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Wrapping up


Hola a todos, 

We are in the last days of classes and there are a lot of mixed emotions. For our last Into the Community activity yesterday, all of our participants took pictures that best represented what they had learned about the Spanish culture.  Sofia's collage below is one example of what we saw and spoke about.

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It's been so fun and impressive to watch this group learn and grow. While they will be so happy to see family and friends soon, it's obvious that this bunch has made some life-long connections. 

¡Hasta pronto!

-Allison

The last Alicante weekend

¡Hola a todos!

As we are coming into our last week in Alicante, the students have really been making the most of their time here! During the last weekend, the students spent special time with their host families. Some even ventured to the beach, on camping trips, on hikes, etc.

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A few of the families went together on a camping trip. Here is a selfie of all of the students together in what they told me was one of their first times sleeping in a tent.

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“The camping trip was so cool. It was one of my first times sleeping in a tent. My host family even showed us fruits that we could eat from the bushes and we danced all night to Spanish music. ¡Fue muy divertido!” - Eli


Another family went on a hike in Calpe, a nearby town and captured some incredible views!

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“It was an adventure getting up there, but the view was an incredible reward.” - Jessica and Allyson


Some other families took advantage of the time to relax at the beach.

“Both of our host dads are brothers so it was cool to have the families connect and spend the day together.” - Gabriella and Zach

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Yesterday’s “Into the Community” activity stuck with the theme of helping students get as much as they can out of our last week. Students spoke with locals about their favorite things in Alicante and asked them for advice and recommendations about things they should see or do before they leave.

Here are some photos of the students’ conversations with Alicante locals:

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Even though we are already into the last week, there is still lots more to see, learn and do! Stay tuned!

¡Hasta pronto!

Sam

More exploring and discovering!

¡Hola a todos!

Over the past few days, the students have really delved into the history of Spain. On Tuesday, we visited the MARQ, el Museo Arqueológico de Alicante, where students explored and discovered the past through unique artifacts. We even got to explore a special temporary exhibit about the Mayans.

Yesterday, we got a personalized tour of all of the hidden historical gems scattered throughout Alicante, including la Explanada, the cathedral, different government buildings, and a visit to los Pozos de Garrigós. Los Pozos de Garrigós are old wells that were used during the 16th century and later as shelters during the Spanish Civil War.

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It was really neat for the students to learn about the history and importance of the buildings around Alicante that some of them pass by every single day.

There always seems to be something new to learn and discover and the students seem to have a great time doing it!

¡Hasta pronto!

- Sam 

¡Cantemos!

Buenos días,

After an action-packed weekend in Madrid, it was back to classes Monday morning.  We all know how hard that can be!  For our afternoon activity yesterday, we had a little fun ... singing KARAOKE.  Many got up on stage to sing more than one song en español. 

Michael and Maurice started us off by setting the bar high with their vocal skills singing one of the summer's biggest hits "Despacito."

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Everyone joined in and we had a blast!

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Hasta pronto,

 

Allison

¡Madrid!

What a weekend it was in Madrid!  After a bus ride through the heartland of Spain, the group arrived to Madrid Friday evening.  The trip started off with a flamenco show and dinner.  The following day the group would visit Real Madrid's soccer stadium, the Santiago Bernabéu.  The tour included visits to the field, a tour of their trophy collection and the players' locker rooms.  After lunch, the group went to the Prado where they had a guided tour to start and then free time to explore the museum on their own.  The following day the group went on a tour of Alcalá de Henares, the birth place of Spain's Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quijote followed by a paella lunch.  The group seemed to have a great visit to the Spanish capital, but are glad to be back "home" in Alicante.  Photos below!

 

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¡Hola a todos! Yesterday, the students participated in a dance class in which they were introduced to one of the most characteristic elements of Spanish culture- el flamenco.

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Although they were not feeling very confident at first, the students seemed to take the advice of the posters on the wall that read “dance like nobody's watching”. They all did an awesome job letting loose, giving the steps a try, and following the instructor entirely in Spanish.

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Pretty soon, the students will get the opportunity to see a real live flamenco show and I’m sure that they will appreciate it much more now that they know how difficult it is!

 

Hasta pronto

- Sam

Un día típico en Alicante

So what does the typical day look like for students in the Alicante Language and Culture program?

 

From 9-12 the students are in language class at the "U-lab" in the center of town next to the Plaza de San Cristobal.  This allows for the students to engage in activities outside the classroom when their class finishes at 12.  This is what we call the "In to the Community Activity" and it runs from 12:15 - 1.  Activities range from finding street art, to buying local newspapers and magazines from kiosks, to ordering tapas at a restaurant.  The idea is for the students to apply what they have learned in class in a real world situation.  Below you'll find some photos of the students in class and in their ITC activities.

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After their ITC activities the students have free time before they have to arrive to their host families for lunch, typically around 230.  At 5 the group gets back together for the afternoon cultural activity, which include activities such as visiting museums, going to the movies, city tours, ceramic classes, dance classes and much more.  At night they return to their home for dinner and time to relax and socialize with their Spanish families.

With one week under their belts, it seems like the students are getting settled in to a good rhythm!


Chao for now,

 

Luis
 

Cuevas y Fuentes

¡Hola, hola!

We are officially in our second week here in Alicante!  As I'm sure you all can tell, we have already done so much!

This weekend the students spent their first weekend with friends and their familia española Friday afternoon and all of Saturday.  On Sunday, we went on a group excursion to Las Cuevas de Canelobre and Las Fuentes de Algar.  We started out at the cuevas (caves) learning all about their history.

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After exploring the huge cave in Busot, we headed to the fuentes to spend a few hours exploring, swimming, jumping and playing in waterfalls. 

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Such a fun way to spend the day!  Much more to come this week!

Besos y abrazos desde Alicante.

-Allison

Exploring El Barrio Santa Cruz and el Castillo de Santa Bárbara

¡Hola a todos!

The students have continued to get to know Alicante and learn a lot about the history and culture of the city by exploring and practicing their Spanish with each other and with locals.

Yesterday, during one of the Into the Community activities, the groups discovered el Barrio Santa Cruz, the oldest and most traditional neighborhood in Alicante. The students really enjoyed exploring this part of the city, as it offers a different atmosphere where cars cannot even pass through. All of the small houses have their own character and are decorated with flower pots and colorful tiles.

 The students made a lot of great observations about the culture of the neighborhood. They even spoke with some of the residents! Here are some of the pictures the students took during the activity.

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Yesterday, we also took in some incredible views of the entire city, the mountains, the beaches, the water and the port… but only after climbing up to the top of el Castillo de Santa Bárbara. It was definitely a hike, but all of the students agreed that it was worth the climb once we got to the top! Here are some photos of the climb and the views from the top.

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I can’t believe that we are about to close out our first week! It certainly has been a great start and we are all looking forward to more learning, exploring and having fun here in Alicante!

 

- Sam 

 

Cooking Class in Alicante

The students learned to make some authentic Spanish dishes: Coca Alicantina, Ensaladilla Rusa, and Gazpacho. 

Coca is a typical dish of Alicante. It is similar to pizza but without the cheese. 

Ensaladilla Rusa is a typical Spanish dish. It is similar to Potato Salad.

And of course most people have heard of Gazpacho. A cold, tomato based soup/drink.  Cooking pic 2
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