Arrival in Comillas

At exactly 1:25 pm (Spain time!), 48 students, two teachers and the activities coordinator arrived at the ABBA Comillas Hotel. They are pretty tired, but we are checking them in and they will go up to their rooms to shower and rest. They will have lunch after that and then unpack and nap. There is a planned walk around town and then back to the hotel for the welcome meeting and signing of the Language Pledge.
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Important Information for Pomona Academy 2014

We have almost everyone here at Pomona (still waiting for a few who had a flight cancellation, but they are on their way!)  Everyone seems excited, and it’s always amazing how quickly people bond in a residential program. You would never know that people only met a few hours prior.

We will post about our convocation last night shortly, but for now I wanted to make sure family members have our staff contact information.


Hip Hip Hooray! Arrival Day!

Arrival day is upon us! Well, was upon us, rather. Returning students excitedly greeted each other and practiced communicating in their target language from the get-go, and new students watched in wonder as they began the immersion process. Students checked in with their language groups, turned in their phones and said goodbye to parents as they began their new lives at MMLA Pomona.

Let It Begin.

Greetings from MMLA Swarthmore! Yesterday was filled with excitement as we hosted many families and students arriving to campus to begin their own language immersion adventure. As the students settled into their respective dorms and got acquainted with their Residential Advisors and living groups, we were happy to have various meetings with the parents who were able to experience the life of a student this summer. The Language Directors did a phenomenal job of demonstrating many different ways of communicating using the target language.

Eating in Comillas!

¡Mañana llegáis!  Y lo primero que vais a hacer al llegar a Comillas es ¡COMER!  Sí, llegáis a las 2 de la tarde, just a la hora de comer.  El horario de comidas es un poco diferente al horario de los Estados Unidos.  Vuestro horario va a ser:

8:30 de la mañana - Desayuno  (café, zumo, tostada, cereales)

2:30 de la tarde - Comida (la comida grande del día-carne, pescado, verduras, fruta)

9:30 de la noche - Cena (un poco más ligero-huevos, filete, sopa) Beijing

We know that all of our students are probably packing and preparing for an exciting summer in Beijing, but our staff has already touched down and is working hard to make sure everything is ready for students’ arrival. Our office is getting set up, student materials are being prepared, and RAs have even started making hand made dorm signs for each room.

We are all looking forward to meeting all our students soon!
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The Excitement is Building!

Bienvenidos, أهلاً و سهلاً, bienvenue, and 欢迎.  The MMLA Pomona campus staff is hard at work arranging all the details for your arrivals and we are looking forward to meeting you in person. We are already abuzz in French, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic (and some additional languages too!) with a diverse and knowledgeable staff that hail from the U.S., China, France, French Guiana, Réunion, Morocco, Yemen, Israel, Palestine, Algeria, Puerto Rico, Paraguay, Germany, Kenya and Romania.


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