31 students from years 8, 9 and 10 at the Petchey Academy spent a week perfecting and practicing their Spanish in the city of Alicante in south east Spain. It was a week packed full of cultural activities designed to give students an immersive experience of life in southern Spain.
Students attended Spanish lessons for three of the mornings which involved tasks such as ordering food at the main market and finding items around the city. A different Spanish food was sampled each day such as tapas, paella, tortilla and turon. Students even got the chance to become chefs for the day and make their own paella, tortilla and crepes with the help and guidance of a professional Spanish chef.
In order to take in the incredible views of the city we all walked up (to some of the students’ reluctance!) to the top of the Castillo Santa Barbara set on a huge hill overlooking the city and beyond. The students showed off their dance moves in an outdoor salsa class down by the port and burnt off energy with some volley ball on the beach.
The last day was spent visiting a small town along the coast called Villajoyosa home to a beautiful beach, colourful houses and some chocolate factories in which we had a tour and tasting session. The day was topped off by a visit to the impressive Canalobre caves. Each late afternoon and early evening we had some time to cool off with a paddle in the sea or games on the beach after a full day of Alicante activities.
The visit would not have been possible without Amelia who was our incredible host in Alicante. A huge thank you to Mr Conlon and Ms Myers for their energy, enthusiasm and support on the visit. Please ask the students about their individual experiences as they will each have their own story to tell.
Elif Kalaycioglu (Student) -
What I possibly enjoyed most about Alicante was the different activities we were able to immerse ourselves in, some being a huge part of Spanish/Alicante culture. We learnt the history of the Santa Barbara castle after hiking up all the way to the top and we also learnt how to salsa dance. We tried tapas, which is a wide selection of miniature foods and desserts. On the last day, we visited Villajoyosa, and learnt why it was given that name. I also had a fun time communicating with native Spanish speakers to order delicious ice-cream. I think Alicante is a worthwhile trip because every day you get to experience something new and being able to do it with your friends makes it even more enjoyable.