Spain - English Camp

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English Camp in Spain was a blast! I loved it. I'm not even sure where to begin! The camp is put on by the Christian Center Church of Alhaurin, led by Eugene and Joy Greco. Pictured above are combined groups of volunteers from Portland, New York, and also a few locals. The Portland team (our team) worked with the younger kids ages 5 to 12 and the New York team worked with the teenagers up to age 16. 

The kids were assigned a color team depending on their age. For example ages 5-7 made up the red team. My little team was the white team. I felt a lot taller than I look compared to these kids!..

 White Team 

White Team 

The younger kids started their day learning and singing songs. Then they broke out into their color teams and rotate through the activities. The activities were: ESL, Arts & Crafts, and Sports. I taught Arts & Crafts along with my partner Rita...

 Rita 

Rita 

The kids started out shy, but Eugene got them excited with props and a good sense of humor :) 

I loved how the kids not only came to camp to learn English, but they also got to learn about God through songs. Some of the kids didn't come from Christian homes. English Camp might be the only way they will hear about God, especially at such a young age. I'm really excited to have been a part of it all. 

 They are so cuddly! I love it though :) 

They are so cuddly! I love it though :) 

While the kids are at camp, some of the parents stay for breakfast and coffee with the Grecos. This gives the pastors a chance to minister to the parents as well. The breakfast and coffee is set up outside on the church terrace, which also attracted a few walkers from the street or park and gave the pastors a chance to make new connections. So cool! 

 If you followed along, you might have noticed the Superhero theme. 

If you followed along, you might have noticed the Superhero theme. 

Camp is hard work, but hard work comes with great reward! The Grecos had us over for a dinner on their terrace... yummmers and the view!...

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 Tabetha - the Grecco's cat

Tabetha - the Grecco's cat

The town of Alhaurin De La Torre is also a treat to stay in, its small but so cute!

 The view from my hotel room 

The view from my hotel room 

 Evening at the beach with the team

Evening at the beach with the team

The first weekend we were there the church hosted a lunch and the ladies cooked this giant skillet of seafood paella! Seriously the biggest skillet I've ever seen!

Of course one of my favorite things about traveling in Europe is the endless indulging of pastries, coffee, and gelato :) 

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We started most of our morning at a bakery behind the church. The coffee, pastries, and breakfast at La Canasta never disappointed! So scrumptious! 

 A little crispy on top, but still oh so delicious!

A little crispy on top, but still oh so delicious!

All in all the Spain summer camp experience was life changing. I made memories and experienced things I will never forget. I can't wait to go back! Once again thank you to all who supported this mission!

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