School trip to Barcelona: sustainable and renewable devolopment

Are you planning a school trip based on renewable energy and sustainable development?

Fill in the following form with your information and your student travel plan to Barcelona, and we will send you a proposal adapted to your group of students:

 

 

A sustainable, green and inclusive Barcelona:

These are times for reflection. Many people around the world have lived in lockdown in recent months due to the health crisis caused by the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The system of “business as usual” (for society and the economy) was stopped abruptly, and the planet had a chance to breathe. We have all reflected on the paradox of having to be locked up at home when the air in our cities was cleaner than ever. We have seen the re-greening of asphalt spaces, we have had the desire to cycle the streets again, to walk through the parks, to run on the sidewalks, to escape our four walls. Are we going to let everything go back to the way it was before? A return to the heavy traffic, the exhaust fumes, the pollution. Will they continue to spoil our habitat?

There are many changes that we need to make in order to live in healthier and more sustainable spaces. That is why we would like to propose this programme on sustainable development and renewable energies for groups of students who wish to discover Barcelona from this perspective, without losing sight of the cultural icons that adorn it. The student will have the opportunity to discover projects aimed at transforming the city into a sustainable, green and inclusive one. This is an educational travel proposal faithful to our tradition, experience, and specialisation: the teaching of Spanish as a language of international communication, and the dissemination of our culture and heritage, coupled with the values ​​that we think should go hand in hand with present and future generations. A school trip with experiences committed to the United Nations’ 2030 agenda.

Example of programme

D.1. Arrival and settling-in. Welcome!

D.2. Guided walking tour of a central neighborhood of Barcelona and visit to an air quality monitoring station and a public library. Students will learn about: air quality, the change in energy models, and how solar panels work. Lunch. Guided visit to a park designed to be sustainable: biodiversity and energy management. Students get to design their ideal park and analyse how this could be done sustainably. To end the day, a free wander through the Gothic Quarter, Las Ramblas, and the Port Vell. Dinner.

D.3. Guided tour of Park Güell from a sustainable perspective: making an object with recycled material, the rainwater recovery system, the biodiversity of Catalonia represented within the park, and all dreamed up by the brilliant architect Gaudí more than 100 years ago. Lunch. In the afternoon, a tool design workshop using recycled objects. Free time. Dinner.

D.4. Visit to an ecological and sustainable urban garden. Lunch. Bicycle tour on the theme of the social and solidarity-based economy. This is a tour of the city seafront where stops are made to reflect on the benefits of cycling, traffic regulations, respect for pedestrians, and sustainable projects in Barcelona (parks, NGOs, etc.) situated along the route. Dinner.

D.5. Farewell and departure. See you next time!

Other suggested activities:

  • Visit to a recycling and eco-energy production centre.
  • Visit to a company that works with recycled material.
  • Workshop on the clean up of the sea.
  • Guided tour by hybrid or electric bus from the city hills down to the sea.
  • Guided tour of a neighborhood that is transforming to become sustainable with 6 stops showing examples of this.
  • Local cookery workshop with organic, seasonal products sourced from kilometer zero.
  • In the case of a school trip for vocational high school students of renewable energy and sustainability, we can organize an exchange with local students.

Other activities outside the city

  • Visit to a farm that operates using renewable energy.
  • Visit to a wind farm.
  • Visit to a water purification plant.
  • Visit to a marine fauna recovery center.

General points:

  • This is a program that can be done perfectly well on public transport. If preferred, for the more cumbersome trips, a coach can be rented (transfers with suitcases, visit to the Park Güell, etc.)
  • The ideal group size for this programme is maximum 30 students with a maximum of 3 accompanying teachers. In the case of more, it can be done by splitting the group in two (with morning and afternoon activities inverted).
  • Our trips for groups of students to Barcelona can always be combined with tailor-made Spanish classes.
  • Accommodation can be in a hotel, hostel or with host families. As a suggestion, we work together with a hostel that is surrounded by nature and is extremely sustainable, and which we highly recommend to our groups.

Fill in the following form with your details and your student travel plan to Spain focusing on sustainable development and renewable energy, and we will send you an example of a program and budget adapted to your group of students: