Spain | Grades 10 – 12 | Language Learning

From Mountain Passes to the Costa del Sol

Immerse yourself in Spanish language and culture as you visit renowned art museums and explore ancient castles, learn to surf on Spain’s northern coast, hike and ride horseback in the Picos de Europa mountains, and pair up with a local teenager for a language exchange and daystay. End your student travel program in Spain on the gorgeous beaches of the Costa del Sol after outdoor adventures in the Alpujarras region.

June 26, 2018  –  July 28, 2018
At A Glance:
  • Adventure
    Outdoor exploration, hiking, biking, swimming, and other active pursuits
  • Daystay
    Time paired with a local family and children, evenings spent in-group residence
  • Language
    Opportunities to practice or learn the language of your host country
Completing grades 10 – 12
US Gateway City:
New York
Language Learning
33 days
Typical Group:
20 – 22 students, 3 leaders
$ 8,690 + airfare


  • Use your Spanish to interview the chef at a tapas restaurant in Madrid
  • Spend a week paired with a local teenager, joining in Spanish daily life
  • Learn to dance flamenco with an authentic gitano instructor
  • Hike to the top of the highest mountain on the Iberian Peninsula

Leader Profile: BROCK SCHARDIN

Education: University of South Dakota, B.A., Spanish, The University of South Dakota, M.A., Spanish Education, University of Tübingen, M.A., Linguistics

During his undergraduate studies, Brock lived and studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain, at La Universidad Internacional de Menendez-Pelayo, where he developed a passion for Spanish… read more

During his undergraduate studies, Brock lived and studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain, at La Universidad Internacional de Menendez-Pelayo, where he developed a passion for Spanish culture and language. On campus, Brock was the Spanish Club president for three years and was deeply involved with service learning projects, including time spent as a volunteer teaching weekly Spanish lessons to local elementary students. He also led student volunteer trips to Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala; Memphis, Tennessee; Cabo San Lucas, Mexico; and the Crow Creek Indian Reservation in central South Dakota. Brock spent 2011 with AmeriCorps, teaching underserved youth in Houston, Texas. After two years of teaching English through the Fulbright Program in Madrid, Spain, Brock moved to Germany where he recently completed an M.A. in Linguistics at the University of Tübingen. He enjoys playing music, snowboarding, and cycling. Brock has spent four summers leading Putney’s Language Learning Spain program and is fluent in Spanish and proficient in German.


Departure • Travel Day • Meet your fellow high school student travelers and one or more of your leaders in New York, and fly together to Oviedo, Spain, by way of Madrid. To learn more about how we organize travel, click here.

The Northern Coast • 5 days • Begin in a fishing village on Spain’s gorgeous northern coast and get to know your group as you participate in language lessons, visit a local fiesta, and play soccer on the beach with new Spanish friends.

Picos de Europa • 4 days • Travel south to a mountain inn located among the snow-capped Picos de Europa. Hike and ride horseback on spectacular trails.  

Madrid • 5 days • Explore Madrid’s lively streets, visit world-renowned museums — the Prado, Reina Sofía, and Thyssen Bornemisza — sample local delicacies at a sidewalk café, and take in a show at a taberna flamenco. Take a day trip to Segovia to see its Roman aqueduct or to Toledo to visit the Alcázar and ancient synagogue.

Students explore seaside villages on our language learning program in Spain

Daystay • 6 days • Experience Spanish life as it is really lived, alongside your new Spanish brother or sister. Take day trips as a group and hike to a swimming hole, attend a concert, or share a meal. Spend time in the home of your host family and practice Spanish as you join in their daily activities, meet the family, and form lasting friendships. Reconvene with your leaders and Putney group at the end of each day to stay in a local hotel. To learn more about how we organize daystays, click here.

Granada • 5 days • Head south to Andalucia to the city of Granada. Visit the Alhambra Palace, soak in a traditional Arabic bath, and take a flamenco lesson in a traditional cueva.

The Alpujarras • 3 days • Travel to a white-washed village in the mountainous Alpujarras region for several days of outdoor adventure. Hike to the summit of Mulhacén, the highest peak on the Iberian Peninsula, and enjoy the crisp mountain air and stunning natural beauty.

Costa del Sol • 3 days • Continue south to a small town on the Costa del Sol. Relax, enjoy a picnic on the sunny beaches of Spain’s Mediterranean coast, and recount your adventures with new friends.

Return • Travel Day • Fly from Málaga to New York with your group and a leader, then continue on to your final destination. To learn more about how we organize travel, click here.

This itinerary represents our best projection of the group’s schedule. However, we may implement changes designed to improve the quality of the program.

The trip leaders were excellent and awesome. She absolutely loved them!

— Anne and Marcus Wedner, Chicago, IL

A Day in the Life: MADRID

Due to the traveling nature of this summer program abroad, each day is different. Here is a snapshot of a day in Madrid.

9 AM Breakfast at our hotel
10 AM Language lesson focused on Goya and Velazquez
11 AM Learn about Spain’s masters at El Museo El Prado
2 PM Picnic lunch in the Retiro Park
4 PM Siesta and downtime
6 PM Play pick-up soccer at Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
8 PM Evening group walk through Plaza del Sol
10 PM Dinner and a visit to a churreria for Spain’s famous churros y chocolate
11 PM Group meeting to discuss the day and upcoming schedule

Students play soccer with locals on our language learning program in Spain

What to Expect

Language Pledge • The goals of this immersion language program are to improve your fluency in Spanish by building vocabulary and confidence in speaking, and to explore Spain’s culture through outdoor activities and interactions with locals. Each day, leaders hold dynamic conversational language lessons designed to help students let go of their inhibitions and communicate more easily. Language lessons are fun and interactive, and incorporate active, hands-on elements such as scavenger hunts, games, and informal interviews. Students on this program must have completed at least two years of Spanish. This program is designed for students who are excited about immersing themselves in language and culture, open to new experiences, and willing to challenge themselves to step out of their comfort zone. Students on this travel program are required to speak Spanish during the program and must sign a pledge to do so, not only with the many local people you meet, but also with the leaders and within the group. To learn more about our Language Learning programs, click here.

Independent Project • Pursue an independent project and explore an aspect of local culture of particular interest to you — become an expert on Goya’s most famous pieces, create a recipe book with family recipes from your daystay family, or learn Real Madrid’s chant song.

Physical Activity • This is a physically active summer program. You can expect to hike, surf, go horseback riding, and do a lot of walking during this program. You do not need to be at peak fitness to participate, but it is important that you have a desire to be physically active, and that you are excited about trying all activities.

Accommodations • Accommodations in Spain are varied, ranging from Old World-style hotels to mountain chalets. Many of our residences are run by welcoming Spanish families that Putney has known for years. Rooms are a mix of doubles, triples, and quads. Leaders reside together with the students throughout the program.

Meals • Begin each day with a traditional Spanish breakfast at our residence. For lunches and dinners, we find small restaurants or go to local markets to purchase food for a picnic. Lunches tend to be the biggest meal of the day in Spain, followed by a siesta. Restaurants range from traditional regional cuisine to a more international selection in Madrid.

I gained confidence and independence from being away from home in a foreign country for a month. I also gained so many new friendships and experiences with amazing people, which I am so grateful for.

— Lauren E., Northern Highlands Regional High School, Upper Saddle River, NJ

Ask Us

Call Kate at 802.387.5000 or email

The Language Learning Spain summer program is directed by Kate Reigeluth. If you have questions, are interested in receiving more detailed information, or would like to talk further about the program or any of our summer student travel programs, please get in touch!

Kate Reigeluth

Hamilton College, B.A., Spanish; Middlebury College, M.A., Spanish

Since finishing her master’s degree, Kate has dedicated herself to sharing her two loves with students: travel and Spanish. She taught Spanish to middle school and high school students for many years in Connecticut, and founded an exchange program for her students in Zaragoza, Spain. Kate began leading trips for Putney in 2008, and they included three Language Learning trips in Spain as well as programs in Belize, India, and Costa Rica. Kate currently coordinates programming in Spain, Belize, and Patagonia. When she is not dreaming about travel, Kate loves to hike, bake, and row.