We Welcome Your Application to Join Us!
We build each of our groups with care, keeping the groups small (no more than twelve students), and paying close attention to age, grade, gender, and the mix of hometowns and schools. Our goal is to put together great groups — groups where nice kids thrive in a supportive, wholesome, and caring environment. Please note: availability as shown is based on students traveling without a friend; if your child is interested in traveling with a friend, please call our office for availability.
Important Information about Availability
This departure of this trip has good availability. Apply as soon as possible since availability changes quickly.
This departure of this trip has limited availability. Apply as soon as possible, and on receipt of your application, if space is still available, we’ll confirm a spot for you. If all of the spots are taken, we’ll call you to discuss options.
This departure of this trip is currently full — please call us to discuss options.
How to Apply
Apply online using a credit card for the $795 deposit (your card will not be charged until we confirm a spot for you). Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received (we do not hold spots over the phone).
When to Apply
The flow of applications starts in July and peaks in January/February. Some groups fill by the December holidays, and others will have space into the late spring. Our advice? Apply as soon as possible — it only takes a few minutes — and we’ll get to work right away to find a great spot for you.
Call (413.458.9672) or email (email@example.com). We look forward to hearing from you.
Language & Hiking Spain
Three weeks of learning and fun in Spain's mountains!
Immerse yourself in Spain.
Learning a new language, really learning it, requires time, effort, and fun. That’s right, fun. And not just fun in the classroom: stories and songs and games, but fun outside of the classroom: exploration and adventures. In the classroom, we’re led by native speakers. Outside the classroom, we’re led by a pair of dynamic Overland leaders. Enthusiastic and energetic, your Overland leaders will lead you on hikes up into the mountains. Come join us for a summer filled with fun, friends, language, and exploration!
Language & Hiking Spain Itinerary
for all of the details!
"The best leaders I have ever had!"
"Phoebe got so much out of the trip — from real-world Spanish to hiking in natural beauty to strong friendships and lessons in leadership."
San Francisco, California
Challenge & Accomplishment
Small Classes, Experienced Teachers
Explore Pyrenean Landscapes
Taking a Break
On the Trail
Good to Know
- The group is always small — no more than twelve students.
- We always have carefully chosen and thoroughly prepared leaders.
- Groups typically have a mix of grades.
- The itinerary is crafted to provide just the right balance of activities — the goal is to have every student love their Overland experience.
- Meals are wholesome, nutritious, and varied… and they’re fun group projects with input from everyone and guidance from the leaders.
- Getting to and from the trip is a breeze: Barcelona has good connections to the U.S., and our leaders will be on hand on arrival and departure.
Have a question about availability?
Contact Us or call: (413) 458-9672
Is the language level appropriate for my child’s language experience?
We require that your child arrives with at least one year of classroom instruction in Spanish or equivalent experience (time spent studying abroad). Language learning apps (e.g. Duolingo) are not sufficient. Overland groups are divided into smaller language classes upon arrival. Classes focus on speaking and listening comprehension and accommodate varying levels of language abilities.
Is this a language immersion program?
No. All of Overland's language programs require dedication to learning a language and appreciating a new culture. Although there is not a language pledge, classes are conducted exclusively in Spanish, and leaders will engage the group in Spanish outside of the classroom for approximately two hours per day.
What are the teachers like?
Overland partners with a language school in the Pyrenees with professional Spanish teachers who create lesson plans to engage our groups. The teachers speak Spanish as their primary language. Overland leaders will sit in on classes, but the professional teachers are responsible for classroom language instruction during the program.
Does my child need to have previous international or group travel experience?
While no previous experience is required, we have high expectations of our students. We expect your child — with your help — to select a trip that is appropriate for his or her interests and abilities. You should spend some time familiarizing yourself with the details of the specific program and help your child understand what to expect. We also expect our students to prepare ahead of time: to review the packing list, gather clothing and gear and complete whatever training the trip requires (for recommended training please see the Before You Go tab). Once the trip begins, your child should be ready — and excited — to contribute to a wholesome and enthusiastic group where each group member feels welcomed and valued.
What is the weather like on Language & Hiking Spain?
The weather on Language & Hiking Spain varies. Sometimes it is sunny and warm, other times it is rainy and cold; typical summer temperatures in the Pyrenees range from the 60s to 80s during the day and cooler at night.
What are the arrival and departure airports for my child’s trip?
You will need to arrange transportation for your child to and from Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN) at trip start and trip end. We will provide more specific travel information once we have placed your child on a trip.
Please tell me about safety at Overland.
Safety and risk management are at the forefront of our decision-making–from trip planning to leader training to supporting our groups in the field.
We cannot guarantee absolute safety–no program can. All recreational activities include inherent risks. Therefore, we strive to manage the risks that we can, knowing we cannot eliminate them.
We work hard to recruit, train, and support our trip leaders so they can create the kind of trips that have made us successful since the 1980s.
Please click here to read more about our approach to risk management and our accreditation by the American Camp Association.
Does my child need to have previous experience?
While no previous experience is required, we have high expectations of our students.
We expect your child –with your help– to select a trip that is appropriate for their interests and abilities. You should spend some time familiarizing yourself with the details of the specific trip and help your child understand what to expect.
We also expect our students to prepare ahead of time: to review the packing list, gather clothing and gear, and complete whatever training the trip requires (for recommended training please see the Before You Go tab).
Once the trip begins, your child should be ready –and excited– to contribute to a wholesome and enthusiastic group in which each member feels welcomed and valued.
What is Overland's admissions process?
When we receive your application, if your first choice is available, we will:
(1) email you to thank you for your application,
(2) send you a link to access your Family Portal, and
(3) charge a deposit of $795 to your credit card.
If your first choice is not available, we will email you to discuss options.
For more information, and to access our application, please visit our Apply page.
What are Overland’s policies on phones, electronics, and communication?
To maximize independence and self-reliance, we do not permit phone calls, emails, or text messages to or from our campers. Your child will call home on arrival and departure with our phones and assistance, and in the case of an emergency. If your child brings a phone for use while en route to Overland, please do not send an expensive smartphone. Instead, an inexpensive prepaid cell phone will do. All phones will be collected on arrival and returned at departure. While we will take reasonable steps to prevent damage, theft, or loss, we will not make any reimbursements for lost, damaged, or stolen phones.
Cameras are welcome but please do not bring any other electronics (e.g., iPods, iPads, Kindles or other readers, GPS or similar devices). All electronics (except cameras) will be mailed home on arrival (at your risk and expense).
Communication: We’ll Be In Touch With You If Needed
Our leaders in the field check in with our office regularly; they carry cell phones (and in some cases satellite phones). Anytime a camper is treated for an injury or illness by a doctor or other medical personnel, parents are notified by our office. A director will call the parents to explain the nature of the injury or illness, the sequence of events leading up to the injury, and/or the steps leading to the treatment. Parents are typically able to speak with the medical personnel, with the leaders, and with their child.
Can my child get school credit for the language program?
You should check with your child’s school about whether or not Overland’s language programs fulfill their requirements. The approximate number of hours of language instruction are listed in the sidebar.
Can I send mail to my child during a trip?
Getting a letter, card, or postcard while on an Overland trip is always exciting.
Please keep in mind that sending mail to your child on an Overland trip is different than sending mail to a traditional camp because your child will be on the move. Our experience has been that mail often does not arrive on time, and sometimes even when it does, post offices, campgrounds, and other mail stops do not reliably deliver mail to our groups.
For these reasons:
1. Please do not send anything valuable – please send letters, cards, or postcards only. If mail is late, lost, or misdirected, Overland’s leaders and staff are not able to return to the post office (or other mail stop) to collect it.
2. Please use the US Postal Service first-class mail only; do not use UPS, FedEx, or DHL (many of our mail stops accept US Postal Service mail only).
3. Please do not send overnight letters: many overnighted letters arrive before or after we arrive and are sent back. For this same reason, please do not send mail that requires a signature upon delivery.
4. Please allow one week for delivery to U.S. mail stops.
5. Please allow two weeks for postal delivery to international mail stops.
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