OVERVIEW

There’s no better way to learn a new language than to experience the culture up close and personal! Our Language Immersion in Madrid program allows students to improve their Spanish conversation skills, reinforce correct grammar and expand vocabulary. Partnered with classroom learning, this trip will help students experience the Spanish culture through hands-on learning opportunities including practicing Spanish in the local markets, preparing traditional dishes, and exploring beautiful architecture.

ITINERARY

DAY 1: TRAVEL DAY

DAY 2: ARRIVAL AND CITY INTRODUCTION  

    • Meet your bilingual JE Guide at the airport in Madrid, and then transfer to the hotel for a brief orientation.
    • After settling in at your hotel, you will enjoy a guided walking tour of old Madrid that includes such unique sites as Puerta del Sol and La Plaza Mayor, to get familiar with the city. Your first day you will dive fully into Spanish culture in the city’s most popular sites.
    • Have some free time to explore and shop all the while listening to the Spanish spoken around you.
    • After a traditional dinner, your group will head back to the hotel for devotions.

DAY 3: CRISTO Y LA CULTURA

    • Today attend a local evangelical church for worship meet a local minister afterward, who will explain the history and explain the current situation of Christians in Madrid.
    • Learn Spanish phrases to share your faith and show Christ-like love to the people you will meet.
    • Dinner with the church’s youth group and enjoy an evening of games.
    • Then head back to the hotel to debrief the things you learned today.

DAY 4: HISTORIA Y ARTE

    • Breakfast at hotel
    • Following breakfast, you will meet with your guide to go over basic Spanish conversation in preparation for today’s adventure. (Each morning of your trip you will have a mini-lesson of basic exercises designed to aid you in activities scheduled for that day, all of which will require you to use your Spanish skills.)
    • Today’s activities will include:
      • A visit to El Prado, the famous museum housing works by master painters such as El Greco, Velazquez and Goya.
      • Exploring a Royal Monastery at El Escorial    OR     your group may opt to take an Art Class!
      • Reina Sofia Museum, home of Picasso’s Guernica!
    • The day will conclude with dinner and shared devotions.

DAY 5: VISIANDO LA COCINA  

    • Your morning will begin with breakfast and your daily Spanish lesson of basic exercises, and then you will set out for the day’s activities.
    • Today visit El Palacio Real, La Plaza de Espana and Gran Via. You will break for lunch in the Gran Via to task some of the many Spanish delicacies.
    • This afternoon take a cooking class and learn how to make some traditional dishes! Your dinner with be a meal of your own creation.
    • Enjoy some local dessert and conclude the day with devotions at the hotel.

DAY 6: VIVIR COM UN LOCAL    

    • Your morning will begin with breakfast and your daily Spanish lesson of basic exercises, and then you will set out for the day’s activities.
    • Today’s lesson will focus on sports terms, as the group visits La Plaza de Toros and Bernabeu Soccer Stadium.
    • Head to the Shopping District of El Serrano, and then extend your skills by picking up a lunch of tapas and churros around La Plaza Mayor.
    • Enjoy another authentic dinner in the evening called a Flamenco Show Dinner, and then return to the hotel for shared devotions.

DAY 7: VISITANDO TOLEDO    

    • Travel today to Toledo, the city of three cultures: Christian, Moorish and Jewish. You will learn the history of this amazing city that was once the capital of Spain, and see the influences of the three cultures through the architecture that remains from before the Inquisition. This beautiful place was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986 because of its rich cultural and monumental heritage, and you will find it extraordinary as you spend time among the sites.
    • Your final evening in Spain will conclude with dinner and devotions at the hotel.

DAY 8: TRAVEL DAY

STAY LONGER?

Add 2-3 days, and visit the historic university city of Salamanca or the coastal town Barcelona!

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