Students in the Spanish program will take a 10-day long trip to Spain during spring break.
“We want them to be able to practice what we learn in class and be able to go somewhere where they can use it,” Spanish teacher Amy Rowland said.
Senior Elizabeth Paci will be attending the trip.
“I’m interested to see how well I’ll be able to comprehend the language,” Paci said.
The trip is entirely funded by the students. “We do some fundraising, but it’s not funded by any organizations,” Rowland said.
The group of 30 students will go to cities in Spain such as “Madrid and Barcelona and some other important cities in Spain,” according to Rowland.
The group expects to get a hands-on learning experience from the trip.
“Sometimes we go to places like the royal palace and some cathedrals. We also have hands-on cooking classes that we’re gonna do, so they’re gonna learn how to make Spanish food. We have a lot of different variety of things we get to do,” Rowland said.
“I’m most excited about being surrounded by the culture in Spain,” Paci said.
Rowland said she is most excited to see the cultures in Spain.
“We get to see a lot of culture because, in Spain, you have European culture, you have Arabic culture [and] you have Jewish culture all in one area, so we get to see a lot of different cultural legacies,” Rowland said.
About her expectations for the trip, Paci said, “I don’t really know what to expect, but I think it will be a new and different experience, and I’m sure I’ll have a lot of fun.”
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