Monica Cazalla, SEK-El Castillo and SEK-Les Alpes alumnus was given the opportunity this summer to collaborate with the summer camps at SEK-Les Alpes. We caught up with her following the conclusion of Summer SEK and we asked her about her time at school and what it was like to go back as a teacher.
What years did you study at SEK- Les Alpes?
I took years three and four secondary school at SEK-Les Alpes from 2003 to 2005.
What was your time at school like?
It was an incredible experience, I met many people from both Spain and Mexico, since they were doing an exchange at that time.
What is your fondest memory?
When the Mexican kids were there and we shared many things together. Also, the relationship we had with the teachers, we did a lot of sports, cultural activities, etc.
The relationship we had with everyone was great and wonderful and so was being able to share this great experience with people from abroad. I still have a relationship with them now.
What was taking part in Summer SEK like?
I really wanted to go back to school and SEK-Les Alpes but I couldn’t be a student anymore, so I decided to try and do so as a teacher and that door opened for me and it was great. Thanks to Guadalupe, the Principal of SEK-Les Alpes, and the rest of the school team I was given the opportunity of returning to Summer SEK.
What has your role been there?
I taught French in the morning and the rest of the day I accompanied children in cultural and sports activities. At night I was in the residence with them.
How do students benefit from Summer SEK?
Summer SEK provides a wide range of opportunities for students to travel, learn another language, meet new people and new places as many of them are leaving their home for the first time.
What is the best aspect of Summer SEK for you and for the students?
The best thing is that it is a new experience, living with new people and interacting with teachers who help students grow and mature as people.