Host a Counselor from Spain and Make Your Summer a True Cultural Exchange

Host a Counselor from Spain and Make Your Summer a True Cultural Exchange

Kallpachay is expanding our services this summer to include cultural exchange experiences for our families. New this year we are offering the opportunity for families to immerse in more summer Spanish by hosting educators from Spain. Kallpachay has partnered with Spanish Education Programs (SEP) to provide families with a taste of Madrid!

Cultural literacy is tied hand-in-hand with homestay experiences. Our Director of Spanish Education, Cristina Rubio-Hignett, knows first hand the benefits of living with a family from a different country and is leading the Kallpachay homestay program. She shares, “Even the best immersion program that teaches Spanish in the most communicative way is still bound by the limitations of a classroom. Through hosting a Spanish counselor, both parents and children will benefit from another level of immersion and greatly expand on their Spanish cultural and linguistic experience.” Hosting provides authentic cultural exchange in the comfortability of your home while sharing meals, authentic dialogue, different lifestyles and interactions in Spanish.

Homestay experiences are provided by a multitude of companies. Lindsay who traveled to Argentina with The Experiment in International Living states, “At the beginning of my homestay, I referred to my host family as my ‘host family’, and my real family as my ‘real family’. By the end of the trip there was no ‘host’ and there was no ‘real’. Family is family, familia es familia.” Kallpachay’s goal is to ensure cultural inclusion both for the host family and the counselor.

Mrs. Rubio-Hignett will be interviewing families who wish to participate in the program. All of our summer counselors including those coming from abroad are qualified educators and meet all clearances and our high standard of professionalism.

The homestay program will run between 4-7 weeks and requires an application fee and registration fee for those that qualify. If you or anyone in your network is interested in hosting please email programcoordinator@kallpachay.com or call 818-392-4826 to learn more. You can also apply HERE.

Elevate Memory through Emotion

Elevate Memory through Emotion

Studies in neurological brain functioning reveal more and more data about learning. When educators, especially those teaching languages, can sculpt their curriculum to optimize learning everyone benefits. El País which is an online Spanish publication interviewed Francisco Mora author of the the Book Neuroeducación version (Feb 2017), You can read the article written by Ana Torres Menárguez HERE.

The interview lead by Ana reveals the practical implications science can have to impact learning if used properly to energize classroom environments. Most educators know from experience what studies are now able to provide evidence for. When teachers see their students light up with excitement and curiosity about what they are learning, they note the learning takes hold faster and goes deeper. Students tend to remember and make connections more easily when more of their senses are engaged, as the study notes, evidence suggests this is due to an elevation in memory and other brain functions. If you are an educator and are interested in sparking your student’s memory functions with lessons that generate enthusiasm please contact Kallpachay for more resources.

*Francisco Mora, author of the book Neuroeducación. You Can Only Learn What You Love (Alianza), which already has eleven editions since 2013, is also a doctor in Neuroscience by the University of Oxford and became interested in the subject in 2010, when he attended the first World Congress of Neuroeducation celebrated in Peru. Menárguez’s interview reveals Mora’s advice on how to approach teaching.

Summer Season 2018

Summer Season 2018

Every summer we expand our program to meet the needs of our campers. New this year are the three types of programs to match the stages and ages of our campers.  Four-year-olds benefit from the pacing from the schedule of the day to the two weeks to fully sink into the theme.  If campers sign up for one week of a particular theme they do benefit as well although we recommend signing up for Week 1 of the theme in those instances if you have the choice.  The Intro to Spanish program is new as well and this meets the needs of campers who are brand new to Spanish and wish to get started in a relaxed environment with others at their level.  More advanced campers that are used to the immersion approach start this year with the Cinematic Arts program. This is all new curriculum for the summer of 2018 and children will have a great time with the types of activities without the pressure of having to perform in a big production.  Our campers are special and all the programs make for great memories!

Camp Fair 12-3pm 3/11 at UCLA

Camp Fair 12-3pm 3/11 at UCLA

Come join in on the fun and learn about the many camps Los Angeles has to offer in one place.  Stop by the Kallpachay table for your child to have their face painted while you learn more about our Spanish Immersion Adventure Camp.  When you tag us in your instagram you will receive $15 off your camp registration. More info is available today at our table and we are looking forward to meeting new and returning campers today!  *This event is free – closest parking is Lot 7 and their regular fees apply.

Quechua the Language of the Incas

Quechua the Language of the Incas

Kallpachay: Connecting Past and Present

Kallpachay is a word that comes from the ancient Incan language, Quechua. Its meaning is TO INSPIRE and is the standard we hold ourselves to. Although Quechuan is still spoken today in the Andes in South America, It is best known as being the language of the Ancient Inca Empire, which was the largest empire in Pre-columbian America. The Incan Empire stretched from Peru to parts of present day Ecuador, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, and Colombia

The Inca are best known for being great builders and architects. They had precise agricultural and roadway systems, as well as centralized religion and language. Many of the structures, roads and temples built by the Incas in the 15th Century still stand today. The most famous is the lost city of Machu Picchu in Peru, which was built by Inca architects and is one of the New Seven Wonders of The World.

Those who have visited Machu Picchu know just how inspirational it can be. Located 8,920 feet above sea level, on the peak of a mountain, it’s still a mystery how these rocks were carried up and placed so perfectly. Although the arrival of the Spanish ended the Inca Empire in 1572 it wasn’t until 1911 that the “lost city” was found by outsiders.

In a similar fashion, we hope that our Kallpachay Adventure Summer Camp can inspire children to discover another world that they may not have considered beforehand. Through adventure – whether its’s arts and crafts, sports, music, cooking, and culture, we introduce the Spanish language to children in a way they truly enjoy!

If interested in reading more details about the influences and history of Quetcha people and their language from long ago to the present here is a blog which covers a range of interesting facts. http://www.zompist.com/quechua.html