Summer Immersion Trip to Spain
*Typically, trips run every other year—the language travel programs will resume in 2024.
This program focuses on language acquisition through linguistic and cultural immersion.
Over the course of one month, Maret students live in a full-immersion environment, learning Spanish in the context of daily life, interactive lessons and cultural experiences.
The Spain Experience
During their summer immersion trip to Spain, students reside in a 15th century fully renovated farmhouse in a small village in the Burgos Province in northern Spain.
- Students earn 1 Maret Language Credit
- Dates: TBD
- Tuition: TBD
Students participate in a combination of classes (by Maret and native faculty), cultural outings, projects, and experiential learning in the community.
Learning Through Teachers
Students work with 2 Maret teachers during morning classes. The small group instruction maximizes the local setting.
Learning by Doing
Daily activities such as cooking and pastry lessons; artisan conversations on cheese making, pottery, and olive growing; and outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking, horseback riding are all conducted in Spanish.
Learning Through Culture
Field trips include Burgos and its Gothic cathedral, abbeys and monasteries such as Camino de Santiago, medieval villages, Granada and the Alhambra, and el Pico de Veleta, the highest road in Europe. Night classes are provided as an extension of the field trips.
Learning in the Community
We stay in small communities that are convivial and welcome interaction. Local knowledge of English is not widespread. This pushes students to communicate solely in Spanish.
Learning Through Immersion
Each student signs a language contract pledging to use Spanish exclusively for the duration of the trip. Depending on the level of aptitude, the contract is modified to allow students with an introductory level to succeed in the program. A 20-minute meeting is held every day in English; this is the only time we speak English as a group. Teachers may have specific interactions with students in English in one-on-one settings.
In order to receive 1 language credit, the student must:
- Seek out opportunities to use Spanish to improve language skills and cultural knowledge by integrating into the local community and communicating with guests
- Actively participate in the program activities
- Keep a daily journal (written/oral) with self-generated and/or assigned topics. (Journals will be collected and evaluated based on their use of language, creativity and evidence of reflection)
- Submit a final project related to their experience in Spain
- Do their own laundry and clean up of rooms as required.