Course Description

We invite interested students to look into this lovely opportunity on the untouched Costa de la Luz, southern Spain, next summer!

Spanish Core Immersion invites Pre IB and Mid IB students to live and learn in the truly charming Pueblo Blanco “Vejer de la Frontera” in beautiful Andalucía.

This compact 14 day holistic, interdisciplinary course with CAS opportunity includes 30 hours of classroom Spanish, 24/7 immersion in the rich language, culture and history of this area and living in a lovely Spanish family.  The focus is on local and global issues, and the course offers both Pre-IB and Mid-IB incentives.  All students complete the course with a creative project that highlights their own experiential learning for their individual CAS programme.

Students who wish to have these CAS hours accredited, are encouraged to get prior approval from their school’s CAS Coordinator.

Each morning Monday through Friday begins with 2 hours of voluntary work in two chosen service areas (environmental and social). Service 1 will carried out Mon, Wed, Fri. while service 2 will be accomplished on Tues and Thurs.

Following this, students will have a daily 2-hour intensive classroom session at the La Janda Spanish School (except Wednesday).  The dynamic teaching staff provides personalized learning in small group setting, with options for absolute beginners and those who have been studying Spanish previously. The focus is on listening, oral expression and reading comprehension.

During the afternoons students will be immerses  in authentic learning within the local culture of Andalucía where they can practice their Spanish language skills in real life situations. CAS afternoon activities include donkey riding, trekking, traditional basket making, flamenco dancing, cooking, photography, surfing and swimming.

Some emphasis during both weeks will be on the Essential Learning Outcomes of the IB CAS program with reflections based on Theory of Knowledge pedagogy.

  • Pre-IB students will be introduced to the IB Core – Theory of Knowledge, the Extended Essay and CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service).
  • Mid-IB students will have focus on the TOK, the Extended Essay and CAS, as the day’s experiences will include activities that allow them to address the essential learning outcomes required of the program.

Time for reflection is built in for all, with a focus on 21st century skills such as collaboration, reflection and self-management.

The culminating project for the week is a PSA made by students that highlights their learning engagements, and focuses on local and global issues.  Topics may include an examination of the impacts of tourism, respecting and maintaining culture, or restoration of archeological, ecological and historical sites.

With a focus on collaboration, communication, and self-management, Spanish Core Immersion students will make lasting friendships with students from international schools around the world while also having the potential to make a difference through their culminating project.

CAS CERTIFICATE: each student will receive a certificate with exact dates, hours and description of accomplished program and duties.

About the CAS & TOK Mentor: Bryan Plymale is an award winning international educator born in New York, but grew up mostly in America’s heartland.  He graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science and a secondary science composite teaching certification.  Bryan did his graduate studies in Estuarine Ecology and Systematics Biology at San Francisco State University where he was a laboratory coordinator and research scientist specializing in Zostera marina transplantation.  Bryan taught for 9 years at the prestigious Kodaikanal International School, located at 2200 meters elevation in the unique rainforest Shola ecosystem of the Western Ghats.  There he taught biology, environmental systems and societies, and was the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) facilitator and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) Coordinator.  Bryan was also the Social Experience Department Green Team leader, running a successful indigenous Shola tree planting project, recycling programs, the “Keep Kodai Clean and Green” campaign, and organizing seminars on Human Rights, Social Justice and Environmental issues.  Most recently, he was part of the team setting up the IBDP at Imagine International Academy of North Texas where he also taught biology, TOK and was the CAS and Personal Project Coordinator.  As an experiential educator, Bryan has led field trips to Borneo, Java, Sabah, Sarawak, Kathmandu, Brazil, India and Spain.  Furthermore, he was part of an accreditation team in Côte d’Ivoire.  In addition to all of Bryan’s academic experience, he has coached numerous sports, focusing on Ultimate Frisbee and the Spirit of the Game which incorporates the IB’s philosophy of holistic education and lifelong learning.

Course Schedule

Sunday, July 5th or 12th:

Arrival

Participants meet at Malaga International Airport.  Official welcome and dinner at the hotel in Vejer de la Frontera. After dinner includes IB Core activities.

Daily Schedule:

8-9am             Breakfast with host family

9:00-11am     Morning CAS Service work 

Option 1: ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, COMMUNITY, SUSTAINABILITY

Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Children outdoor summer school or Juanino donkey support
Tuesday, Thursday – Permaculture environmental project or Ecohuerta centro Carmen

Option 2: SOCIAL, COMMUNITY

Monday, Wednesday, Friday – ADAFIS, Ecohuerta Centro Carmen
Tuesday, Thursday – Ancianos

11:30-13:30am   Classroom Spanish intensive (Mo, Tue, Thu, Fri)

2-3pm             Lunch with host family

4pm-              Afternoon Passion CAS Activities

Week 1:
Monday: Tour of Vejer

Tuesday: Surf El Palmar (with Juniors)
Wednesday: Traditional Crafts – cesteria
Thursday: Kayak trip to Santi Petri
Friday: Gastronomia and introduction to flamenco percussion and dance
Saturday: Excursion Cadiz – Torre del Tajo, beaches of Cadiz, market
Sunday: Family day, rest.

Week 2:
Monday: Whale watching in the Straits of Gibraltar
Tuesday: Surf class
Wednesday: Traditional Crafts: ceramics
Thursday: Donkey trail
Friday: Cookery
Saturday: Tarifa birdwatching, tour of Tarifa old town, Baelo Clauia, Bolonia.
Sunday: Departure from Vejer to Malaga airport

7pm   Dinner with host family (or joint dinner out)

Post-Dinner   IB Core reflections, group activities & free time & curfew

The families in Vejer de la Frontera have all been carefully selected, based on several criterias including kindness, location, quality of the lodging, equipment and meals.

More importantly, families are selected on the basis of their hospitality, kindness and positive feedback from previous students over the years and you can choose to stay either alone or two students per family.

Sunday, July 19th or 26th:

Departure day with drop-off at Malaga airport.

Dates and Fees

Dates:

Option 1: July 5th – 12th, 2020 (1 week)

Option 2: July 5th-19th, 2020 (2 weeks)

Option 3: July 12th-19th, 2020 (1 week)

Option 4: July 12th-26th, 2020 (2 weeks)

Cost:

1 week: 1450€

2 weeks: 2720€

More Info

This project is run by entrusted provider La Janda – Language School, Vejer de la Frontera. Please contact us for further information.

EMAIL us: office@ibwise.com
CALL US: +43-1-3191068
Nora is also available via cell phone or wireless options on smart phones: +43-664-1306197

Registration

Please print the following 2 pdf forms to sign up:

  1. Registration Form: Spain CAS trip_Registration_2020
  2. Guidelines: Guidelines to be signed by Guardian

Travel Info

GETTING TO AND FROM MALAGA Spain – Malaga has low price flight connections with all the major European cities (including to Vienna incase you wish to combine the Vienna IB Revision Camp with Spain). You will be met by one of our local staff members at Malaga Airport and delivered safely to your host family in Vejer de la Frontera. Usually transfer times are no more than 90 minutes. Please try to arrive in Malaga before 5pm on July 12th.

VISAS
Having the relevant travel documents is important. EU citizens do not require a visa. If you are not sure whether you require a visa, please contact your consulate.