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Director Profile - Alejandro Saravia

Alejandro was born and raised in Mexico City, Mx. The 5th child in a family of eight, he never thought that living abroad was an option for him. He studied Chemistry at the National University (UNAM) and decided to work in education after receiving his degree. Now he is married, with three children working in a boarding school in NH.

Director Profile - Kim Griffin

Kim Griffin was born and raised in Binghamton, New York.  From the first day of Spanish class in 9th grade at Susquehanna Valley H.S. she knew that she wanted to be a Spanish teacher. She atended SUNY Oswego and majored in Secondary Education-Spanish, but destiny arrived in her student mailbox one spring day in the form of a pamphlet announcing summer study abroad programs offered by Oswego. She knew noone who had ever studied or travelled abroad, noone who even had a passport, so the idea was daunting and stunned her parents.

A New Addition to Our Office (and Updated Hours)

Greetings from the MMLA Main Office! Now I know this blog post is nowhere near as exciting as the ones with all the activities, pictures and fun, but allow me to interject with a relatively boring interlude in order to send out some important information about getting in touch with us at the office!

Our landline, and the first number you should call if you want to reach us, is still (909) 607–2362

Here are our new office hours:

Monday-Friday  7:30 AM – 10 PM  PDT

Saturday-Sunday 8:30 AM – 10 PM  PDT

S’mores Soirée

A Saturday evening falls upon the French Academy, which calls for fun, laughter and s’mores. With a relaxed language pledge instituted for the night, the students enjoyed each other’s company while eating some marshmallows and chocolate and throwing a frisbee around. Though the beginning of the week looms in the distance, the French Academy is refreshed and rejuvenated thanks to the hard work of the French RAs for making this fantastique evening possible.
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In Language Rehearsals for “Segismundo y Compañia”

Rehearsals have been under way for the Spanish Academy’s production of “Segismundo y Compañia” which translates into “Segisumdo and Company” in English. According to teacher Alena Davidoff-Gore, it is a play “that centers around a famous Spanish classic, ‘La Vida es Sueño’ (Life is a Dream), by Pedro Calderónde la Barca. There are four characters, the usher (acomodadora), two members of the audience (los espectadores) and an actor (el actor). The students share each role, so that each student has a part in the play.”

Fun is in the Cards for Spanish Academy

Anyone who ventured past Walker Beach last night would have heard the excitement that was the Spanish Academy’s Casino Night! Aside from playing card games, students enjoyed the beautiful California evening and the sounds of everything from Shakira to Dierks Bentley. This, of course, led to some impromptu salsa dancing- it being the Spanish Academy after all! It was truly one of the liveliest events put on so far with both students and staff joining in the fun.

-Lindsay Call, Pomona Program Assistant
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Food For Thought: Dining at Pomona

While on campus, the daily trips to Frary Dining Hall (aka “Hogwarts”) are always a major highlight. The food has been a big hit among students with the wide variety of choice available. A typical lunch, for instance, allows students to choose from an extensive salad bar, fresh fruit, a made-to-order burger grill, pizza, soup and other meal options such as burritos, quesadillas, stir fry, baked potatoes, chicken, beef and fish.

Saturday Night Fever

Yesterday marked the beginning of the first weekend here at MMLA Swarthmore. The students were treated to many various activities and events throughout the day and night as well as some much deserved down time mixed in. Here is what some of our staff had to say:

The Spanish Academy traveled to Tierra Colombiana, a restaurant in Philadelphia that specializes in food from Colombia and around the Caribbean. The menu included:

Learning about Fishing in Comillas

We had the opportunity to visit a plant that processes shellfish (mussels and clams) special thanks to Juan, the person in charge of our guided plant tour. 

 After the visit, we had a short hike by the coast with Aitor our guide. You will see him explaining the group stories about the sea and sharing with us his expertise on birds.

-Alejandro Saravia
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Arabic Academy Update (Yallah Yallah Arabiya!) (يلا يلا عربية)

The students in the Arabic Academy have been quite busy over the past day!

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