Teach Abroad with SPI

Educators Guide


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!

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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.

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.

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Recommend SPI Language Immersion Programs!

SPI programs are primarily comprised of academically minded students who enroll independently with us from across the world. As a leader in high school immersion, feel confident recommending SPI’s homestay immersion travel to your students. They will be led by our master on-site directors, and return with greater fluency and inter-cultural experiences to share. Make a world of difference in your student’s lives!

Dynamic Multilingual Teams Abroad

> 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 entire program.

Qualifications for On-Site Directors

> Genuine love and passion for working with teenagers of diverse backgrounds, language levels, and personality types

> Professional command of English as well as fluency in 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

Applying for SPI’s Summer Positions

STEP 1: Learn More about the Summer On-Site Director Positions available and complete the Summer Staff Application.

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 can recruit students are more likely to be selected for the position.

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Philippe Lacoste

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.
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Manuela Baranda

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.”
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Derryl Lee

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!”