Brazilan Culture Day @ ACET

Group Capoeira Photo

Last Friday, a Brazilian Culture Day was held at the school. The aim of the day was to explore and celebrate aspects of Brazilian culture right here in the middle of Cork! As part of our Brazil Day everyone in the school was encouraged to wear Brazilian colours, so green and yellow dominated throughout the school for the day!

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 Throughout the day we sampled some Brazilian treats and our students from Brazil were delighted to have a day at the school in celebration of their culture. The highlight of the day was Patrick’s Capoeira demonstration in The Wellington Room after class. Patrick from our teaching staff is a Capoeira enthusiast and participates at national level for Ireland. He gave an enthralled audience an insight into the history and background of Capoeira followed by an impressive demonstration with his sidekick, Gringo. Those in attendance got an impressive display of the martial art and some students even expressed interest in taking up Capoeira as a result!

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Fundraiser held at ACET in aid of The Irish Heart Foundation

Red Hot Day @ ACET

Irish Heart Foundation fundraiser

Last Friday 13th of February ACET students and staff dedicated some time during their lunch break to raise money for a very worthy cause, The Irish Heart Foundation. The fundraiser coincided with the beginning of Valentine’s weekend and was fittingly called Red Hot Day!

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Some familiar ACET faces Michael, Patrick, Oisin and Kevin from the teaching staff underwent a makeover in what we called ACET’s Next Top Model. Once the beautification was complete, all four modelled on our ‘catwalk’ at reception and entertained us all.

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The winners of the raffle were also announced last Friday. Some excellent prizes were kindly donated by our neighbours on MacCurtain Street including vouchers for Gourmet Burger Bistro, The Shelbourne Bar, The Cork Arms, Pronto Cafe, Paddywagon Tourism and Greene’s Restaurant. Tickets were sold throughout the week and the response from students and staff was excellent.

 

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Great fun was had by all and a significant sum was raised for The Irish Heart Foundation. A huge THANK YOU to all who supported and participated in the ACET fundraiser.

 

Winter chill arrives in Cork

As we are experiencing a particularly cold spell of weather around Ireland this week, we asked our students how they are adjusting to the Irish weather.

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Our Swiss students have no fear of the cold weather! Here they are seen enjoying the snow.

 Andrea  Hernandez Arzola – Venezuela

“I think that everyone expects that there will be constant rain in Ireland. However when you actually arrive here, you are pleasantly surprised. You can see the sun, mist, rain and blue sky all in one day in Ireland.  I remember looking out the window at the snowfall and thinking how beautiful it looked, so I took this photo. I saw that the temperature on my phone said 1 degree. I climbed back into bed!”

Andrea Cork City snowfall night

 

 

Lyncoln, Douglas & Gerson – Brazil

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“The air is so fresh, it is amazing.The air is cool unlike the 35 degrees heat at home in Brazil at the moment. We are used to such warm temperatures. This is new for us, but it’s not a problem. When you buy a warm jacket and invest in a pair of gloves then it is all good”.

 

 

Aurelio Bauer – Switzerland

“Cork weather at the moment feels just like home to me! Only, I wish I had my snow board with me to tackle some of the snow covered hills that I see around the edge of the city. I love to snow board in Switzerland.”

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A mid-air shot of Aurelio snowboarding in Samnaun in Switzerland.

Mohammed Al Quasmi – Oman

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“It was a big change when I arrived in Ireland last year. This winter is my second time ever seeing snow. I studied in Ireland last year also so I got my first introduction to snow then. Now in Oman the temperatures are about 23 degrees in the day time and it drops to about 17 degrees in the night time.”

 

  Mercé & Dolors – Spain

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“The weather in Cork now is similar to the temperatures at home in Catalonia right now. In the mornings here, there is frost on the grass and footpath around the house of my host family. We look forward to visiting Blarney Castle at the weekend. We have seen spectacular photos of the castle in the snow.”

Blarney Castle in the snow

 

 

All the ACET team hope that you have a wonderful weekend!

 

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Goodbye from Berta!

march 2013 186Slowly this is coming to the end, it’s been almost two months since I arrived.

A completely different experience but at the same time so similar to the others.

Two months full of experiences, anecdotes, parties, work, friends… that I will always remember.

I’ve met amazing people, we are like a big family, we spend the days together, we help each other with our problems…

During these months we have celebrated birthdays, parties… but now we begin to celebrate goodbyes, as people come and people go as part of the cycle of being abroad for a few months.

St Patrick’s Day has come and gone, it was our last weekend together and was amazing.

I’d say “thanks” to all of you for the breathtaking time you gave me and hope we’ll meet again in this tiny world. For this we have to continue to walk on our own path even though it may be rainy or painful. Tomorrow is tomorrow. It could be a shinier day tomorrow.

Finally, thanks ACET for giving me this experience, helping me to grow as a person and being on my first steps in my career.

Berta Ruiz