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"Life was meant for good friends & great adventures" - A Letter From Your Program Leader

"Life was meant for good friends & great adventures."





The past three weeks in Spain have been full of good friends and great adventures. It's funny now, three weeks later, to think back to July 8th when I met the Global Navigator's in the airport in NYC. You could read their emotions all over their faces. They were excited, nervous, anxious, and curious, and so was I. As a first time Program Leader, I didn't know what to expect. 

Over the past three weeks I have had the pleasure to get to know each and every student, and have been able to watch them grow. Although three weeks sounds short, I have seen a positive change in all of the 17 students, and the impact that this experience has had on each student.


Students have stepped out of their comfort zone, tried new things, and listened to other's opinions, beliefs, and traditions. They have made many new friends, friends that come from all of the United States, with different backgrounds, different stories, and different experiences. But what they all have in common, is their new adventure. An adventure that has opened their minds, and instilled a desire to travel and explore the world

They will return home remembering the amazing friends that they made. Friends from all over the U.S, as well as many new friends from Spain.


They will remember their incredible teacher, Carlos. A teacher that teaches from his heart, and projects his passion for filmmaking and his love of life onto each student. Carlos has motivated these students, and they will never forget him, or the lessons that he has taught them.


They will remember all the ice cream they ate, the new foods they tried, and how they probably don't want to eat any bread or ham for a long, long time. 

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They will all remember their host family. They will remember how nervous they were when they first met them, how they struggled to communicate, and how new and awkward the experience was at first. They will remember how they text me, asking me how to translate things, and if it was normal that they couldn't understand a single thing that they were saying. However, today they are saying their goodbyes to their host families that cared for them, and shared their experience with them. They have learned so much Spanish from their host families, and have realized that you can have a great friendship with someone, even despite a language barrier.

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They will remember the monuments, the sights, and the incredible trips that they took together. They will remember the amazing views of Seville, Granada, and Cadiz. 


Everyone will take something different away from this experience, however, no one, will be returning to the U.S as the same student that I met on July 8th. 


You can see it in their eyes and hear it in their voices; these students have gained an experience that they will never forget. This experience has changed them, even if they don't know how just yet.


To my 17 awesome Global Navigators, thank you for sharing this experience with me. Thank you for your positive attitudes and your open minds. I hope you take this adventure with you, wherever you go in your future. Let this be only the first of many international experiences for you!


Un abrazo,


Program Leader, Global Discovery, Session 2

Week Three Cultural Activity Recap!

Hola! This week the Global Navigators have been busy wrapping up the end of their program. We can't believe how fast these three weeks have flown by.

Here are some pictures of our last few cultural activities!


On Wednesday we spent the morning in the park playing sports and games such as soccer, frisbee, and volleyball.


On Thursday students participated in an ice cream workshop, learning the history of ice cream and how to make natural, artisan ice cream. 


And we finished off our cultural activities with a beautiful bike ride through the city!




Student Blog from Quin Gallagher - Granada

Today we have a student blog from Quin Gallagher. Quin is a rising senior at Madison West High School, in Madison, Wisconsin. Quin is a talented photographer and did a great job capturing the beauty of our Granada trip. Enjoy his post!


    This past weekend (Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon), the Global Discovery students went on a getaway to Granada! The city of Granada is located about 3 hours to the East of Seville, and has an abundance of history stretching back to the fifth century when it was controlled by Iberians. In 711 A.D., Muslims took over and went on to build the Alhambra, a royal palace known for its red coloration, Moorish architecture, exquisite gardens, and defensive position along the mountains. In 1492 A.D., the Roman Catholic monarchs King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella conquered the city and eventually drove out the Muslims and Jews.
    The students toured the extensive Alhambra grounds and ancient Albaicín neighborhood, visited the tombs of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, explored the Science Museum and Park, and enjoyed tapas around the city. During the free time, popular activities included shopping in the city, swimming in the hotel pool, or hiking in the surrounding hills.


Students pass through one of the city gates on their way to tour around the city.


The ancient history and beauty of Granada is easily visible anywhere you look!


Théo and Argenis take in the view of the Sierra Nevada mountain range on a hike in the hills above the city.


The view of the Alhambra palace from the Albaicín neighborhood is incredible and gives a great sense of the palace’s immense size!


La Catedral de Sevilla y La Giralda

Today students toured La Catedral de Sevilla and the Giralda. The enormous cathedral is located in the center of the city and is the third largest Cathedral in Europe. Upon walking into the cathedral you notice the incredibly high ceilings and intricate arquitecture. The cathedral is full of art, chapels, and "treasure rooms." Attached to the cathedral is a massive tower called the "Torre de la Giralda." At 35 floors high, this tower provides a beautiful view of the entire city. 


Students climbed the 35 floor ramp to reach the top. The views were well worth the climb!


One of the most important historical parts of the Cathedral of Seville is the tomb of Christopher Columbus (pictured above). His tomb is held by an impressive statue of the four figures representing the four kingdoms of Spain during his life; Castile, Aragon, Navara, and Leon. His son, Fernando Columbus, is also buried in the Cathedral of Sevilla. Below are a few pictures of the incredible architecture found inside the Cathedral of Sevilla. 




A Visit to the Plaza de Toros

Hola! Today the Global Navigators visited the Plaza de Toros, Sevilla´s bull fighting ring. Bull fighting started during the Roman times and changed dramatically to the current style of bull fighting that we know today in the 18th century. In the 18th century a famous matador (bull fighter) by the name of Francisco Romero, drastically changed the style of bull fighting to a slower, smoother, and more dangerous style of bull fighting. Francisco Romero was the first bull fighter to start fighting closer to the bull, making the show more exciting. 


Today bull fighting exists in many parts of Spain and is an important part of the culture and history of Spain. In a typical bull fight there are 3 matadores, and 6 bulls. All of the bulls are killed at the end of the bull fight. For the matador to be considered successful, they must fight the bull elegantly, and cause it the least painful death possible. 


Today students went on a tour of the museum and had a look inside the bull fighting ring. Students asked our tour guide Isabel many questions about the history of bull fighting, and how it works today.


Matadores wear decorative outfits like the jacket above during the bull fight to add to the elegance of the show. 


Elliot and Argenis create their own ¨bull fighting¨ scene in the ring. 

What do you think about bull fighting? Would you want to see a bull fight if you came to Spain? Ask your Global Navigator what they think!

A Look into a CIEE HSSA Digital Filmmaking and Documentary Class in Seville, Spain

The Global Navigators have been working hard in their Digital Filmmaking and Documentary class. Students attend class Monday through Friday evenings from 6-9 pm in the CIEE Palacio. The CIEE Study Center in Seville is referred to as "The Palace."


Their teacher Carlos, does an amazing job of teaching students the history of documentary filmmaking, film techniques, and survival and film specific Spanish. Carlos is an incredible teacher who has a strong background in documentary filmmaking, photography, and language teaching. He has an amazing talent of engaging each and every student and bringing out their unique personalities and strengths to help them grow as a young filmmaker. Carlos has a very unique and engaging teaching style. He teaches in a way where he does not simply tell students information, but rather provides them with the necessary tools for them to learn individually, and expand the talents and knowledge that they already have.


Tonight's Spanish lesson included a competition to see which group could create the best song in Spanish communicating their "food needs with their host families." Some popular phrases were "No quiero más pan" (I don't want anymore bread) and "no me gusto el gazpacho" (I don't like gazpacho).


Micah and Jay working hard to create their song together.

After all groups presented their songs, the group made a unanimous decision that Argenis and Theo won the contest with their unique rap remix.


Carlos takes a moment to let the students teach him a few colloquial phrases in English. LOL XD

Okay, stay tuned for more class updates! The students are working on a final project that they will be finishing next week, and presenting on the last day of class (where did the time go)!


Flamenco Workshop!

Today Global Discovery Seville students participated in a Flamenco dance workshop. This cultural activity granted students with a hands off, interactive experience to help them learn about the traditional Spanish dances. Everyone had a blast!

The students learned the basic dance moves of Flamenco, Sevillanas, and Rumba. Flamenco is a Spanish dance / music style consisting of dancers, guitar and singers. Sevillanas refers to a typical music and dance that is from Seville, Spain. Sevillanas is the common group dance for holidays and festivals in Seville, Spain.


Group shot! Long flowy skirts are an important part of the Flamenco and Sevillanas dances for women.




The hand techniques are a very important part of both Flamenco and Sevillanas!


Fans are also another essential part of the dance.


Our Flamenco workshop was full of laughter, smiling, and sweat! Now we can all return to the United States with some more dance skills to show off to our friends and family!

Tomorrow we are off on a three day trip to Granada! Stay tuned for lots of pictures of our trip! :)

Real Alcázar de Sevilla

This week students took a tour of the Real Alcázar, one of Sevilla's most impressive historical monuments. The Royal Alcazar of Seville is known as a Spanish Royal palace that was built by the Moorish rulers who occupied the peninsula starting in the 8th century.



The castle is very large with beautiful gardens surrounded it. It is hard to believe that this castle is in the center of the city!


The palace can be traced back to the Moorish conquest of Seville in 712. In the 12th century the palace continued to be developed, resembling more typical castle construction. The Islamic art has always been maintained. Once can see calligraphy and beautiful geometric patterns throughout the castle. 


In the 13th century the castle was reclaimed by the Catholic Kings of Spain. Under its new owners, Gothic and Renaissance designs were added to the castle. Adding these other designs to the already existing Islamic designs of the castle lead to an artistic style Calle Mudéjar. Although various original Islamic structures still exist in the Real Alcázar, many buildings were rebuilt or expanded during the Middle Ages. The palace now belongs to the local council of Seville and can be toured by the public. Check it out!




Fun Fact: The Game of Thrones was also filmed here for all you GOT fans out there!

Kayaking on the Guadalquivir

Today students enjoyed the afternoon kayaking on the Guadalquivir River. It´s name comes from arabic roots meaning ´great valley.´The Guadalquivir River is the fifth longest river in the Iberbian Peninsula, and the second longest river in Spain! For some students this was their first time kayaking, while we had a few experts on board today. 


Getting ready!


Ready for take off!


View of the Puente de Triana which runs over the Guadalquivir River.

Students had a fun time splashing around and cooling off. Kayaking is the perfect way to spend a hot afternoon in Seville!

Hasta luego!


Una excursión a Cádiz

Hola! This weekend the Global Discovery students took a day trip to Cádiz, considered to be the oldest inhabited city in Spain, and one of the oldest in Europe! Cádiz was founded in 1.100 B.C by the Phoenicians, and was inhabited by Carthaginians, Visigoths, Romans and Muslims. Cádiz is a beautiful port city with a lot of important history! Students enjoyed the cities charm, history, and beautiful ocean views. We explored the important monuments, walked down the narrow cobblestone streets, and ended our day with free time to enjoy the beautiful Atlantic Ocean!


Students pictured in front of Monumento de la Constitución de 1812. 


Laura Gonima admires the beautiful ancient seashell walls through out the city. 


Students taking pictures and of course, SnapChating their first impressions of the ocean!


Students walk through the beautiful streets of Cádiz admiring ancient architecture and the charming atmopshere of the city.


Students listening to our excellent tour guide, Alejandro, as he explains the history of the Cathedral de Cádiz. 


Students admire the Atlantic Ocean from way up above in the mirador on top of the Cathedral de Cádiz. Although it was a long journey up to the top, the view was completly worth it!


Having fun taking pictures from the top of the Cathedral. Cant keep the Digital Filmmaking and Documentary students away from their cameras!


Students wander through the Mercado Central, seeing all of the fresh fish for sale, all of which was caught locally!


Hasta luego Cádiz! Que cuidad mas bella!