¡Bienvenidos a España!

Students in Spain

Spring break was filled with new learning experiences and adventure for seven high school students, Instructional Coach Dr. Andrusik, and Principal Reaves who traveled to Córdoba, Spain to experience the culture and practice their español. Hosted by our High School Visual Arts Teacher, Mr. Cuevas, students and staff immersed themselves into the beautiful and historical city!

Students in Spain

“The main goal was to expose our students, through a travel abroad program, to the culture, art, and history of the south of Spain. I felt very excited to share my culture and hometown.” shared Mr. Cuevas. “All of our students were exemplar in their behavior and great troopers while enduring long days of walking, visits to museums, archeological sites, workshops and performances.”

Students in Spain

I knew it was going to be a brand new experience,” said 12th grader Indiya W. “Córdoba was fun and I learned that every home has to have a patio and can only be painted in neutral colors.”

Mr. Cuevas saw how the experience broadened our students’ perspectives. 

“Based on the questions they were asking they were not only puzzled, but also very intrigued by wanting to know more about the logic, reasoning, and culture of the place.”

Students in Spain
Students in Spain

He was especially proud to see students push themselves out of their comfort zones.

Students in Spain

“I enjoyed seeing the students challenging themselves to try all the different foods specially the snails, a very typical food during the spring time in Córdoba, and to speak the language.”

Indiya was one student who tried a snail! “It had an interesting taste. I also really enjoyed the fried octopus; it was my first time trying it and it was good!”

Students in Spain

Dr. Andrusik credits Mr. Cuevas for “my new love of CHURROS. They eat churros for breakfast! I have no photos because I ate them ALL.”


Mostly, staff and students thank Mr. Cuevas for being “the most kind host, tour guide, chef, and artist we could have asked for,” as Dr. Andrusik put it.

Students in Spain

“I hope the students were able to have a meaningful experience, to be exposed to how people live in other places, and maybe expanded their horizons a little bit more,” Mr. Cuevas reflected. “Maybe the trip even planted the seeds of studying abroad in the future, and to be able to think beyond the limitations of specific geographic location.”