Next week, middle school students will have the opportunity to explore one of ancient Europe’s most enticing regions when they embark upon a nine-day journey to Andalusia, Spain. Because of its size, its location enabling a trade route between Europe and Africa, and its rich supply of mineral reserves, Andalusia has been an important part of European history.
The culture of the area has been influenced by peoples as diverse as Moors, Gypsies, Sefardi, and Christians, and the fusion of these cultures is evident in the food, architecture, and art of the regions. The seventh and eighth graders studies of the growth of world empires will be enhanced by this Field Academy course, which will allow them to comprehend the ongoing cultural impact of imperial expansion.
The small fishing community La Herradura will serve as the group’s base as they visit locations like Granada, Almuñécar, Frigiliana, and Pampaneira. They will also explore the natural resources of the area and collaborate with local archaeologists to conduct environmental research, exploring the area’s ecosystem on foot and by boat. In addition, the group will perform community service by assisting local farmers.
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