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5 posts from August 2014

08/28/2014

Palma de Mallorca, Second Best City in the World to Live - CIEE Palma de Mallorca

Based on Global Lyfestyle Review by Knight Frank,

Palma is ranked IN THE WORLD as second best city to live. And also ranked:

- 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

- number 16 in political risk

...just to mention a few. You can read more at:

http://portalis.es/en/palma-de-mallorca-el-segundo-mejor-lugar-del-mundo-para-vivir 

I hope I got you a little bit excited about visiting us :-)

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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

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Curiosity: Based on this report, http://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: http://study-abroad-blog-palma.ciee.org

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

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

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

08/17/2014

Newsletter III: CIEE Summer 2014 in Palma de Mallorca

Session II included a wide diversity of activities, classes, excursions and field study visits. The first week, students had to absorb all the information about the program. We know is a challenge to adapt to a new place with differences in terms of culture and language, and we can say that all students succeeded in falling in love with the island and its traditions, while making local and CIEE friends with whom they have built an unforgettable study abroad experience.

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Apart from the orientation and the meeting with the homestays, students were introduced as well to the Guardian Angels. During this summer session we had the pleasure to count with four Spanish students: Rita, Juanma, Tere and Marc. They helped CIEE students to find the easiest way to move around the city, and this is something students appreciate a lot because it gives them confidence and security.

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Students shared not only the experience of walking around downtown, but also the opportunity to experience different activities together such as biking along Palma´s bay, watching Spanish movies to get closer to Spanish culture as portrayed in films, going out to eat Tapas on Tuesday night, and exploring beautiful beaches near Palma.

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FIELD VISITS

Students of Session II met those CIEE students from session I who stayed in Palma, not only because they shared classes together, but because they shared excursions and activities organized by CIEE.

During summer session II, we offered the following four classes:

 Mediterranean Marine Environment

Advanced Spanish

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

Internship Seminar

Some of our classes in Palma are focused on providing students a different and in depth perception of Mallorca’s history, economy, and natural environment. 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.

ADVANCED SPANISH

VISIT TO THE MARKET

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The purpose of the visit to the main market in Palma is using Spanish language in a real and everyday life environment. The market is noisy and live. It says much about the local way of living. Students have to communicate with people at the market, ask what they want, and recognize Mallorca’s local products.

PHOTO MARATHON & CATHEDRAL/ALMUDAINA PALACE VISIT

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In this activity, students need to find places, monuments, objects, and cultural stories, and popular legends. It’s challenging, especially if you don’t know well the directions around the city. It requires talking with people on the streets in order to find out where places are. A real interactive activity which students enjoyed very much.

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Exploring and understanding the importance of Palma’s Cathedral is essential to learn part of Mallorca’s history and culture. The jewel of Palma, “La Seu”, an astonishing and spectacular cathedral located in front of the sea, is one of the most prestigious and appreciated cathedrals in Gothic architecture. Afterwards, students visit La Almudaina, a royal palace with Arab origins, currently used by the Spanish monarchy as official residence for important diplomatic events.

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MARINE ENVIRONMENT

SA DRAGONERA AND THE NATURAL SCIENCE MUSEUM

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The study field activity consisted on visiting Sa Dragonera Natural Park. Six kilometers long and crowned by an ancient watchtower, Sa Dragonera takes its name from its shape, said to resemble a dragon. It’s possible to visit it in summer by boat from Sant Elm. Flora and fauna of Dragonera are similar to those of Mallorca, although in the island students can find some protected species.

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LIMIA LAB/CABRERA AND PALMA AQUARIUM

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LIMIA LAB (Laboratorio de Investigaciones Marinas y Acuicultura)

located in Port de Andratx

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Cabrera Archipelago Maritime-Land National Park is an important ecosystem for the fauna and flora. There are more than 450 plant species and it is a strategic point for many birds during their migration.

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The aquarium in Mallorca operates with one main objective to spread awareness, knowledge and admiration for the beauty of the marine world.

GLOBALIZATION

CALVIA-MAGALUF/ HISTORIC CENTER/MALLORCA’S HINTERLAND

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Students visit the tourist destination of 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 mature sun and beach tourist destination first hand.

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The second visit of this class provided a taste of the countryside. Students visited Mallorca's hinterland, normally portrayed as one of the last unspoiled picturesque territories of the Island. The tour consisted of a mishmash of contrasting experiences such as walking through villages of the area, dropping by a market, meeting local organic producer.

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And the last 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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INTERNSHIPS

 Three students interned at different companies in Mallorca. One student worked at Amara Marketing performing the following tasks: TV Channel 4 in Mallorca: helping prepare material for a website for this TV channel, finding vimeo videos, looking up events and posting them in their website, research on logotypes and presentations for Trablisa, and translation support for TV commercials.

Another student worked at Puro Hote doing contracts, budgets, and fliers for clients and for Opium Bar, helping to design a visual manual for the cafeteria, translations, reservations, templates, running errands, and assisting with events.

And the third student did her internship at Brujula Technology Solutions (www.brujula.es) dedicated to technology development for tourism companies such as Barceló, Iberia, Sol Melià. She entered reservations info for Barcelo Hotels and solved complaints, audited their website offers and put info in excel sheet (she had to look for cheaper prices on the competitors, and eliminate past offers).

The three students loved the most the people and the work environment. 

EXCURSIONS

SANTANYI/CALA FIGUERA/CALA MONDRAGÓ

The first excursion of Session II was to Santanyi, Cala Figuera and Cala Mondragó.

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Santanyi is a small town where art seems to play a central role and you can find many types of galleries and workshops in the narrow alleys of this quiet country town.

Cala Mondragó is an unspoiled beach in the south of the island, declared natural park.

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The astonishing blue color of the Mediterranean sea impressed students, which described Cala Mondragó as their favorite in Mallorca by the end of the summer.

SIERRA DE TRAMUNTANA

The group explored Tramuntana Mountain Range and its little villages, recently declared Natural and Historical World Heritage Site.

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From Andratx to Deià, students visited different watch towers (Torre des Verger, Es Grau), a viewpoint (Sa Foradada), and the town and beautiful beach of Deià.

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FAREWELL

As everything in life, there is an ending, a time to look back and be thankful for the experience. Now it comes a time of reflection about those things we learnt, about the people that shared moments with us, and about what it is that everyone takes back home with them forever. 

GOOD LUCK! STUDENTS OF SUMMER SESSION II 2014. PALMA DE MALLORCA WILL BE ALWAYS HERE FOR YOU!

UNDERTHE WATERMediterranean Marine visit to Blue Cave in Cabrera

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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

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

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

08/06/2014

Newsletter II: CIEE Summer 2014 in Palma de Mallorca

 

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This newsletter tries to summarize the second half of summer session I and the first half of summer session II.

Our students of summer session I in Palma continued to learn and enjoy Mallorca’s lifestyle, as well as Spanish culture and gastronomy while living with their homestays. Classes continued regularly in and out of the classroom. During the second part of session I, CIEE Palma proposed the following new experiences to students, and they all joined us with no exceptions.

FIELD VISITS

SPAIN TODAY CLASS: FUNDACIÓ PILAR I JOAN MIRÓ AND BÚSQUEDA DEL

TESORO HISTÓRICO

Our students in Spain today visited Pilar and Joan Miró’s Cultural Foundation and Museum in Mallorca. It is a unique Miró’s museum in the world, as it is the only one museum where visitors can contemplate the artist’s creative surroundings, through direct contact with the studios in which Joan Miró worked from 1956 until his death in 1983.

Bellow you can see our five students posing in front of Miró’s sculpture in the gardens of the museum.

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This same class organized a very special kind of “treasure hunt”, which consisted in looking for monuments, places or objects located in the city, following the instructions given by the professor. The aim was using the language while learning history. The students had to ask locals to find out the location of the monuments. In the end, they had to take a photo to prove that they were able to find the treasures of Palma.

In the picture, students in front of one of the lions in Paseo del Born.

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LANGUAGE CLASSES: PHOTO MARATHON AND BODEGAS JOSÉ LUÍS FERRER

Students enrolled in Intermediate Spanish and Spanish for Business and Tourism shared an activity that took place in the centre of Palma. The activity consisted in a photo marathon guided by the professors. In the end, best group received a funny prize.

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Summer session I students went together to the winery and vineyards of Jose Luís Ferrer in Binissalem, a local producer of a Mallorcan brand wine. Each class had a different assignment depending if it was a language class or the Cooking and Wine Tasking class. In general, students had to formulate questions to the guide, take pictures, and listen to the presentation to write a report. No need to say that students loved this experience.

Students learnt that Joseph Ferrer, was a pioneer in the island of Mallorca: introducing new techniques in the cultivation of the vine, bottling wine for later sale, ageing wines in oak barrels with the intention of improving the quality and evolution of their wines, creating great white wines based on native varieties, and exporting great Mallorcan wines to Europe and the USA.

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COOKING AND WINE TASTING CLASS: PRACTICUM

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Students learnt to cook Spanish meals, from paella to coca de verduras, gazpacho, tortilla de papatas, etc. They had the opportunity to count on a spectacular professor and cook, chef Alan Norte Leeks, who transmits passion and effort to his profession. Students learnt the history of gastronomy in the Mediterranean and the secrets of Mediterranean diet.

 

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ICE WEEKEND

Students on session I and II travelled to one of the following cities for a three day weekend: Barcelona, Berlin, London or Paris. These cultural trips were complemented by seminars on intercultural reflection prior and after the trip took place. Students loved the opportunity not only to discover these cities, but also to meet CIEE students who are studying in other European cities.

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EXCURSIONS

The second part of Session I included another group excursion around Mallorca to discover Alcudia, Natural Beach of Muro, the Watch Point of Colomer and Formentor Natural Park and beach. First, students visited the walled city of Alcudia and its medieval neighbourhood. Students wandered as well around the craft market happening that day in the city. Students saw the captivating views of the northwest of the Island from Colomer point view. Finally, they had time to relax and share as a group one of the best beaches of Mallorca, Formentor. Enjoy the views!

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FAREWELL

As all things have an end, this wonderful experience finished with a farewell in famous Can Joan de S’Aigo, a 17th century chocolate cafe where we tried ensaïmadas, homemade icecream, and other traditional Mallorcan delicacies. Thanks for being part of our program!

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Final group photo of Session I. Good Luck students!

SESSION II

Ten students from session I continued into session II. Others had to leave, and it was the beginning for the new arrivals. So here again we were busy organizing the orientation, homestays, and new activities.

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This year students from summer session II were lucky, because they had the opportunity to experience a local celebration, Saint John’s night.

The tradition on this special night is that people go to the beaches of Mallorca to welcome the summer and celebrate the magic night of Saint John (Sant Joan). A series of rituals are staged, which, according to the legend, give luck all throughout the year to the people that perform them. One of them is the traditional jumping over small bonfires. Another meeting place is Parc de la Mar and Ses Voltes in Palma, where fire shows and music concerts are programmed.

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This is only the beginning of the journey for students of Session II. They adapted to their classes, homestays, and the city, and tried hard to learn the culture and the language. Next Chapter soon…

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

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

08/05/2014

Photo contest CIEE Palma de Mallorca Spring 2014 - And the Best Pictures are...

Primer premio de fotografía: Anderson Bridgemohan

título: "Mallorca, el lugar perfecto para correr y aventuras. Feeling blessed"

Premio fotografia

Segundo premio de fotografía: Karah Niemann

Título: "No hay nada mejor que una paella mixta hecha por tu madre española"

Premio 2 fotografia

 

 

Entrega de premios

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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