WorldStrides is proud to sponsor the Aventura Cultural Enrichment Immersion Program for high school and middle school Spanish teachers in partnership with our Program Director Tom Alsop. During an Aventura Cultural Program, you will interact with local teachers, learn first-hand about the fascinating culture of Cuba, Mexico or Spain, and dramatically improve your Spanish skills through immersion in the language. Experience the exciting sights and sounds of the host country in real time and real context—the streets are your classroom!

The value of travel for teachers

Aventura Cultural’s proven immersion methods will dramatically improve your Spanish, benefit your teaching skills, and provide a wealth of useful activities for your own classroom. The experience and knowledge you gain from Aventura Cultural will be invaluable to you, both professionally and personally. You’ll be able to live with a host family, receive close instruction in teams of four, work on mini-methods with Tom Alsop, and create your own personal culture project to use in your lessons.

Trip details for the summer Aventuras:

Log in and enroll to lock in your place this summer! 
Click on the links below to download
the full PDF itinerary:
Aventura Cultural: La Habana Information & enrollment
Aventura Cultural: Madrid Information & enrollment
Aventura Cultural: Guadalajara Information & enrollment

Tour expense and fundraising tips

  • Expenses incurred in the immersion program may be eligible as a tax deduction related to your teaching profession. Please check with your tax advisor.
  • For ideas on fundraising to help you raise money for the immersion program, please click here.
  • Be sure to ask your local school district if there is any money available for travel programs such as the immersion program.
  • Check to see if there are any state, regional, or national grants/scholarships available for immersion programs in Mexico or Spain.

NEW! Earn six hours of graduate credit in Spanish

Latest news from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs! You can earn up to six hours of graduate credit in Spanish for completing the  Aventura program!

For further information, please contact Tom Alsop at or call him at 317-213-8764.


Introducing the Director of Aventura Cultural, Tom Alsop

Tom is a former high school Spanish teacher at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. He now teaches Spanish at Butler University. Tom has directed 27 Spanish teacher immersion programs and traveled with more than 30 student groups to Spain and Mexico. He is a past IFLTA Teacher of the Year, Indiana AATSP, Ben Davis High School, and Wayne Township Teacher of the Year. Tom has been awarded the prestigious ACTFL Nelson Brooks Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Culture. He is an accomplished author of over 350 books/videos/poster sets for teachers. Teacher’s Discovery has produced a special brand for Tom’s books. Tom has previously served as Regional Director, Vice President, President, and Director of Technology for the Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica.