Affordable Spanish Immersion Gap Year Programs

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You’ve finished high school and now you want to explore the world and improve your Spanish along the way. How can you choose a program that doesn’t deplete your entire college fund?

Enter InterExchange: a non-profit provider of life-changing international experiences for students and young adults for more than 50 years. InterExchange helps you build your own, affordable Spanish learning adventure across multiple countries.

Participants in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Participants in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
Image courtesy of Maximo Nivel

Immerse yourself in Costa Rica, Guatemala, or Peru with classes, host family accommodation including breakfast and dinner, optional tandem language exchanges with locals, and cultural activities. Join a family on the Language Homestay Spain program, teaching English to the children of your family through informal lessons, in exchange for room and board, all while continuing to improve your Spanish.

If you have childcare experience you may also consider becoming a short-term au pair, where your stipend will help you offset costs even further.

Allyson M. in Toledo Spain during her Language Homestay program
Allyson M. in Toledo Spain during her Language Homestay program
Image courtesy of Allyson M.

Tell us where and how long you’re hoping to travel, and we’ll help you find an itinerary that works at your price point.

Sample Itinerary

Start your adventure in Guatemala.
Start your adventure in Guatemala.

Start in the quaint, colorful, and historically rich Antigua, Guatemala where you’ll stay with your first host family and take 20-30 hours Spanish each week. Join optional language exchanges with local English learners and weekly cultural activities. Weekends are free for exploring!

Continue at the beach in Costa Rica.
Continue at the beach in Costa Rica.

Continue your language-learning journey near the beach in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. By now, you’ll be more comfortable chatting in Spanish, but your lessons will continue throughout the weekdays with weekends to check out the best beaches and tropical rainforests!

Complete your program with a month in Spain.
Complete your program with a month in Spain.

Complete your adventure as a host family’s English tutor in Spain, while improving your Spanish and picking up on a different dialect. Most host families are near Madrid, and you’ll have plenty of time for weekend trips to cities like Barcelona, Seville and Granada.

International learning should be accessible to all students and youth. InterExchange is committed to helping you find a way to make it happen. Give us a call or an email today and start planning your own journey, with support from the experts!

U.S. Department of State-Designated J-1 Visa Sponsor
Alliance for International Exchange
Exclusive partner of the Erasmus Student Network for J-1 Visa sponsorship of internships in the U.S.
European-American Chamber of Commerce New York
Generation Study Abroad
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
WYSE Travel Confederation