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Back at it!

After the relaxing weekend and an eventful Independence Day, students returned to their normal schedules today—classes, meals, exploration courses and afternoon activities with the REs.

However, this return to the regular schedule didn’t come with a decrease in enthusiasm; in fact, students were even more ready to get back to their full-time studies this week than they were when they arrived last week. 

In classes today, students picked up right where they left off: calligraphy, Chinese vocabulary, Chinese dance, conversational practice and much more!

Guests, Fun Games and Mask Making!

Today was quite eventful, especially for the Arabic Academy who had three guests visiting! Students attended their regularly scheduled classes in the morning and then while the other Academies participated in activity period, the Arabic students listened to a presentation from a representation of the King’s Academy in Jordan. Meanwhile Spanish and German students enjoyed a soccer game, painted masks, swam, etc. 

Student Interviews!

As the schedules returned to usual today, students from the Chinese Academy got reacclimated to the their routine of meals, classes, cultural exploration courses and afternoon activities.

Amidst their return to the daily routine, two students were asked for a brief interview. Here’s how the interviews went:

Mac:

L' Académie française aujourd'hui!

Today, students resumed their typical schedules—classes, meals, exploration courses and afternoon activities.

Although, today wasn’t completely normal, for the RE-led afternoon activities included two new occurrences: pool time and a trip to downtown Burlington! In including these, the REs are making sure that the activities don't get too monotonous for the students.

Students at the pool had the chance to cool off in the water for about an hour—or, in some cases, get a bit of lap-swimming in for exercise.

Sol y sombra

The first stop on the Spanish Academy's Granada's Fourth of July outing was a visit to the prettiest village in Spain, according to the Spanish Tourism Board: Frigiliana.

Just across the line between the Granada and Malaga provinces, the village of Moorish origin and site of the last Moorish uprising in Spain in the late 1500s is tucked into the mountainside, towering over the Mediterranean.

An Independence Day Celebration at Green Mountain College

Today all three academies came together to celebrate the independence of the United States! It is tradition that every year the town of Poultney, Vermont, puts on a parade to celebrate the Fourth of July and the Arabic, Spanish and German Academies participate in it.

Water Fight to Beat the Heat!

It was 1 p.m. when we finished our scavenger hunt around the school today—which in Granada means it was really, really hot. And what a better solution than an ice cold water fight?

We still don´t know how it happened, but suddenly all our students were grabbing water balloons, filling them up, and running around the patio spraying everybody with water, including us, the RAs. But we didn´t get mad, we got them soaking wet too!

Life Abroad from the Perspectives of the Students!

In the words of the students, here's what went on today:

Luke: 

Making the Most of the Day Off

On this warm, sunny Sunday at St. Michael’s, students had another day off from academic study. All students were happy to have one more restful day before the adventures of the week commence.

As bells rang and a cool breeze flew through the air, a level of energy similar to yesterday's was found on St. Michael’s campus. Students partook in several activities and enjoyed the picturesque weather as they grouped together for games of soccer and frisbee.

A day to unwind, relax and recharge

Today, students and staff had a very much-needed day of rest, in which they all had the chance to catch up on sleep, enjoy the weather or get ahead on work for next week.

Students took part in a wide array of activities, ranging from creating videos to room decorating activities. The purpose of these activities, however, was the same: Keep the students speaking in the target language, while still giving them a needed break from academic study.

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