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Location: Valencia and Barcelona, Spain
Dates: July 5th-14th, 2022
Who: GLASS Alumni

We will put our GLASS leadership skills into action by designing and delivering leadership workshops for local Spanish youth.

Our daily sports-performance training is designed to help each student meet her current, unique athletic goals.

While in Spain we'll embark on cultural and adventurous excursions including guided city bike tours and a catamaran tour on the Mediterranean Sea.

In addition to our leadership workshops for local youth, we'll support local environmental and sport-for-development nonprofits in Valencia.


Dates: July 5th-14th, 2022
Total: $4495


  • Round-trip airfare from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Barcelona, Spain (BCN)

  • 3 meals per day

  • 8 nights lodging

  • Transportation in Spain

  • Sports-performance training

  • Service-learning clinics

  • All excursions on the itinerary

  • GLASS t-shirt

  • GLASS journal

  • GeoBlue International Health Insurance​​


​While in Valencia, we will stay in a private, group hostel. In Barcelona, we will stay in a 4-star hotel. ​​

Not Included:

  • A flight to JFK International Airport (if necessary)

  • Passport fees (if applicable)

  • Baggage fees on flights

  • Personal expenses (i.e. souvenirs and snacks)


  • A $500 deposit is required to reserve your spot for the Alumni Spain Program. The remainder of the payments will be paid in installments.

  • Discount opportunities are available. Please inquire with our enrollment team.


We will travel around Spain via train and private shuttles.

Program Details

Spain Early Bird Discount - Deposit before Feb. 15th for $250 off the program total.



July 5th - Travel Day - Participants will meet Megan and Annika at JFK International Airport to depart for Barcelona, Spain.

July 6th -
Valencia - We will arrive early in the morning and grab breakfast in Barcelona before catching our train to Valencia, Spain. After some time to rest, we will enjoy a welcome dinner and program orientation.

July 7th -
Valencia - We'll start the day with a beach workout and team-building games. In the afternoon, we will tour Valencia's historic Old Town on foot and then begin prepping our leadership workshops for local youth.

July 8th -
Valencia - We will get in a quick workout in the morning and then relax on a catamaran tour on the
Mediterranean Sea. We'll spend some more time in the afternoon preparing our leadership workshop and conclude the evening with a team game night!

July 9th -
Valencia - In the morning, students will have the option to participate in a 5K run through the Turia River Park. We'll spend midday working on our leadership workshop and have a free afternoon to hang out at the beach or explore the City of Arts and Sciences.

July 10th - 
Valencia - We'll work out on the beach in the morning and then enjoy a traditional Valencian paella lunch. In the afternoon, we'll finalize our leadership workshop for local youth. In the evening, we'll connect with our Beyond Sports interns––who will be in Valencia at the same time as us––to compete in the Beyond Sports Olympics.

July 11th -
Valencia - We'll take a half-day trip to the mountains to visit the Xátiva Castle in the morning. Once we return to Valencia, we'll host our leadership workshop for local youth. In the evening, we'll reflect on our workshop experience and unwind with a traditional cultural workshop.

July 12th -
Barcelona - Departing early in the morning, we'll take a private bus or train back to Barcelona. Upon arrival, we'll tour Barcelona's best-known sights, including Sagrada Familia, Gothic Quarter, and Olympic Stadium on Mount Montjuïc. In the evening, we'll enjoy a late sunset from one of Barcelona's breathtaking viewpoints and a local dinner.

July 13th -
Barcelona - We will start our day off with a trip inland to the picturesque Montserrat Monastery. Later, we will bike around the city and along the Barceloneta beach. In the evening, we'll bid farewell to Spain with a traditional tapas dinner.

July 14th -
Travel Day - Megan and Annika will accompany all students back to the United States.

The itinerary components will stay the same; however, the exact day and times of each activity will change slightly. The finalized itinerary will be scheduled around the workshops with local Spanish youth.




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Kris Brackmann

Spain Site Director

Our Spain program will be led by three of our Beyond Sports staff members. GLASS Program Managers, Annika and Megan, will meet all travelers in New York at the JFK International Airport. Upon arrival to Valencia, Spain, the group will meet up with our Spain Site Director, Kris. You can learn more about our Spain program leaders on our team page.


Megan Theiller

GLASS Operations Manager

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Annika Wachtman

GLASS Program Manager

Spain Team



Learn More

All GLASS Alumni are eligible to participate in our Spain Program. Your first step is to discuss this opportunity with your family and decide ifd it's right for you. No application is required for this program.



Once you're ready to enroll, your next step is to complete registration. A $500 deposit is required to reserve your spot. Once enrolled, we will stay in touch with flight information and updated itinerary details.

Next Steps

Spain Early Bird Discount - Deposit before Feb. 15th for $250 off the program total.

  • What does GLASS stand for?
    The Girls Leadership Academy for Service & Sport
  • What sports do you offer training programs for?
    Our sports-performance training is applicable to athletes from all all sports. We focus on athletic aspects such as speed, agility, quickness, and more! While in Costa Rica, we also do our best to offer students optional sport-specific training blocks, so students have the opportunity to maintain their sport-specific skills while abroad.
  • Do I need to speak Spanish?
    A Spanish language ability is not required for participation in GLASS. However, students interested in learning or practicing Spanish will have the opportunity to do so! During our service-learning sessions, students will engage directly with the local communities. Those with a Spanish language background will be able to refine their communication skills. Those who are new to the language will receive basic vocabulary and phrases, so they can also take part in the language learning opportunity.
  • Do I need any vaccines or additional shots to travel to Costa Rica?
    No vaccinations or special shots are required for travel to Costa Rica. Please consult your physician for any specific individual recommendations prior to traveling. The COVID-19 vaccine is not currently required for our Costa Rica programs––that is subject to change based on local mandates in Costa Rica. You can learn more about our COVID-19 considerations here:
  • What if I have any allergies or dietary restrictions?
    During the enrollment process, students and their families will complete our Student Health Form where they will submit information about food allergies and restrictions. While most allergies can be easily accommodated, in some cases we may request a phone call to discuss allergies or dietary restrictions in greater detail.
  • What happens if I become sick or injured while in Costa Rica?
    Students are covered by CISI Health Insurance, a world leader in study abroad travel insurance. All accommodations are within 20 minutes of a private hospital in case of illness, accidents, or injuries. Costa Rica’s private hospitals are staffed by world-class physicians, many of whom attended medical school in the United States. For minor health concerns, we may utilize local clinics. We always encourage students to notify a staff member as soon as they are feeling unwell so that we can provide appropriate care and seek a medical professional if necessary.
  • How many staff members will be present at all times?
    We maintain (at least) a 6:1 student-to-staff ratio throughout the program. Our staff is also available 24 hours a day.
  • Is Costa Rica safe?
    Costa Rica is a tourism-friendly country and Beyond Sports has 13 years of experience hosting students in Costa Rica. You will find just how true this is when you experience the incredibly warm and welcoming local people and a culture that emphasizes relationships, family, and hospitality. While Costa Rica is a friendly country, students will participate in an orientation upon arrival to cover topics such as safety while abroad. Students will also be accompanied by GLASS Mentors throughout the program. We maintain a 6:1 student-to-staff ratio.
  • When is the application deadline?
    Although there is no set deadline for applications, spots will fill up fast, so we encourage you to fill out the application as soon as possible.
  • What are the steps of the application and admission process?
    Please view our application page for more details:
  • Do I need to know Spanish in order to be accepted?
    Spanish language ability is not required to be eligible for GLASS.
  • Do I need to be a certain age or in a certain grade to be eligible?
    The Girls Leadership Academy for Service & Sport is for high school female athletes. This includes any female athlete who is entering her freshman year of high school through girls who have just graduated and are about to enter their freshman year of college.
  • What are the credit and refund opportunities?
    Please refer to our Credit & Refund Policies page.
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