El sábado el 7 de Julio 2018, the first Valencia trip for Friesland students in year 10 got underway. We flew from East Midlands Airport direct to Valencia where we boarded the metro and finally walked through the ancient city to our authentic “Hostal”: Home for the next 5 nights.
The Mission: to live La Vida Valenciana, communicate with the locals and to experience points of linguistic, cultural and scientific value. The students engaged in the activities brilliantly and especially when under remote supervision, were a credit to themselves and the school.
Exercises undertaken were:
- Orienteering around the city itself to find certain landmarks
- Buying picnic ingredients in the main market
- Finding information about Valencia from the locals
Trying all the different kinds of food that was put in front of them – they were very adventurous and in the main enjoyed the food.
The trip also included visits to two of Valencia’s main places of interest.
The city of Sciences – This is the great 21st-century science museum for getting to know in a didactic, interactive, and entertaining way everything to do with life, science, and technology. The Príncipe Felipe Science Museum has become a reference point for interactive science. Its main objective is stimulating curiosity and critical thinking and at the same time surprising and amusing the public by its contents from the world of science, technology, and the environment. The Oceanogràfic is the largest aquarium in Europe, and includes representatives from each of the world’s main marine environments: the Mediterranean, Wetlands, Temperate and Tropical Seas, Oceans, the Antarctic, the Arctic, Islands, and the Red Sea, as well as the Dolphinarium. More information can be found at https://www.cac.es/va/home.html
The Bioparc – Students enjoyed a rare opportunity to see species co-existing in a true recreation of the savannah – this included antelope, giraffe and rhinoceros, lions on rocky vantage points, dens of hyenas and warthogs, the density of the equatorial forest with gorillas, buffalos, leopards and elephants, hippopotami, crocodiles and coloured fish to name a few.
Many species here are involved in European conservation breeding programs, and having learned about genetics in the GCSE biology course, students were able to consider the complexity of breeding such species, and about disease prevention in large groups of animals. https://www.bioparcvalencia.es/
Visit to and English Academy – On the day of the Bioparc visit some students opted to go “Back to School” and visited a private English Academy to see Spanish teenagers learning English. Feedback was that this was actually one of the most interesting parts of the trip. It gave them an insight into the difficulties faced by foreign students learning our language. http://www.englishtower.com
All in all, I was very impressed with the students and the way they conducted themselves and how they got on together in a very supportive group. I am also very grateful to Miss Shapland for all her help before and during this first successful trip with Friesland students. Valencia 2019 planning is now underway.
Gracias a todos,