Traveling with your Spanish Class

Bring your Spanish classroom to life on the streets of Barcelona or in the rainforests of Costa Rica! Watch your students fall in love with the language as they take the skills they’ve learned in class and apply them in conversations with Spanish-speaking locals. Combine language immersion with cultural immersion—through flamenco lessons, craft workshops, or a bull ranch visit—and your students will become global citizens for life.

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Girl poses with local school children

Spend a Day with Local Students

Gain perspective on the similarities and differences between Costa Rican or Spanish schools and American schools, forging international friendships along the way.

local family dinner in Barcelona

Share in a Local Home Meal

Experience local hospitality and authentic cooking while conversing with native speakers whether you’re in Spain, Costa Rica, or the Dominican Republic.

ACIS group learning dance moves in Costa Rica

Learn to Dance

Whether it’s the flamenco, tango or salsa, you’ll learn both the steps and the cultural importance of these passionate dances.

Students participating in a Spanish cooking lesson

Cook like the Spanish

Using local market ingredients, craft cultural favorites under the instruction of a professional.

Group of students holding bullfighting capes

Visit a Bull Ranch

Learn about the important cultural practice of bullfighting, and even witness a (harmless) demonstration firsthand.

Participant displays his finished Sarchi art

Appreciate the Arts

Participate in creative hands-on activities from fan painting in Spain to jewelry making in Mexico and grasp the cultural, historical, and economic significance of such practices.

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We learned new words, expressions and phrases common to Spanish speakers. We were immersed in a full course of cultural heritage so deep and so rich that will stay with us forever! We appreciate, now more than ever, the culture of Spain and its history.”

Adrian M. Group Leader

Trips to Consider:

Language Immersion in Spain

9 Days | Overnights: Seville (4), Madrid (3)

Tour Summary

This 9-day tour takes you from Seville to Madrid with daily language lessons provided by your ACIS Tour Manager. Along the way, immerse yourself in the culture with flamenco lessons, fan painting, a service project, dinner with a family, an exchange with local students and more!

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Group of students pose in Plaza de España Map of Language Immersion in Spain itinerary

Sámara Beach Spanish Language Study

8 Days | Overnights: Sámara Beach Homestay (7)

Tour Summary

Spend eight days practicing your Spanish with four hours of daily language study Monday through Friday at the Sámara Beach language school campus in beautiful Costa Rica. Students will also enjoy living with a family and participating in engaging and fun activities such as cooking and surfing lessons, playing soccer with local students and a zip-line tour.

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Samara beach surfing lesson Map of Sámara Beach Spanish Language Study itinerary

Spanish Vistas

10 Days | Overnights: Madrid (2), Granada (2), Seville (2), Barcelona (2)

Tour Summary

This classic ten-day tour takes you coast to coast and highlights Spain’s most popular cities. Experience the most Spain has to offer as you tour the Prado in Madrid, take flamenco lessons in Granada, make ceramic tiles in Seville, stroll Parc Guëll in Barcelona, and much more.

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Students rowing a boat in park in Madrid Map of Spanish Vistas itinerary

Las Selvas de Costa Rica

8 Days | Overnights: San José (1), Monteverde (2), San Carlos (1), Sarapiquí (2), San José (1)

Tour Summary

This Costa Rican adventure has it all. Focus on Spanish language skills during a local school visit, expose students to the culture through a cooking lesson, participate in a reforestation service project and enjoy a canopy zip-line tour, all in eight days!

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Student group taking photos in the jungles of Costa Rica Map of Las Selvas de Costa Rica itinerary

Insider's Dominican Republic

8 Days | Overnights: Santo Domingo (2), Santiago (1), Cabarete (4)

Tour Summary

This educational 8-day adventure highlights the Dominican’s melting pot of European Spanish, African, and Indigenous cultural influences through enriching exchanges with local community members. Opportunities for students to practice their Spanish skills abound during home lunches with rural families, collaborating on a food sovereignty service project, surfing and dance lessons, a public market visit, cascading down the famed Damajagua Waterfalls and more.

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Student group in Santo Domingo, DR Insider's Dominican Republic map

Free resources to inspire your next lesson plan


preview of January in Spanish Calendar

2024 Spanish Language Calendar

We’ve put together a 12-month calendar comprised of inspiring photos and significant dates from across the Spanish-Speaking world.

Cultural Resources for the Spanish Classroom

A comprehensive guide of free, online resources, from curated university libraries to embassy sites, that explore the history and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. Plus, free ACIS lesson plans and blog posts.

Perdido en Madrid Episode 1

In this first installment of a two-part video-based lesson plan, students will review common Spanish expressions, number and gender of nouns, and forms of ser and estar as they follow an American student lost in Madrid.

Cover of ACIS Spanish lesson plan episode two

Perdido en Madrid Episode 2

In this second installment of a two-part video-based lesson plan, students will review common Spanish expressions, foods and flavors, and tener + que + infinitive as the American student’s adventure in Madrid continues.

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Previews of Spanish Visual Vocabulary

Spanish Visual Vocabulary

Whether you are traveling abroad with students or looking to make language come alive in the classroom, our Visual Vocabulary piece is a great way to practice vocab basics. Test your knowledge and see how many items you can name. The worksheet also includes a series of useful phrases.

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Online events your Spanish students will love

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Destination Connect: Traveling to Spain with ACIS
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Barcelona's rooftop terraces: Picasso and Cubism
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Cooking Culture and Conversation in the DR
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Costa Rican Rainforests
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Tapas Cooking Connection
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Peru, Cradle of Civilization

Did You Know?

ACIS tours are independently deemed so educational that teachers can earn professional development units and students can earn college credit!

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ACIS offers 200+ customizable itineraries to destinations around the world. Let’s work together and change students’ lives.