In Spain, we took part in a series of activities to help improve and add to our Spanish vocabulary set. On the first day, we arrived in Águilas very late at night, had dinner and went to our dorm rooms.
On the second and third day, we took part in watersports, including paddle boarding, big surf, scuba diving and kayaking. On the third day we also did some Spanish dancing as well as learning how to cook bolitas, a Spanish sweet dish of potato covered in chocolate. The entire recipe was in Spanish! On the 4th day, we went to the Spanish city of Cartagena, a Spanish roman city. There we had the opportunity to buy some souvenirs in the market, as well as being given the opportunity to explore las calles de Cartagena (the streets of Cartagena).
We also went to a museum with the first ever submarine! On the 5th day, we stayed local and went to the centre of the town we were staying in, Águilas, one of the last Arab cities in Spain. We climbed up the largest hill in the town up to the castle, overlooking the town and the sea. What incredible views! We also had the opportunity to explore las calles de Águilas (the streets of Águilas), to buy some more souvenirs if we wanted to.
On the last day, we had a photo race, in which we had to go around the area surrounding our hostel, take pictures of certain monuments or certain poses, and race back to the monitores. The checklist was in Spanish. After this we took one last trip to the beach, packed our belongings and said goodbye to the monitores, and drove back to Alicante-Elche airport to fly back home.
In my opinion, the trip was definitely worthwhile for Spanish as we were given opportunities to speak Spanish everywhere we went, from the town centres to within the hostels. As well as this the monitores and teachers also assisted us at every turn when we wanted to know a particular phrase in Spanish or just a general fact about Spain!
Syan B (Yr8 Language Ambassador)