her heart is with the students. She understands their age and stage of life and respects their independence while also providing a safe and enriching experience. Each aspect of the program is very intentional and provides immersion without pressure. It's a great rhythm of homestays and city hostel adventures with some wilderness adventures that aren't too intense for students who don't have experience. Arantxa co-leads with select people in every region and all of them were fantastic. My child was sad to say goodbye to each leader and host family but always knew the next adventure would unveil a new relationship. Her love of Spain is now deep and lifelong. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this program to anyone!

  • As a parent, you have the confidence that your child is safe and having a meaningful experience
  • All levels of Spanish language proficiency are welcomed and accommodated
  • My child had a medical emergency and Arantxa couldn't have handled it better. She took great care of her!


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Staff Interviews

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

Siobhan Mearon

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Assistant Manager
Siobhan grew up In the U.K and Bundoran in the North West of Ireland, where she is now based in our ID Languages office. She has taken on varied and unique responsibilities during her time with the company, from social media to sales, to facilitating a drama workshop for 40 students!
Siobhan Mearon

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favourite travel memory was my first solo work trip to Bilbao. I've traveled before, with friends and family, but visiting an unfamiliar city and country alone was an unforgettable experience. I got the chance to take in every detail about the city and its culture and even practice my language skills - both Spanish and Basque!

It has given me the confidence to plan further solo trips in the future.

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

When I began working at ID Languages, I was a receptionist who greeted students and helped out our teachers. But quickly, my role became more dynamic and it seems that every month since has brought a different challenge.

I have worked on our social media campaigns, sharing behind-the-scenes looks at all of our courses and trips. I started working with sales and developing new contacts in Europe and the US. I even took part in the TEFL course myself and as soon as I qualified I became one of ID Languages' English teachers.

My biggest challenge to date was working as a camp leader for our under 18's Summer Program. Not only did I lead activities and trips for 40 teenagers, but I also used my teaching expertise to develop and facilitate a drama workshop! This was such a rewarding role and I can't wait to do it again next summer.

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

It's really important to us that we keep in touch with our former students because we are always so excited to hear about what they have been up to since they left Bundoran! Some of our previous TEFL grads have traveled to Europe before choosing their favourite city and beginning their teaching career. Others have traveled to Asia and chosen to teach in China and Vietnam.
My favourite story, though, is a student who came from abroad to complete the TEFL course and ended up moving to Ireland permanently!

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

As I have already completed the TEFL course, I would like to go further with this and work abroad in Spain! Working in this company has given me a desire to travel to as many different places and learn as many different languages as possible. I think this would help me to advance my teaching skills and offer a new perspective.

As well as that, this course offers Spanish language classes and trips to various cities in Spain, which would fulfill my desire to travel and keep learning languages.

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

Our company is family-owned and community-based. We work hard to be a welcoming place for all members of our local community and we hope every student who joins us gets a sense of that too.

Growing up in this area, I'm passionate about supporting the local community and we often host free events to promote language and culture.

Every student who joins us is welcomed into the community of Bundoran and whenever they return, they pop in to say hi, or for a cup of tea and a chat. Even though most of our students are now based all over the world, they still make the effort to keep in touch.

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

I believe that being passionate about what the company is providing is hugely important in building a successful company. Everyone who works with us does so because they believe in the core values and mission of ID Languages.

When a company is focused on promoting their values and expressing their enthusiasm for what they do, it will thrive.

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