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The great thing about being so close to Buenos Aires is that you will enjoy horse riding lessons and be able to visit this vibrant city and explore some of its more traditional charms such as tango, the historic center, and Caminito street to name a few. To have fun while learning, to learn by doing, to bring out the team player in everyone, and to create great memories will be the perfect activities while you are here. The added bonus is that all of this will take place under the umbrella of an education institution, St. Catherine’s Moorlands School, that will guide and accompany you in learning Spanish and the exploration and discovery of the Argentine culture. Excite yourself in this horse riding holiday with Polo & Spanish!
La Aguada Polo Club is the ideal destination for those who love nature, the polo, and want to live a different experience. The students will live in two houses, one for females and the other for males. Each house has a capacity of six to eight people. The place has a swimming pool and areas of recreation. The resort also has a tennis court, ample space for riding, access to the stables, and a fitness / workout room. The students will have free laundry service and high-speed internet (Wi-Fi). These amenities and services come together with the comfort and cordiality of a personalized host.
This is a two-week student camp for 14 to 19-year-olds. During this time, students will learn or improve their polo game and Spanish language while getting to know Buenos Aires and make friendships with Argentine students. Polo & Spanish will work very closely with St. Catherine's Moorlands School in Buenos Aires and La Aguada Polo Club to provide the best level of coaching for both sport and language. You will have seven full days of horse riding lessons that will include saddling, feeding and grooming of ponies, training of the polo pony, breeding of polo ponies, and riding classes. An experience of riding on horseback is a prerequisite for the camp but knowing Spanish is not.
A typical day will start at La Aguada with breakfast and then a van will take the students to St. Catherine's Moorlands School where they will have a 45-minute session of oral Spanish and then a two-hour workshop where they will mix with Argentine students and develop a design either in wood or metal to take home. They will have lunch at the school and then go back to La Aguada for an afternoon of polo practice and polo related activities. At around 17:00, they will have a snack and rest for a while to have dinner at 20:00 round the fireplace. The evenings will be filled with games and reflections of what was learned during the day.
Buenos Aires is an exciting city, not only for its architecture and history but for its cultural offers. Polo & Spanish will show students some of the most iconic areas of Buenos Aires and tell them more about its history.
The students will visit San Antonio de Areco, a small town an hour away from La Aguada, to see master silversmiths work on items that relate to the Gaucho traditions. That will inspire the work they will do at the school's workshop.
As a part of the oral lessons, the students will be given real-life experiences where they will put to the test what they have learned in the class. The Spanish lessons will not be traditional grammar lessons but they will be theme-based with a practical approach looking to improve oral language skills and will take place in a design and technology studio. In this way, the students will incorporate the language and vocabulary while learning a new skill.
As part of exploring Buenos Aires, the students will attend a tango exhibition with some basic steps to follow and will go to the Opera House.
At the end of the second week, Polo & Spanish will host a local polo tournament open to Argentine polo players of 14 and 15 years old to put into practice all the hard work during the camp. This will be a great opportunity for the students to get to know more Argentine players.
This includes the care of the horses, understanding how they need to feed and be trained in order to perform at the highest levels. Listening and tolerance are also key values to practice and develop when working with animals.
In a world that seems mostly inward-looking the values of empathy, sharing and friendship are paramount for any sport or community to flourish. These are skills that Polo & Spanish wants to encourage by asking students to say hello and thank you to their peers, to become interested in the personal growth and discovery of others, and to feel part of the accomplishments of the group as a whole.
Understanding the theory and practice of the game and any activity that you will set out to do. Practicing, practicing, and practicing again is to acquire the skills to perform at each individual’s highest level. This includes working on individuals’ mental and physical development. In order to be able to practice this competence, there are personal characteristics that stand out in high goal polo players that Polo & Spanish wants to encourage:
This translates into responsibility, respect of others and of things, and selflessness.
This can be seen in the persistence, endurance, and humility while doing uncomfortable or difficult tasks as wll as the attitude, grit, and work ethic employed in doing them.
La Aguada is located in Open Door, an area that is referred to as the Capital of Polo of the world where there are more than 250 polo fields. The resort is 50 minutes away from the city and has 990 acres of farmland crossed by streams and groves where more than 500 horses live at. This beautiful place is dedicated to breeding the best polo ponies and practicing high goal polo. For generations, the Novillo Astrada family has provided polo with first level players and ponies and have always been renowned for their warm and careful assistance to their visitors. Students will not only be learning with the best but they will also be staying at their country house.
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