Forget Rio - Austin Kids Headed to Spain
Students to learn self-empowerment
Photo: Bon voyage: Good grades and recommendations from teaches landed eight students from Austin Polytechnical Academy, a Chicago public high school, a chance to study in Spain.
By LA RISA LYNCH,
October 07, 2009
Good grades and recommendations from teachers garnered eight lucky Austin Polytechnical Academy students a chance to study abroad. And the country of choice is where Nikki Green, 16, has dreamed about going ever since she was little.
"I always wanted to go to Spain," said Green, a junior at the academy.
Her aunt often traveled to Spain and would bring back mementos from the places she visited. Green hoped her group's nine-day trip would include a stop in Barcelona. But she will have to settle for Madrid instead.
"I'm excited," she said. "I can't wait."
Students embark on their journey today.
The trip to Spain is not your usual study abroad program. The kids will have a chance to learn the Spanish language and explore the country's history and culture while touring Madrid, Segovia and Toledo. But they will also look at how creating jobs in manufacturing revitalized one small Spanish town nearly devastated by civil war.
Students will spend five days in Madrid and then four in Mondragon, located in the Basque region in northern Spain. They'll stay in a local university dormitory while visiting a manufacturing cooperative that contributes to much of Spain's economy. The area of Mondragon is an allegory for the Austin community, said Erica Swinney-Stein, director of community programs at Center for Labor and Community Research, which is sponsoring the trip.(more...)