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Students settled into homestays and are off exploring Madrid today!

Robi and Oscar report that our students left school with their host students last night and were welcomed warmly by their host families in their homes. They unpacked, settled in, ate delicious meals and headed to bed after a long day. Today, they are learning about life living in a Spanish family and exploring Madrid with their host families.

I will post pictures as soon as I receive them! Stay tuned!

The group landed in Madrid and are at SEK – El Castillo!

Our world travelers landed safely in Madrid, boarded the SEK bus and were driven to the school. They were met and welcomed by their host students – there were many hugs and much excitement! After having some refreshments and attending an orientation session, our students are currently accompanying their host students in their classes.

Orientation session at SEK – El Castillo

Though tired from the flight, Robi and Oscar report that everyone is in great spirits as they hit the ground running today! All are looking forward to traveling home with their host students and meeting their host families this evening.

And Spain is off, wheels are up!

The group is en route! After a 3:00pm departure from Farmington, they arrived at JFK with time for some food and rest before boarding they departed at 9:00pm on Iberia Flight #6252 for Madrid. Robi and Oscar reported that everyone is feeling good, energized, and very excited to start their journey. 

The group is due to arrive in Madrid at 9:55am local time on Friday, January 10th. I will update this blog once the group has arrived in Spain.

Stay tuned!

Welcome to the 19-20 Porter’s in Spain Blog!

We are getting excited for this 11th grade InterMission class to begin their incredible journey to SEK – El Castillo International School in Madrid, Spain!

You can expect to receive updates once daily on this blog. Please keep in mind that the time in Spain will be 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time so the postings may not happen on a schedule that makes sense in your time zone. This blog is the place to find pictures, videos and reflections from students and faculty on the trip, as well as to receive daily updates about the group’s activities and experiences. We are asking our faculty trip leaders to post all materials so that students can be present for every moment and so that they will not worry about posting to the blog in a timely manner.

We also strongly encourage you to keep contact with your children to a minimum during the immersion, which will allow them to fully experience the life and community of the school. Emailing periodically is a great way to touch base with without disrupting their experiences in school and other activities. We strongly discourage texting and phone calls for the duration of this cultural immersion.

It is going to be a FANTASTIC experience for all and we look forward to sharing it with you on this blog.

Spain group arrived in Madrid!

The group had an easy flight from Jerez to Madrid earlier this morning and are currently waiting to board their Iberian Air flight #6253 to JFK. They are due to depart Madrid on time at 4:10pm local time (10:10am EST) and arrive at JFK at 6:30pm EST this evening.

I will let you know once they are en route to JFK.

Waiting to check in at Jerez Airport earlier today.

 

The group arrived in Spain and reconnected with their host sisters at Laude el Altillo!

The group arrived in Madrid on time and easily made their flight to Jerez. Upon leaving the airport in Jerez, they were greeted by the warm, southern Spanish sunshine while en route to Laude el Altillo for a snack and to reconnect with their host sisters. Oscar and Michelle report that students are tired from traveling but elated to be finally be in Spain and to be reunited with the same girls whom they hosted at Porter’s in October. The room was filled with laughter, excitement and many hugs!

At the Madrid airport, waiting for their flight to Jerez.

Walking from the bus into Laude el Altillo in the warm sunshine.

Snacks and juice at Laude.

Reunited at last with their host sisters!

The group will eat lunch then join their host sisters in their afternoon activities before heading off to their homestays for the night.

 

Wheels are up and the group is off to Spain!

After a mid-day departure from Farmington, the group arrived at JFK with plenty of time for lunch and card games before boarding their Iberian Air flight #6250 for Madrid. Michelle and Oscar reported that everyone is super excited to reconnect with their host sisters and embark on this adventure at Laude el Altillo.

Their flight is due to arrive in Madrid tomorrow, January 8th at 6:20am local time, which will be 12:20am EST. They will have a short layover in Madrid before boarding their Iberian Airways flight #8516 for Jerez at 8:55am local time, finally arriving in Jerez at 10:10am local time tomorrow (4:10am EST). I will update this blog once the group has arrived in Jerez.

Welcome to the Laude El Altillo – Porter’s in Spain Blog!

We are getting excited for this 11th grade InterMission class to begin their incredible journey to Laude El Altillo in Jerez, Spain!

You can expect to receive updates once daily on this blog. Please keep in mind that the time in Spain will be 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time so the postings may not happen on a schedule that makes sense in your time zone. This blog is the place to find pictures, videos and reflections from students and faculty on the trip, as well as to receive daily updates about the group’s activities and experiences. We are asking our faculty trip leaders to post all materials so that students can be present for every moment and so that they will not worry about posting to the blog in a timely manner.

We also strongly encourage you to keep your contact with your daughter to a minimum during her experience at Laude el Altillo, which will allow her to fully immerse herself in the life and community of the school. Emailing periodically is a great way to touch base with her without disrupting her engagement in school and other activities. We strongly discourage texting and phone calls for the duration of this cultural immersion.

It is going to be a FANTASTIC experience for all and we look forward to sharing it with you on this blog.