Summer 2015, Summer Spanish Language Newsletter
Greetings from Buenos Aires!
It has been an educational and fun-filled eight weeks for our Summer Spanish Language students here at CIEE Buenos Aires. With our students returning, we would like to share with you some of the activities we have participated in.
After two days of orientation and Spanish language testing, students began their classes. While students started at various Spanish-speaking levels, everyone worked hard to make significant advancements. On the second day of orientation, we participated in a traditional Argentine tango class where we learned the basic steps and enjoyed live music. CIEE intensified the cultural immersion course, adding more enriching activities in diverse settings across the city.
City tour by bike
We spent an enjoyable afternoon bike riding through the city during one of our cultural excursions. We visited the old port, Puerto Madero and the ecological reserve, Reserva Ecologica. Riding through the reserve we stopped and relaxed on Rio de la Plata´s coastline. The reserve is centrally located in the city, with beautiful views of the financial district, yet still retains a tranquil environment. We took a break to eat in the old part of the city, San Telmo, located near the famous Casa Rosada and other government buildings.
Group trip to Uruguay
We took a trip across Rio de la Plata where we spent time in Montevideo and Colonia, Uruguay. The trip provided students with the opportunity to explore Afro-decent culture in Montevideo and discover the cobblestone streets of Spanish and Portuguese colonial city, Colonia.
We had the exciting opportunity to visit a local music school in Montevideo where we learned how to play Candombe drums.
¨I couldn´t stop smiling… At first when we played together we sounded terrible, but then we started to really feel the music. It started to sound good…For me this was without doubt the highlight of the trip¨ (Summer Spanish Language student Totyana from SpelmanCollege).
On Sunday we bused north and visited the beautiful city of Colonia. Colonia, once colonized by the Portuguese and later by the Spanish, continues to maintain its antiquity. Students had free time to explore the cobblestone streets, historical buildings, coastline and shops.
During the final week, students finished classes and ate a tasty farewell dinner in Puerto Madero where they had a chance to say goodbye to each other and CIEE staff.
¨My group quickly became a family. We laughed like one, fought like one, shared mate like one, and taught each other so much. Group 1 is number 1¨ (Summer Spanish Language student Madison from StetsonUniversity).