During our visit to Câmara de Lobos, some cultural activities were organized to get to know the island and have some fun as well.
Activity 1: Short sessions on Madeira History, Madeira’s highlights, Portuguese Language.
The Portuguese students welcomed the visiting participants with sessions on history, geography, landscapes, cuisine and the Portuguese language.
Activity 2: Visiting the Town Hall + lunch offered by Mayor
Participants were welcomed by Câmara de Lobos Mayor and were able to learn a bit more about this area on Madeira. Lunch was kindly offered by the Town Hall, in the most typical area in town, with unique natural surroundings.
Activity 3: Better Together Party
For all participants, including the ‘extra’ Portuguese students collaborating and learning from this week’s activities, and also for families.
Activity 4: Jeep tour with team-based outdoor activities while exploring the natural surroundings:
The tour went around the eastern half of the island and the whole group was able to enjoy some of Madeira’s natural gems, like the laurel forest (laurissilva), a UNESCO natural heritage area, while being able to develop/put into practice team work skills in outdoor activities such as orientation, slide, rappel, bow and arrow, human ‘levada’, etc. in a leisurely fashion
Activity 5: Visiting Funchal and Monte
Funchal, Madeira’s capital, has so much to see and visit, and we couldn’t leave such an experience out. The walk included the central area, the Museum of Natural History, the traditional Farmers’ Market, the old town and the artistic painted doors all along Santa Maria street. In the afternoon, a cable car trip to Monte parish was due, and an amazing stroll through tropical gardens in Monte Palace with a guided tour took place. Some participants chose to come down to Funchal in the old typical sliding carts.