Spain

Real España

Discover a new version of yourself in the Old World. Castles, cuisine, and cathedrals provide an astonishing backdrop for this accelerated immersive language and culture expedition. Survey the cities, traverse the plains, and hike the Sierra Nevadas of southern Spain while making authentic connections with Andalusian culture and people. In the shadow of the legendary Alhambra fortress, you’ll work your way through encapsulating language, music and dance courses. This trip offers the chance to jump from one authentic experience to the next in one of the world’s richest pockets of culture. Viva adventure, viva Espana!

  • Days
  • Service
  • Students
  • Age
  • Availability
  • Tuition (USD)
Session 1 / Jun 27 - Jul 11, 2018
  • 15
  • 10 hours
  • 15
  • 14-18
  • Open
  • $4,270 $3,920
Session 2 / Jul 13 - Jul 27, 2018
  • 15
  • 10 hours
  • 15
  • 14-18
  • Open
  • $4,270 $3,920

Focus

  • Humanitarian Support
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Language Immersion

Adventure

  • Cultural Exploration
  • Hiking & Walking Tours
  • Water Sports

Environment

  • Urban
  • Mountains
  • Ocean

The Journey

Your Adventure Starts Here

¡Hola! Departure for Spain!

1 Day

Our journey begins! Students have the option of flying to Málaga (AGP) via New York (JFK) on a preferred group itinerary, or students can fly independently. For students flying via JFK, GoBeyond arranges for an airport representative to assist with the transfer. In some cases, this representative is one of the group leaders and flies with the students. In other cases, he/she is a local contact responsible for airport assistance but will not be on the flight. Due to time zone differences, our group flight typically lands in Spain the day after departure.

Orientation in Málaga

1 Day

After arrival in Spain, students are met at the Málaga airport by GoBeyond’s professional staff and transferred to our hotel near the historic center. After some rest, an initial orientation and group icebreakers, the students hit the town for their first glimpse into old world Spain. Highlights on this day include a visit to the Alcazaba – a Moorish fortress-palace – and the central market at Atarazanas. As the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, students also pay tribute to the famous artist by touring a museum devoted to his early work. Students cap off their introductory day to Spain with a delectable tapas tasting, the first of many to come!

Language, Flamenco & Cultural Immersion in Granada

7 Days

Students spend the majority of their trip in Granada, arguably the single most enriching city in Spain for students. Teeming with history and culture – distinguished for its laid-back, youthful and vibrant educational atmosphere thanks to the nearby university – Granada offers the perfect setting for our language and cultural immersion program. Partnering with the oldest language school in the area, students go beyond the typical tourist experience by engaging in an intensive language course, flamenco and cultural classes, as well as a homestay – all while exploring Granada’s charming plazas, white-washed streets, and historical monuments.

Language, Flamenco & Cultural Immersion in Granada

7 Days

As our core focus on program, students spend ~2 ½ hours a day learning and practicing Spanish with professional instructors. Recognized by the Instituto Cervantes, GoBeyond’s partner organization, Carmen de las Cuevas, was the first Spanish school founded in Granada in 1984. Perfectly situated between the quieter neighborhoods of the Albayzín and Sacromonte – a historic gypsy neighborhood with houses built directly into the mountain “cuevas” or caves – the school building, a charming whitewashed house cut into the hillside, has several sun-drenched terraces with breathtaking views of the Alhambra. Students learn to call this school and its welcoming community home, and leave with a great feeling of accomplishment having devoted their time and energy to the greatest of Romance languages.

Language, Flamenco & Cultural Immersion in Granada

7 Days

Flamenco – the song, dance, and instrumental music originating with the nomadic Roma people, or the area’s gypsies – continues to be at the heart of many Andalusian people. As an intimate connection point to Spain’s rich history and present-day culture, GoBeyond students are offered the one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn and explore this unique cultural phenomena with Carmen de las Cuevas – also a leading flamenco center. Students may chose to study baile (dance) or guitarra (guitar – instrument provided) for intensive study. For those less artistically motivated, additional language study or cultural classes may be arranged.

Language, Flamenco & Cultural Immersion in Granada

7 Days

No stay in Granada would be complete without a tour of the legendary Alhambra – or “Red Castle.” Originally constructed on the remains of Roman fortifications, the Alhambra was converted to a small fortress in AD 889, then into a royal palace in 1333 by the Sultan of Granada. After the conclusion of the Christian Reconquista in 1492, the site became the Royal Court of Ferdinand and Isabella – notable as the location Columbus received the royal endorsement for his now famous expedition. As the inspiration for many songs and stories, it’s hard not to be captivated and energized by the Alhambra’s ever-presence. Whether walking its historic grounds or taking a break from study to gaze at its splendor, it is a constant reminder of the power of human imagination.

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Homestays in Granada

Unique to our Spain program, students have the opportunity to get fully immersed into the life of Andalusian people by participating in a homestay. Often the highlight of our trip, for 9 nights of the journey, students are divided into small groups, then spend various evenings and nights with warm and welcoming homestay families, all clustered in the Albayzín and within walking distance of the school. For the experienced and non-experienced Spanish speaker alike, this portion of the journey offers students a wonderful opportunity to pick up more of the local language.

“The best part of GoBeyond was everything that was packed into our schedule. I did so much on the trip while still having time to relax and just enjoy where I was and chilling with my new friends.”
Ethan M.Merion Station, PA
Ethan M
Spanish Bullfighters

Closing Activities

2 Days

The last days are always so hard! To round off their stay, students visit the beach, have a grand feast in Málaga on their final night, and, perhaps, shed a few tears during our slide show and closing program. Without fail, there is a mix of emotions – there is excitement to return home; there is sadness to leave. On the final day of the trip, students are transferred to the Málaga airport by our professional staff, checked in, then travel on to their respective homes and families. Yet the journey continues on for each individual in undefinable ways. The stories we make on GoBeyond Spain are ones we never forget.

¡Hola! Departure for Spain!

1 Day

Our journey begins! Students have the option of flying to Málaga (AGP) via New York (JFK) on a preferred group itinerary, or students can fly independently. For students flying via JFK, GoBeyond arranges for an airport representative to assist with the transfer. In some cases, this representative is one of the group leaders and flies with the students. In other cases, he/she is a local contact responsible for airport assistance but will not be on the flight. Due to time zone differences, our group flight typically lands in Spain the day after departure.

Orientation in Málaga

1 Day

After arrival in Spain, students are met at the Málaga airport by GoBeyond’s professional staff and transferred to our hotel near the historic center. After some rest, an initial orientation and group icebreakers, the students hit the town for their first glimpse into old world Spain. Highlights on this day include a visit to the Alcazaba – a Moorish fortress-palace – and the central market at Atarazanas. As the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, students also pay tribute to the famous artist by touring a museum devoted to his early work. Students cap off their introductory day to Spain with a delectable tapas tasting, the first of many to come!

Language, Flamenco & Cultural Immersion in Granada

7 Days

Students spend the majority of their trip in Granada, arguably the single most enriching city in Spain for students. Teeming with history and culture – distinguished for its laid-back, youthful and vibrant educational atmosphere thanks to the nearby university – Granada offers the perfect setting for our language and cultural immersion program. Partnering with the oldest language school in the area, students go beyond the typical tourist experience by engaging in an intensive language course, flamenco and cultural classes, as well as a homestay – all while exploring Granada’s charming plazas, white-washed streets, and historical monuments.

Language, Flamenco & Cultural Immersion in Granada

7 Days

As our core focus on program, students spend ~2 ½ hours a day learning and practicing Spanish with professional instructors. Recognized by the Instituto Cervantes, GoBeyond’s partner organization, Carmen de las Cuevas, was the first Spanish school founded in Granada in 1984. Perfectly situated between the quieter neighborhoods of the Albayzín and Sacromonte – a historic gypsy neighborhood with houses built directly into the mountain “cuevas” or caves – the school building, a charming whitewashed house cut into the hillside, has several sun-drenched terraces with breathtaking views of the Alhambra. Students learn to call this school and its welcoming community home, and leave with a great feeling of accomplishment having devoted their time and energy to the greatest of Romance languages.

Language, Flamenco & Cultural Immersion in Granada

7 Days

Flamenco – the song, dance, and instrumental music originating with the nomadic Roma people, or the area’s gypsies – continues to be at the heart of many Andalusian people. As an intimate connection point to Spain’s rich history and present-day culture, GoBeyond students are offered the one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn and explore this unique cultural phenomena with Carmen de las Cuevas – also a leading flamenco center. Students may chose to study baile (dance) or guitarra (guitar – instrument provided) for intensive study. For those less artistically motivated, additional language study or cultural classes may be arranged.

Language, Flamenco & Cultural Immersion in Granada

7 Days

No stay in Granada would be complete without a tour of the legendary Alhambra – or “Red Castle.” Originally constructed on the remains of Roman fortifications, the Alhambra was converted to a small fortress in AD 889, then into a royal palace in 1333 by the Sultan of Granada. After the conclusion of the Christian Reconquista in 1492, the site became the Royal Court of Ferdinand and Isabella – notable as the location Columbus received the royal endorsement for his now famous expedition. As the inspiration for many songs and stories, it’s hard not to be captivated and energized by the Alhambra’s ever-presence. Whether walking its historic grounds or taking a break from study to gaze at its splendor, it is a constant reminder of the power of human imagination.

Homestays in Granada

Unique to our Spain program, students have the opportunity to get fully immersed into the life of Andalusian people by participating in a homestay. Often the highlight of our trip, for 9 nights of the journey, students are divided into small groups, then spend various evenings and nights with warm and welcoming homestay families, all clustered in the Albayzín and within walking distance of the school. For the experienced and non-experienced Spanish speaker alike, this portion of the journey offers students a wonderful opportunity to pick up more of the local language.

“The best part of GoBeyond was everything that was packed into our schedule. I did so much on the trip while still having time to relax and just enjoy where I was and chilling with my new friends.”
Ethan M.Merion Station, PA
Ethan M

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Spanish Bullfighters

Closing Activities

2 Days

The last days are always so hard! To round off their stay, students visit the beach, have a grand feast in Málaga on their final night, and, perhaps, shed a few tears during our slide show and closing program. Without fail, there is a mix of emotions – there is excitement to return home; there is sadness to leave. On the final day of the trip, students are transferred to the Málaga airport by our professional staff, checked in, then travel on to their respective homes and families. Yet the journey continues on for each individual in undefinable ways. The stories we make on GoBeyond Spain are ones we never forget.

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Affiliates

GoBeyond is a proud partner of local, national, and international service and language organizations around the world.

In Spain, GoBeyond students have the opportunity to work closely with professional language instructors and live alongside friendly homestay families to fully immerse themselves into the language and culture.

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    Carmen de las Cuevas

    Carmen de las Cuevas, the first Spanish school founded in Granada in the year 1984, is a Spanish language school acknowledged by the Instituto Cervantes, as well as a leading Flamenco center. This school is a popular choice among foreign students, owing its popularity to its spectacular location and authentic Andalusian ambience. It is perfectly situated between the historic neighborhoods of the Albayzín and Sacromonte and, 30 years on, continues to combine experience and enthusiasm to provide a unique learning experience.

Need To Know

Is this journey right for me?

This journey is for the student looking for an intensive and immersive Spanish language and cultural experience. Suitable for Spanish beginners looking to jumpstart their introduction to the language – as well as Spanish intermediates looking to hone their skills – GoBeyond tailors the learning experience to each student’s individual needs and language levels. Studying Spanish, learning about the history, and genuinely connecting with the people of Andalusia takes effort but will ultimately reward you tenfold.

In addition to language study and cultural site-seeing, classes in flamenco dance and guitar add another key element to this trip. Regardless of their former training, dancers and guitar players will find new skills to develop through this unique art form. Note, no prior experience is required for the dance study; however, students wishing to explore flamenco guitar should have some former guitar playing (of any style) under their belt. For those less artistically motivated, additional language study or other cultural classes may be arranged during the Granada portion of the program.

What's the group like?

There’s really no rigid mold that GoBeyond participants are cut from. Since our students come from different backgrounds all over the world, the groups end up being naturally diverse. Everyone arrives with different goals, expectations, hopes, and fears but they quickly find common ground and begin to bond. The GoBeyond environment allows team members to connect quickly and become closer friends than anyone would expect. Many students report leaving feeling as though they had known their fellow students much longer than they actually had.

Our philosophy revolves around small group sizes that are still large enough to foster a sense of community. For this journey, we’ve found that a group size of maximum 15 students works best. This journey does not require any previous experience, skills, or language fluency – only a willingness to learn, interact, and appreciate each incredible adventure.

Who are the staff?

GoBeyond is proud to attract and recruit the best in our field. Our summer staff consists of avid world travelers, highly qualified professionals, and fun and experienced facilitators and educators. All members of our team are dynamic, multi-talented, and passionate individuals with a devotion and commitment to the safety and experience of our students.

The average age of our summer staff is 26. Staff skills are journey specific, such as holding a maritime license in the BVIs or having a background in childcare for China. All staff are First Aid and CPR certified, and many hold advanced training certificates such as Wilderness First Responder or EMT. Along with local guides and our community service partners, the ratio of staff to students is approximately 1:5. This enables close interaction and individualized attention during the journey.

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What do I need to bring?

GoBeyond students are responsible for carrying their luggage from place to place. As such, we recommend that you keep things simple and avoid over packing. Students are given the opportunity to do laundry throughout the trip, so there’s no need to pack several weeks’ worth of clothing.

Our hope is that families will have minimal purchases prior to the trip, so we’ve compiled our packing lists in a way that you’ll find most of what you need in your closet at home. Around mid to late March, we make available our Pre-Trip Packet to enrolled students, which contains a detailed packing list for this year’s journey.

During the Spain trip, students will need approximately $500 USD in cash. This cash is used for two purposes…

“Travel and Reserve Cash” ($200) is held in safekeeping by our staff during the journey. Its intended use is for anticipated travel needs to and from the journey destination and for any unanticipated emergency costs that might arise such as doctor’s visits. Any leftover cash at the end of the journey is returned to the student.

GoBeyond will pay all major journey costs while traveling and working, but there will also be opportunities for students to spend money on personal items. For a student’s personal “Spending Cash” ($300), the most common expenses include phone/internet time, souvenirs, and snacks. Based on our past experience, some students will spend less and some will spend more than our recommendation above. Judge this amount by the spending habits of your student. Please set up boundaries for its use, as GoBeyond cannot be responsible for monitoring student spending. If you are concerned about loss or theft, students can give staff up to $150 of their spending cash to be put into safekeeping/drawn later.

Where do we stay?

GoBeyond is not a luxury journey; however, we utilize comfortable, clean, and safe accommodations during our trips. In Spain, students spend about half the nights in local hotels, B&Bs, and hostels. For the remainder of our trip, specifically in Granada, students spend multiple nights in an Andalusian homestay. The families we use are clustered together in the Albayzín – within 10 to 15 minutes walking distance of the school – and are carefully screened by our partner, Carmen de las Cuevas. Students are divided into gender-appropriate groups with 2-4 boys or girls per homestay family. This allows our students to have a more immersive experience in Spain, while still benefitting from the presence of a few friends!

What do we eat?

GoBeyond’s tuition covers all meals after arrival in the host country. We strive for healthy, nutritious, and delicious meals, and serve a mixture of local and international fare (including Western). For our Spain journey, we primarily eat at the hotels/hostels/B&Bs or homestay families for breakfast and lunch, then local restaurants for dinner.

Note, as GoBeyond is a health-conscious program, our staff do not provide large quantities of “junk” food (i.e. sodas, chips, candy bars, large desserts, etc.). Students can always supplement our meals and snacks by shopping locally for their own items.

During the application process, families can inform us of any dietary allergies or restrictions. We are usually able to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, pescetarians, etc., as well as various food allergies. However, if your student has a severe allergy to peanuts or other common substances, please call our office to discuss the options.

Nitty Gritty

Flights
Are flights included in the tuition?

Since students join us from all over the world, the cost of transportation to and from the destination country is not included in the program tuition.

Who should we contact to book travel?

Helping to coordinate our students’ travel is of vital importance – and a mammoth task! For this reason, we strongly suggest that all families start by contacting our travel coordinator, Leah Hernandez of TRC Travel Center (T: +1.281.528.7727 or 800.329.9000 • E: leahctn68@hotmail.com). Even if you are not originating in the U.S., Leah will be able to provide options and guidance.

When should I book flights?

We suggest you wait until March 20th, and here’s why. The quality of the experience is in large part defined by the makeup of the student team, and unfortunately we can’t determine the status of a specific journey or session until we receive the appropriate number of enrollments to guarantee a great experience (which is typically no fewer than six). Therefore, unless you select a ticket fare type or flight insurance policy that allows flexibility for date modifications, refunds, or credits, we suggest that families wait until after March 20th to book their international flights.

What is the preferred itinerary for U.S.-based students?

Each year, GoBeyond works with TRC Travel Center to select a preferred itinerary to/from Málaga (AGP) via New York (JFK). GoBeyond strongly encourages U.S.-based families to book on our recommended route, so that as many students as possible can fly together as a team. Please bear in mind, however, that GoBeyond has no control over the number of participants that choose to fly via JFK. Depending on the desires of other participants, the number of students traveling on the recommended route can vary greatly.

What about an alternate itinerary that suits us better?

Since students come from all over the U.S. and world, it is not required that students book on our preferred itinerary.  For non-U.S. based students, those looking to use frequent flier miles, or others who are not booking with TRC Travel Center or on our preferred flight itinerary, please contact our office prior to booking to ensure you are arriving and departing Spain at appropriate times. Note that the journey start date (as shown above) is the date upon which the GoBeyond group flight departs New York. Due to time zone differences, the group flight may actually land in AGP the day after. The journey end date is the date upon which the GoBeyond group flight departs AGP.

Does GoBeyond provide support on travel days?

Yes. We understand that travel days can be stressful for both parents and students, so no matter what time of the day or night, our office team actively monitors and supports our participants during travel. We require students to travel with a mobile phone with domestic data capability so we can monitor their progress and communicate directly if necessary. For certain flight connections, GoBeyond also offers on-site airport assistance, yet our experience has shown that being active and available to everyone electronically is often more effective in quickly troubleshooting snags than being physically present in just one location. For this specific journey…

  • Preferred Itinerary (Outbound flight, JFK to AGB) – In some instances, particularly for the first session of the summer, GoBeyond has a group leader who flies with the students on the preferred itinerary at the start of the trip. When a group leader is not able to travel with the students on this outbound flight, GoBeyond will typically hire a representative for the JFK airport who is responsible for helping troubleshoot any flight/connection issues that may arise.
  • Preferred Itinerary (Inbound flight, AGP to JFK) – On occasion, particularly for the last session of the summer, a group leader will return to the U.S. on the preferred flight with the students. If a staff member is not able to return with the students, GoBeyond will not typically hire an in-airport representative for JFK. This is due to the lack of an on-site representative’s ability to attend to customs/immigration issues and ongoing connection coordination when they do not arrive with the students.

For more information on airport assistance, please contact our office. We will be glad to let you know what type of support we typically offer for your journey (specific plans will only be available nearer the travel date).

Travel Docs & Vaccinations
Skip the stress and plan ahead

GoBeyond cannot apply for passports or visas on a student’s behalf, but we can provide the information you need to do so yourself. At the time of writing, students traveling on U.S. passports do not need a visa but must have at least 3+ months of validity (6+ months recommended) on their passport after the departure date from Spain. For the most up-to-date and thorough information, please visit travel.state.gov. Students traveling on non-U.S. passports should verify passport and visa requirements for your nationality by contacting your local Spanish embassy or consulate.

GoBeyond understands that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications such as anti-malarials. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, GoBeyond does not supply medical advice. We recommend that all families refer to the expertise of the CDC (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), their health care providers, and/or a travel clinic.

Tuition
GoBeyond tuition fees cover the following:
  • All in-country journey accommodation, meals, and ground transportation
  • Full-time staff, local guides, language instructors, and tips
  • All group activities including language and cultural classes, service projects and materials, sight-seeing trips, and educational excursions
  • Physical and monetary donations to our partner organizations

Not included in the GoBeyond tuition fees are personal expenses such as the cost of obtaining passports, visas, vaccinations, airport taxes, extra baggage fees, health and travel insurance, medical and evacuation expenses, personal spending money, e-mail, phone calls, laundry, souvenirs, etc. As students come from all over the world, air transportation is not included. Please see the Flights tab for more details.

OUR 5-6 WEEK PROGRAMS

Any two consecutive journeys can be joined to form one extended course. In the interim between journeys, students stay with staff. The total cost is determined by combining the cost of each journey and subtracting the 5% extended course discount (this discount also applies toward any trips adjoining our sister program ActionQuest). GoBeyond and ActionQuest enrollment for any two journeys in the same summer will be considered as a single extended program in the event of withdrawal or dismissal from the trip at any time.

Itinerary
Living in the moment

Though the fundamentals of our journeys do not change, specific journey logistics evolve over time. It is typical for our community service partners to not choose our project areas until late spring/early summer, thus the final touches on our itineraries are not always set until then. The journey overview portions of this page should give families a basic understanding of the kinds of activities we do on the journey. For the most up-to-date information on our expected itineraries, feel free to Contact our office.

With that in mind, we encourage all participants to “live in the moment” while on the journey. Travel, even on organized trips, requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. Your journey country may not be as efficient, orderly, and/or timely as you are use to. We hope you’ll take the bumps in stride, and enjoy the adventure!

  • Flights
  • Travel Docs & Vaccinations
  • Tuition
  • Itinerary
  • Are flights included in the tuition?

    Since students join us from all over the world, the cost of transportation to and from the destination country is not included in the program tuition.

    Who should we contact to book travel?

    Helping to coordinate our students’ travel is of vital importance – and a mammoth task! For this reason, we strongly suggest that all families start by contacting our travel coordinator, Leah Hernandez of TRC Travel Center (T: +1.281.528.7727 or 800.329.9000 • E: leahctn68@hotmail.com). Even if you are not originating in the U.S., Leah will be able to provide options and guidance.

    When should I book flights?

    We suggest you wait until March 20th, and here’s why. The quality of the experience is in large part defined by the makeup of the student team, and unfortunately we can’t determine the status of a specific journey or session until we receive the appropriate number of enrollments to guarantee a great experience (which is typically no fewer than six). Therefore, unless you select a ticket fare type or flight insurance policy that allows flexibility for date modifications, refunds, or credits, we suggest that families wait until after March 20th to book their international flights.

    What is the preferred itinerary for U.S.-based students?

    Each year, GoBeyond works with TRC Travel Center to select a preferred itinerary to/from Málaga (AGP) via New York (JFK). GoBeyond strongly encourages U.S.-based families to book on our recommended route, so that as many students as possible can fly together as a team. Please bear in mind, however, that GoBeyond has no control over the number of participants that choose to fly via JFK. Depending on the desires of other participants, the number of students traveling on the recommended route can vary greatly.

    What about an alternate itinerary that suits us better?

    Since students come from all over the U.S. and world, it is not required that students book on our preferred itinerary.  For non-U.S. based students, those looking to use frequent flier miles, or others who are not booking with TRC Travel Center or on our preferred flight itinerary, please contact our office prior to booking to ensure you are arriving and departing Spain at appropriate times. Note that the journey start date (as shown above) is the date upon which the GoBeyond group flight departs New York. Due to time zone differences, the group flight may actually land in AGP the day after. The journey end date is the date upon which the GoBeyond group flight departs AGP.

    Does GoBeyond provide support on travel days?

    Yes. We understand that travel days can be stressful for both parents and students, so no matter what time of the day or night, our office team actively monitors and supports our participants during travel. We require students to travel with a mobile phone with domestic data capability so we can monitor their progress and communicate directly if necessary. For certain flight connections, GoBeyond also offers on-site airport assistance, yet our experience has shown that being active and available to everyone electronically is often more effective in quickly troubleshooting snags than being physically present in just one location. For this specific journey…

    • Preferred Itinerary (Outbound flight, JFK to AGB) – In some instances, particularly for the first session of the summer, GoBeyond has a group leader who flies with the students on the preferred itinerary at the start of the trip. When a group leader is not able to travel with the students on this outbound flight, GoBeyond will typically hire a representative for the JFK airport who is responsible for helping troubleshoot any flight/connection issues that may arise.
    • Preferred Itinerary (Inbound flight, AGP to JFK) – On occasion, particularly for the last session of the summer, a group leader will return to the U.S. on the preferred flight with the students. If a staff member is not able to return with the students, GoBeyond will not typically hire an in-airport representative for JFK. This is due to the lack of an on-site representative’s ability to attend to customs/immigration issues and ongoing connection coordination when they do not arrive with the students.

    For more information on airport assistance, please contact our office. We will be glad to let you know what type of support we typically offer for your journey (specific plans will only be available nearer the travel date).

  • Skip the stress and plan ahead

    GoBeyond cannot apply for passports or visas on a student’s behalf, but we can provide the information you need to do so yourself. At the time of writing, students traveling on U.S. passports do not need a visa but must have at least 3+ months of validity (6+ months recommended) on their passport after the departure date from Spain. For the most up-to-date and thorough information, please visit travel.state.gov. Students traveling on non-U.S. passports should verify passport and visa requirements for your nationality by contacting your local Spanish embassy or consulate.

    GoBeyond understands that families have varying opinions on vaccinations. Some greatly desire the precaution; others prefer to avoid possible side effects of certain medications such as anti-malarials. Coupled with the fact that each student has unique medical considerations known best by his or her doctor, GoBeyond does not supply medical advice. We recommend that all families refer to the expertise of the CDC (wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel), their health care providers, and/or a travel clinic.

  • GoBeyond tuition fees cover the following:
    • All in-country journey accommodation, meals, and ground transportation
    • Full-time staff, local guides, language instructors, and tips
    • All group activities including language and cultural classes, service projects and materials, sight-seeing trips, and educational excursions
    • Physical and monetary donations to our partner organizations

    Not included in the GoBeyond tuition fees are personal expenses such as the cost of obtaining passports, visas, vaccinations, airport taxes, extra baggage fees, health and travel insurance, medical and evacuation expenses, personal spending money, e-mail, phone calls, laundry, souvenirs, etc. As students come from all over the world, air transportation is not included. Please see the Flights tab for more details.

    OUR 5-6 WEEK PROGRAMS

    Any two consecutive journeys can be joined to form one extended course. In the interim between journeys, students stay with staff. The total cost is determined by combining the cost of each journey and subtracting the 5% extended course discount (this discount also applies toward any trips adjoining our sister program ActionQuest). GoBeyond and ActionQuest enrollment for any two journeys in the same summer will be considered as a single extended program in the event of withdrawal or dismissal from the trip at any time.

  • Living in the moment

    Though the fundamentals of our journeys do not change, specific journey logistics evolve over time. It is typical for our community service partners to not choose our project areas until late spring/early summer, thus the final touches on our itineraries are not always set until then. The journey overview portions of this page should give families a basic understanding of the kinds of activities we do on the journey. For the most up-to-date information on our expected itineraries, feel free to Contact our office.

    With that in mind, we encourage all participants to “live in the moment” while on the journey. Travel, even on organized trips, requires flexibility and a willingness to accept adversity and change. Your journey country may not be as efficient, orderly, and/or timely as you are use to. We hope you’ll take the bumps in stride, and enjoy the adventure!