Travel to any Spanish-speaking country!

You can receive up to $650 toward a plane ticket to the Spanish-speaking country of your choice. Use your ticket for your spring break vacation, Winter Term or even a semester abroad. Your ticket, your choice! Log in 140 hours with us!

By doing what?

  • Attending our conversation classes
  • Attending our cultural/social programs and events throughout the school year.
  • Coming for help on regular Spanish class assignments.
  • Spending time with us and practicing your Spanish skills with Student Coordinators and other native speakers.
  • Spending time as a volunteer in Alamance County with our service programs.

Check out the map below to find out about students who have used the plane ticket to travel to various Spanish speaking countries around the world.

Come see us in Carlton 114 for all of the activities we offer and start adding up your hours!

When I started coming to El Centro I was intimidated. I did not know any of the staff or students, and I did not feel like my Spanish was good enough to be there. Those feelings
of insecurity were short lived. Immediately after coming to El Centro for the first time I felt welcomed. I knew that I would be able to come and talk with students without being judged.Very soon, going to El Centro became a part of my daily routine. I went to conversation classes, cooking classes, special events and just to sit on the couch and talk with my friends. My initial incentive was to get enough hours to qualify for the travel program, but I gained so much more than just that. I found a space where I could practice my Spanish in a safe environment with people who would correct my mistakes without making me feel bad about myself. I found a space where people were willing to take time away from their work to read over my Spanish essays or help me with challenging questions. I found a space filled with people who motivated me to work hard while simultaneously having fun. Having earned all of my El Centro hours I plan to put them towards my study abroad. I
studied abroad in Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic and had an incredible
experience. Upon arriving I quickly realized how much El Centro helped me. Academic Spanish classes are great, but there was so much slang and colloquialisms I was missing. Even the days I just sat in El Centro and listened to the native speakers talk about their classes, plans or problems I was learning. Now, having been abroad and returning to El Centro I can see how much my language skills have improved. I am excited to continue coming to El Centro and utilizing all the amazing resources they provide.

Joey Fradkin ’21

El Centro is more than just a place to do homework. It is a place of self-development, discovery and expansion of awareness. Though it was challenging, El Centro gave me the tools to take control of my academic pursuits and create a lifestyle of cultural exploration and pursuit of justice. I was able to develop my sense of self, my own Hispanic, Latina identity, improve my Spanish, and learn more about the culture my family comes from.

Kimberly Wilson ’19

Where students have gone

Visit the pins on the map below to find out more about each adventure!