Professionally: In Spain at large, more than 40% of university graduates cannot find a job and the competition is fierce for the jobs that do exist. For this reason and others, a command of the English language has become a highly sought after tool for young professionals seeking to compete in the global marketplace. Participation in an immersion experience like Summer In The USA (SUSA) significantly increases a student’s desire and confidence to become fluent in English and their ability to land a job.
Personally: Language learning is a social activity; and for that reason we base everything around people. Summer In The USA started with a friendship between a Basque family and an American family. We’ve grown in size since that first relationship, but we work hard to insure that relationships remain the foundation of our program. These relationships provide the ideal environment for interpersonal growth and maturity.
Culturally: American pop culture has influenced the modern world more than arguably any country in the world. Levis Jeans, Michael Jackson, Hollywood; these American icons are the stuff of legend and part of the patchwork quilt that is American culture. But America is much more than a sum of its stereotypes. As the United States has grown, it’s developed into a very diverse range of cultural expressions. Summer In The USA gives students a full month to experience firsthand the richness of American life and culture.
Spiritually: All cultures look for ways to explain the basic questions of existence like the origin of the universe and the purpose of life. All people have a longing to be unconditionally loved and to know that they have intrinsic value. These types of philosophical questions and needs often can’t be explored in strictly material terms. While times have changed, American culture today retains many of the values that stem from the teachings of Jesus and a significant percent of the population still have a strong Biblical faith. Summer In The USA gives students an opportunity to explore these topics in a safe and non-judgmental environment.