Glastonbury Public Schools World Language
SMS Spanish Immersion Trip
About the Spanish Immersion Trip
The Spanish Immersion Trip is open to 8th grade students interested in spending one week in Salamanca, Spain, learning about Spanish culture, while studying the Spanish language. Students will attend four hours of language class each day, before setting out in the afternoons with local guides to explore the historic city of Salamanca. Students will reside in host families with another Smith Middle School student. This program will help to increase student proficiency in the Spanish language.
Current 8th grade students may apply to the Spanish Immersion Program in Salamanca, Spain. Students must be enrolled in a Spanish course in order to participate. Students must be in both good academic and behavioral standing.
Applications for the 2023-2024 Immersion Program are NOW AVAILABLE. Applications are due on Friday, 9/22/23.
Late/incomplete applications will not be accepted. The application has multiple parts, and all parts must be completed to be eligible for this process. Students who successfully complete the application, will be invited for the next round of the application process, which is an in-person interview after school.
The Cost & What's Included
The cost of this one week immersion experience is estimated to be $2500. Included in this cost is roundtrip airfare and transfers to and from the airports in both Madrid and New York. One week of lodging with a Spanish-speaking host family, three meals per day while in Salamanca, as well as excursions and activities.
Applications for the 2023-2024 SMS Spanish Immersion Trip are due on September 22, 2023.
Completed applications should be submitted to Sra. Kisluk in room 1110 at Smith Middle School.
First, please read this parent letter before completing the application.
Next, complete the application. Parts can be done in any order, though we suggest doing the "Student Checklist and Guardian Acknowledgment" last.
SMS Spanish immersion trip application (Part 1 of 4).
Letter in Spanish to the host family (Part 2 of 4). A letter in Spanish to the host family, a 100 word minimum, introducing myself, my family, my friends, likes, etc. Be sure this is the student's own work and includes details. This will be a hard copy, turned in to Ms. Kisluk.
Teachers complete the online recommendation (Part 3 of 4). Recommendations are required from four teachers. Students reach out to these teachers for their recommendations:
Seventh grade Spanish teacher
Seventh grade team leader
Eighth grade Spanish teacher
Seventh grade elective teacher
Parents / guardians complete and sign the "Student Checklist and Guardian Acknowledgement" (Part 4 of 4). This will be a hard copy, turned in to Ms. Kisluk.