Seville retakes its activity after its Holy Week and finishes its preparations to celebrate its most popular Feria de Abril.
During the past months, CIEE CNMJE students enjoyed great cultural and academic experiences which are helping them to grow personally, culturally and professionally in the future.
Our students continue their course hosted by EUSA. Visits to local channels like Canal Sur Tv. and other out-of-class activities have taken place along the current semester.
Students were encouraged to make a last effort to take the most of their experience abroad and perform successfully considering the arrival of the end of the course.
Mid-semester Individual interviews helped them to review their goals for this experience in Spain too, so CIEE could support them individually to guess how they can reach their desired targets. After some time for adaptation, program seems to overcome their expectations. In their personal midterm interviews they admit that they are happy, comfortable and integrated in the program.
TRIPS AND ACTIVITIES
Morocco overnight trip. 6 out of our 8 CNMJE students travelled to the North of Africa together with the IBC program (around 30 students altogether).
Our students travelled to Tanger where they visited the women's center, DARNA, and had an informal conversation with Moroccan students about cultural diversity, education and women's rights in Morocco. They also drove to Asilah along the Atlantic coast and walked through its Medina (old town). In Rabat, they were hosted by locals during two nights and enjoyed walking through its Medina in small groups, visiting: Mausoleum of King Mohammed V, a NGO in Salé, across the river from Rabat, the Roman ruins—Chellah, and exploring Rabat’s Kasbah (old fort), street life and the Medina market in small groups with Moroccan students or young professionals who are volunteering their free time to share their culture with them.
Students also found interesting the conversation that they had with a Peace Corps Volunteer about living and working in Morocco, as well as the experience of using the Moroccan public baths (Hammam) by themselves. But they could also contrast urban life with local life in the countryside through a short walk in the Rif Mountains, where they met a family home in a mountain village. They had lunch in the house of the family and a conversation about education, simplicity of life and economic challenges of rural areas in Morocco.
In Chefchaouen they enjoyed of a short walk through its medina with some background information about its Moorish and Jewish inhabitants and its historic link to Al Andalus. But they also learned exploring the Medina in their free time both how beautiful Chefchaouen is and how damaging tourism can be.
To close the trip and say goodbye, a special celebration dinner in the Medina of Chefchaouen took place. And afterwards, some Social time on the roof terrace of their hostal: to share images and thoughts from their journey.
Moreover, Ciee LS students had the opportunity to join other Ciee students and some Spaniards to enjoy different local activities such as visits to historical monuments like the Cathedral or the Alcázar, Plaza de España and el Parque de Maria Luisa, Medieval Castles or Italica Ruins, and neighborhoods like Triana, Arenal or the Jewish part of Santa Cruz, historic buildings like the Pilatos House, nearby cities like Aracena, Jerez de la Frontera and its bodegas, Córdoba, Ronda, Carmona and hiking in the Sierra Norte de Sevilla or Sierra de Huelva. They could also visit some museums like Bellas Artes and participate in some thematic workshops like: graffiti, mud and wine, cooking tapas, religions, LGTB, wine, olive oil or craft beer tasting, sevillanas and flamenco, sports like kayak or gymkhana, and finally tours like: convents, Sevilla Low Cost, Opera, bikes tour and Cinema in Sevilla.
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