Monday, July 25, 2011


Volunteering in an English immersion program in Valdelavilla this week. The short description is - Spanish companies send their employees here to strengthen their English.  There are also several masters students attending the program this week who are completing their studies so their English is quite strong.  The venue is a small restored village in the mountains in the north of Spain and the landscape is amazing (pictures soon).  I was definitely right about the change of pace…the closest civilization is a 20 minute car ride.  The volunteers are from the US, the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden, Brussels, and Scotland and the age of the entire group (volunteers and attendees) is 19 to 65.

We’re just really getting into the program so more on that later but for now I can say this much – the food is amazing and there is way too much of it.  Every meal is a sit down affair with multiple courses and each one is an exercise in self-control.  Pretty thankful for all the hills I’m hiking up here right now…maybe my hips will have a fighting chance of still fitting into my jeans at the end of the week.

~ N