British volunteers help make summer fun in Albox

EDUCATIONAL: Children from one of Albox’s most disadvantaged areas took part in a variety of English-language-related activities. CREDIT: Ayuntamiento de Albox

VOLUNTEERS from the Albox English library did their bit to make sure children living in one of the less affluent parts of Albox made the most of the summer holidays.

A group of 10 kids from the San Antonio neighbourhood where the library is located took part in a whole range of English language-related, fun activities organised by the volunteers in collaboration with local councillor for the Elderly and Childhood, Francine Carter.

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As well as storytelling, films, book readings, craft workshops and painting at the association’s English-language library, the group also organised trips to the municipal swimming pool and to the cinema.

“This experience has served as a way for the library team to thank the local council and the residents of the neighbourhood for giving us the opportunity to integrate into the local community, practicing our Spanish, whilst helping them with their English”, Francine commented.

The councillor also promised more activities for children next summer, as well as English language-related assistance from the start of the new school year.

Albox’s English-language library is run by the Almanzora Group of Friends, an association of some 260 predominantly British residents. The library has approximately 5,000 English books, plus CDs, DVDs, puzzles and English-language games, as well as access to computers with WiFi and a help desk for advice on all things Spanish.

It is open from 10am to 1pm Monday to Friday and the first Saturday of the month. The library also stages fun days and other social activities throughout the year, as well as organising days out and overnight trips to other areas of Spain.


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