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Birmingham's visit to Santa Catalina school in Jaén


After an early start the students arrived in in Málaga, here they enjoyed lunch on the beach and visited the famous Picasso gallery, giving them a flavour of artistic Spanish life. That evening they travelled to Jaén, their base for the trip and spent the evening having a look around Jaén and settling in to the hotel.

The following day was spent in Granada, a short drive through the Sierra Nevada where the students experienced a taste of the Moorish culture and architecture. They had time to visit the famous Alhambra Palace, the Science Park and browse the distinctive shopping streets looking for souvenirs.

On Friday the students spent the day at the Santa Catalina school in Jaén where they worked on various language activities with the Spanish students, including a photography challenge in the town. The evening was filled with classic Spanish tapas dishes so the students could get a flavour of the regional food.

Saturday was a full day in Jaén itself, discovering the historic Arabic Baths and visiting the city’s Mary Magdelena Cathedral. Combined with shopping time and a bilingual quiz with the Spanish students, and of course, diary time.

The students spent Sunday with their host Spanish student, an opportunity for them to practise their language skills, ending the day with a disco where they compared dance moves and everyone got into the party mood!

The students flew back to England on Monday, but before they left they visited the castle which sits above Jaén and went on a short walk in the Andalusian countryside, a perfect end to a truly Spanish immersion experience. By making friends with local Spanish students, King Edwards VI School students not only got a genuine insight into Spanish life but also established friendships that will last far longer than the trip itself.

'Thank you so much for all your hard work in organising the Jaén trip. The students have been so positive about the experience and we had a great time!' Anna Goode, Teacher of Spanish at King Edward VI School, Birmingham.

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