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10 posts from November 2014

11/27/2014

Global Architecture and Design, Newsletter Issue I, Fall 2014

NEWS

With the semester well underway, Barcelona Global AD students are working hard on their projects. Just about two weeks ago a Global AD Summit took place in Berlin, and students in all three CIEE Global AD programs (Barcelona, Berlin and Prague) were able to share their projects, participate in a symposium, and of course visit the German capital.

Spanish inventosBesides their architecture and design courses, all Global AD students take one elective class, and most of them have selected a Spanish course this semester. CIEE Spanish classes are designed in such a way that students learn by using the city as part of the class as much as possible. For instance, the Intermediate section went to the Museum of Inventions, where Harris (from Carnegie Mellon University) explained - in Spanish, of course!- an invention of his, that was the most voted by his classmates. On a different occasion, all students in the Intermediate Spanish class went to a food market - Mercat de la Concepció- where they learnt how to buy groceries in Spanish.

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However, as we all know, studying abroad is an excellent opportunity for becoming part of the host society and CIEE is proud to facilitate to all students opportunities such as volunteering. Rachel, from Howard University, has not wasted her time: she wants to contribute actively and positively to the city in which she is living, and soon after she arrived in Barcelona Rachel started volunteering at ASSIS, a local shelter that feeds the homeless and organizes activities for them. Every Tuesday after class, Rachel gives a lot back to the society that has welcomed her with open arms this semester. If you want to read more details of her experience, click here.

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In these and other contexts, Global AD students are able to not just increase their architectural and linguistic skills, but also to grow as persons.

11/26/2014

Volunteering in Barcelona. Beyond an experience

Rachel, from Howard University, has known how to take profit of her stay in Barcelona and besides her studies, she started a volunteering here. She has wanted to share her experience to explain us such an interesting experience abroad:

ASSIS voluntariado ALA y GAD (1)"I started volunteering at this facility called Assís every Tuesday since the end of September. Assís is a shelter that feeds the homeless & provides them with activities such as gardening classes, art classes, cooking classes, computer classes, & a small rec room for ping pong or just hanging out. Roger, the supervisor, told me this place was all about combating the loneliness, so even though my Spanish isn’t very good & my Catalan is nonexistent, the people who come to Assís would appreciate me just trying to acknowledge them. It’s mostly older men but I’ve seen a few younger men & a small number of women come through.

I’ve had about four different tasks while volunteering at Assís. I either served juice, worked in the kitchen cleaning, served food, or helped work bag check. My first day all I did was given the easiest task of serving people coffee, milk, hot water for tea, & orange juice. It was easiest because if they grabbed a certain type of cup from the service station it implied they wanted a certain drink, I couldn’t possibly mess that up. Some of those I served were really friendly & were asking me my name & where I was from, they could tell I was new. I was definitely practicing my Spanish skills here. There was another CIEE student volunteering here & a few other volunteers who spoke Spanish really well so they helped translate for me when I get too lost.

The next week I was put on kitchen duty. You would think that would have been the easiest task but it wasn’t. Nobody in the kitchen spoke English so when they were telling me what to do or what goes where I was just kind of staring at them super confused. But those ladies were the sweetest & they would just walk me through everything & explain it again very slowly. Who knew the kitchen could be such a confusing place? After the kitchen I started serving food & that was generally the same as serving the juice but I was communicating much better thanks to everyone’s help!

The next few weeks I was given a bigger role of storing the visitors’ bags. When I’m storing bags I have to fill out a log stating if they are regulars, male or female, if they are there to shower & eat or just eat, if they are Catalan or another identification & then tag their bags with a number so I know what bag correlates to which person. This job is probably the most difficult. I couldn’t always tell if a name is male or female at the end of the day when I had to record the daily totals. I didn’t always understand what people were saying. There were also a lot of bags & sometimes the people got frustrated when I didn’t find their bag fast enough but most usually helped point it out to me.

I’ve seen some of the people who are served at Assís out & about in Spain & I’ve met up with one of the other volunteers. The two men I saw on two different occasions were really excited to see me & introduced me to a few of there friends but I couldn’t really stay & talk too long because I was on my way to class both times. When I met one of the other volunteers we grabbed some coffee  & she helped me study for my Spanish mid-term. We also took a study break to just get to know each other.

Sometimes I couldn’t make it on Tuesdays due to my schedule but I tried my best because I enjoyed going there. It was a relaxing moment away from schoolwork & the busy city. I definitely felt better on the days I went versus the days I couldn’t make it. I really enjoyed this experience; everyone I met was wonderful & friendly".

Una caminata a Collserola

Name: Katherine
CIEE Barcelona Program: Liberal Arts
Semester: Fall 2014
Home School: University of the Pacific

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Cuando nuestras profesoras nos dijeron que la caminata al Tibidabo es siempre la excursión favorita, sabía que quería ir. No sabía qué esperar, sólo que sería una experiencia muy catalana. A la hora del encuentro, mi amiga y yo estábamos cerca de la estación de metro. Nos perdimos en algún lugar dentro de los FFCC, tratando de encontrar el punto de encuentro. Finalmente, encontramos al grupo.

Empezamos a caminar por la montaña y muy pronto pudimos ver toda Barcelona. Era hermosa y tuve que tomar una foto.

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Al final de la caminata, todo el mundo estaba cansado y tenía mucha hambre. Estábamos emocionados cuando llegamos al  restaurante. Nos sentamos y vimos los baberos y guantes en la mesa. Bebimos vino de una especie de  vaso tradicional de Cataluña, se llama porrón, y nos reímos cuando todo el mundo lo derramó sobre si mismo.

El primer plato era una típica comida catalana, se llaman calçots. Los pusimos en una salsa llamada romesco y los levantamos por encima de nuestras cabezas para comerlos. ¡Estaban deliciosos! Había muchos y nos los trajeron en tejas de cerámica. 

30Después de tanta comida, pensamos que estábamos terminando. ¡Pero era sólo el primer plato! Nos trajeron un plato de ensalada y una tortilla enorme. Después de esto los camareros también nos volvieron a traer un montón de carne, pan y patatas. Nunca había visto un plato de carne como este.

Pero todavía no habíamos terminado. Nos trajeron un postre delicioso, un pastel de chocolate, y un café con leche. ¡Estuvimos comiendo durante tres horas! Al final, una chica de los Guardian Angels me dijo: “ ¡Esta es una comida típica de sábado!” No lo podía creer.

Después de la comida, teníamos los estómagos tan llenos que fue difícil caminar. Sin duda, esta ha sido  mi excursión favorita hasta ahora. ¡Quiero tener una comida catalana como esta cada día!

11/21/2014

BUSINESS + CULTURE, NEWSLETTER FALL 2014, ISSUE II

NEWS

Bet your didn’t know Bacardi was from Barcelona

The next time you order that after work Mojito or Bacardi Breezer, you can share with your friends the fact that Bacardi was actually founded just outside of Barcelona in the coastal town of Sitges.  Facundo Bacardi Massó, a Spanish businessman and born in Sitges, created what is now recognized as the global Bacardi brand in 1862.  Business and Culture students in the Branding and Cultural Icons class got an exclusive visit from the Marketing Director currently at the Casa Bacardi, where they learned about the cultural branding of Bacardi and its importance worldwide.

Students go back in time to learn about Facundo Bacardi Massó’s story:

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Getting an insider tour of the Bacardi distillery:

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Was that Kalisi and her dragons?

During our weekend trip to Seville and Cordoba, we discovered that sections of Seville's stunning Alcázar were roped off to prevent us from catching a glimpse of the biggest show in town: the filming of scenes for season five of Games of Thrones.  Seville's Alcázar is one of several locations in Andalusia being used as a location in the upcoming season of Game of Thrones.  For those totally addicted to the show would know that Seville is being used as a stand-in for Dorne, the harsh desert region in the Games of Thrones universe.

Although we didn’t end up seeing Kalisi or her dragons, it certainly kept us on our toes throughout the weekend. 

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Step back in time and armor up

Students visit one of the many permanent exhibitions at the Catalan History Museum, where they got the chance to really step back into time and pretend they were part of the War of the Spanish Succession (1705-1715). 

Owen Lynch (Providence College) helps his classmate get into his armor for the day 

History armorStudents not only got suited up, but got up on the historical horses to get a better view of the exhibition

History Group

ECONOMICS + CULTURE, NEWSLETTER FALL 2014, ISSUE II

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Feliz Castañada (Video)!! … Official Translation: Happy Roasted Chestnut Day!

For many Americans, the roasted chestnut creates images of Nat King Cole and an open fire, but here in Catalonia, it’s the celebration of autumn and All Saints Day.  Many say that this tradition came from the fact that during All Saints' night, the night before All Souls' Day in the Christian tradition, people would ring bells in commemoration of the dead into the early morning.  As this was an all night affair, friends and relatives would help, and everyone would eat certain foods, including roasted chestnuts for sustenance and to keep warm.  While our students were not suffering from the cold, as we are still enjoying an Indian summer, they still enjoyed participating in our own CIEE Castañada.  Please take a moment to watch our fall 2014 Castañada video featuring some of the Economics and Culture students:

One Small, but Happy Family

We finally had the chance to spend some time with just the Economics and Culture students during their weekend trip to Seville and time to get to know each other a little better. Here’s we all are getting our family portrait taken in Cordoba. 

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Students also got an insider tour of Seville including a tapas session from our sister CIEE study center in Seville.

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Connor (Colby College), Anthony Evans (Williams College), Jessica (George Washington University), Alex (Johns Hopkins University) and Ana (Tufts University), enjoy an ice cream break on their walking tour around Seville.

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Why didn’t I think of that!?

Students in the Intermediate Spanish class took a field trip to the Museum of Ideas and Inventions where they were able to see a wide variety of incredibly creative and innovative products.  We all know it’s hard enough to come up with our own original idea in English, but Alex (Johns Hopkins University) was not only able to come up with a great idea, she also presented it to her group all in Spanish.  Go Alex!

Spanish Presentation

11/20/2014

Juegos de tapas

Name: Tatiana
CIEE Barcelona Program: Liberal Arts
Semester: Fall 2014
Home School: Eckerd College

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El viernes por la mañana, me subí al avión con mis compañeros de mi programa de estudios en el extranjero camino a Sevilla. Mi programa organizó un viaje de grupo para ir a Sevilla y Córdoba y resultó un fin de semana muy bueno. Tuvimos suerte porque el popular show HBO Juego de tronos también estaba en Sevilla rondando a Temporada 5. Como yo soy fan, he arrastrado a Bailey para ver el área, y así poder espiar a los actores. Por desgracia, no llegué a ver a ninguna de ellos, pero fuimos capaces de ver los tráilers y camiones que transportaban objetos y cosas. Juego de tronos rápidamente pasó a ser el tema de la semana. Al parecer, el reparto y el equipo han estado allí durante un mes filmando y terminaron el fin de semana que estuvimos allí. Esto funcionó a nuestro favor, porque el famoso Alcázar de Sevilla había sido cerrado para filmar y se abrió el domingo. El Alcázar fue de lejos, uno de los aspectos más destacados del fin de semana. Este complejo fue originalmente una fortaleza mora convertida en un palacio real. La arquitectura, los jardines y diseños me dejaron boquiabierta. Es una experiencia increíble. Puedo ver por qué juego de tronos eligió este sitio. Durante mi tiempo en Sevilla, visitamos la Plaza de Toros, la catedral, fuimos a un show de flamenco, y comimos las tapas más deliciosas. El sur de España es conocido por sus tapas y me aproveché de eso durante mi estancia. Bailey y yo probamos todas las especialidades locales incluyendo la berenjena (empanizada con pan y cerveza y miel), pisto con huevo (verduras con un huevo frito encima), y flamenquín (un rollo con carne frita con jamón y queso). Todo estaba muy bueno pero especialmente el pisto que fue mi favorito.  Estos son todos los platos tradicionales de Córdoba donde fuimos el sábado.  La atracción principal de Córdoba es la mezquita-catedral. La iglesia fue originalmente una catedral católica convertida en una mezquita en la edad media y luego de nuevo en una iglesia católica. Se la considera como uno de los monumentos más impresionantes de la arquitectura Morisca y es uno de los sitios Patrimonio Universal de la UNESCO. Esta iglesia fue una de las iglesias más magnificas que he visto. No nada más es enorme, como el Alcázar, sino que la arquitectura Morisca es increíble. Me pude haber pasado días admirando los detalles en las paredes. Me pareció un lugar muy tranquilo y precioso. Ya que regresamos a Sevilla, Bailey y yo disfrutamos más tapas y terminamos la noche con una caminata en las calles estrechas con un rico helado en nuestras manos.

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ADVANCED LIBERAL ARTS, NEWSLETTER ISSUE II, FALL 2014

Debating politics in Barcelona

Studying abroad with the CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts program means a lot of things: improving your Spanish language and writing skills dramatically, understanding that there are other teaching and learning styles while attending a local university with local students, accepting that there are other ways to live and think that might be different from your own way, discovering a city beyond the texts, maps and pictures of a touristic guide, or being involved in the socio-political context of your new home.

The ALA participants of this fall’14 have had the unique opportunity of being in Barcelona during a vibrant political and social moment where the debate on the relations between Catalonia and the rest of Spain, and the possibility of a independent Catalonia, have been day in and day out on the front pages of the Spanish newspapers during the last months. Our students have not been out of touch in this realty, and their interest on this debate started the first day they arrived to Barcelona. That is why we have organized a series of talks on this issue to try to give our students a deeper knowledge about what is happening these days in the city and in the country.

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Photo: Dr. Enrique Campomanes, professor of the CIEE “Contemporary Spain” course, giving the lecture ¿Cataluña fuera de España?: Origen y presente del sentimiento nacionalista catalán on the historical roots of the Catalan nationalism.

In this blog entry, Daniel, a Biochemistry and Spanish major of the University of Colorado Boulder, expounds his impressions of the debate. ¡Muchas gracias, Daniel, por compartir tu reflexión con nosotros! 

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Independence. As Americans we have a deep and resounding nostalgia for this emotionally charged word and this word has found new fever in the daily lives of those living in Catalunya. Before I delve into my experiences as a foreigner living in these tumultuous times in Barcelona I feel the need to post a disclaimer. These experiences are just that, an individual reflection of personal perspective. I am a college senior who identifies himself as libertarian; as such there is nothing more valuable to me than personal liberty and the right of self-determination.

            Before arriving in Barcelona, thanks to Javier Krauel, Professor of Spanish Literature at the University of Colorado and Barcelona native, I had a basic understanding of the current political situation and the historical tendencies behind it. I think this information was incredibly useful in my process of understanding the political environment yet nothing prepared me for the experiences I have had here. I remember my first encounter with the topic of independence was during a walking tour on one of the first days here. I remember walking and seeing mis-colored Cuban flags. These flags with their blue triangles with one white star superimposed on a background of red and yellow stripes hung from every possible window and balcony. Out of curiosity I asked one of our local student leaders what the flag represented and the response he gave me, I would later find out, was the typical Independista response, “oh you don’t know? It’s the independence flag of Catalunya!” After this bold statement he proceeded to list off his grievances. These arguments for independence and the emotions behind them would hit me full force on September 11th: The Nacional Day of Catalunya. We had been warned by CIEE to stay away from the demonstrations that day but, being the libertarian I am, I decided to attend. I was invited by one of the student leaders to attend the demonstration with her family and friends and it was nonetheless an interesting experience.

            Waiting for the train, there were masses of people in red and yellow shirts carrying their independence flags all of which were chanting. This was only an intro to my day; I waited as nine trains passed me by. All of which were pact full of these red and yellow ants and each time a train would come into the station the doors were bursting at the seams with people. It took me an hour to finally catch a train. Upon leaving the metro, I emerged into a sea of yellow and red that engulfed all of Gran Via: one of the major streets through Barcelona. Somehow, through all the madness, I found my student leader and joined her family in the crowd. It was a very festive environment: everyone was speaking in Catalan and there were gigants: typical large wooden status of peasants dancing to music sung in Catalan. I encountered other study abroad students and tourists alike from varying countries and all had the same overwhelmed expressions on their faces. I was enamored by all the culture I was experiencing, yet bit by bit these aspects started disappearing and everyone prepared themselves for a prearranged time. It was then that the festivities turned political and everyone played their part in this orchestrated show. 1.8 million people were on the streets that day all chanting for independence. I found myself in the crowd unaware of any political views joining in with my new friends in their chants.

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Photo: Daniel participating in the National Day of Catalunya.

             As the day passed and the crowds dispersed I returned to my homestay. When I returned home I talked with my host parents and told them about my experiences of the day. They simple nodded and gave me a semi-disappointed look. My host dad Miguel then talked down on my student leader for inviting me to the event. Later that night after dinner we had an in depth conversation about his perspective on the issue of Catalunya.

             The great Spanish poet Antonio Machado in one of his poems from the Spanish Civil War speaks about a Spain divided in two. One part of the body of Spain is the rational part of the head and the other is the emotional part of the heart. This dichotomy represents perfectly the current political situation in Catalunya. In terms of political affiliation there are two extremes in Catalunya: those that support independence, Independistas, and those that do not. There exists a stark division in the Catalonian society in which the majority of Independistas are so convinced of their own ideologies that they assume everyone is Independista and anyone who disagrees is labeled a traitor to Catalunya. My host dad Miguel is not an Independista and upon encountering anyone who is Independista they feverishly argue with him to try and convince him otherwise. It is concerning that this polarized society has such hostilities towards each other which often times pit family members against each other. There exists now an unspoken ranking of who is more or less Catalan than the rest; anyone who is not Independista is labeled as less Catalan. I think it is incredible saddening to see this animosity between fellow Catalans. It is easy to see how emotionally charged people are in their beliefs yet what brought about the creation of this heavily polarized society?

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Photo. Spanish poet Antonio Machado

            The financial crisis of 2008 caused great strains on the economy of Spain and with it unemployment has sky rocketed in the last few years. Couple this with some very clever politicians and a broken taxation system and one has a recipe for a strong nationalist movement. Catalunya along with the Basque regions of Spain are two of the most industrialized and wealthy regions of Spain in comparison to the mostly agrarian southern regions. Catalunya and the Basque Country provide the majority of industrial goods and services to the rest of Spain yet between the two there exist two distinctive systems of taxation. For historical reasons that carried over through the ages the Basque region is responsible for collecting and distributing its own taxes after which the region decides a fair sum of taxes to be given to the central government in Madrid. Catalunya has a more traditional tax system where the central government in Madrid collects the taxes and redistributes them to Catalunya as they see fit. There is less of an independent sentiment leaving Catalans feeling as if they pay for the services for the rest of Spain. In this sense I am very sentimental to Catalans because of my personal values in more regional power over taxation. There have been attempts by the regional government of Catalunya to gain similar taxation privileges as the Basque region but there has only been a luge warm response from the central Spanish government in Madrid. Thus Catalans feel that this is an injustice and because of this luge warm response nationalism has exploded in popularity in the last six years. I think the conclusion that most people would derive is that Catalunya has right to be angry and that perhaps independence would solve these fiscal problems. As such, in my opinion should Catalunya become its own country?

             Simply put: no. I consider myself a libertarian and I, like most Independistas, have a very romantic view on independence and the potential for change in a new country. However, when I took a step back from the emotional masses on the street and listened to the grievances of my host dad, a man who is facing a tidal wave of opposition, I realized the complexities of the situation.  Every day on television, in the newspapers, and on the streets there is a constant wave of propaganda from the political parties in power. It makes me curious how much of the Catalan nationalism is truly from the masses personal beliefs or the product of engineered propaganda shoved down the throats of the population. This was one of the grievances Miguel explained to me is that there exists a strong control of politicians over the public education system. For this reason most young people who are completing high school or starting college consider themselves Independistas because it has been engrained in them in their formative years. From personal experience I am quite sick of hearing about the Independista movement and their arguments because they are presented in literally all facets of society. Artur Mas the current president of the Catalan regional government is using the current economic shortcomings as a tool for his own political gain. He puts on a good show but you can see his true intentions in his body language. He walks with an air of pride in the power he is gaining from the Independista movement.

             In terms of the financial crisis politicians have coined the phrase “España nos roba”: Spain is robbing us yet this slogan abruptly disappeared as allegations of corruptions hit.  Jordi Pujol longtime Catalan regional president and a father figure in the modern Catalan nationalist reemergence recently faced allegations of corruption involving his entire family. Add to this the almost daily news on new allegations of corruption in both Catalunya and Madrid and my confidence for Spanish public institutions is zero to none. There is also a possibility for large scale instability if the country moves forward with independence. The Caixa and Sabadell two of the largest banks in Catalunya announced in September that if Catalunya gained its independence they would close all their offices and move out of the country. This would effectively destroy any credibility and financial stability for the potential introduction of a Catalan based Euro. The final barrier that I foresee for an independent Catalunya is the entrance of the country into the Euro zone. There would be obvious objections from Spain for the entrance of this new country as well as objections from similar countries that have separatist regions such as in the case of Belgium and Flanders. I do not see the possibility of the creation of a new country when there are these strong issues that deserve more attention. What is the possibility of a new country striving if its financial institution is fragile, its currency is unknown, and at the helm are the most corrupt politicians in Spain? 

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Overall the issues of independence in Catalunya are extremely complex and the emotions behind these issues are powerful. My goal was to write a piece that gives a different perspective from the largely manufactured image that is presented to the world of every Catalan wanted independence. This is a gentle reminder that there are Catalans who oppose independence and are ostracized for their views. My observations are far from unbiased. In all honesty, as a foreigner it is not my place, not my right to decide or convince anyone in regards to the independence of Catalunya. These points are mere observations of a twenty-one year college senior living as a foreigner in Barcelona. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Catalunya and its people. My only hope is that all Catalans can find common ground in this polarized society and that their culture, their language, and most importantly their families can find a future of peace, prosperity, and unity. 

Daniel Lyon
CIEE Advanced Liberal Arts, Barcelona
University of Colorado Boulder
B.A. Biochemistry and Spanish 

11/17/2014

La subida del Tibidabo

Name: Bailey
CIEE Barcelona Program: Liberal Arts
Semester: Fall 2014
Home School: University of Colorado Boulder

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Cuando llegué a Barcelona, estaba siempre ocupada: hice tours a los barrios, fui por todas partes con los ‘guardian angels’ para situarme, y traté de ver todos los sitios famosos de Barcelona.  Los primeros días fueron una locura de actividades.

Tenía que situarme no solamente en una ciudad nueva, sino en una casa nueva con una compañera de piso y nuestra madre de la casa, Ana. Estábamos muertas de cansancio y con el español chapurreado y peor por nuestra estado de ‘jet lag’ y agotamiento. Por eso, podéis imaginar que nuestras relaciones eran mínimas y difíciles durante los primeros días.

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A pesar de esto, Ana me invitó a caminar con ella durante el fin de semana. Ella es una profesora de escuela y por eso no tiene mucho tiempo durante la semana para hacer ejercicio. A ella le gusta mucho caminar y pasar tiempo fuera, por eso camina los fines de semana. Me invitó a caminar desde nuestra casa en Gracia hasta la cima del Tibidabo y después regresamos a casa.

Pensaba que iba a ser un paseo por la ciudad de máximo 2 horas, pero no fue así. Caminamos al lado del Parc Güell, entre varios barrios, encima de 3 de las colinas que rodean Barcelona y también por un parte del bosque. ¡Caminamos más de dos horas solamente en subida!

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En la cumbre del Tibidabo, había vistas increíbles de Barcelona. Desafortunadamente, estaba un poco nublado pero había una brisa de mar y podía ver donde estaba viviendo, en esa ciudad tan grande y bellísima. En total, el viaje duró más o menos cuatro horas, pero cuatro horas increíbles con mi madre de Barcelona que me enseñó muchas cosas interesantes de la ciudad y de la vida en Cataluña.

 

LIBERAL ARTS, NEWSLETTER FALL 2014, ISSUE II

NEWS

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In this issue we want to talk about our student´s experiences of cultural integration. Here there are some examples:

Volunteering in a local school

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3Sonam from Trinity College volunteering as English Teacher Assistant

CIEE has a collaboration agreement with a local school, Escola Montseny (3-18K), where our students can volunteer or intern as English Teacher Assistant.  Sonam from Trinity college said about her experience:” Volunteering has been such rewarding experience. Not only do I get to have interesting conversations, I also get a chance to learn more about Spanish and Catalan culture. The best part about volunteering is learning about the students' perspectives on different topics. The students and I get the chance to dispel stereotypes about our cultures and learn something new as well.” 

Stephanie from Elon University commented: “I thoroughly enjoy volunteering at Escola Montseny. The language barrier was a little bit difficult at first, but with some patience and hard work, it is becoming much easier to communicate. I look forward to going there every Monday. My favorite part is helping the students with the art projects and seeing their creativity take shape. I am so happy I decided to volunteer at Escola Montseny. “

Bailey from University of Colorado Boulder assured: “I love volunteering at Escola Montseny. I enjoy most working with the older students. They have a more advanced level of English that allows our conversation to go beyond the basic greetings and simple conversations. They raise questions about the United States that highlight key differences between the countries, culturally, politically, and socially, allowing us to have great discussions!

Creating a new translation app

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Mary Alice from Vanderbilt University at her internship

Mary Alice from Vanderbilt University is currently an intern at GoalPlan, a marketing company that provides services to startups with a primary focus on digital business and communication. She has worked with a client that is creating a new translation application for Android and the iPhone. She has performed a great amount of market research on the translation industry to assist with the new application, as well as helped with the translation of the application from Spanish to English. She said: “ This internship has allowed me to experience globalization first hand. I have been able to improve my Spanish, while simultaneously gaining hands on marketing experience that I know will help me tremendously in my future career.”

 BLOGGING FOR AN EVENT COMPANY

8Lauren from John Hopkins University at her internship company

Lauren from John Hopkins University is working as an intern at nEventum, a social webpage that coordinates information about trade shows and events in more than 150 countries. nEventum is working on expanding their webpage to include more detailed information about the fairs, as well as expanding their social media reach through a blog. Lauren has  been helping with both tasks. She comented: “It has been going well! Overall the environment is very friendly and welcoming. Because the projects I am helping with are in their beginning stages, things are always changing, which makes for a more interesting work environment.”

11/03/2014

LANGUAGE AND CULTURE, NEWSLETTER FALL 2014, ISSUE II

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LC Students at their weekend trip to Sevilla and Córdoba

Immigration of Catalonia Museum Visit

LC NEWSLETTER 2 1Students at the CIEE class: Spain Today: Politics and Societydid an on-site class at the Immigration of Catalonia Museum.  There, they learned about the immigration movement to Catalonia from other parts of Spain in the 60’s to work mostly in factories. They also studied the new immigration movement in the last 25 years from places like Morocco, Latin America, eastern Europe, China and Pakistan among others, which has reshape the Spanish society into a more multicultural community.

Art field trips

PicturesSome of the classes of the CIEE Catalonia and Spain through the Arts course take place in museums such as the National Art Museum of Catalonia, the Picasso Museum or the Miró Foundation. Kayla from Rochester Institute of Technology said about them: “I love the field trips! At my home university we pride ourselves in practical applications as well as combinational learning strategies. These field trips are a perfect example of a practical application. We learn about the material in class, and then we actually get to go out and study these elements in person. This combinational learning style (both auditory and visual) is so important for students. Most people are visual learners and this process takes our lectures and really amplifies our overall take away from the class.” 

Trip to Sevilla and Córdoba

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LC students went to Sevilla and Córdoba for their weekend trip. There they learned the Islamic influence in Andalucia, visited the cathedral and the Royal Palaces in Sevilla and the world heritage Mosque/Cathedral in Córdoba as well as the old quarter. We also enjoyed a flamenco show which students really liked!!!