Newsletter II: CIEE Summer 2014 in Palma de Mallorca
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.
SPAIN TODAY CLASS: FUNDACIÓ PILAR I JOAN MIRÓ AND BÚSQUEDA DEL
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.
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.
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.
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.
COOKING AND WINE TASTING CLASS: PRACTICUM
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.
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.
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!
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!
Final group photo of Session I. Good Luck students!
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.
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.
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…
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