Spain Individual Programs

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

ECI FAQs - Spain Individual Programs

How is my family chosen?

Our Host Family Coordinator in Almeria receives your full application, which includes your letter to your prospective family, photos, details about your hobbies and interests, plus any allergies or dietary requirements you may have. She will then match you with a family best suited to you.

What happens if I have a problem during the program?

Your Host Family Coordinator will be in regular contact with you. She will meet with you at least once during your stay for a two-week program and at least twice for longer stays. She will also call you at the end of each week, but should you have a problem, she is available to take your calls at any time. She will work with you and the family to resolve any issues, and if a solution cannot be found, you will be moved to a new family.

How long can I stay?

Most students usually stay with a family for three weeks. The minimum stay is one week (there is a supplemental charge for staying just one week). We also have students who stay for four weeks and longer. If you stay for a longer period of time we may have to place you in two families, but this is generally not an issue—our outgoing Individual Immersion students often relish the opportunity to get to know two host families!

How will I spend a typical day?

Living the life of a typical Spanish teenager in Almeria. This means that sometimes your family may offer to take you on local excursions or sightseeing in Almeria and the surrounding region, but more often than not you will be experiencing the daily life of the family, enjoying meal times, going shopping with your host parents, going to the beach, participating in family parties or simply relaxing and getting to know your family.

Will there be a teenager in the family?

There will most likely be a teenager of a similar age in your host family, but this is not always the case. Keep in mind that your experience is also about connecting with every member of your family—the parents, younger children and even grandparents. You will also get to know other local teens through your host family.

Have a question?

If you can’t find the answer to your question here or in the program brochure please contact us:

  • 510-845-2230
  • Send us an email