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06/26/2013

Summer 2013 Session I: CIEE PALMA DE MALLORCA

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Palma bay

STUDYING SPANISH & INTERNSHIPS IN MALLORCA

This is our newsletter about Summer Session I 2013 in Palma de Mallorca. During this session, our students can study the following topics:

Beginning, Intermediate and Advanced Spanish (Language)

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

Contemporary Writers Travel Spain (Literature, in Spanish)

Mediterranean Marine Environment (Biology, in English)

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

ORIENTATION

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. Students met their homestays, and gave them two kisses the Spanish style!

Orientation

During orientation, the CIEE summer group spent a lot of time with Spanish students (Guardian Angels) who helped them buying cellphones, getting around the city, going out for tapas, finding out about the amazing nightlife by the harbour of Palma, discovering the closest beach used by Palma locals, a well kept secret. Ali, Andrea and David are always there during the summer to help out students with anything, guide them through young life in Palma, and of course help them with their Spanish.

Orientation 2
Orientation 3

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

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 (flowboarding and innnovative experience hotel).

Field visit presentation Hotel Antillas Barbados 2
Field visit presentation Hotel Antillas Barbados 3
In each hotel, a manager 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.

Field visit presentation Hotel Antillas Barbados 5
We were impressed by the two innovative artificial wave machines for flowboarding, the infinity pool, the landscape view from the beautifully designed rooms, but specially with this new concept of hotels which offer a lifestyle experience on top of comfortable and original rooms and services.

Field visit to Magaluf
Shockwave hotel 2
Shockwave hotel

http://www.melia.com/hotels/spain/majorca/home.htm

LANGUAGE CLASSES

COOKING IN SPAIN

This is a popular activity organized by the language classes. Students learn to cook Spanish meals, from paella to coca de verduras, gazpacho, tortilla de papatas, etc. See picture bellow of students with our stellar cook Cati Aguiló.

Cooking class
Cooking class 2
LEARNING BY DOING

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.

In class activity Intermediate Spanish
Intermediate Spanish students play games which make the class playful and experiential

Students Castell de Bellver
Classes combine culture and history with language learning, like this field study trip to Medieval Bellver Castle (as well, Museum of the History of Palma), where students learn about the history of Palma, and apply their recently learnt vocabulary while doing a scavenger hunt activity.

EXCURSIONS

This summer session I group travelled one day to the old mountain village of Soller. They did it with the oldest wooden train in Europe.

Alcudia
Our second long day excursion was to Formentor to see the incredible views of the northern cliffs of the island.

Formentor
On the same day, we visited Alcudia, and walked inside the Medieval walls of this beautiful historical city.

Within the medieval walls alcudia
We also were able to discover the ruins of the old Roman city of Pollentia, maybe the oldest site students have visited during their stay in Mallorca.

Roman Ruins Pollentia
And of course we spent some time at some of the most amazing natural beaches of Mallorca, Formentor and Muro.

Formentor beach

FAREWELL

Today we had our farewell party at Can Joan de S'Aigo (XVII century chocolate coffee shop) for those students who have to leave and can not stay with us during session II.

Becca, Camile, David, Taylor! We will miss you!!!

Farewell

 

Visit CIEE Palma de Mallorca facebook group: 

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

Our blog:

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

And our official websites:

SEMESTER PROGRAMS:

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

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

SUMMER PROGRAMS:

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

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