First News Letter- Summer 2012 (session 1)- CIEE Alcalá
Like we do at the start of every program, we would like to send greetings from CIEE Alcalá Staff members: Cristina Blanco –resident director-, Eero Jesurun – assistant director- 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 students arrived safely, some arrived a day early to rest a bit and recover from jet-lag. We had problems only with one suitcase. But after 24 hours it was at the hotel.
Almost all the students were awake. This group was positive and had an open attitude at their first Spanish day. Five students went dancing on the first night at a nearby pub. At orientation we remind them that CIEE Alcalá is a demanding program. We tell them that they have to study and attend class, but will also have opportunities for travel and fun.
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 is always a reason to laugh… and jump in excitement!
Of course, as always, a pivotal moment of the orientation was the students met their host families. Before this, we gave them letters with information about their families. The students laugh at photos of families. The Spanish always pose very serious in the pictures.
On Saturday June 2nd we went to Madrid down town.
We walked a lot, learned to take the subway, ate in a typical Spanish restaurant and we went to the movie theatre. The film was “Miel de Naranjas” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJF0ZjZwISs.
We finished at 18:30h.
Then, the students decided what they wanted to do and when to return to Alcalá by themselves. Participants with questions phoned us to catch the train later, but all arrived safely at home. SUMMER 2012 (I) IS ON THEIR WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!