On Friday, the whole group took a field trip to Santiago, Chile. We visited the "Palacio de la Moneda", where the president of Chile works. We had the pleasure of meeting her (just kidding!). We had a tour and an amazing history lesson about how Chile works and looked at how similar/different it is to the US.
On Wednesday, a group visited the Museo Fonck in Viña del Mar. The museum featured artifacts from Rapa Nui (Easter Island). Our instructor, Tamara, shared a presentation about the history of the island and then taught us some traditional dances. In particular, we learned a dance to prepare for war. We loved the rhythm and movements. Māuru-uru ("thank you") Tamara!
Today we visited both a art museum and had the opportunity to make a notebook and stamps! Here are some pictures! We divided into two groups. On Thursday kids who went to the museum will get to make a notebook and kids who made a notebook will go to the museum.
Group one went to a place called Calleplano, a art workshop. We will be visiting this place 3 different times and creating different art projects to bring home :)
Group 2 visited the Fine Arts Museum in the Baburrizza Palace. Our guide taught us about the history of immigration in the city as well as the beautiful architecture and paintings in the house. It was a beautiful day in Valpo so we enjoyed some time in the sun and the incredible views from the "mirador" outside of the museum.
Stay tuned! More posts and pictures to come!
The session 1 Valpo team had our final outing today--a boat trip in Valparaíso Bay on a beautiful, sunny day.
It was a great send-off capped by the privilege of seeing a couple dozen sea lions lounging around.
The four weeks have flown by, and we're all happy we came. In case you don't believe us...
Thanks, Valpo, for all the memories. We love ya!
Making new stories every day...
Valparaíso is perhaps most famous for the ubiquitous murals throughout the city. In addition to being an ode to the artistic and poetic nature of the city, they can often serve as political and social statements. This afternoon we strolled through parts of Valpo to see just a sampling of the art. Here are a few highlights.
This morning the Valpo students took some time to give a little gift to the city.
Well, technically, they took something away from the city.
They worked with a local volunteer organization called Acción Basura that seeks to clean up Valparaíso and raise anti-littering awareness.
You may remember that Valparaíso is extremely hilly, and there are long stairways all throughout the city. The staircases are famous for their brights murals and mosaics. Unfortunately they're also notorious for collecting trash and broken glass. So this morning the Valpo team, in conjunction with Acción Basura, broke out some brooms and donned some gloves and cleaned up "el barrio" ("the neighborhood").
They worked extremely hard with great attitudes and cleaned the entire stairway from top to bottom.
Making new stories every day...
¡Hola a todos! Me llamo Joel Villegas and I will be one of 4 leaders for the Culture and Language Immersion's Session 2 program in Valparaíso, Chile. I have always wanted to go to Chile, not only because of its people but its topography as well. I never thought I'd go during their winter but here I am finding myself giving up one of my summer months in Boston to go to Chile. I have always enjoyed traveling. I enjoy learning about other cultures, customs, AND sharing what I have learned with others. I have led many different student trips from Central America and the Caribbean to Europe and when I came upon CIEE, I knew that I wanted to lead one of their programs.
I work for the Wakefield Public Schools, Wakefield, MA, a small town 20 mins. north of Boston. I am the METCO Director for our town. METCO is an acronym for the Metropolitan Council on Educational Opportunities. METCO is a desegregation program where students of color that reside in Boston, are bused to predominantly, White, suburban towns. I also teach Spanish at the high school, as a part-time position.
I live in the City of Everett which borders Boston on the harbor. I am of Puerto Rican descent, which basically means that I am Puerto Rican :) I was born and practically raised in Boston, although I did attend school in Puerto Rico the 3 years we lived there...my 1st, 2nd, and half of 3rd grade.
I know that this will be another great experience, not only for me but for the students as well.