LANGUAGE IMMERSION PROGRAMS THAT INSPIRE
Since 1996, world language teachers and college counselors alike have inspired their students with SPI’s authentic language immersion, leadership, and volunteer service experiences abroad. Our program model was created by educators for educators with 100% linguistic and cultural immersion at the forefront. Transform your students’ lives outside the classroom this summer with IMMERSION!
Making the World Your Classroom Since 1996!
Master teacher and SPI Co-Founder, Rose Potter, on why language immersion study abroad for college credit outside the classroom is essential for building young global leaders.
TRAVEL WITH YOUR STUDENTS
SPI regular summer programs are a great way to truly immerse your students into the language & culture, without the big group tour feel. Teachers travel free with just 6+ students! With SPI organizing and facilitating transportation, activities, and excursions, you’re free to focus your attention on your students.
> Recruit 6+ students for SPI’s summer programs= FREE IMMERSION TRAVEL
> Travel Stipend (with 8+ students): $500 Two-Week Programs, $1000 Month Programs
> Round-trip Airfare
> Room & Board with a Homestay (Shared Apartments available for a nominal additional cost)
> Basic Medical & Travel insurance (ISIC Card)
> Student & Teacher Pre-Departure & Orientation
> Designated Program Flights
> Online Enrollment System & Payments
> Detailed Pre-Departure & Leadership Preparation
WORK ABROAD THIS SUMMER
We hire qualified and passionate bilingual educators to work as directors for our language immersion programs. All director serve as mentors, caregivers, motivators, and model language immersion students while working together with the local partner school and the SPI home office.
Each SPI program consists of 1 Lead Director, 1-2 other directors, and typically 1-2 Teacher Travelers. Lead Directors manage the budget and serve as the primary liaison to the local partner school. Other directors help to organize and supervise afternoon activities, morning check-ins, weekend excursions, and blog/social media updates. All staff members work carefully with SPI during the planning year to help build the program from recruitment through program operations.
> Strong command of English as well as Spanish, French, Italian, or Mandarin
> Previous experience working with high school student groups (preferably on study abroad international programs)
> A high level of maturity, patience, energy, reliability, dedication, and interpersonal skills
> Ability to pass a thorough background check
STEP 2: SPI’s senior leadership team will review your application and will email you to schedule a phone or Skype interview.
STEP 3: We ask that all potential staff be involved in our student recruitment process. This process starts in August and lasts through April. Applicants who recruit are more likely to be selected.
We confirm Lead Director positions in DECEMBER & all other staff positions in APRIL.
Student Can Enroll Independently!
SPI programs are primarily comprised of academically minded students who enroll independently with us. You do not need to travel to encourage language immersion! As a leader in high school immersion, feel confident recommending a leader in homestay immersion travel to your students. Your students will be cared for by our master on-site directors, and return with greater fluency and inter-cultural experiences to share. Make a world of difference!
WE SPEAK YOUR LANGUAGE!
French 1-3 Instructor
I believe in study abroad and SPI summer programs. SPI is a fantastic organization and their attention to detail makes traveling with your students easy. With such good organization, you get to spend more time enjoying the places you visit, while teaching your students and spending less time worrying about travel logistics.
Spanish AP/IB Instructor
I HIGHLY recommend SPI. You, as a teacher, will grow so much from this experience. SPI created a well-organized and thought-out itinerary that just made sense to what the students needed. We actually had enough time to appreciate the culture and really be immersed, rather than running from city to city.
Spanish 3 Pre-AP Instructor
SPI programs provide the most enriching cultural experience I’ve ever found for high school students. Their programs are top rate. The SPI team provided support from start to finish. I watched my students grow not only in their language skills but also from teens into mature young adults. If you use a different program – switch to SPI!
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