- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: Spain
- Program Delivery: Residential
- Session Start: June, July
- Session Length: Three Weeks, Five Weeks
- Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
- Gender: Coed
- Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
- Sub-Categories: Spanish
- Selective: No
- Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
- Minimum Cost: > $3,000
LITA is a unique, academically challenging language immersion program offering motivated high school students a completely different approach to experiencing the vibrant elements of the Spanish language and culture.
The name LITA alludes to the philosophical foundation of our program: a Spanish word ending with the diminutive “ita” often denotes something that is small, personal, and is something or someone toward which one feels great affection. This informs all elements of our programs.
We focus on language acquisition via a comprehensive exploration of rural Spain, a dynamic experience far removed from English-speaking tourism. Through small, intimate groups of 12-14 students and two group leaders, individual attention and personalized experiences throuthout the trip process, LITA participants advance their language skills while acquiring a genuine understanding of the diverse nature of Spanish culture through a safe, structured, and personalized immersive experience.
Students can choose between programs that are five and three weeks in length. Both programs center around a homestay with families in a small/medium sized community in northern or southern Spain.
As part of the five week trip, students elect to participate in a volunteer internship with a local business or take language classes and complete an independent research project on a cultural topic of their choice. The remaining two weeks of each trip are spent exploring other more rural areas of the country, focusing on language study as it relates to family life, food, music, history, art and outdoor experiences.
The newly launched three week trip stems from feedback from prospective students that wanted a LITA program that was just as academic and incorporated a homestay, but that would be shorter in length. We understand that our student population is dynamic and busy over the summer, so the three week program is an optimal choice for those that still want the linguistic and academic rigor of LITA programs, but that cannot make a longer commitment. Students in the three week program will not be able to partake in an internship in their host communities.