Sample North Itinerary

June 28

Depart New York

June 29

Arrive in Madrid. Transport to Galicia, via chartered bus, a five-hour drive to the northwest

June 29 – July 4 Galicia

Lodging in a “casa rural” (Bed & Breakfast), about 30 miles from the northern coast of Spain.

Daily activities may include:

  • Visit to “gaetero’s” workshop (bagpiper…yes, very typical in Galicia!)
  • Medieval market in Pontedeume
  • Traditional Galician music concert
  • Hiking on the Camino de Santiago
  • Day trips to Santiago de Compostela, Betanzos, and northern beach towns

July 4 – July 26 Homestay in Castilla y León

Each student will be placed with their own host family, matched by personalities, mutual interests and family dynamics

  • Host families have children of similar ages and interests to the student placed with them
  • Each student will be immersed in their individual host family’s life, participating in all family activities

Volunteer internships

  • Students may elect to participate in an internship with a local business, artist, camp, farm, etc. These internships are coordinated ahead of time based on student interest

Language classes and individual research projects

  • Students may elect to take language classes and complete an independent research project on a cultural topic of their choice. Classes and independent research time is from 10am-1pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday

1-2 day-long excursions each week. Destinations may include:

  • Burgos, Sierra de Urbión, Segovia, Las Médulas, León, Salamanca, and smaller towns of cultural and historic interest

Group Leaders are on site in the host community and available at all times throughout the day

July 26 – July 29 3 day hiking trip in the Basque Country and Catalan Pyrenees

Backcountry trek in the Parc Nacional d’Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici

July 29 – August 3 Barcelona

August 3 Home

 

Sample South Itinerary

June 28

Depart New York

June 29

Arrive in Madrid. Transport to southwestern Castilla y León, via chartered bus, a two-hour drive northwest

June 29 – July 4 Castilla y León

Lodging in a “casa rural” (Bed & Breakfast), about 50 miles from the city of Salamanca

Daily activities may include:

  • A day spent in Salamanca
  • Exploration of local music and food
  • Hiking in the Sierra de Francia
  • Day trips to small villages of cultural and historic interest

July 4 – July 26 Homestay in Andalucía

Each student will be placed with their own host family, matched by personalities, mutual interests and family dynamics

  • Host families have children of similar ages and interests to the student placed with them
  • Each student will be immersed in their individual host family’s life, participating in all family activities

Volunteer internships

  • Students may elect to participate in an internship with a local business, artist, camp, farm, etc. These internships are coordinated ahead of time based on student interest

Language classes and individual research projects

  • Students may elect to take language classes and complete an independent research project on a cultural topic of their choice. Classes and independent research time is from 10am-1pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday

1-2 day-long excursions each week. Destinations may include:

  • Granada, Córdoba, Ronda, and rural explorations of interior Andalucía

Group Leaders are on site in the host community and available at all times throughout the day

July 26 – July 29 3 day trek in the Sierra de Aracena

Hiking in the Parque Natural Sierra de Aracena and Picos de Aroche, located northwest of the city of Sevilla

July 29 – July 31 2 days on the coast south of the city of Cádiz

Visits to remote area beaches and smaller towns of cultural and historic importance

July 31 – August 3 Sevilla

August 3 Home

Read through the daily itineraries and adventures of our 2016 groups here.

Testimonials

“The work that Jordan puts in to make LITA the wonderful program that it is astonishes me. His attention to detail and care for the program is so evident in everything that was planned and every time we talked. It is so obvious that he loves the program and takes tremendous pride in the students.”
— Teddy Friedman, student, 2014
"The best part of the trip, and what makes LITA an incredibly unique program, is the eclectic group of people we were introduced to. I loved our various guides and guests. They were all so interesting, and the fact that they joined us for meals was incredible. Their passion was evident and certainly helped our Spanish rapidly improve. We were constantly surrounded by Spanish speakers, and that is really what made this program so unique."
— Livia Kunins-Berkowitz, student, 2015

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