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Spanish Can Take You Places

From the Teotihaucan pyramids in Mexico to Machu Picchu in Peru. From a cacao plantation in Caribbean to the rugged Chilean coast. This summer, Spanish can take you all these places and more.

El español es más que solo España! Did you know? In addition to CIEE’s five amazing destinations in Spain, we offer language programs in four other Spanish-speaking countries as well. So while you’re perfecting your conversational skills you can immerse yourself in the culture of Chile (Valparaiso), the Dominican Republic (Santiago), Mexico (Guanajuato), or Peru (Cusco). Take your pick!

Here’s a fun fact: More people in the world speak Spanish than English.

It’s the second-most widely spoken language in the world (after Mandarin Chinese), and the official language of 21 countries. If you’ve already traveled to one of these countries, you’ll be fascinated by the subtle differences in dialect from one Spanish-speaking country to the next. 

Where can Spanish Take You?

...on cultural excursions!

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Climbing the Inca Trail to the Sun Gate at the top of Machu Picchu (Peru)
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Trekking to the pyramids in Teotihaucan (Mexico)
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Sampling fresh cacao on an organic farm (Dominican Republic)

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Getting real, touring city street art (Chile)

...on culinary adventures!

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Churros! (Dominican Republic)
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Preparing lomo saltado (stir-fried beef with onions, vinegar, ginger, chili pepper, tomatoes and fried potatoes). (Peru)
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Baking empanadas and pastel de choclo (corn pie) followed by our favorite postres: flan, ice cream, meringue, and two kinds of huesillo con mote (a typical peach dessert). (Chile)
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Guac cook-offs! (Mexico)

There are so many options outside of Spain to practice your Spanish! Learn more at ciee.org/highschoolsummer. Applications are still open for Summer 2018!

 

Celebración de la Virgen del Carmen (Pisac, Perú 2017) - Parade dance!

This is one of the many dances performed during the four-day celebration of the Virgen del Carmen in Pisac, Perú.

 

Students learn 3 traditional Peruvian (cusqueñas) dances (saqra, huayno, & carnaval cusqueño)

They are singing this: "Cantemos, bailemos, estos carnavales; hasta que reviente, agua colorada."


("Let's sing, let's dance, in these carnivals; until we see red water run through.")

Amaru Community Farewell Dance

 

 

Salt Mines (Salineras de) in Maras, Perú

 

 

 

Amaru textiles

This afternoon we went to the top of the mountains to Amaru village and learned how the indigenous people spin and dye llama/alpaca wool and how it is woven into beautiful textiles.  It was a fantastic afternoon….after the harrowing ride up a single lane dirt road up the side of a mountain.  We were welcomed with a shower of flower petals and each of us were given a flower necklace.  We had an opening ceremony and then we were all dressed up in the indigenous clothing of the area.  We were graciously shown how to spin the wool by hand, how to weave the textiles, and how the wool was dyed with natural dyes made from plants/flowers in the area.  We also learned about the hundreds of varieties of potatoes grown in the area and were given some sweet ones to eat.  Of course we had time to buy some of the things that were displayed.  After that, we had a Dance of Despedida (good-bye) and another ceremony to end the afternoon.  Really cool!!  Here are some of the photos I took:Thumb_DSCN4902_1024
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A "happy adventure" with the Weavers of Amaru Community

Participants had a great time visiting one of the eight communities of the Tierra de los Yachaqs. Quechua is the common language of these inhabitants led by Gregorio, the headmaster in this community. Although most people work in agriculture and animal domestication, they taught us the main aspect of their culture: weaving. We were welcome with a string of pink or red flowers around our neck. We dressed up in their traditional clothes (see pics below), tried a few of the baked potatoes one can find in this region, and also tasted a tea known as muña. The pictures tell the rest of this cultural experience, described by many students as "the best one that we had have." IMG_0887 IMG_0874 IMG_0877 IMG_0881
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Ollantaytambo

On Sunday the students were guided through the Incan ruins at Ollantaytambo - these ruins are located in and around the village of Ollantaytambo.  It was another day for climbing and exploring some of the ruins here.

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Visit to Machu Picchu

Saturday was our visit to Machu Picchu with an overnight stay in Aguascalientes.  The students were guided through the ruins and given information about the architectural structures and the Incan people that lived in Machu Picchu.  It was a physical workout as there was lots of climbing and most of the students chose to climb the Inca Trail to the Sun Gate at the top.  Here are a few of the photos that we took:

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Tour of Pisac ruins and hiking down the mountain

The culture activity for Wednesday was a tour of the Pisac archeological ruins overlooking our village.  The students were led by a local guide who was able to explain to us much information about what the Incas used the various places for as well as information about some of the medicinal value of some of the plants in the area.  In addition, on the hike down the mountain, the students did a service project of collecting trash from the site. Thumb_DSCN3997_1024
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