Students from 5th and 6th form spent last weekend at The Borough in Mercedes immersed in an English-speaking camp which they shared with native speakers from Australia, England, USA and South Africa.
A visit to another country is recreated to achieve full immersion in the language. That is why we had to go through Customs filling in forms, where they checked our luggage and even confiscated a few items that had labels in Spanish.
After that, we were warmly received by the Reception staff who took us to our rooms!
We met our counselors and also students from Santa María school through fun games.
There was a big dining room where we had our meals and where we did lots of activities...
After the getting-to-know-each-other games, we were ready to taste typical English flavors! Mac&Cheese and Banoffee pie! Yummy!
Our beauties having fun...posing for some cool pics!
One of the most popular activities at the camp is applying for a job at the Employment Agency. Our students completed their applications after choosing from the options in the Classifieds: Shop assistant, bank teller, party planner, ecology guard, sports assistant and reporter.
It was then time to get ready to develop our Superhero characters... in order to be accepted at the Superhero Academy, we needed to succeed in printing our own T-shirts!
Challenge faced! Task achieved!
After a long day of superhero work and tremendous excitement, we celebrated the fun with more fun! Singing and dancing around the campfire and learning to prepare delicious s´mores proved to be excellent ways to keep us warm and make our hearts happy.
A s´more is a traditional nighttime campfire treat popular in the US which consists of a fire-roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two crackers.
We were all very good at hiding our superhero persona with our secret identities. Camouflaged as civilians, we personalized our superhero costumes for the upcoming Superhero Party!
|Superhero costume workshop|
As part of the cultural aspect of the programme, we learnt about typical meals, traditional games and dances, some history and folklore.
We made chocolate chip cookies which we later had for snacks.
We played different versions of dodgeball.
And danced cha cha slide, Cotton-Eyed Joe and other popular songs.
In the evening, we put on our best superhero costumes and attended the Superhero Show. One team at a time went on stage and through songs, chants and roleplay explained what their superpowers were.
All this under the surveillance and loving watch of Superteachers!
On our last day at The Borough we exchanged money at the bank and bought souvenirs at the shop.
Time for lunch! Delicious burgers and fries! Would anybody like seconds?
Most of us would have loved to stay longer but at the same time, we were eager to share with our families all the anecdotes and memories collected at this amazing camp.
One last thing to reminisce would be the Graduation Ceremony. With rhythm, laughter and pride we got our Superhero Certificates. A loud round of applause for all of us!
And the winner of the gem challenge was.... the Blue Team!! Congratulations!
Group pictures and goodbye!
We´d like to sincerely thank Marcus, Joshua, Martin, Max, Megan, Thomas and Steve for being so nice and enthusiastic all the time! Best counselors ever!
Thanks, Carla and Colonias de Inmersión al Idioma for a fantastic experience!
Can we go back yet?