Connecting Worlds Abroad

Experiential Learning

Connecting Worlds Abroad began in 2015 with the goal of providing an affordable study abroad option for every college student. We believe that all students should have the opportunity to study abroad before they graduate. To meet this goal, we work with our volunteer partners to ensure that the experiential learning opportunities we offer are tailored to students’ different needs.

Experiential Learning is Central to Our Mission

Our mission is to give all of our students a unique and fulfilling study abroad experience. We want our students to leave Seville feeling more confident and comfortable with the Spanish language. At COWA, we believe the best way to learn a language is to be fully immersed in it. Our programs are designed to expose students to the Spanish language and culture as much as possible, through our housing, classes, cultural excursions, and experiential learning opportunities.

Participating in COWA’s volunteer program will not only offer you endless experiences to get to know the local sevillanos, the Andalusian lifestyle, and a different work system, but will also give you the opportunity to greatly improve your Spanish. These experiential learning opportunities will also enrich your resume, whether you will be looking for different master’s degree programs or trying to differentiate yourself from other competitors in the working world.

What former students are saying about experiential learning…

Here is just a sample of the experiential learning opportunities available to students while studying abroad with us in Sevilla:

Non-profits: ONCE, Síndrome de Down Sevilla…

Primary schools and preschools

Male and female soccer teams

Female volleyball teams


Ceramics workshops

Classical dance workshops


Whatever your volunteer interest, our dedicated staff will work with you to find a volunteer opportunity that fits your needs!

Meet Our Experiential Learning Coordinators


Carlos Valencia


Carlos Valencia is a native of Oviedo but spent 20 years of his professional life in the United States. There, he received his doctorate in 19th-century Spanish literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before teaching at Wake Forest University and the University of Richmond. He then moved back to Seville, serving as director of the UNC in Seville study abroad program for 6 years and now as director of COWA. Among Carlos’s professional interests are the application of new technology to Spanish language instruction and the incorporation of volunteer work into curriculums as a sociolinguistic and cultural learning tool.


Julio Barneto

Volunteer Coordinator and Culture Professor

Julio Barneto was born in Seville and graduated from the University of Seville in 2017 with a degree in Art History, specializing in Seville and its traditions. He recently completed a Master’s program in Architecture and Historical Heritage, also in the University of Seville. Julio has years of experience working as a tour guide in various parts of Spain, and now coordinates the culture classes, guided visits, and experiential learning for our students.

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