This week we went on a field trip, along with some of the students from New York who are also attending our school, to the Islamic Cultural Center of Valencia. According to our guide, this is an award-winning model of service centers in Spain. In addition to providing a mosque for prayer, the Center provides language classes, assistance to families, a library, and a “home” for Muslims in the area. We were able to see the mosque and various rooms used for teaching and counseling. With only two paid staff and dozens of volunteers, this agency provides services for anyone in the community in need…good for our students to see.
Later in the week, Miguel was able to arrange to rent a soccer field for our first co-ed soccer match. We have a couple of serious soccer players in the group and most of the rest of the group joined in (I watched, ahem). It was a ton of fun. On the way to the match, Cassandra, one of the students, and I stopped for an horchata, the famous drink from Valencia made from tiger nuts (no clue). This weekend, many of the students are going out of town, so I am taking the opportunity to visit Sevilla, Granada, and Cordoba. More on that when I get back!