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!

Let's party # 2

As mentoned before, we hosted a party with some teenagers from the city. Here you have more pictures from the event.

Spanish Academy Update from Clara Hoellerbauer

During the first three days, students will be going through the Spanish Academy Crash Course. During this time, they will learn about the Language Pledge®, Communication Strategies and how to maximize their learning while at the Academy.

Let's Party, en español

On a warm afternoon in Granada, the Academy welcomed a group of Spaniards. The majority of these students were from Granada, although we had visitors from various parts of the region, including a Japanese girl who is finishing up a year-long study abroad program in this city.

In a Village Called Granada

Welcome to Granada!

Believe it or not, we are now here working at full speed. Our participants arrived on Sunday after a long flight to Madrid. The Program Director and other staff members of Middlebury Interactive and IES, our partner in Granada, greeted them.

After that, we took a bus that followed part of the route that “Don Quijote” chose a few centuries ago. Everybody was tired but happy! Along the way, we had a short stop to eat a light breakfast, to finally arrive to Granada.


Greetings from Middlebury Interactive Languages at the Villa de la Montaña Verde!

I am Clara Hoellerbauer, the Spanish Language Director, at the Middlebury Interactive Languages Summer Academy Green Mountain College Site this summer. I am excited to be back for yet another summer, the first of which was in 2010 here at GMC. Since then I have also worked at the Swarthmore site. I was a Spanish teacher for the Spanish Academies and also in my “normal life.”

Students Create Their Own Pincho Recipes

After Chef “JuanMa“‘s pincho cooking instruction, the students paired up and started working on their own creations. They had to combine textures, flavors and ingredients to make their own style of pincho. Each one of the groups presented to the class the reason behind their creation, as well as the meaning and the expected flavor they were creating.

Departure Day for the Spanish Academy

Well, departure day is finally upon us at the Spanish Academy. Students are packing and cleaning furiously, but yet still very excited about graduation, the lifting of the Language Pledge® and the final inter-academy dance celebration. On Thursday morning, students begin their departures with three shuttles leaving for the airport as early as 7:30 A.M. For those students not headed to the airport bright and early, they most likely will spend their final minutes saying goodbye to their teachers, friends and R.As before starting their trips home.


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