In 2020, the Croatian Language School’s Language and Culture trip is exploring the wider Kvarner region and celebrating Rijeka 2020, by joining in Rijeka’s celebrations as the European City of Culture for 2020. The advance guard has already tried, tested and decided on a number of venues and visits, and the base will be the charming Kvarner town of Lovran with its impressive villas, built in the early 1900s, one of which has been selected as the school’s home for the trip.
To read more about the early preparations and chosen locations, read Julia Molden’s blog by clicking here
2019’s Language and Culture trip to Slavonia and Baranja was another great success and you can read the detailed report here. Below are links to the daily “live” reports on our Facebook page.
Plans are already well underway for the 2020 trip to Rijeka and the surrounding area.
Day 1 Report: Welcome Party
Day 1 Photo Album
Day 2 Report: Along the Danube valley to Ilok and back to Osijek via Vukovar stopping off here and there to check out the local culture and wineries.
Day 2 Photo Album
Day 3 Report: Đakovo – the Lipizzaner stud farm and the spiritual capital of eastern Croatia by virtue of its Cathedral and Bishop.
Day 3 Photo Album
Day 4 Report & Photos – Osijek uncovered!
Day 5 Report & Photos – Kopački rit, Karanac and more.
Day 6 Report & Photos – The early nineteenth century Pejačević castle, Našice.
Below is a brief history of the evolution of these annual events which many students attend year on year to consolidate their language learning, find out more about Croatian culture, and have fun and swap stories with their fellow students.
In line with our students’ suggestions and aspirations and with the aim of maximising their opportunities to improve and make use of their developing knowledge of Croatian, the Croatian Language School has introduced into its portfolio the ‘Croatian Language and Culture’ programme.
A five-day pilot project was organised which took place at the end of May 2012 with the goal of enabling our students to get to know the cities of Split, Mostar and Sarajevo and to become familiar with their history and culture.The project was a great success and an encouragement to continue with such projects.
In June of the following year, the school organised a week-long study trip exploring the islands of Middle Dalmatia and their culture while sailing along the route from Split to Dubrovnik. In June 2014, CLS played host to its students in Orebić, on the Pelješac peninsula, and in June 2015, CLS and its students headed towards Cavtat and, through our ‘Cavtat – Southern light’ study programme, we introduced Southern Dalmatia to our students.
In June 2016 we had our ‘Zadar’s gems – Crystal falls and pearls of Northern Dalmatia‘ study programme which centred around the school’s home for the week in Kožino, a few miles from Zadar, and in 2017 we were based in Fažana, Istria from where we explored the towns of the peninsula, as well as the Brijuni Islands off the coast, in our ‘Bewitching Brijuni and Terra Magica’ programme. In 2018 we once again returned to Southern Dalmatia and were based on the island of Šipan. We explored the Elaphite Islands in our programme ‘The Secrets of the Elaphite Islands – Another World on our Doorstep’.
During the week-long CLS ‘Language and Culture’ programme students had twelve hours of lessons in language tuition, organised in four three-hour long sessions on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
The classes were conducted at two different levels:
and took place at the school’s home, where certain social events were also held. We also introduced a number of early morning yoga sessions, in which all students could participate if they wished.
Sunday and Wednesday were set aside for whole day excursions: On Sunday there was a full-day boat trip, concentrating on the neighbouring island of Koločep, and on Wednesday, visits to some lesser known sights and places in and around Dubrovnik. On Monday a half-day excursion to the other main island of the Elaphite archipelago, Lopud, dovetailed with lessons. On Tuesday after lessons students were free to explore our base island of Šipan either independently or by joining a group walk to Šipanska Luka arriving in time for dinner. On Thursday after lessons we took a trip to Mali Ston and the neighbouring part of the Pelješac peninsula. Friday evening was an opportunity to relax at the farewell party.
During the special programme of excursions, students had the chance to practice their Croatian amongst themselves, with native speakers, excursion organisers and tour guides. In their free time, students were able to try out their language skills in and around town, in shops, restaurants etc.
We think that the ‘Croatian Language and Culture’ study programme represents a valuable contribution to the CLS ongoing mission, both here in London and globally, to provide a high standard of Croatian language study and the opportunity to gain knowledge about Croatia and its culture.