summer 2011 (session I) ciee alcalá- orientation
Like we do at the start of every program, we would like to send greetings from CIEE Alcalá Staff members: Cristina Blanco –resident director-, Danielle Stanko –student assistant intern-and Fausto Zamora –culture guide during orientation and CIEE trips- to all the directors and advisors at the various North American universities that have sent students to participate in the CIEE Alcalá summer program.
All of the students arrived more or less on Schedule, except for two suitcases that “decided to do more tourism than was planned” for a couple of days, but fortunately arrived.
All of the students in the orientation sessions at the Hotel CAMPANILE proved to be strong and resisted the “jet lag” very well, listening to all of the sessions regarding safety in Alcalá, safety for women, health insurance, pre-registration, trips, families, etc.
We loved this group’s positive and open attitude at their first Spanish meal and their interest in trying new things. It was a lot of fun.
But one of the funniest moments of orientation was when we went to buy cell phones in the department store “El Corte Inglés”. Learning to use their phones in Spanish and Exchange numbers in Spanish is always a reason to laugh.
Of course the star moment of the orientation was when the students met their host families.