Salamanca Homestay Spain, 2nd – 8th April 2017
On 2nd April, a group of 10 students from Years 10, 12 and 13 and two staff (Mrs Beddoes and myself) met at Ratcliffe to embark on another trip to Salamanca. We travelled from Stansted to Madrid by aeroplane and arrived at our final destination, Salamanca, in the evening, after a long coach journey. The students were then met by their host families and taken to what would be their homes for the following 6 days. All students attended Spanish lessons in the mornings, from 9am until 1pm, except on Wednesday, when we visited the World Heritage City of Toledo, South of Madrid. The activities programmed for the afternoons ranged from cookery to an improvised bike ride by the river under glorious Spanish sunshine. Students also had the chance to sample some of the culinary delicacies of Spain in the tapas trail and in the farewell dinner in the evening before our return. All in all, I would say it was a very useful trip, which gave the students the chance to immerse themselves in the Spanish culture and find out about the region we were staying in, as well as improving their language skills. It was very rewarding to see students coming back with renewed interest for the language after having experienced a little taste of Spain.