Summer immersion in Spain
Live with a welcoming host family this summer and experience Spanish culture! You'll travel with a group of students and a bilingual chaperone.
Immerse yourself in the Spanish lifestyle this summer with our homestay program in Spain! Explore your new hometown, cook up paella with your host family, and improve your Spanish with your new friends. What better way to learn about Spanish culture than to live it?
Host family immersion
Group travel from PDX. You will fly with a bilingual chaperone.
June 22 to July 14, 2019
Deadline to apply
January 31st, 2019
Eligible for Scholarship?
Yes. Find out more about the ANDEO Summer Abroad Scholarship.
Round-trip airfare from Portland International Airport. If you don't live in the Portland area, you are welcome to book a flight to meet the group.
Experienced bilingual chaperone who will travel with the group and check in with you while you are abroad.
A homestay with a local host family who is looking forward to including you in their day-to-day life. You will get the most out of an immersion program if you are engaged, curious, and open to all the family activities.
Opportunities to meet local teens, either in your home or in the extended family or neighborhood, who are eager to spend time with you and and share cultures.
Support from the local coordinator who will be available throughout your stay to help you make the most of your homestay experience.
Orientation materials with information about Spain and practical advice on how to get ready for your cross-cultural adventure.
ANDEO staff support for you and your parents throughout the application process, in your preparation, and during your stay abroad.
Comprehensive medical and accident insurance.
Two days of sightseeing in Madrid and Toledo.
- Have completed 2 years of Spanish study by the end of the 2018/19 school year.
- Be curious about what daily life is like in another country, be ready to push yourself, and be motivated to put your Spanish skills to the test!
Meet the Chaperone!
Hi, I’m Susan Douglass and this is my 11th year teaching Spanish at Cleveland High School. Prior to Cleveland I taught at Sellwood Middle School for 12 years. While at Sellwood I started an annual summer home stay program to Costa Rica that I ran for 10 years. I chaperoned that trip 5 times and also chaperoned a high school IB program through IES to Costa Rica 4 years ago. And last but not least, I chaperoned the Andeo Mexican immersion summer program in 2017. So I have a lot of experience leading middle and high school age students overseas. Before teaching I coordinated college study abroad programs to France, Austria, Spain, and Italy. I've lived in Spain, Colombia, Mexico and Italy and have traveled to too many wonderful places to list. As you can probably tell, I love international travel and strongly believe that exposure to other cultures is so important. I was an exchange student my senior year in high school and again in Spain during college and am a strong advocate for student travel.
I have 2 daughters, my oldest is a freshman in college and my youngest, who has been in the Mandarin immersion program since kindergarten, is a freshman at Cleveland. Both girls also love to travel and explore the world. My oldest daughter’s first international experience (outside the family) was on an Andeo Nicaragua program in middle school. Both daughters participated in the Andeo trip to Mexico in 2017. In fact, my family met up with the Mexican homestay family of my oldest last spring break in San Francisco!! We rented a house together and had a wonderful time reconnecting. She definitely felt part of their family while in Mexico and forever will be a connected to their family.
I am so excited to lead a group to Spain this summer. Spain is an incredible place to live and travel. Although I’ve spent most of my time in the south of Spain, I was able to visit Madrid several times too and experienced the architecture, art, history and wonderful food. This will be such an incredible experience for high school students at such an important stage in their lives, especially now with the overwhelming need for cross cultural understanding.
Why travel with ANDEO?
We love homestays! We have specialized in homestay travel since 1981. We truly believe that the best way to experience another culture and improve your language skills is by sharing everyday life with a welcoming host family.
We have first-hand experience traveling and living with host families. Our staff members have all lived with host families abroad and understand the joys and challenges of homestays. We are ready to support you in your cross-cultural adventure.
ANDEO staff members have personally visited each of our partner schools and organizations, and we work directly with these partners to coordinate each program.
You will never be a number. Our programs are small and our service is personal. Even though we have worked with thousands of students, we are proud of the personalized service and strong support we give our participants (and their parents, too!).