An Intercultural Experience - RHS to Spain

Last year brought the exciting news that Rastrick High school had been successful in their application to participate in an international project working with 6 partners schools in Europe and this year sees students entering the final phase of the project with a visit to Murcia, Spain and students visiting Rastrick High School form Nordheim in Germany.

From Rastrick to Spain…

This year, students have had the opportunity to visit Murcia and the Colegio Santa Isabel in Alquerias.

Year 9 student Jade tells us about their experience:

Our hosts were students from the Colegio Santa Isabel; the school has students from 6-17 years old but we were staying with the families of students in their final year.

When we first arrived at the school, we were given a warm welcome by out hosts and their teachers.  We broke the ice by joining in on team building activities; every minute drawing us closer to becoming friends.

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We were then shown around their small town of Alquerias and even though most of the families know little or no English, communication didn’t run short as their liveliness, body language and posture told you everything you needed to know.

We visited a variety of places such as Murcia’s Cathedral, the city of Cartagena, a Roman theatre and even went on a boat trip to Mar Menor, a salty lagoon separated from the Mediterranean Sea by La Manga, a sandbar 22kn in length and ranges from 100 to 1,200 metres wide. 

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The cathedral in the city of Murcia is Roman Catholic and shows elements of Baroque design and has mainly a Gothic-style intrior.  The design architecture of the cathedral is unusual because what appears to be the front of the building is actually hiding the real entrance to the cathedral.

During the visit, we were able to experience how our hosts lived and the typical things they did.  A vast amount of our experience felt abnormal to us as they spent their social time outdoors rather than inside.  Most of us ended up tired by the end of the trip as they stayed out on the streets until past midnight!

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Several of us had the opportunity to try Murcia’s cultural food.  We ate things like octopus, squid, paella, chorizo and salchichon.  We were curious when they started to use oil instead of butter on their bread, but by the end of our trip, we got used to the idea and some of us even liked it better, plus it is healthier.  

Erasmus was a great experience and the project continues when we are to host students form Nordheim in Germany. 

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