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Spanish Can Take You Places

From the Teotihaucan pyramids in Mexico to Machu Picchu in Peru. From a cacao plantation in Caribbean to the rugged Chilean coast. This summer, Spanish can take you all these places and more.

El español es más que solo España! Did you know? In addition to CIEE’s five amazing destinations in Spain, we offer language programs in four other Spanish-speaking countries as well. So while you’re perfecting your conversational skills you can immerse yourself in the culture of Chile (Valparaiso), the Dominican Republic (Santiago), Mexico (Guanajuato), or Peru (Cusco). Take your pick!

Here’s a fun fact: More people in the world speak Spanish than English.

It’s the second-most widely spoken language in the world (after Mandarin Chinese), and the official language of 21 countries. If you’ve already traveled to one of these countries, you’ll be fascinated by the subtle differences in dialect from one Spanish-speaking country to the next. 

Where can Spanish Take You?

...on cultural excursions!

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Climbing the Inca Trail to the Sun Gate at the top of Machu Picchu (Peru)
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Trekking to the pyramids in Teotihaucan (Mexico)
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Sampling fresh cacao on an organic farm (Dominican Republic)

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Getting real, touring city street art (Chile)

...on culinary adventures!

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Churros! (Dominican Republic)
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Preparing lomo saltado (stir-fried beef with onions, vinegar, ginger, chili pepper, tomatoes and fried potatoes). (Peru)
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Baking empanadas and pastel de choclo (corn pie) followed by our favorite postres: flan, ice cream, meringue, and two kinds of huesillo con mote (a typical peach dessert). (Chile)
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Guac cook-offs! (Mexico)

There are so many options outside of Spain to practice your Spanish! Learn more at ciee.org/highschoolsummer. Applications are still open for Summer 2018!

 

Week 4: Guanajuato

I believe that after finishing my program I have more confidence in the target language as well as a different perspective on Mexico. I honestly feel that I have made most progress in speaking throughout the course of the program.

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I believe that my progress is accurate to what I expected it would be in the final weeks. I now have an easier time understanding as well as speaking spanish back in the United States. As I became more confident with the language, I also became more confident in speaking to my host family.

One thing that I really liked about the program is that I could practice my spanish in real situations. I don’t really have this opportunity back in the United States during school because we mainly do worksheets which isn’t the same as speaking with the locals in Guanajuato.

My favorite exercise was “into the community” because it gave us the chance to speak the target language with the locals of Guanajuato. It really felt like we became a part of the community because we were able to interact with the amiable people of GTO. I gained a lot of practice experience from this activity.

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-Roberto M.

'Global Navigator Voices' is a collection of blog articles and pictures by our very own high school study abroad participants. Follow their adventures before, during, and after their experiences abroad!

WEEK 3: GUANAJUATO

We’ve done so much here in Mexico. I have to say that going to Mexico City has been my favorite expedition. We did so much over there, like go to the National Museum of Anthropology and Frida Kahlo's House. We were very busy those 3 days, so we most definitely got much done. I also went shopping in Leon with my host family and some friends. We picked out outfits for each other and it was great!


In contrast to my life in the US, I never really go to other cities, or even other parts of Chicago. I mostly stay at home or around my neighborhood. I also never go shopping, nor do I enjoy it, in the US. However, I’ve realized that shopping WITH FRIENDS is very entertaining. I’ve learned much about myself while I’ve been here in Guanajuato. I’m really going to miss it.

Here is one of my recent class assignments:

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-Brandon L.

'Global Navigator Voices' is a collection of blog articles and pictures by our very own high school study abroad participants. Follow their adventures before, during, and after their experiences abroad!

Fair Well Party Already.....What?????

Yes, this is our last weekend here in Guanajuato and we are all sad to think it is almost over :(  Yesterday we celebrated and had a very nice time at the fair well party eating, swimming and breaking pinatas.  Thank you to CIEE and all the parents for giving us this wonderful party to say good bye.  Your city is beautiful and full of wonderful people.  We are going to miss you all so much!!!

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More pictures from our cooking lesson on Tuesday.

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What a great cooking lesson!

On Tuesday, the students prepared a delicious meal for all of us.  They learned how to make pork and rice, mexican soup, authentic tacos and flan from two very good chefs!.......¡Qué rico!

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Excited to be at the pyramids!

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Excited to be at the pyramids!

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Our First Day in Mexico City

We began our day at 5:00 am and continued until 11:00 pm.  It was a day full of wonderful experiences eating at Dora's home for breakfast and lunch, visiting the pyramids in Teotihaucan, eating at a delicious taco restaurant in the city and finishing off the night at the Lucha Libre.  

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