Study Spanish in Spain, and visit neighbouring Morocco!

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Learn the Spanish Language in the South of Spain. La Herradura is a beautiful local Spanish town, only 45 min from Malaga and Granada. We organize trips, activities and excursions in Andalucia, and to Morocco. Especially interesting for families and children, and people looking to stay in a beautiful environment. Also a great place for water sports lovers.

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Study Spanish in Spain, and visit neighbouring Morocco!

  1. 1. Discover Spain and Morocco, a truly unique experience! A shared history is what makes a visit to both these countries so special. Since many centuries Spain and Morocco have had a special relationship. Morocco is also the closest Arabic country to Western Europe, only at a 13 kilometers distance in the Street of Gibraltar. Traveling through, and experiencing the two countries offers a unique chance to discover two worlds that are so different, but yet have so much in common. In a world today where Islam and the clash of cultures is more and more an issue both in politics as in daily life, it gives young people a chance to learn about these current issues through real life experience, which will be of great value for the rest of their life’s. Spain : Centro de Enseñanza de Espanol La Herradura At our language centre (www.spanish-herradura.com) the students can learn and improve their Spanish. The centre is located in La Herradura, a small, but very Spanish town along the south coast of Spain. Here the students will be totally emerged in the Spanish life and culture. The students can stay with families, where they will really be ‘part of the family’. This town is not spoiled by mass- tourism, and both the amazing landscape and proximity of beautiful cultural cities makes this location unique. The language centre was founded it 1997, and has over the years established a very good name. The centre is a member of the famous institute of Cervantes to guarantee the quality of the lessons. The school is small and familiar, and is able to offer flexibility and personal attention to the students. From La Herradura visits are possible to important and rich in culture cities like Malaga (60 km), Granada with the beautiful Alhambra (80 km), Cordoba and Sevilla. Here they will find the influence of the Moorish people that conquered a large part of Spain from about the year 700 until 1400 after Christ. And they left an incredible inheritance that is still visible today. Here you will find the shared history between the two countries, not only the beautiful architecture, which is similar in both countries, but also the poetry, dance, music and art. Of course the students will be accompanied by local guides and teachers that are dedicated to tell the stories, to show, to teach, to explain…
  2. 2. The south of Spain also offers a great variety in landscape. From the impressive mountains (like the Sierra Nevada with the stunning Alpujarras), to the lakes near Malaga, the curving coastline with rocks and beaches, the deserts, and the swamps. All options are open to discover this beautiful area. Trekkings, survival trips, camping, trips by 4x4 and Jeeps, hikes, tours by mountain bike; all can be arranged. Near nerja (9 km from La Herradura) there are impressive caves that were discovered not that long ago, with drawings and paintings from many centuries ago. Volunteer work in Spain near our centre involves a.o. a Donkey shelter in Nerja, animal emergency posts and animal shelters, and fundraising for cancer patients (in La Herradura). Also the local church offers several projects where volunteers are more than welcome. And children here in town are very happy with help with their English lessons and homework!
  3. 3. Morocco In cooperation with our agency Asilahventures (www.asilahventures.nl) we can organize the stay in Morocco. The agency is specialized in arranging cultural, tailor made trips to Morocco. One of the main objectives is to bring people in contact with the people in Morocco, to really experience the culture and daily life. We find it important that experiencing life in this country will create better understanding between the different cultures. Morocco is a very unique country. Here you will find the many Berber tribes with their own cultures and languages. The Amazigh Berbers in the north (the Rif), the Berbers of the Middle Atlas (the Sous near Ifrane and Azrou), the Berbers south of Agadir, and the Berbers in the desert – Sahara, the ‘men in blue’ or the Touareg. About 40% of the population is of Berber descent. The other 60% are Arabs, Jewish, and Western inhabitants. The scenery and landscape of Morocco has all to offer. There are 4 major Mountain chains: in the North the Rif between Chefchaouen and Nador/Oujda (connected to the mountains of the Sierra Nevada in Spain), the Middle Atlas in the centre, the Anti Atlas towards the Atlantic Ocean, and the High Atlas in the South. Below the High Atlas starts the Sahara desert, with the beautiful sandy dunes, oases and palm groves. Is has a very interesting coastline; along the Mediterranean in the North, and the Atlantic Ocean in the west. It has thousands of kilometers of beaches. In the centre of Morocco you will find beautiful lakes, with manmade reservoirs and locks, and protected national parks.
  4. 4. In the north you will find two cities that belong to Spain (Ceuta and Melilla). It is very interesting to visit these two enclaves. In Nador, next to Melilla, there is a project of saving the Berber Horses, a breed that almost disappeared. Young people from Holland helped set up this project a few years ago. Is was a shared program between the two countries. They also made a beautiful contribution by building a garden with butterflies in both Nador (Morocco) and in Rotterdam (Netherlands), as a symbol of shared friendship. Volubilis – Roman ruins Another project that we are involved with in is a project to protect the Berber Monkey. These monkeys are often captured and sold to tourists who bring the monkeys along to Europe. Here they find out that the monkeys are not exactly pet animals, and are dumped. In the Netherlands there is a shelter with too many of these abandoned animals, same situation in France and Germany. It is important to inform the tourists not to buy the monkeys. Also there are projects to inform the hunters, and help them find alternative sources of income.
  5. 5. Another part of volunteer work that we are involved in are the several women’s cooperation’s. In the name of the grandfather of the present king (Mohamed V) many projects have started to help these cooperation’s. You will find them all over the country. We work with several of them. For example with Darna in Tanger (means ‘our house/home). It is not only a shelter for women and orphans, but they also learn to read, to write and all kinds of handcraft so they can learn how to make a living. More toward the south in the area of Agadir and Essaouira you will find women’s cooperation’s where abandoned women make the famous argan oil. The oil that comes from pressed nuts grow on trees that you will only find in this spot of the world. The women treat the nuts so they can use the oil for using it to bake with, but also in beauty products. The oil is very well known for the special benefits and health. Funny detail form the goats that also love the nuts, and actually climb in the trees! Another tree next to the Argan tree that you will find uniquely in this area is the Thuya tree. It is a very beautiful wood of which they make nice wooden furniture. Is has a very nice smell. Many craftsmen sell their products in Essaouira, a beautiful small fishing village on the coast, south of Casablanca. It is like Asilah more north along the coast a town that is very popular for artists. Morocco has a landscape and culture that changes from area to area, and from town to town. Each place is unique, with own colors, smells, and habits. The way people live, the music, the art, it changes each time during your journey.
  6. 6. The Imperial Cities: Rabat (capital), Fes, Meknes and Marrakech These are the most impressive cities of the country, with a lot of culture and rich heritage. Other places of interest are cities like Tanger (the International city), Tetouan, Chefchaouen and Asilah (Spanish, Portuguese and Jewish influence), the cities in the Middle Atlas (Ifrane – where you can ski in the winter! – it is also called ‘Little Switserland’ ) and Azrou, Essouira and Agadir along the coast to the south, with nearby the pittoresk cities like Taroudant, Tafraoute, Tiznit (with the handmade silverware and jewelry). Casablanca is the ‘capital of the industry’. Here you will find the 2nd biggest mosque ever built – for a large part on the water. This mosque is open for visitors. There are also the nice cities in the south like Ouarzazate (with the Atlas Film Studios), and more south small villages like Erfoud, and Zagora, the last civilized towns before the desert. To the east close to Algeria you will find Figuig with amazing oases. In the south you can travel along routes with beautiful changing landscapes with Kasbahs, stay in a Berber tent camp in the Sahara and sit along the fireplace at night while the Berbers tell you their stories of times long ago. The rising of the sun is a unique experience at this place, watched from the sandy dunes. Students have a change to live and work with the Berber families, some that live in villages without electricity or running water….Work on the land with donkeys, help dig a water well, teach English to the children….. We also work with a student exchange centre in Rabat. Here students have the opportunity to learn about the life in Morocco, and all the traditions. Meeting Moroccan children (communication workshops) and workshops about local crafts, cooking, calligraphy and learning Arabic.

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