Love Spain 2018 Vision Trip
Please check out the daily details of our Love Spain 2018 Vision Trip itinerary from September 21-29, 2018 below. We begin in Madrid with a day of community service with the Rivas Light and Life Cultural Center followed by a car transfer to scenic and historical Andalucia, the southernmost region of Spain. Our vision trip makes stops in Cordoba, Seville, Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz, Gibraltar, Algeciras, Ceuta (in North Africa!), Marbella, Malaga, and Granada. We will be learning from and volunteering with various churches and strategic ministries serving migrants and refugees in the region. We will also have ample time to sightsee and shop and will stay in historic "Parador" hotels - the last two nights within the grounds of the magical Alhambra in Granada. Each registrant's fee helps us pay for a half scholarship for a Rivas Light and Life Cultural Center student and participants are encouraged to raise the half scholarship match ($360). Participants may also sign up for the prior Love Spain 2018 Cycling Tour from September 14-23 and join up on September 23 in Seville with participants on this Love Spain 2018 Vision Trip at a reduced combined cost. For additional details about both trips, consult the blog for occasional updates. To download a summary sheet of the Love Spain 2018 Vision Trip, click here.
Friday, September 21
All participants need to fly into Madrid, Spain - arriving early afternoon at the latest, if possible. We will do all airport pickups and transport you to the Holiday Inn Express Rivas where you will be staying for two nights. We will organize a late afternoon / early evening tour of Madrid followed by a group dinner with introductions, discussion of the overall organization and schedule of the event followed by a "Love Spain" campaign presentation.
Saturday, September 22
We will be staying in Rivas Vaciamadrid for the day to get involved in activities in conjunction with the Rivas Light and Light Cultural Center. You will have a chance to meet some of the students and we will plan a variety of community activities and volunteer for some of the Cultural Center's activities. We might also go on a walking tour of "La Cañada Real" an informal settlement adjacent to Rivas Vaciamadrid where some of our students live. We will plan an evening pool party and "paella" dinner at the home of Peter Clark, a long-time Rivas Vaciamadrid resident.
sunday, September 23
We will depart Madrid early by car for the four-hour drive to Cordoba, where we will stop to tour the ancient city center, visit the old mosque (now converted to a church) dating from Moorish occupation times, visit a ministry partner doing excellent work in Cordoba, eat lunch and continue on for another 80-minute drive to Seville where we will be staying at the Hotel Las Casas de la Juderia located in Seville's old Jewish quarter. All major sites are within walking distance of the hotel. At the hotel we will meet up with any cyclists staying on past the end of the Love Spain 2018 Cycling Tour who wish to extend their time in Spain to join our group. Evening is free to explore Seville.