spanish trip

Words from Madrid…

7 July 2016

It really was a special time in Madrid and so Tom (in English) and Mike (in Spanish) wrote some special words that were read to the children on the final evening…

Let’s start at the end,
Strings in lighter sound
Merge with melodic laughter
Rich tones roll on twilight tarmac games.

At L&E we dance together
This night is ours
We dressed up, we dressed down
The sun beating its rays as we play

Barriers broken, alliances made
Our lives at home begin to fade
Time won’t bend at our bidding
For weeks we could’ve stayed.

Making masks and shedding masks
Trying new things
Seizing new experiences like basketballs
Swapping songs loudly off the walls.

Chorizo for breakfast; hats in the pool
Cats lounging about like señoritas in the midday sun
Greeted by birdsong and smiles at every corner
We sweat, we sing, we laugh in unison

Not draped in rules – roll on freedom
Kindness kinda cuts it
Orange shirts come to mean something more

And each others faces
Gather layers of story
Find form in friendship

With heavy hearts
We say farewell, adios and chau
Our minds enriched
Our worlds bigger

We move away
But somehow we move closer
The question is …. What do we do NOW ?!


Comencemos por el final
Pincelados de sonido ligero
Se mezclan con melódicas risas
Ricos tonos desembocan en dibujos sobre el asfalto en el crepúsculo

En L&E, bailamos juntos
La noche es nuestra
Nos arreglamos, nos desarreglamos
Los rayos del sol pegan mientras jugamos

Barreras rotas, Alianzas hechas
Nuestras vidas comienzan a desvanecerse
Las noches asaltan nuestros dias
El tiempo no torcerá nuestro propósito

Podríamos habernos quedado durante semanas
Haciendo y deshaciendo máscaras

Probando cosas nuevas
Aprovechando las experiencias como balones de baloncesto
Intercambiando canciones en alto contra las paredes

Chorizo para desayunar,
Sombreros en la piscina
Gatos holgazaneando como “señoritas” bajo el sol de mediodia

Recibidos con el canto de los pájaros
Y sonrisas en cada esquina
Sudamos, cantamos, reímos al unísono

Sin el cinturón de las reglas, vaya la libertad!
Amabilidad, mas o menos lo define
Camisetas naranjas tienen un nuevo significado

La cara de cada uno
Guarda capas de historia
En la amistad encuentra forma

Con corazones tristes
Decimos adios
Nuestras mentes enriquecidas
Nuestro mundo más grande

Nos alejamos
Pero de alguna manera nos acercamos

La pregunta es.. ¿que hacemos ahora?

Madrid 2016 Review

6 July 2016

Our first week in Madrid was a huge success.

Here’s what the lead member of staff from St Brigid’s, Denbighshire had to say about their experience…

“Hola Sam,

I just wanted to say en enormous muchas gracias to you and the team for the wonderful trip to Madrid. I had  a superb time and learnt so much about your camps and how they help young people to develop. As a teacher that was a great thing to be part of and I hope to take lots of ideas back into school.
The pupils have been raving about the trip and they really got so much more out of it than I think they were anticipating. I was very touched by the fact that all of them wanted to stay for longer and are already asking about when they can go again.
It was a pleasure to meet you all and of course all the Spanish kids.
Thanks to you also Sam for your calm professionalism and solution finding skills. This really helped to steady my own nerves. I can see why your camps are so successful.
Looking forward to collaborating with you again in the future.
Hasta pronto,