About Us

Since 1998, connecting youth to a bilingual future.

2018 will be our 20th summer hosting our high school exchange in historic Granada. Under the leadership of director Ilba Prego and her staff, almost 2 thousand students from the U.S. and Canada have made Granada, Nicaragua their summer home.  Our mission is to provide unparalleled support and supervision so young Spanish speakers can go beyond tourism and experience life as a local high school student. Visiting students build confidence by sharing their talents, interests and learning new ones from their Central American peers. We celebrate America’s bilingual future through friendship, family, and new connections.

Not thinking like a tourist.

Our program provides the missing link in language study, which is meaningful engagement with local people. The Nicaragua Summer Exchange is an intimate opportunity to naturally gain speaking confidence through the dynamics of local youth and community. Our focus on people skills, and not grammar, helps build fluency by making communication and culture the focus.  As their confidence grows, they learn the importance of interacting with dignity and respect. It’s why Spanish is a “people” language, it brings us together.

Supporting our visiting students.

We put great care into the individual needs of each participating student. From language level to pursuing unique interests we want you to enjoy the adventure and challenge of making Granada your home. It will be an unforgettable experience that will give you the confidence to embrace new opportunities. Many of our former students are using their bilingual skills in ways they never dreamed of.  Ask, how we help our former students, in gap year, study abroad, and internships.

A true local experience.

Chartered by the Ministry of Education Granada and Sponsored by the Center for Cultural Studies, Tres Mundos Granada, our high school exchange brings together leaders in art, music, and dance. Our high school partnerships provide unlimited activities in sports, games, art, youth volunteering, conversation, and of course high school fiestas.  With five high schools within walking distance of Central Plaza, Granada is a city that embraces its youthful spirit. See below our growing list of participating high schools worldwide.

Grow, Adapt and Engage.

Happiness – is knowing who you are and contributing to something greater than yourself. In pursuit of academic achievement and careers, we sometimes forget to prioritize our own growth as people. New awareness comes from life experience outside our immediate family and friends. As we gain maturity, we begin to embrace a new outlook on ourselves and what truly matters.  It’s for that reason we strongly believe in the immersion experience, the longer the better.  If you want to thrive in a changing world – change your environment.

Why parents and teachers support us?

  • We integrate Spanish into life.
  • We value cultural people skills.
  • We emphasize good citizenship and judgment.
  • We support our students during and after program ends.
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High School Participants: U.S. Canada and UK.

Arizona
Tucson: Catalina Foothills H.S., Flowing Wells H.S.
California
Berkeley high
San Diego: Canyon Crest H.S.
Sunnyvale: Fremont High
Encino: Oakwood Secondary
Fort Jones: Etna H.S.
Henry Gunn
La Jolla: Francis Parker
Loyola (Beverly Hills)
Everest High (Menlo Park)
Los Angeles: View Park Prep Charter
Alexander Hamilton High
Larkspur: Redwood H.S.
San Anselmo: Sir Francis Drake High
Sequoia H.S.
St. Helena: St. Helena H.S.
Sunnyvale: Wilcox High
Oakland: Bishop O’Dowd, Bentley School
Consumnes Oaks
El Granada: Half Moon Bay H.S.
Santa Rosa: Maria Carrillo H.S. Montgomery
Albany: Albany H.S
Orinda: Miramonte H.S.
Orinda Academy
Mission Hills: Laguna Hills High
Santa Barbara, Midland
Redland: Redland H.S.
Novato: Novato H.S.
Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, H.S.
Santa Cruz: Santa Cruz H.S
Palo Alto: Castilleja School
San Francisco: Lowell H.S., Lincoln High School
SF University high school
Colorado
Legacy High
Connecticut
Fairfield: Fairfield Warde H.S
Weston: Weston H.S.
Green Farm: Green Farm Academy
Farmington: Miss Porters School
Branford: Branford H.S.
Georgia
Atlanta:
Druid Hills High School
Athens: Clarke Central High
Decatur: Decatur H.S.
Marietta: Pace Academy, Wheeler High
Buckhead: Morgan County H.S.
Hawaii:
Mid-Pacific, Honolulu
Illinois:
Chicago Area: Highland Park H.S., Whitney Young, Latin School of Chicago, Oak Park River Forest High School, Evanston Township H.S.
University of Chicago Laboratory School, New Trier High, Walter Payton College Prep, Saint Ignatuis College Prep, St. Scholastic Academy
Deerfield: Deerfield H.S.
Edwardsville: Edwardsville H.S.
Rockford: Keith Country Day School
Florida
Tallahassee: Rickards High
Bradenton: Braden River H.S
Miami: Miami Country Day School
Maine:
Edmunds: Washington Academy
Maryland: Baltimore: Baltimore School for the Arts
Sparks: St. Pauls School for Girls<br>
Potomac: Richard Montgomery High School
Stevenson: St. Timothy School
Massachusetts
Boston: Boston High School, The Winsor School, Boston Latin
Belchertown: Pioneer Valley Performing Arts H.S.
Arlington: Arlington High school, Belmont H.S.,
Beaver Country Day School
Groton: Lawrence Academy
Lexington: Lexington H.S.
Milton: Milton H.S.<br>
Newton: Newton South High, Newton North High<br>
Sharon: Sharon High School<br>
Shelburne: Mohawk Trail Regional H.S.<br>
Wellesley: Dana Hall School<br>
Worcester: Doherty Memorial H.S.<br>
Winchester: Cambridge School of Weston
Webster: Bartlett High
Westboro: Westboro H.S.
Weston: Cambridge School of Weston

Michigan
Ann Arbor: Huron High
Traverse City: Traverse City Central H.S
Walled Lake: Walled Lake Western
Minnesota
Brooklyn Park: Totina-Grace H.S.<br>
Coon Rapids: Coon Rapids High
St.Paul: Central High<br>
Edina: Edina High School<br>
Woodbury: Saint Thomas Academy
Missouri
St. Louis: Mehlville H.S., Ladue Horton Watkins H.S.
Columbia: Rockbridge High
New Hampshire
Northwood: Coe Brown Academy
Durham: Oyster River H.S
Haverhill: Oliverian School
New Jersey
Wardlaw Hartridge
Wayne Hills
Summit: Summit H.S.
Demarest: Demarest H.S.
Highland Park
Millburn: Millburn H.S
Blairstown: Blairs Academy
Lawrenceville: Lawrenceville Academy
Princeton: Princeton High
New Mexico
Santa Fe: Santa Fe High
New York
New York City: Bard High School, NYC Lab School, St. Johnsbury Academy, Beacon School
BHSEC Manhattan
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Friends, Berkeley Carroll
Ardsley: Ardsley H.S.
Bedford Hills: Fox Lang H.S.
Scarsdale: Edgemont H.S.
Pittsford: Pittsford Sutherland High
Buffalo: The Park School of Buffalo
Nyack: Nyack High School
Fayetteville: Fayettevill-Manlius H.S.
Katonah: Miss Porters School
Stuyvesant High School
Spencerport: Spencerport H.S.
Boiceville: Onteora High
North Carolina
Chapel Hill: East Chapel Hill H.S.
Durham: Durham Academy
Raleigh: Enloe High School
North Dakota: 
Minot: Minot H.S.
Ohio
Cincinnati: Princeton High, Walnut
Hills H.S.
Oklahoma
Tulsa: Edison Prep
Oregon
Eugene: South Eugene H.S.
Beaverton
Pennsylvania
Easton: Easton Area High school
Philadelphia: St. Joseph’s Academy
Middletown: George School
York: York Surburban High
Pittsburgh: Upper Saint Clair H.S.
Merion Station: Friend’s Central H.S.
Yardley: Lawrenceville High
Paoli: Delaware Valley Friends
Media: Penncrest H.S.

Rhode Island
Providence: Wheeler School, Classical H.S.
Portsmouth: Portsmouth Abbey School
Tennessee
Johnson City: Science Hill High School
Memphis: Lausanne Collegiate School, St. Mary’s Episcopal
Chattanooga: Baylor School
Brentwood: Brentwood H.S.
Texas
Houston: Memorial High School, St. Thomas High
Austin: S.F. Austin High
Woodlands: The John Cooper School
Vermont
Burlington: Burlington High School
Hinesburg: Champlain Valley H.S.
Virginia
Arlington: Yorktown H.S.,
Washington- Lee H.S.
harlottesville: Tandem Friends, Charlottesville H.S.
Great Falls: Langley High
Springfield: West Springfield High
Mclean: Oakcrest School
Bristow: Stonewall Jackson H.S.
Williamsburg: Jamestown H.S.
Alexandria: Thomas Jefferson Science & Technology
Reston: South Lakes H.S.
Washington, D.C.
Georgetown Visitation H.S.
Edmund Burke H.S.
Mclean School of Maryland
Washington
Seattle: Seattle Academy, Nathan Hale H.S. Garfield H.S.
Bainbridge Island: Bainbridge H.S.
Bellevue: Bellevue High
Mount Vernon: Mount Vernon High school
Redmond: Overlake School
Kingston: Kingston H.S.
Shoreline: Shorewood H.S.
West Virginia
Parkersburg: Parkersburg H.S.
Wisconsin
Madison Area schools: Madison West, Madison East, Madison Memorial, Middleton, Edgewood,
Monona Grove, Madison Lafollette, Shabazz H.S.
Galesville: Gale-Ettrick-Tremp H. S.<br>
Milwaukee: Shorewood H.S.
Columbus: Columbus H.S.<br>
Washington Island: Washington Island High
Johnson Creek: Johnson Creek High
Verona: Verona High school
Mequon: Homestead High
River Falls: River Falls H.S.
West Salem: West Salem H.S.
Cedarburg: Cedarburg H.S.
Canada
St. John’s: Holy Heart H.S.
Edmonton: Ross Sheppard<br>
Victoria: Reynolds Secondary
Toronto: Green High School
Toronto: Earl Haig Secondary
Port Moody, BC: Heritage Woods
United Kingdom
Marymount International School London
La Sainte Union