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Our Morocco and Spain Adventure

We started off our adventure at the famous Rick’s Café with 23 wonderful CASA family members in Casablanca, Morocco. Even as amazing as our imaginations thought this trip would be, at that moment sipping on Casablanca beer and savoring our first bites of Moroccan cuisine, we could never have imagined the once in a lifetime adventure ahead of us.

The first day we spent exploring one of the largest mosques in the world, the Hassan II Mosque located in Casablanca, then continued on to Morocco’s capital, Rabat, and finally ended our day in the ancient North African city of Fes. Here we were given a special tour from a local historian, who guided us through the oldest Medina (ancient city center) in Morocco. We checked out local spice, rug and textile shops, the oldest university in the world, learned about Arabic architecture, reveled in all of the beautiful smells and sites, and even learned a little bit of Arabic as locals yelled, “Balak, balak,” so we would let their donkeys pass. FULL ARTICLE

 

R Street Block Party


The new kids on the block made quite a splash with the first annual R Street Block Party last October and we are gearing up once more for another great day on Saturday, May 21st. Taking over R Street from 10th-12th Streets, this block party is sure to have everything you need to get inspired and excited about our burgeoning arts district! The day will be filled with live art, food, an interactive kids’ zone, live music, cold beverages including local breweries, and the Makers Mart showcasing 40 of the best handmade vendors in Northern California. CASA is so excited to be teaming up once again with all the neighboring businesses to put on a great event for our community while raising money for local non-profit, Sol Collective. The R Street Block Party is on Saturday, May 21st, from 3:00 - 8:00 pm and we hope to see you all here!

If you are looking to lend a hand, we could certainly use some extra volunteers for the day of the event. Click here to volunteer!

 


Film Series Fundraiser for Help Chiapas

As we prepare for our service trip to Chiapas, México at the end of the summer, we will be kicking our fundraising efforts into high gear. Working alongside local film aficionado, Fred Dobb, CASA is proud to present a summer film series to raise funds for our non-profit, Help Chiapas, and to provide the Sacramento community with the opportunity to celebrate Mexico’s Golden Film Age. This film series will take place on Friday, May 13th, and June 10th, from 6:30 to 10:00 pm, with a possible third and fourth event on July 8th and August 12th. All money raised will go towards scholarships and educational materials for our sister community, Ignacio Allende.

The May 13th event will begin with live music performed by Dinorah, giving all the opportunity to mingle and purchase food and drinks before Fred gives a brief introduction of the evening’s film, Río Escondido starring María Félix. Entrance into the event if free and food and beverages will be available for purchase, with proceeds going to Help Chiapas. To read more about Help Chiapas, please click here to visit the non-profit’s website and if you are interested in joining us on the trip, you can click here to review the itinerary!

We ask that you please bring a fold out chair to set up in the parking lot for the movie, and we hope you all join us for some fun Fridays as we raise money for our familia in Chiapas!

 

CASA Named Small Business of the Year!


This February CASA was honored to be named Sacramento’s Best Small Business of the Year by the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and we are grateful to all of you who voted for us! The staff had a wonderful time at the awards gala and we were all thrilled to hear CASA’s name called at the ceremony. We couldn’t have achieved this without the incredible support we have received from all of our students over the years, especially during the move to our new R Street location. All of us here at CASA are excited to watch as CASA continues to grow and to see all of our students faces in class, at events, on trips and in the lobby practicing their Spanish with our ESL students making CASA a true destination for language learning and cultural exchange. Thank you all!

 

Travel to Guatemala

CASA kicked off its travel program in March of 2014 with a quick 7 day visit to the Central American jewel of Guatemala and is looking forward to returning for a third time this July. Led by Associate Director of Admissions, Chelsea, who lived in Guatemala for three years, CASA’s trip to Guatemala is packed with a variety of different activities to showcase the country’s culture, nature and wildlife, and adventure loving spirit. Highlights of the trip include lazy strolls down the charming colonial streets of La Antigua Guatemala, volcano hiking, a visit to the massive pyramids of the former Mayan capital, Tikal, boating down Río Dulce and out to the Caribbean, a homemade breakfast and visit to Chelsea’s abuelita’s farm and two days exploring the culturally rich Lake Atilán region. CASA’s Guatemala trip gives students the perfect blend of adventure, cultural immersion and the opportunity to enjoy the laid back pace and natural wonders of Central America. For most students, the greatest part of the trip is getting to know the local friends and family of Chelsea and the other guides, as well as forming friendships with fellow students as we navigate from the enchanting central highlands to the thick of the eastern jungle and in between.

For more information about this trip, click here to review the tentative itinerary and/or attend one of the Informational Sessions on May 6th or May 14th. Click here to RSVP. Chelsea is also always available and happy to speak about the Guatemala trip via email, over the phone or in person here at CASA!

 

Travel to Chiapas

It was just last summer that we were fundraising to build community bathrooms in the ejido of Ignacio Allende in Chiapas, México and we are ready to start preparing for another service trip in México’s most southern state. María Harrington has been working in the same indigenous Mayan community in Chiapas since 2007, which led her and Johnny to found the non-profit Help Chiapas in hopes of working alongside the community members to identify the most effective ways to help the community forge sustainable paths to success. It’s these long lasting and deeply rooted relationships that have been established between the members of Help Chiapas and the community that make CASA’s services trips so unique and rewarding.

We are very excited for our late August/early September trip to Chiapas and look forward to having new participants join on this once in a lifetime trip! The trip provides students with the opportunity to live and volunteer in a small indigenous community and be immersed in the Spanish language. In the morning, participants will have the opportunity to take Spanish classes and learn to make tamales, harvest and roast coffee, century old embroidery and more. When we aren’t in the ejido, we will be exploring the Mayan ruins of Palenque, the turquoise waters of Agua Azul, the majestic Cañón de Sumidero, the picturesque pueblo mágico of San Cristóbal de las Casas and much more!

For more information on this trip click here to review the tentative itinerary and/or attend the Informational Session on June 4th. Click here to RSVP. Maria and Chelsea are also always available and happy to speak about the Chiapas trip via email, over the phone or in person here at CASA!

 

Getting to Know Our Students: Spanish Student Fred Love’s Time in Argentina

We always love hearing about all of our wonderful students adventures abroad, especially when their trip includes some Spanish language immersion! Intermediate level student, Fred Love, recently returned from an exciting month long stay in Argentina. We got a chance to catch up with him on the trip and here is what he had to say:

“In February, I was eligible for a sabbatical, which offers an additional 4-weeks of vacations. I had initially considered various plans for this time, but thanks to the amazing experiences and interactions I have had at Casa I decided to attempt an immersive language learning experience. Beginning in mid-march I spent 4-weeks in an intensive Spanish language program at Vamos Spanish Academy in Buenos Aires. The program consisted of 4-5 hours of study per day, 5 days a week. After my first day, I wasn’t confident I could retain so much new information, but I decided that each day I would cross my fingers and hope for the best. Luckily I had great classmates and instructors, which made the environment very enjoyable.

Although improving my ability to speak Spanish was my primary goal, both the city and academy offered much more. In addition to porteños, I had the privilege to make new friends from places such as Denmark, Switzerland, Guatemala, and even San Francisco. We visited the former church of the Pope, attended a festival to celebrate their Italian heritage and cuisine, shared Mate, enjoyed a Salsa concert in the San Telmo Market, and even attended a Tango Lesson in Palermo. Although I am definitely happy to be home at CASA again, this was an experience I truly enjoyed and will never forget.”

Thanks again Fred for sharing your experiences with us!

 

Dance and Music Classes at CASA

As we continue growing at our new R Street location, we couldn’t be more thrilled to offer a variety of on campus dance and music classes, such as salsa, adult intro to guitar, and folkloric songs for children during the week. Come learn some basic steps to get you feeling comfortable on the dance floor while you connect with your inner Latino/a with Nicole Lazo or pick up a new skill set as you learn guitar with Dinorah Klingler. Not sure if salsa or music is for you? Current CASA students are welcome to drop in and observe a class once for free before signing up for the session. Click here to view the schedules and prices and learn more about our fabulous instructors.

 

Kids’ Summer Camps

Looking for a fun and educational activity for your little one’s this summer? Our Kids’ Spanish Summer Camps begins on Monday, June 27th. This summer CASA will be offering three different themed two-week long summer camps. Campers can attend a morning session from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, an afternoon session from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm or come for the whole day with option daycare available before and after camps. Depending on which camp they participate in students will be learning about famous artists, historic movements and cultural costumes from Spain and Latin America with major focuses on art, music, dance. We are looking forward to our upcoming camps as we continue to explore the art, music, culture, language, and natural wonders of Spain and Latin America.

Interested in Summer Camp for your kids? Give us a call at 916-346-4535 to discuss availability and visit our website to view the schedule options.

 

Dominique les manda saludos desde México

Many of you have been asking about Dominique and this next chapter of her life in México City. While we are certainly missing her a lot here at CASA, we are happy to report that she’s loving México so far. Her days are filled with navigating the new challenges of living in such a huge urban center, like riding public transportation, dealing with crazy traffic and the sheer size of the city. When she’s not deciphering bus schedules, Dominique is taking advanced Spanish language courses, pounding the pavement in search of a part time ESL teaching job and sipping coffee at darling cafes, as she makes your CASA Virtual and Quizlet accounts! Just recently she and hubby, Ray, escaped the the city and headed to the beach in Acapulco. We’ve enjoyed all of her photos of sandy beaches and delicious oysters sprawled across Dominique’s facebook. Luckily, México City is a short flight away and upon signing the lease on a charming apartment in México City’s beautiful La Condesa neighborhood. Dominique is sure to have people lining up to visit!

 

CASA Welcomes new teachers, Orlando Jimenez and Ian Rothrock

Some of you may have realized we have a few new faces around CASA these days. We are excited to welcome aboard a new adult Spanish professor, Orlando Jimenez, and new ESL instructor Ian Rothrock. Orlando Jimenez, originally from Venezuela, has been teaching Spanish in the Sacramento region for quite some time. Ian Rothrock, who has recently taken over the High Intermediate and Advanced Conversation ESL classes received a double major in Spanish and International Studies from Saint Louis University and has spent three years living abroad in Madrid and one year in Buenos Aires. When he’s not teaching ESL Ian works as a substitute teacher for the Sacramento CIty Unified School District and enjoys hiking, bouldering and participating in CASA’s book club in his spare time.

Make sure to say hello Orlando and Ian when you see them around!

 

 

Thank you for your continued support!
-The CASA team
¡Somos familia en CASA de ESPAÑOL!