Students Travel to Ecuador to Conduct Field Work Over Spring BreakApril 1st, 2016 by Evangelia Stefanakos
Over spring break, 9 students traveled to Ecuador with visiting lecturer Antonia Carcelén-Estrada to conduct field work for “Sportswriting in Spanish: Haciendo Periodismo Deportivo,” a course offered through the Spanish department and taught exclusively in Spanish.
Throughout the semester, students have been studying sports journalism, a rapidly growing communications industry, simultaneously developing their linguistic capacities while learning about different media platforms. Throughout the semester, each student has been working with a media contact in Ecuador, leading up to this trip which allowed them to engage first-hand with what they have been studying at the College.
In Ecuador, the students traveled to different cities covering a range of sports. They began in Guayaquil where they provided live coverage and commentary of a match between Ecuador’s two rival teams, Barcelona vs. Aucas; they later had the opportunity to interview famous tennis player, Nicolás Lapentti.
They also traveled to Bahía where they were on a live radio show called “La Voz de los Caras,” and got to cover adventure surfing, a popular sport in the area, interviewing surfers who established a surfing school in the city.
Their trip was rounded out in Quito, the capital of Ecuador, where the students interviewed the minister of sports, Xavier Enderica Salgado, a member of the executive branch of the Ecuadorian government.
For Anabella Perez ’16, the class is dynamic in every way. “Every time we come to class we are either preparing for a radio broadcast, creating mini films, or working on our documentary,” shares Perez, who says this trip was the best study tour she has taken at Holy Cross. “Even while we were in Ecuador for a week we never rested, we were always filming, reporting about a game, doing interviews, this to me was one of the best components in the course.”
Students will present a collective documentary on their semester-long course that will include material from their trip to Ecuador at the Academic Conference on April 28.