Starting in fall 2011, the CIEE Seville Study Center offered the first-ever Club de Blogueros, or blogging club. Students from all CIEE programs showcased their skills as writers, photographers and videographers as they blogged through the study-abroad experience.
We had an incredibly talented group of students this year, and we're looking forward to meeting the next batch of bloggers as the fall 2012 semester approaches. In the meantime, let's take a look back at some of the highlights from this year's posts...
Fleas, bedbugs and new Spanish vocabulary
What do you get when you mix a new culture, a second language, a host family's dog and a possible bedbug attack? A good blog post (and in this case, a happy ending). Click here to read more from Lindsie Rowe.
A crash course on making Spanish friends
Don't be daunted by the idea of speaking with strangers in your second language. Sheila Bushman, an Advanced Liberal Arts student that took direct-enrollment classes at the Universidad de Sevilla, offered a solid set of tips on how to overcome your nerves.
VIDEO: Buses, bikes and 'blades: Getting around in Sevilla
Studying in Seville is the perfect time to rediscover a favorite 90's pasttime: rollerblading. Watch Nadia Honary's video and learn about the best ways to move around the city.
Un experimento en enseñar el otro inglés
Teaching your native language sounds easy enough... but what happens if your students are used to the other English: British English? Devon Shaw shared his adventures in the Teaching Development program.
From Ecuador to Andalusia: Relearning Spanish and Spanglish
Speaking of the 'other' English: Many students come to Seville with previous knowledge of Spanish from other countries. David Friedlander spent two consecutive semesters studying abroad: first in Ecuador, then in Spain. He expected the transition from Quito to Seville to go smoothely, but he encountered a few linguistic bumps along the way.
Observaciones sobre la situación política, económica y social en España
One of the best way to prepare for a year or semester abroad is to stay informed about the social and political situation in your host country. Sara Vore offers her observations on the political, social and economic situation in Spain in the wake of labor reforms, protests, strikes and major shifts in the country's political leadership.
Como casi he comprado un caballo en la Feria
Spring in Seville is a whirlwind of Holy Week, orange blossoms and the Feria de Abril. For most students, the Feria is a crash course in dancing sevillanas and sipping rebujito; for Katy George, it also meant weighing the pros and cons of buying a horse. A difficult souvenir to bring back to the U.S., but tempting nonetheless. Read her post to find out what happened.
Are you a writer, photographer or videographer? Would you like to see your own work on the CIEE Seville blog? Stay tuned at the start of each semester to learn about how you can get involved with the Club de Blogueros.