One of the largest countries in Europe, Spain is made up of many diverse regions, each with its own unique history and culture.
Its rich, tumultuous, and sometimes controversial history stretches back centuries. Spain has been settled by the Phoenicians and Romans, conquered by Muslim caliphs, and ruled as a huge empire by kings and queens; it has suffered civil war and the rise of fascism and struggled with high unemployment, to name just a few defining eras that make Spain the dynamic and modern country it is today. Spain has produced some of the world’s most famous artists, authors, and poets. It’s home to nearly 50 UNESCO World Heritage sites (the third-most in the world) and many world-class museums.
It’s no surprise that with such a complex history, every corner of Spain is characterized by long-standing traditions, styles of music, festivals, and beliefs. From Valladolid in north-central Spain: a former capital where locals say the purest “Castellano” Spanish is spoken, all the way to Barcelona: a vibrant, international hub of a city is fiercely independent Catalonia, Spain has much to offer and much to teach us. Choose one of our sites to get started.
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SHORT TERM & CUSTOMIZED
An opportunity to explore Barcelona.
SEMESTER / BARCELONA
Immerse yourself in the heart of Spain.
SEMESTER / VALLADOLID
Intensive Language & Culture in Spain.
SUMMER / VALLADOLID
Monica Fernandez Crespo
Barcelona Site Director
Dr. Sergio Villa
Valladolid Site Director
The main themes associated with our programs in Spain:
• Cultural Heritage & Traditions
• Education & Teaching
HEALTH & SAFETY
As you or your loved one prepares to serve with Amizade in Spain, you can rest comfortably with the knowledge that Amizade has an exceptionally strong safety record and ability to respond to any emerging challenges.
Spanish literature and poetry:
The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes
The Selected Poems of Federico Garcia Lorca – Federico Garcia Lorca
History and politics of Spain:
The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain – Maria Rosa Menocal
Homage to Catalonia – George Orwell: a gripping account of his experiences in the Spanish Civil War fighting Franco’s fascists.
Helen Graham, The Spanish Civil War: A Very Short Introduction
The Struggle for Catalonia: Rebel Politics in Spain by Raphael Minder
Popular Spanish Movies
Pan’s Labyrinth – Guillermo del Toro
Ocho Apellidos Vascos (the Spanish Affair) – Emilio Martínez-Lázaro