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Where can I get a combination language immersion / hiking experience in South America?

Asked by quarkquarkquark (1690 points ) January 20th, 2011

I had four years of instruction on Spanish in high school that has come to naught due to lack of practice. I’m gifted with languages, and I figure with a month of practice in Spanish I could get pretty good. I’ve been considering the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) for a good summer outdoor experience, but I thought I’d go a step further and look for hiking with the opportunity for some language learning. This may be a rare thing, so if any of you have anything even tangentially related, please feel free to suggest it.

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snowberry's avatar

I’d contact Adventure Travel http://www.adventuretravel.com/, or any other similar organization (a search for adventure travel will bring up a large number of options). They could offer the hiking experiences you are looking for. Some of these outfits will even tailor an experience for you. Perhaps they could find a Spanish speaking guide for you, or put you in touch with a guide service that offers services to Spanish speaking people. Often they will have you stay in homes of residents, rather than in hotels.

Your experience will depend largely on the company you choose, so check them out thoroughly (how long they have been in the area, experience of the guide, reputation, fiscal history, etc.). Expect to pay big bucks, especially if they tailor an adventure for you.

the100thmonkey's avatar

Go and volunteer in Costa Rica.

janbb's avatar

My nephew did an intensive Spanish language program in Costa Rica and loved it.

Ltryptophan's avatar

You just gave me a great idea. I have been looking for a church. I think I’ll kill two birds with one stone, and hike over to the spanish church up the street on Sundays and see if they’ll have me.

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