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04/24/2015

CIEE Palma de Mallorca: Spring 2015. About orientation

Greetings from Antonia Ferriol, RD of CIEE Palma de Mallorca!

On this occasion, you will hear currently onsite students’ voices (all the texts come from their blogs):

Angie: https://angieineurope.tumblr.com

Emily: https://emiliaenmallorca.tumblr.com

Jordan: https://raverjordan.weebly.com/blog

About Orientation:

We went for tapas at a local restaurant near our hotel. IT WAS SO GOOD. We visited La Catedral de Mallorca (a Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral). OH MY GOD… IT WAS SO FREAKING GORGEOUS. And, it’s even more beautiful at night!

Carnaval

At the end of the week, we went to carnival. It was so much fun watching kids and adults dance around the streets and just having a great time!

We visited the university for the first time to get our pictures taken for our ID, walked the campus to get an idea of the different buildings, met with the internship coordinator to confirm what we would want our internship to be, and had our very first Spanish class. Since I am in a beginning Spanish level, I only have class with one of the seven girls that are on the trip with me. It's almost like a tutoring session.

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Friday was the last day of orientation. We had individual academic sessions where we talked about our school schedules and also had a session where we discussed all of the different excursions that we would be going on throughout the semester. After the day at the school we went to a dinner for all international students.

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Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca facebook group: 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/cieepalmademallorca

Our blog:        

https://study-abroad-blog-palma.ciee.org

And our official websites:

SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/liberal-arts

 https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/business-tourism

SUMMER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-language-culture

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-internship-program

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/ireland/dublin/dublin-to-palma-summer-tourism-in-europe

 

 

02/13/2015

Newsletter I, CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spring 2015

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Greetings from Antonia Ferriol, RD of CIEE Palma de Mallorca!

Our Spring students arrived less than two weeks ago into Palma de Mallorca. How exciting to meet at the Orientation Hotel, then wandering around the old streets of Palma for the first time, and finally trying the different kind of Mallorcan tapas and pambolis. Now our students are settled in their Spanish home, know how to move around the intricate streets of Palma, have started going to the gym at the university and to meet with their intercambio, and have attended for a whole week their CIEE and regular university classes.

BT Orientation walk

Plaza Mayor

CIEE language classes (Beginning Spanish, and Advanced Spanish for Business and Tourism) visited the 15th century castle of the city of Palma.

Bellver group

This castle is well known for its museum of history of Palma, for being the only Gothic round castle in Spain, wonderfully preserved, and for its incredible views of the Bay of Palma.

No wonder its name Bellver means “Beautiful view”.

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This semester, CIEE students are enrolled in the following CIEE and UIB classes: International Meetings and Event Planning, Contemporary Spanish Cinema and Literature, Beginning Spanish, Advanced Spanish for Business and Tourism), Internship Seminar, International Protection of Human Rights, Survey of Spanish Literature, Teaching Spanish as a Second Language, Tourism Industry Contracts, Public Law of Tourism, Tourism Promotion Management, Quality Management of Hospitality Corporations, International Tourism Development, Psychology of Groups, Psychology of Personality, Couple Treatment and Therapy, Intelligence, and Psychology of Art.

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Cathedral and Arab Almudaina Palace

No wonder... The first time that a person sees the Mediterranean Sea from the top of the 16th Century walls of the old City of Palma, with the impressive Gothic Cathedral behind and the deep blue sea on the front, one can’t stop marveling and thinking how lucky Mallorcans are, being able to see this view every single day.

Eight students are undertaking internships this semester, and they have been attending interviews this week to start in the coming two weeks. Companies in which they will be interning are: Logitravel, Sol Melià, Santa Clara Urban Hotel, Palma Aquarium, M3Forum Events, Nixe Palace, Highlife Mallorca Events, Marina Hotels, Saint Michel Hotels, Amara marketing.  

You can see here pictures of some of the activities we have been doing so far:

BT Dinner first day

Orientation Tapas Dinner

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Bystander Intervention Workshop

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Biking along the Bay of Palma

This coming weekend we will participate in local Carnival, with parades and costumes. So in our next newsletter, we will share with you some great stories and more pictures.

Have a great semester!

Antonia Ferriol

CIEE Palma de Mallorca

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University Campus

 

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca facebook group: 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/cieepalmademallorca

Our blog:        

https://study-abroad-blog-palma.ciee.org

And our official websites:

SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/liberal-arts

 https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/business-tourism

SUMMER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-language-culture

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-internship-program

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/ireland/dublin/dublin-to-palma-summer-tourism-in-europe

11/27/2014

A Royal Thanksgiving for CIEE Palma de Mallorca: Queen Letizia shaking hands with CIEE staff

Today the Queen of Spain Doña Letizia visited the local University in Palma de Mallorca (UIB), in order to inaugurate the 17th National Congress of Voluntary Work and to award prizes to the non-profit organizations who have contributed with their work to a better world.

Cartel congreso

This three-day solidary event happens to meet inside Arxiduc, the building of the Faculties of Tourism and Hospitality at the Universitat de les Illes Balears, where the CIEE office is located.

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CIEE staff and some of the CIEE students were able to see the Queen as this was a normal day for us, with classes and even a Thanksgiving celebration. The anecdote of the day is that one of the university students screamed at the Queen as she was passing by: “Letizia, qué guapa” (“Letizia, how beautiful”). So Doña Letizia turned back and came towards this student and decided to shake hands with two people, who happened to be Antonia and Susan, RD and RC of the CIEE program in Palma de Mallorca. The student who complimented the Queen with a “piropo” got a selfie with her. And after this encounter she went into the building for the inauguration. So we can say that the Queen of Spain Doña Letizia shaked hands with CIEE Palma staff.

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Ciee students and staff

After the excitement of meeting the Monarchy, we celebrated Thanksgiving US tradition with CIEE students eating a piece of pumking pie, a glass of a nice Spanish cava, and thanking for our lives in beautiful Mallorca!!! A very Royal Thanksgiving day for CIEE students!

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Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca facebook group: 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/cieepalmademallorca

Our blog:        

https://study-abroad-blog-palma.ciee.org

And our official websites:

SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/liberal-arts

 https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/business-tourism

SUMMER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-language-culture

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-internship-program

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/ireland/dublin/dublin-to-palma-summer-tourism-in-europe

 

09/12/2014

CIEE Palma de Mallorca Fall 2014 - FIRST DAY IN PALMA

Bailey, Charlotte, Cullen, Daniel, Elizabeth and Keara arrived yesterday into Palma de Mallorca. How exciting to meet at the Orientation Hotel and then wander around the old streets of Palma for the first time!

Plaza Mayor

 

Plaza Mayor 

The first time that a person sees the Mediterranean Sea from the top of the 16th Century walls of the old City of Palma, with the impressive Gothic Cathedral behind and the deep blue sea on the front, one can’t stop marveling and thinking how lucky Mallorcans are, being able to see this view every single day.

We ended the day having delicious Spanish tapas such as pulpo a la gallega, gambas al ajillo, pimientos de padrón, fiambres, tumbet, queso manchego, and more. And then of course a chocolate dessert, mouse de chocolate con nata, which has chosen unanimously by the six students.

Today students are spending the morning discovering Palma downtown with one of the Guardian Angels, David. And in the afternoon we have orientation sessions to help them prepare for a wonderful experience in Mallorca.

Have a great semester!
Antonia Ferriol, RD

CatedralCathedral (La Seu)

 

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca facebook group: 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/cieepalmademallorca

Our blog:        

https://study-abroad-blog-palma.ciee.org

And our official websites:

SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/liberal-arts

 https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/business-tourism

SUMMER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-language-culture

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-internship-program

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/ireland/dublin/dublin-to-palma-summer-tourism-in-europe

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/netherlands/groningen/groningen-to-palma-summer-environmental-issues

08/22/2014

Newsletter I: CIEE Summer 2014 in Palma de Mallorca

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During Summer Session I 2014 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, students have been studying the following topics:

-       Spanish Language at different levels

-       Spanish for Business and Tourism: an Introduction to Tourism in Mallorca (Business, in Spanish)

-       Spain Today (Politics and Society, in Spanish)

-       Mediterranean Cuisine (Cooking and Wine Tasting, in English)

-       Internship in a business company or in a hotel department (Business or Hospitality Internship, in Spanish)

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ORIENTATION

This year we are so glad and excited to have a great number of students in session I. Our staff  worked since the beginning to help them all feel comfortable and integrated in this study abroad experience. 

Rientation session

Our students learnt about the history of the beautiful city of Palma, its culture, gastronomy, architecture, and of course the basics of how to move around the city. We also explained them all the activities (excursions, field visits…) they were going to take, and went in detail about the map where they could find the addresses of their homestays, as you can see on the right. Students met their homestays, and gave them two kisses the Spanish style! 

During orientation, the CIEE summer group spent a lot of time with our Guardian Angels (Rita and Juanma). They are Spanish Students who help CIEE students with buying cellphones, getting around the city, going out for tapas, finding out about the amazing nightlife by the harbour of Palma, and discovering the closest beach used by Palma locals, a well-kept secret. 

Students also enjoyed a biking experience. The chance to bike along Palma’s bay and delight with the view of the sea is a unique memory to keep in their mind forever.

FIELD VISITS

All our summer classes have a hands-on component and put students in contact with relevant local examples related to the content of each particular subject.

SPANISH FOR BUSINESS AND TOURISM: AN INTRODUCTION TO TOURISM IN MALLORCA

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This class did a thorough field visit to three very different hotels owned by the famous Spanish hotel chain Sol Melià: Antillas Barbados (family and children oriented), Beach House (a design driven beachfront hotel, connected with Nikki Beach, a restaurant and a bar with the finest international gourmet cuisine), and Sol Wave House (flow boarding and innovative experience hotel which is the first Tweet Hotel in the entire world).

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In each hotel, we were received either by the Director, the Event Organizer Manager, or the Marketing Management Director. Lectures introduced us to the special characteristics of each hotel, the type of audience, sales techniques, relevant marketing strategies, services offered, differentiation and innovation goals, etc. They were complemented by the answers to the questions made by students (all in Spanish, of course).

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We were impressed by the two innovative artificial wave machines for flowboarding, the infinity pool, the landscape view from the beautifully designed rooms, its new concept of hotels which offer a lifestyle experience on top of comfortable and original rooms and services; but especially they shared with us its new project called “Sol Wave House #SocialWave community”. The only hotel in the world where Twitter and Hotel are connected with a Tweet Experience Hotel. The idea is enjoying the company of friends, meeting new people, being aware of exactly what’s going on around, ready to tweet when you make your reservation and savour a unique experience.

LANGUAGE CLASSES

Language classes are small and students learn by doing in and outside of the classroom. Students use the language in class by exploring different tasks and having to use the language to express what they are discovering. Intermediate Spanish students play games which make the class playful and experiential.

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The entire group went together to visit Medieval Bellver Castle where students learnt about the history of Palma, and applied their recently learnt vocabulary while doing a scavenger hunt activity, a visit combining culture and history with language learning.

Castillo bellver

ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH PROJECT

This year we had the opportunity to count with a Biology research student from McDaniel College, Alexa Riland. Her research is in charge of Dr. Guillem Mateu and the purpose of the course is to learn to conduct, analyze, and present scientific research. The student meets weekly with her tutor to present on research methods, data collecting and sampling procedures, analytical issues, and conclusions.  In the end, the student presents her research results in an open symposium for peers and the Palma marine science research community.The research topic deals with the use of foraminifers (protozoans with a mineral test) as bioindicators to determine the health status of Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows.

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EXCURSIONS

Before classes, we started with an amazing excursion in order to motivate our students to explore the island. The excursion was to “Sa calobra”, a spectacular beach located in the Tramuntana mountain range on the north of the island. It is hard to access with timetable buses, so we decided to go by boat (Barcos Azules) because we thought it was the best way to get there by far. The trip was 1 hour from Port de Soller to Sa Calobra.

Barcos azules

When they arrived they could see a small beach covered in stones in front of a restaurant. They followed the paved path which took them to a short, narrow tunnel well-lit from which they emerged on to the main Sa Calobra/Torrent de Pareis beach.

Calobra

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Curiosity: Based on this report, https://portalis.es/en/palma-de-mallorca-el-segundo-mejor-lugar-del-mundo-para-vivir Palma is ranked in the whole world number 2 city to live, number 7 in sunshine days (300 days per year), number 2 in being close (3 miles) to an international airport with direct flights to most important cities, and number 16 in political risk, just to mention some of the ones who might interest most to students.

 

Visit our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/cieepalmademallorca

Our Blog: https://study-abroad-blog-palma.ciee.org

Semester Programs:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/liberal-arts

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/business-tourism

Summer Programs:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-language-culture

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-internship-program

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/ireland/dublin/dublin-to-palma-summer-tourism-in-europe

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/netherlands/groningen/groningen-to-palma-summer-environmental-issues

06/17/2014

Newsletter IV: Field Study Trips, Excursions and Cultural Activities. CIEE Palma de Mallorca, Spring 2014

And now let me tell you a little bit about the last field study visits related to CIEE classes in Palma de Mallorca during this past spring semester. All CIEE classes combine work in the classroom with interactive field visits, so let's see what some of the classes did:

Spring 2014 students taking Introduction to Everyday Catalan visited a Mallorcan family and spent time with their members, learning vocabulary of the house, the kitchen, the family. They also visited an elementary school and exchanged cultural and linguistic experiences with children in Catalan and in English.

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Students taking Spanish for Business and Tourism visited Bellver gothic castle and had to create a leaflet to promote the private use of the castle to make it more profitable economically.

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Intermediate Spanish students went to the main market of Palma and learnt vocabulary of the different products sold there.

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The class Advanced Spanish Writing and Stylistics participated in a Scavenger Hunt with the theme “Legends of the city of Palma”.

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The best evaluated field visit was the last one. All language students went together to the winery and vineyards of Macià Batle, a local producer of a Mallorcan brand wine. Students had to formulate questions to the guide, take pictures, and listen to the presentation to write a report. They all said this was a wonderful exposure to this family owned company which has grown considerably in the last years becoming a well-known wine brand which has even started to win important wine competitions.

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Business and Tourism students who are enrolled in the course International Meeting and Event Planning joined the nautical event named SuperYatch, and learnt first-hand from the organizers how they create and promote this event. Students commented hey were impressed by the complexity of the event. They all received free passes to visit the different events during the week.

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As usual, CIEE organized different activities to participate in the life of Palma, such as joining the Official Presentation of Pla i Llevant wines. This year this event was even more interesting culturally speaking, as the different tables were set inside some of the old patios of Palma, from the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th century.

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As far as excursions, the last month of the program CIEE Palma organized two different farewell excursions. The Business and Tourism program sailed from Palma bay to Cabo Blanco natural area on a sailboat. The Liberal Arts program took a boat in Soller to go to the impressive Torrent de Pareïs.

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In the end, we met for a farewell party at the CIEE summer center. We were able to see a video performed, acted and edited by the students of the class Spanish Writing and Stylistics. We took many pictures and enjoyed spending time together, as we knew students would be very busy with exams and we staff would be busy with the summer programs.

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Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca facebook group: 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/cieepalmademallorca

Our blog:

https://study-abroad-blog-palma.ciee.org

And our official websites:

SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/liberal-arts

 https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/business-tourism

SUMMER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-language-culture

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-internship-program

06/07/2014

Newsletter III, CIEE Palma de Mallorca Spring 2014: Academics

We are almost reaching the end of the semester.

Our Spring students have been busy with written projects, oral presentations and preparing for final exams.

CIEE classes ended by the last week of May, but most students were leaving by mid or end of June because they decided to take their final exam with the other Spanish students in their classes.

Out students spent Easter Break either travelling around Europe or exploring Mallorca with their friends. In both cases, they had a great time and when they came they filled Facebook with beautiful pictures. After the vacations, student restarted classes and internships.

Let me show you with images the last days of classes:

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Lyna is doing her final presentation in front of the "Meetings and Events" class, about an interview to a DMC in Mallorca

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Anderson is doing his final presentation about his internship in TESL at an elementary school.

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Christa and Michelle are doing their presentations on their internship experience, one at Hotel Purdo in the events department, and the other one at M3Forums. 

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And after all the presentations, we had some cookies brought by Christa!

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These wonderful women are presenting their "Revista Que Guay" for the class "Advanced Spanish Writing and Stylistics". And afterwards, they surprised us with a horror film they had made about a short story written by Olivia.

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One of the activities in the language class.

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Professors discuss with students their projects.

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Professor explains to the group his perspective on what students are presenting.

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca facebook group: 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/cieepalmademallorca

Our blog:

https://study-abroad-blog-palma.ciee.org

And our official websites:

SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/liberal-arts

 https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/business-tourism

SUMMER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-language-culture

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-internship-program

 

11/01/2013

Fall 2013, Issue 2: CIEE PALMA DE MALLORCA

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As promised, this is the story of our three-day trip to

Granada

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We stayed in a family owned hostel, Hostal Moni, decorated with Andalusian style, and with a big terrace on the top where we had breakfast every morning overlooking the roofs of Albaizín neighbourhood, the old Arab quarter of Granada.

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On Friday, we visited San Bartolomé Church, Plaza Larga, Puerta de las Pesas, the Mezquita Mayor, the El Salvador Church, and of course the Mirador de San Nicolás to see the Alhambra coloured in orange by the afternoon sun.

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We went down to the Cathedral walking by the Cuesta del Chapiz, stopping every once in a while to contemplate the Alhambra rising on our left side, on the other side of the river.

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We visited the Cathedral and the Royal Chapel, where we literally saw the coffins of Isabel I and Fernando II Catholic Kings of Spain in the XV century and authors by their marriage of the unification of Spanish kingdoms Castilla and Leon.

We had some time to wander and shop in the little Morroccan stores in downtown Granada. And afterwards we had the best kebabs of Granada in Baraka, of course with a very sweet Morroccan style mint tea.

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In the night, we went to see a classic Flamenco show, with two spectacular dancers, a guitar player and a singer "cantaor". Students were so impressed as to say they had never ever seen something so intense and such a beautiful dance. We waited for the female dancer to come out, just so we could take a picture with her.

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On Saturday we spent the day at the Alhambra, the Generalife's Gardens, and the Palacios Nazaríes. And in the afternoon we tried the typical dessert of Granada, the famous piononos. In this case, I think pictures are the best way to tell our story:

 

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Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca facebook group: 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/cieepalmademallorca

Our blog:

https://study-abroad-blog-palma.ciee.org

And our official websites:

SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/liberal-arts

 https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/business-tourism

SUMMER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-language-culture

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-internship-program

10/22/2013

Fall 2013, Issue 1: CIEE PALMA DE MALLORCA

Greetings from Antonia Ferriol, RD of CIEE Palma de Mallorca.

It's a bright sunny Tuesday (75ºF) in Palma de Mallorca, with one of those blue Mediterranean skies reminding us that Summer season, no matter what the calendar says, is not finished yet...

And here we are planning our next activity: a hike into the mountains of Sierra de Tramuntana, (from the harbour of Sóller to the Bohemian village of Deià) a World Heritage Site for its natural beauty and historical villages. Of course, we will be sleeping in a cabin in the woods by an impressive lighthouse.

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So, what have we been up to?

First week

We navigated the city of Palma, learnt the ins and outs of the narrow streets of the city, its gastronomy, its people, its art (on the second day, Palma celebrated the night of the Art, so all museums were open and free, offered music, new exhibitions... Palma was a huge urban gallery hop!). We placed particular emphasis on showing students how to use public transportation and let them experience Mallorcan traditions, by means of trying typical food and spending time with their familia española.

As usual, the most anticipated event of this week was meeting the Spanish Familias, with whom students will share their lives for the rest of the semester. Everybody looked really excited, so here I would like to share some pictures of this important event:

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Orientation 1

We introduced students to two Spanish university students, DAVID and ALI, who will help them feel integrated into the young Palma society. On the second day, David and Ali went shopping with CIEE students, and helped them acquire their cellphone and other things they needed for classes. Students already talk about David and Ali as their true "guardian angels". With David and Ali, students went biking, and hiking in the mountains of Valldemossa to an old hermit.

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Intensive Spanish

Liberal Arts students arrived one week earlier in order to take Intensive Spanish, review grammar aspects, and start using as much Spanish as possible before regular university courses start. It is impressive that this year all students compromised very seriously with speaking Spanish at all times, even among themselves. To this day, I have only heart Spanish in the group. So... CONGRATULATIONS! But not only LA students are using Spanish. For some reason, this year Business and Tourism students have come to Palma with enough Spanish to compromise themselves as well to use only Spanish during CIEE actitivies. CONGRATULATIONS again!

Also, this year most of the students have already met their language exchange partner with whom they will meet at least once a week to speak in Spanish and in English, a great opportunity to get exposed first hand to the local culture, and to make a friend.

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International students

On the second week, students attended the Welcome reception, organized by the University for all international students. In this event, students were able to meet students from France, Germany, Italy, China, just to mention a few. On top of this, Spanish University students have created an Association to organize activities which bring together Spanish and International students. Among other things, they organize a soccer championship, a night out to eat tapas, an excursion by bus to the cliffs of Formentor and natural beach of Muro, with a stop in Lluc Monastery, and another excursion with an old wood train into the mountains of Soller. CIEE students were able to join many of these activities, and this helped them feel integrated into the university community by making their first friends.

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Classes at the University

After academic advising, and making sure each student had the right class, students went to their first university class. This year, students have enrolled in the following CIEE and UIB classes: Spanish Politics and Society, Contemporary Spanish Cinema and Literature, Intercultural Communication, Spanish for Business and Tourism, Advanced Spanish Writing and Stylistics, Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Marketing Management, Psychology of Development, History of Psychology, Contemporary Spanish Literature, European Union Law, Sustainable Tourism, Business Strategy, Progress of Spain in the International Order, Seminar on Living and Learning, and Introduction to Everyday Catalan.

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Internship

Four students are doing internships this semester. Karah is teaching English as a Foreign Language to children in a public local school. So far she says she loves the experience and is trying to learn from her mentor professor Silvia the magic of making children be quiet and pay attention in class!

Two other students, Christa and Jenni, are doing their internship at Puro Hotel , one of them in the marketing department and the other in the Events department. Both are not only working at the offices, but helping with several events organized by the hotel, in the coming months.

And Henri is working with a small company named Telm Produccions, which organizes events for children in schools of Mallorca. He will help in these events, and also in the marketing and web design of the company.

Excursions

This Saturday, the group visited La Granja, an old farm which has become a museum about the rural history and traditions of this Mediterranean island.

La granja 1

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La granja 3

La granja 4

La granja 5

Afterwards, the group visited the town of Deià, and had lunch at the beach, by the coast of Sierra de Tramuntana, recently declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO for the great value of its unique historical, artistic, and ethnographic heritage. We had the opportunity to admire the landscape of the typical Mediterranean forest: pines, holm oaks, carob trees, fig trees... By the end of the day, we visited the ruins of a watch tower from 16th century, and also the tower of the souls, an example of piracy of the 17th century.

Deia 1

Deia 2

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Class Field visits

Language classes have brought students to the well preserved Bellver castle, a round gothic castle with incredible views of the city of Palma.

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And to Palma Cathedral, an impressive Gothic building by the sea.

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And of course students took a class on how to cook Paella and crespells, a traditional Mallorcan dessert.

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Coming next

We went to Granada for three days and had a wonderful time, so in our next newsletter, we will share with you some great stories and more pictures.

Have a great semester!

08/06/2013

Summer 2013 Session II: CIEE PALMA DE MALLORCA

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Palma bay

WELCOME ORIENTATION

Group picture in Sa Riera
group picture in front of Sa Riera during first day in Palma

CLASSES

During summer session II, we offered three classes:

- Mediterranean Marine Environment

- Palma in the Mediterranean

- Globalization, Human Migration and Tourism: the case of the Balearic Islands

All our classes include relevant field visits which take advantage of the great historical, environmental and economical characteristics of Palma de Mallorca. These hands-on interactive experiences make our classes alive, and help students connect with the local Spanish community, so they learn Spanish, history, biology, economy and tourism from direct exposure to Palma de Mallorca's heritage and current daily life. 

Let us summarize here a little bit what we did:

MEDITERRANEAN MARINE ENVIRONMENT (in English)

This class includes fieldwork at coastal shores from sandy to bottom ecosystems, and visits to an aquarium, a research fishery, and Cabrera's and untouched Dragonera's islands marine national parks.

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Cabrera Island (Natural National Park)

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Marine environment 2

Palma Aquarium

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Fishery Lab in Andratx, with Professors Guillem Mateu (left) and Salud Deudero (right)

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Marine environment 5

Marine environment 6

Marine environment 7

Group Final Presentations

GLOBALIZATION, HUMAN MIGRATION AND TOURISM (in English)

Students learn how tourism relates to migration through history, theory and practice. The class addresses questions such as how is everyday life managed in tourist destinations, taking into account the latest academic discussions in the subject.

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As part of the class, students visit a tourist destination such as Magaluf, the Mecca of mass tourism, most probably the most well-known Spanish resort in the United Kingdom, in order to get to know the ins and outs of a tourist destination first hand.

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One street in Magaluf

Globalization 2

Presentation during a visit to a hotel

This field trip to Magaluf involved observing businesses and the interactions among tourists and workers, all in all delving into how the global fashions the local anew.

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Visit to Hotel Sol Wave House (flowboarding and innovative experience-hotel)

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With Professor Marc Morell in front of one of the hotels of the area

The visit also included a brief talk at the tourist information office where students got to know in more detail how the resort has evolved through time and which are its future prospects.

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A second field trip was to the historic centre of Palma, the capital of Mallorca and of the Balearic Islands. The aim of this visit was to show how tourism morphs the city, how the centre became such and what makes it historic.

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Students were able to compare its monumental core with its more humble margins and learnt how tourism relates to city planning and heritage conservation. 

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Students were able to gain insights from an informal talk with active residents who manage their everyday life within such a highly touristy context.

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The last visit of this class, provided a taste of the countryside. Students visited Mallorca's hinterland, normally portrayed as one of the last unspoiled pisturesque territories of the Island.

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The tour consisted of a mishmash of contrasting experiences such as walking through villages of the area, dropping by a market, meeting local organic producers, and even visiting the birthplace of Juniper Serra, the founder friar of the mission chain in nowadays California.

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Students enjoyed visiting the Finca of Son Real, on a wide virgin coastal area in the North of Mallorca with an impressive necropolis with remains dating back to 7th century BC. 

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At the end of the day, students were able to figure out whether or not the initial truism holds.

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PALMA IN THE MEDITERRANEAN (in Spanish)

In this class, students analyze Palma as one model of Mediterranean city. Special attention is paid to the evolution of the city in the history of Mallorca, from prehistoric times to our days.

On one side, the class explores the natural heritage, such as Tramuntana Mountain Range and little villages, recently declared Natural and Historical World Heritage Site.

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Class visit to Estellencs, a village in Sierra de Tramuntana

On the other side, the class discovers the cultural heritage through the traditions, celebrations, gastronomy and markets of the island.

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Students learnt to cook traditional Mallorcan recipes

Clase de cocina
and of course got to eat them (Professor Toni Vives on the left)

INTERNSHIPS

Students doing an internship at Brujula Technology Solutions, and at Hotel Tryp Bosque from Melia Hotels, did their final presentations and explained how what they did and learnt at the company.

Internship 1

Peter presenting about his experience at Brujula

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Justin presenting about his experience at Hotel Tryp Bosque

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Peter, Justin and Professor Pepi Villoslada 

FAREWELL

Every good story has an end. To celebrate a wonderful summer and say goodbye to everybody, what a better way than eating Mediterranean food by the Mediterranean Sea.

Farewell

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The whole group

Farewell 3

Students, Guardian Angels and Professors

Farewell 4

Only students and Guardian Angels

Farewell professors
Only professors and staff (Susan Estay, Resident Coordinator, on the left, and Antonia Ferriol, Resident Director, the second on the right)

  Cathedral

Have a nice summer, from our Palma's Cathedral

 

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Our blog:

https://study-abroad-blog-palma.ciee.org

And our official websites:

SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/liberal-arts

 https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/business-tourism

SUMMER PROGRAMS:

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-language-culture

https://www.ciee.org/study-abroad/spain/palma-de-mallorca/summer-internship-program