Y10 Trip to Salamanca
On Sunday morning, 24 Year 10 pupils set off for sunny Spain to complete an intensive language course in the ancient University town of Salamanca. The pupils stayed with local Spanish ‘mamas’, where they were quickly embraced as part of the family – eating local cuisine, watching Spanish TV, meeting extended family members and of course took their well-deserved siesta each afternoon!
Students would begin each day by completing 4 consecutive hours of intense conversation and grammar classes, in small groups of 8, which were taught entirely in Spanish. After lunch back with their chatty ‘mamas’ every day, the pupils then took part in a number of activities. Beginning with a private tour of the city, led once again in native Spanish, pupils spent their afternoons relaxing and trying out the aqua park, touring the astounding Cathedral with its breath-taking views at nauseating heights, visiting a bull fight museum and arguing over its relevance today, a touch of retail therapy in the bustling streets and racing to complete the Salamancan scavenger hunt – even packing in a morning breakfast treat of ‘chocolate con churros’!
Evenings were later spent trying our hands at Salsa dancing, or wandering around the city sampling local tapas and beverages, before culminating each night with an ice-cream and natter in the bustling and picturesque Plaza Mayor. As their Spanish soared, the days flew by, and what after what felt like no time at all, 24 tanned faces took a tour of the Bernabeu Stadium, before finally manoeuvring our way through the streets of Madrid to return to the cooler climes of Harrogate just 5 days later.