A Piece of America in Valencia


The American Space Programs in Spain are a collaboration between the U.S. Embassy and Spanish organizations aiming to establish a more fluid relationship with Spanish citizens interested in the United States. As of 2018, there are three programs in Spain: Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia.

Over the last semester of studying in Valencia, I have had the amazing opportunity to volunteer with the American Space located here. Their office is conveniently located on my campus, Universitat Politecnica de Valencia. American Space Valencia offers programs to Spaniards that cover many different areas of interest: teaching and learning English, guidance for those interested in higher education in the United States, cultural activities, exchange programs, and information about the United States.

What community need did I learn about?:

One thing very evident in the Valencian community is the eagerness and desire of its people to learn more about English and the United States. Although Valencia isn’t the capital of Spain, it is the third largest city here and therefore draws a certain number of tourists and students from America. Upon arriving in Valencia back in August, I was baffled to find out what little knowledge Spaniards have of the United States yet how big their desire is to understand more about our culture and our country. In 2013, the U.S.