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Common Ground International’s Spanish immersion volunteer programs are the best Spanish Immersion trips for Students, Professionals, Adults & Families.
Our programs are designed to help you learn Spanish while you volunteer in the community and have fun exploring. These trips are led by Spanish teachers focused on helping you speak more Spanish! We provide a small team of coordinators & Spanish teachers who are always available for you while you’re on immersion. We’re intentional on programs about everything we do, and we’d love to share a trip with you.
Join a Spanish immersion info meeting to learn more!
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Adult & Family Spanish Immersion Info Meeting
High School Spanish Immersion Info Meeting
Why travel with Common Ground?
Most commonly asked questions about our trips:
How do you account for different levels of learners on the immersion trip?
We’ll have you complete a lengthy Spanish Immersion placement test that will give us a good idea of what class you should be in and who your classmates should be.
What are the average class sizes on your immersion trips?
Classes average 4-6 people. They could be as large as 8 and as small as 1:1, but the average is in the 4-6 range.
Can I stay in a hotel?
Yes of course. Let us know early on if that’s your preference so that we can help you arrange a convenient and reputable place.
How important is it to start on the first week of your programs?
On the winter programs, we only offer 1 start date. Summer programs we usually offer a few different start date options. It’s usually a good idea, if you can make it work, to start in the first week of the program. That helps you go through all the natural stages of cultural adjustment along with your peers and helps you feel in sync with others. But if you can’t start the first week of the summer program, no problem at all, we’ll help you get integrated into the group and up to speed with everything.
Is it possible to arrive a day or two early OR a day or two late based on a few pending schedule items that still need to get sorted out?
Yes of course, please just communicate early with us about your schedule and we’ll help you make sure all of the details of your trip are accounted for.
What level of Spanish should we come in with?
Immersion is always the best way to learn Spanish in the shortest period of time regardless of your starting level. That said, the more you know before you travel, the faster you learn while you’re there. So, the short answer is that we will work with you at any level of Spanish. We also encourage you to do whatever you can to work on your Spanish before you travel and we know that you’ll be glad you did :).
What is the current COVID situation on CGI Trips?
COVID is always changing – here is the latest on our COVID policies.
Are the other travelers mostly individuals or do people tend to travel in groups?
There are some small groups of people that travel, but by and large we’re a collection of like-minded individuals. You’ll definitely make fast friends on the trip!
How many participants stay with a given host family?
Normally we have 2 people per family on our Ecuador programs and 1 person per family on our Costa Rica programs.
Can a family member or significant other come but not participate in the program?
Absolutely, we welcome your familia and amigos on the trip. We should talk through your plans and the daily realities of the program, so call Rory to discuss!
Can we visit both Ecuador and Costa Rica on the same trip?
Yes absolutely! Each program has the option of choosing a “Combo” trip. See the details on each immersion trip.
What is the day to day schedule while on program?
The general Mon- Fri schedule is 1/2 day of community work or fun activities and 1/2 day of Spanish classes. Your classes could be in the morning block or in the afternoon block but will be consistent during your trip. We usually offer optional excursions on the weekends as well.
What is the average of travelers on these trips?
The high school trips usually range from incoming sophomores to incoming seniors, but we also invite incoming freshmen and graduating seniors to participate as well.
The family programs usually include parents or grandparents with elementary aged kids.
The adult programs typically range from graduate students to retirees
What is the cancellation policy in case of a family emergency?
We’re more than happy to transfer 100% of your program registration to another trip if you can’t travel for any reason. Refunds are harder. In fact, all of your payments are non-refundable. If you feel you may need a refund, we recommend a cancel for any reason travel insurance policy.