LITA is a dynamic, academically challenging language immersion program in Spain for motivated high school students with a sense of adventure and a true commitment to language...
A life changing summer
Submitted by Bonnie - The Hotchkiss School | November 21, 2017
Without a doubt, LITA changed my life and I will always cherish the relationships I formed and the experiences I had while in Spain. I chose LITA over other programs because it seemed like LITA focused on the individual experience and really cared about making sure your time in Spain was almost perfect. I also felt as though in order to fully understand the Spanish language, I needed to be immersed in the culture and become part of it. LITA did all of this for me and I enjoyed it so much more than I could ever have imagined. Every single day I would wake up looking forward to what we were doing that day. One of my favorite parts of the first week was going to Santiago de Compostela where we explored the city in little groups talking to locals and getting used to speaking the language in a natural environment. I learned so much about Spanish culture by just spending time in the cities and towns and speaking with the locals. I felt as though I was able to become part of the town where my homestay was rather than just be a guest there. Additionally, my host family was amazing and Jordan and Michella did an exceptional job matching me with my host family. In fact, I was just talking with my host sister yesterday. I absolutely loved LITA and I would highly suggest it to anyone looking for an awesome summer in a Spain while also becoming part of the country.
My LITA experience
Submitted by Lita Student - N/A | November 03, 2017
This trip was one of the best experiences of my life. Going into the trip, I was very nervous and was afraid to go out of my comfort zone. However, my counselors were extremely helpful, comforting, and easy to talk to in the transition from the US to Spain. I saw my Spanish speaking and listening skills improve drastically and I formed relationships between friends in my group and during my homestay that I know will last a life time and have still kept in touch with since I left. Lita broadened my cultural perspective on Spain and I was able to have an unforgettable experience while still learning Spanish and life skills. The program was smaller which allowed my to form strong bonds with all of the group and my counselors. In addition, the smaller homestay town size in Medina del Campo allowed me to really be immersed in the Spanish language instead of being surrounded by English in a more urban town.
A lot of fun as well as learning!
Submitted by Evelyn Barringer - Greenwich Academy | November 01, 2017
I had an amazing time on this trip. I greatly enjoyed it when I was there, and now that I am home I appreciate it even more. Everyday was filled with new activities, adventures and opportunities to further expand my Spanish as well as my world view. I was placed in a great family where the connection was immediate, and because of this, learning was fun and easy and as I emerged myself into the Spanish community I became aware of the impact that I could have on people and the importance of a positive attitude.
Amazing summer opportunity
Submitted by Alexandra - Phillips Exeter Academy | November 01, 2017
I am really happy to have participated in LITA's program last summer- it was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience! I learned so much about the native culture, improved my fluency, and really had a blast. The leaders were super responsible and fun and the activities scheduled for us seemed very personalized and not very tourist-y (which was good- I felt like I got a better understanding of the place and people). My host family was extremely nice and still keep in touch with them after the program's end. The group size didn't feel too small or large and I feel like I made friends for life during the 6-week trip; the program also did a very good job at selecting students from a wide variety of places. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who has an interest in the Spanish language.
A once in a lifetime experience
Submitted by Annie Saustad - The Episcopal School of Dallas | November 01, 2017
LITA is a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget. Not only did I build close relationships all over the United States, but in Spain as well. This summer program pushed me to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. I integrated myself with an unknown community, culture, and language, which helped me develop my overall skills within Spanish. My speaking capabilities developed immensely in the span of 5 weeks, as well as my understanding of different cultures. Although this program is incredibly strict with solely speaking Spanish, I have never experienced so much fun learning and educating myself. LITA is unique in that you are put in rural communities with little to no english, a wonderful three week homestay with kind loving families who truly care about your experience and wellbeing, and the opportunity to complete an independent research project or internship. After my five week experience with LITA, I consider this program and the people within this program a home away from home due to the constant encouragement and love given from not only the leaders, but my fellow friends within this program.