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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!

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)


Getting real, touring city street art (Chile)

...on culinary adventures!

Churros! (Dominican Republic)
Preparing lomo saltado (stir-fried beef with onions, vinegar, ginger, chili pepper, tomatoes and fried potatoes). (Peru)
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)
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!


Thoughts from Leon Chou

If there's one thing I did not anticipate about this experience, it would be its similarity to a mental marathon. Never have I felt more exhausted, having to constantly translate what I hear into English, and then to translate my response from English back to Spanish. But it has been incredibly fruitful, and more and more I can understand what everyone is saying and respond appropriately. Also, the social atmosphere is so relaxed. People in the US could learn a thing or two from the DR about not stressing out.
Here's an incredibly aesthetic symbol from El Centro Leon, the local museum.

La zona colonial de Puerta Plata


Today we visited Puerto Plata, which is roughly an hour and a half away from Santiago. We first visited Fortaleza San Felipe, which overlooks the ocean and provides a view of the beautiful mountain range. This fortress was made to defend the area from intruding forces in the past, and today, stands as a famous landmark of Puerto Plata. It was very interesting to see how the the fortress has been kept, for it is in great shape, and it's space has been modeled into a historical tour for people to take.

- Laila 


This photo was taken from the top of Fortaleza San Felipe with some of the students from both the Santiago Language and Culture group, and the Santiago Service and Leadership group. It's been fun to converse between groups, and embark on excursions with kids from a differently styled trip. And today we were able to travel together around the area, to the fortress, beach, and town square.

- Laila 



This is a photo of the town square of Puerto Plata. There were many colorful buildings ranging in being gift shops, ice cream parlors, grocery stores, pharmacies, and vendors. We had time to explore the streets, do some shopping, and enjoy some ice cream before we headed home. It was very cool to see and compare another part of the Dominican Republic, to further broaden our knowledge of the country and delve into the culture.

- Laila 


El arte Dominicano

My trip abroad has been so enlightening and I've enjoyed every second of it. One of the things I've been enjoying the most is the art and architecture. Artists here have so many ways of portraying their outlooks of their country and they differ a lot from the structures and artworks I've seen in the states. I love that I get to see a different side of my favorite subject in a whole different culture where its being used to express the things that are important to the people here in a whole new way.

Letters from Leslie Sotelo

In the our first day of being in the Dominican Republic we had the opportunity to visit Jarabacoa ranch, while being there we got our first glimpse of how colorful and tropical  it is here. I got to try Dominican food for the first time and fruit and it did not disappoint, everything here is fresh and good. We also got to experience heavy rain which lead to a safari in the city which allowed us to the see cultural interaction with the people. Image1





First Days in Santiago

Hello Everyone!

As we are getting settled in the beautiful Caribbean island, we are being flooded with Spanish language and Dominican culture! We are all so excited to be here and are overjoyed with the opportunity we have to learn as much as possible! Yesterday, we had our first day of school and 'Into the Community' activity. We are still adjusting, but loving every moment of it! More posts to come, stay tuned! 



Into the Community - Visit the Tourism Office to find things to do in Santiago.


Cultural Activity - Visit the Restoration War Hero's Monument Museum. 


Group picture on top of the monument.

4 Weeks of Adventure

All good things must come to an end  and tonight was our Farewell Dinner. It's been an action packed 4 weeks that I know the students will not forget. It was filled with discovery. They "discovered" a new culture and discovered new things about themselves. At the farewell dinner, I reminded the students that the world is bigger than themselves. There is always something new to explore and enjoy, just liked I enjoyed my time with them.  IMG_5154

Student Summary Aubrey B.


This trip has made lasting marks on every one of us here. Out of all of the moments that we have experienced together, this one is by far my favorite. My stubbornness led me to wearing flip flops on our hike that took us through a slippery trail. It was pouring rain and was very difficult to prevent anything we had with us from getting wet.  Yet we reached the waterfall, drank the pure water, and appreciated the beauty of everything this country has to offer. It was one of those moment that I know I will not forget.

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Student Summary Skylar H.

We toured the Cibao Stadium in Santiago. This stadium is home to the SANTIAGO ÁGUILA. After touring the stadium, we then participated in two games with a minor league game of baseball with locals our age.Screen Shot 2017-06-28 at 8.23.29 AM

Student Summary Jocelyn P.

On Friday, June 23, we arrived to a town called Monción and we were greeted by many generous people. The next morning we woke up bright and early to be able to visit a local farm, which was filled with horses. For many of us it was the first time to be able to ride on a horse, but despite this we all had an amazing time full of joy and laughter.  Unknown-11