Meeting at 1:30am, on a Monday morning was never going to be easy, but it was worth the lack of sleep as the experience we had in Granada, Spain, was truly inspirational. As part of the Erasmus+ project, myself, Hannah Jennings, Lily Piper and Katie Rogers, joined by Miss Gallone and Mr Webb, jetted off to Spain, where we stayed with a Spanish host family, enjoying traditional Spanish life, school and food. We were also joined by schools from Turkey, Germany and Romania.
Arriving in Granada at 10;30am, nerves ran high, as we all felt very nervous to meet our host family, but after meeting them we soon realised how much we had in common! Later that day we visited Granada’s famous Alhambra; a beautiful Muslim and Christian palace. Here Katie discovered from Mr Webb that a Pomegranate in Spanish is, ‘Granada’, after seeing purchasable pomegranates everywhere.
On the second and third day we visited several science related places such as a museum and a hospital. Here we were taught how to perform CPR, program robots, and we even got to see a sloth and a finger monkey! In the hospital, Hannah was chosen to take blood from a practise patient, and with getting 9/10 for the pain results, let’s just say she didn’t meet doctor’s requirements, with everyone, including herself, laughing at the results!
Along with the whole school, on the final day, we played a game that helped us learn about careers and cultures in Spain. This included petting horses, finding our DNA, and dissecting animals, however the best and funniest was learning how to Flamenco, which we can all say we failed at. On the final night all 40 hosts and students went out for a meal, where we ate meter long pizzas!
The hardest part of the week was saying goodbye to our host families and left most of us in tears, myself included. We all made a strong bond with our host families and we are pleased to say that some of us are in the process of booking flights to revisit them. The Erasmus+ project has really helped us understand and learn about cultures and lifestyles in foreign countries. Finally we would like to thank Mr Webb and Mrs Gallone for taking us to Spain and Mrs Sefton for organising the trip. – Alice Toon