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Cultural Exchange Program to Madrid, Spain

November 2015

The students of STD XI had the privilege to participate in a student cultural exchange program to Madrid, Spain. This was organised in collaboration with, ‘Colegio Virgen de Europa’ school in Madrid.

The journey to Madrid began on 1st November with nine students along with Vice Principal, Mrs. Kiran Jadhav.

Visits The first day was the visit to city of Madrid, which included Gran via (the main street in the city), the Palacio Real (official residence of the Spanish Royal Family) and The Plaza Mayor, the most important plaza in all of Madrid.

The second day was Visit to the Province of Toledo. It was a wonderful sightseeing experience to witness its medieval Arab, Jewish and Christian monuments at the central part of Spain. The students were also given the chance to conduct the morning assembly, and they did it in our usual fashion, complete with the school prayer thought, for today and the national anthem!

Next day was the visit to Boadilla Palace. A meeting with the Mayor of the city was also scheduled but did not take place unfortunately due to his prior engagement. However, the students were touched by the Mayor’s gregarious gesture of leaving behind a present for everyone, as a memento.

Colegio Virgen de Europa’ organized our schedule and sightseeing very well, with excellent amenities.In my view that made the trip even more enjoyable. The kind of reception we received at this school, by our hosts and the people in general was overwhelming.

On our last day, we were taken to the national Prado museum which is magnificent and features one of the world’s finest collections of European art, dating from the 12th century.

Exposure into other cultures

Experiencing a different culture through educational and cultural exchange lets on gain a deeper understanding of yourself and those around you—deepening your knowledge of foreign cultures and strengthening international relationships. This is precisely

We also presented to the Spanish students our PPT about the myriad facets of India’s rich culture. We also had demonstrations of yoga and kathak which really enthralled them.

The philosophy class was an absolute delightful and interactive. We spoke about the differences and similarities in our respective cultures, the history of Spain and also about prejudices and why they arise in the first place, separately during these three lectures.

Such exposures help in developing ones leadership skills, increase self-confidence, help analytical and problem solving skills and aid in the greater understanding of the complexities of the world around us. Our interest in global issues has been sparked which had led to better our general knowledge.

Food Exchange Program The food exchange program was conducted after coming back to school. The students of both the schools had prepared Spanish and Indian delicacies for the other to try out.

To conclude, we would like to thank the school, the Principal and especially our Vice-Principal, Mrs. Kiran Jadhav who undertook this enormous responsibility and pulled it off smoothly.

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