Deciding to go to another country to take classes can sometimes be a big commitment and even a little stressful. Being a college student is often related to not having a lot of extra money for such a big trip, which is why the Cultures of Barcelona class is planning on helping their students raise money for their trip this summer.
What better way to raise money than to throw a fund-raiser? It can be an exciting, fun way for people to help one another. The Barcelona trip has been contemplating many different ways to raise money for this trip.
On Feb. 26 there will be a carnival party, created and hosted by junior Adam Rusk. The theme is a costume masquerade, but dressing up is not a requirement; it’s just a way to put a little more fun and zest into the night. The person with the most creative or exuberant costume will be rewarded their entrance fee back.
“There will be music from all eras and food from Spanish-speaking countries,” Rusk said.
The entrance fee will be $6 for one person or $10 for two people. The event will start at 7 p.m., and it is located at 304 W 7th Street at the SAE fraternity house.
Spanish teacher Chita Espino-Bravo is heading the trip and will be accompanying the students to Barcelona; she will also be one of the helpers cooking at the festival. She is teaching Cultures of Barcelona, which was a required class for anyone planning on going on the trip.
“We will not be hosting alcohol there because we want everyone to be able to come and enjoy this festival,” Espino-Bravo said. “But it will be very easy to have fun, be sober and enjoy all the yummy food and costumes.”
The students are also planning other events, which need to be further discussed in order to make more thorough and permanent details. There will be another party later in the year, which will be a ‘bad taste’ party.
The point of the bad taste party is one doesn’t have to spend hours getting ready and worrying about matching because it is a bad costume party. It has basically the same concept as the masquerade party, but the person with the ugliest or creatively worst costume will be the winner.
“We are also having these really awesome Flamenco sessions in the basement of Wiest Hall, and anyone and everyone is invited,” Rusk said. “It’s a type of Spanish dance and we are hoping people will enjoy their time and can give us some generous donations there as well.”
Another event they will be hosting is called La Tomatina, which is a very popular celebration in Spain. It involves hundreds of thousands of tomatoes and having a fight with them in the middle of the street.
The students are hoping people will come and help them with donations and enjoy the hard work they have put into creating and putting these fund-raisers together.
The students will be leaving for Barcelona mid June and be back by mid July. They have yet to buy the tickets and put an exact price to how much everything will cost. So far, price range is anywhere from $3,500 to $4,500.
“While I am in Barcelona, I am hoping to take a trip down to France because I can translate for myself and any other classmate who would like to come with me,” Rusk said. “I am very excited to explore this new culture and enjoy my time down there.”
This trip can be a way for people to explore a new culture, improve their Spanish, be adventurous or just experience something new. Some students attending this trip have never been outside the country or even been on an airplane before. These students will be able to experience something that they will be able to remember for a lifetime, and maybe have advice for anyone contemplating the idea of visiting another country.