Spain

Intrax Study Abroad and AYUSA Study Abroad

I did this program when I was in high school about 9 years ago now I was placed in Barcelona with a host mother and her daughter. I was placed in an abusive home for a year I tried to leave the home and be placed with a different host family the host family convinced the program that I just needed to adapt better and they became even more abusive after I tried to leave. the program did not listen to my requests to be placed in a different home and insisted that I adapt to the living situation. I suffered trauma that I will never forget. All because the host mom said she would be sad if I left. The program representative never spoke to me one-on-one she always spoke to me in front of my host mother which was very uncomfortable and did not allow me to say everything that was happening. In addition to this I was also placed in a home where they smoked cigarettes indoors with all the windows closed everyday all day and night even though I had requested a home that was non-smoking. This program is very unorganized and unprofessional and even dangerous for those who participate especially for young high school children I do not recommend this program for minors

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Nov 12, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)

Do not apply with International Volunteer NQ: they will keep asking for more money,
4 or 5 times more the registration fee!
There are a lot of free organization!

Program:
Location: Spain
Posted: Nov 3, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Sol Education Abroad

I participated in a five week program in Granada, Spain. The program was well organized and the directors were extremely helpful. They were ready to answer any questions and concerns at all hour of the day. The transition into this new culture and place was very easy because they provided me with the tools and information to help me succeed. The university was in the center of the city and was full of helpful and intelligent professors. I loved that my program was full of activities and excursions every single day. They weren't required, but I didn't miss a single activity because they were always fun and exciting. I also have to give them an A+ on helping me immerse into a new culture and learn a lot about the rich history of Granada.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Jul 27, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Council on International Educational Exchange

This turned out to be an almost complete waste of money. The program coordinator made rules that were never listed in the pre-program information. He did not allow the kids to be out without the host parents. This led to hours and hours (11) spent in the apartment when there was no school and the parents had to work. When I contacted CIEE they claimed they had spoken with him and fixed the situation. This turned out to be false.

The host parents didn't want to break the rules and get in trouble with the program. My daughter didn't want to break the rules and risk getting sent home. About 25% of her time in Spain was robbed from her, of course CIEE has not offered to give back 25% of the money. If I had felt she couldn't be independent in Spain, I never would have sent her.

I even sent them a copy of their own paperwork that we had to sign stating the student must keep host parents informed of his/her whereabouts at all time.

Just very disappointing for a quarter of this program being spent as a prisoner and being treated as a toddler.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Jun 24, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Frontier

Had a great time during my 4 weeks in Tenerife with Frontier. I was expecting much more basic accomodation, but it was a nice surprise. A big villa with en-suite showers, wifi, a private courtyard and in a sleepy, safe area.

The main part of the project work is going out on the whale watching boats and monitoring whale and dolphin sighting locations and numbers. We also work with the tourists on the boat to promote responsible cetacean watching.

It's a fun project in a great location with lots to do outside the project activities if you want to. You can also get flights really cheap - £100 return or less if you shop around. Recommended!

Program: Gap Year
Location: Spain
Posted: Jun 21, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Frontier

tenerife whale an dolphin these people take money off you and send you to unclean unsafe accommodation when you complain they tell you that you dont have to be here when asking for refund you get nothing they ignore you and do nothing about it these people do not care on bit about putting 2 young girls in a unsafe area for 2 weeks not even an offer of half the money back they didnt even stay for one night

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Jun 19, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Academic Studies Abroad

I studied abroad Spring semester of 2016 and it was a huge waste of my time and money. ASA placed me in a home where hot water was not readily available, the toilet could only be flushed 1 time a day (and 4 people shared this bathroom), the host offered her extra room to male truck drivers who we girls had to share the restroom/shower with, there was no central air or heat throughout the apartment and there was no access to a washer or dryer. I tried addressing my problems with the site coordinator and ASA director and they blamed my circumstance on possible "cultural shock." This was not the case as I had friends that loved their hosts and did not have ANY of the problems I was experiencing. I felt as if I was studying abroad in a third world country - not Spain! I ended up spending double of what I expected because the food that hosts provided was minimal and lacked substance, so I spent the majority of my funds on eating out in restaurants (and tapas are cheap so that should tell you something). I also did not feel immersed in the culture which was the main reason I chose to study abroad. SO I WARN YOU - DO NOT STUDY WITH THIS PROGRAM.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Jun 7, 2017
Overall:
1
Support:
1
Value:
1

Escuela Montalban

I was 3 months at Escuela Montalbán in Granada doing an Intensive Spanish course, which included 2 classes of grammar and 2 conversation classes per day. I started from the very beginning and improved my Spanish very quickly thanks to a professionalism of the teachers and very well selected groups. In fact, I was able to communicate with other students with the same level of Spanish, which helped us learn Spanish more efficiently with a help of a teacher and have fun as well.

The staff of the Spanish school was extremely friendly and helpful, especially Paco. In the first day they helped me with my accommodation, informed me about different possibilities and important places in the city, and helped me get my debit card in a bank, which was incredibly important as well.

The accommodation was provided by the school. In the apartment I lived with 4 Spanish persons, who helped me boost my Spanish and experience Spanish culture and traditions. They were very friendly, kind and open-minded.

On the one hand, teachers were very professional and provided well-structured content. On another hand, they were very funny making a lot of jokes. Thus, they delivered a great combination of serious and funny content, which helped us feel comfortable and learn Spanish in a great atmosphere.

Another important part of learning Spanish language and culture took place outside of our classes. The school organized different social and cultural activities in the evenings and on weekends. In the first week we went to the Arabic bath, which helped me relieve stress from the first days of my adaptation to a new country. Moreover, I discovered an incredible art-form, which was born in Granada and called Flamenco. The flamenco show included very emotional and expressional music and dance. I fell in love with it and would love to experience it again. Another incredible activity was a tapa tour with the teacher Marisa, when almost all the students went out together to explore the tapas culture in different local bars. There is a tradition in Granada to give tapas for free when you order a drink.

I would definitely recommend this school to everybody, who wants to learn Spanish and discover a great culture of the beautiful Granada and Spain in general.

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Feb 27, 2017
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

Sol Education Abroad

Sol Education Abroad was the most incredible study abroad experience I could have ever imagined. The courses I took and the cultural activities included allowed me to build relationships with numerous fellow students. The culmination of these relationships was during the last weekend of the first month where I took a trip with about twenty students from my program to see the strait of Gibraltar while making stops at coastal beach towns. My favorite part of the program was the experiences I had with my host family. My host mom always made the best meals, and some of my favorite week nights were spent watching the European soccer tournament with my host father and brother. We cheered Spain on in victory and defeat, and on a couple occasions I got the opportunity to play soccer with my host brother and his friends. This trip was originally intended for me to complete the courses I needed for school, but by the end of the summer I had gained so much more than that!

Program: Study Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Jan 28, 2017
Overall:
9
Support:
10
Value:
10

Global Leadership Adventures (GLA)

Global Leadership Adventures provides an amazing experience with the comfort of safety. I never doubted that I was safe and sound in the hands of my program leaders (I went on the Cultural Kaleidoscope program to Valencia, Spain) but I was also able to have the absolute time of my life. We volunteered at an amazing local school with thirty Spanish kids, teaching them English. In our down time we went on weekend excursions, walked around Valencia, and even went to a few concerts. GLA gave me an experience I'll never forget. Helping the kids with English gave us an opportunity to see Spanish culture up close and also to give the kids a window into our own culture. This was a trip I wouldn't trade for anything!! (you can find out more about the program I was on here: www . yelp. com /review_share/p34Ky4z56J9m3_jYD9-D8w/review/TA1aV9luabPcAu0bBFhdkw?ref=ce) Definitely recommend to travellers of all kind!

Program: Volunteer Abroad
Location: Spain
Posted: Oct 20, 2016
Overall:
10
Support:
10
Value:
10

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