Spanish Exchange

9-to-15 day school group exchange program

Empower your students to

Gain confidence and independence

Develop empathy and understanding

 Increase their Spanish language skills

Host a group of Spanish students at your school, then travel with your students to Spain to be hosted by your exchange partners.

Global awareness and life-long friendships

Your students will develop meaningful relationships with their exchange partners in Spain as they fully immerse in Spanish culture and expand their global perspective.

Spanish Exchange global awareness

Affordability

Travel costs are significantly lower than other educational travel programs as your students will be hosted by their exchange partners and spend most of their time in school and with their host families.

Spanish exchange affordable

All-school involvement

Hosting Spanish students at your school will engage the entire school community, providing cultural exposure and connection for all students, not just those who travel.

Spanish Exchange all school involvement

Long-­term partnership

A successful exchange forges a long-lasting  relationship between schools, one that benefits both present and future students.

Spanish exchange long term partnership

Testimonials

Belle D., Spanish student

“This exchange program was an amazing way to learn about Spanish culture and make treasured connections that would have otherwise been impossible.”

Nicole C., Spanish teacher

“There’s nothing like being accepted into someone else’s family and culture on such an intimate level… that’s been a great experience for our students.”

Sample Spanish Exchanges

The Program

We’ll match you with a partner school in Spain.

Your school will host a small group of students from Spain.

You and your students will travel to Spain for 9 to 15 days.

In Spain, your students will stay with their exchange partners.

Take the first step

We’ll walk you through the exchange process and answer your questions about how to organize an exchange.

Find your partner school

Submit your school profile by February 7th to be considered for our early matching process.
Schools for which we identify a partner will be notified of their match on February 14th.

FAQ

Where are your partner schools located?

Click on the map below to see locations of our Spanish partner schools.

Why organize an exchange with Forum Language Experience?

Forum Language Experience has organized international school trips since 1991 and exchanges since 2006. We’ve  organized more than 250 school exchanges.

We prioritize the safety of students and have national offices in each of the countries we serve, allowing us to provide 24/7 in-country support to both school groups while traveling.

We provide travel insurance with medical coverage for both your school and the Spanish school, providing schools and families peace of mind when hosting and traveling.

Is an exchange program right for my school?

An exchange program involves the support of the organizing teacher, school administration and host families.

To determine if an exchange is the right option for your school, we encourage you to first speak with your school administration. You will need their approval to travel with your students and to host the Spanish students at your school for four to seven days. If your administration approves, you may also need to schedule time at your next school board meeting to get their approval as well. This process can take several months depending on your school.

Once you have school approval, you will need to identify if you have enough interest from families to host the visiting students. It is required in an exchange program that students are hosted one per home in a safe, supervised, and welcoming environment.

When can my students and I travel?

Your exchange will take place during the Spanish school year, which starts in September and ends in June.

On your school profile form, you will be able to indicate your preferred travel dates. The more flexible you are with your dates, the more likely we will be able to match you with a partner school.

Please note that if you are not able to travel until June, it may be more difficult to find a partner as many Spanish schools are starting finals by then.

Additionally, Spanish schools are closed during Holy Week.

When will our school and families host the Spanish group?

On your school profile form, you will be able to indicate your hosting availability. The more flexible you are with your dates, the more likely we will be able to match you with a partner school.

Many Spanish schools like to travel in the fall when their school year starts (September/October), so it’s best to have your partnership established the spring prior to their travel.

What activities should we plan when hosting the Spanish students?

When you have been matched with your partner school, you and the organizing teacher at your partner school will decide together what activities each school will plan for the other.

First, you’ll want to decide how many days will be spent in classes versus on excursions. Usually Americans prefer to spend less time in class and more time sight-seeing while the Spanish prefer to integrate themselves in daily school life. Use this opportunity to plan special activities that will involve other students at your school, coordinate with other teachers which classes the students will attend, and work with your families to plan some activities outside school hours to make sure all the visiting students are enjoying their time in your town.