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Hispanic World Travelers


Hispanic World Trip


You are planning a trip to a Spanish-speaking country for 1 week for yourself and three of your friends.  However, in order to make the most of your trip, you must plan ahead for all the things that you are going to do while you are there.  You are also going to be given a specific amount of money to spend on your trip.  From this money, you are to purchase everything.  This includes airfare, lodging, food, any sights you might see, shopping and traveling inside the country. 


You must also know a little about the country in which you will be traveling.  This will allow you to know what kind of weather you will be facing, how to pack, what type of clothing you will be expected to wear when visiting certain places within the country, etc.  Certain types of clothing are not acceptable in certain situations in many countries.  You will also need to learn a little about the main cities in the country you are visiting so you can decide where to spend the most of your time and where you should plan to take a 1 or 2 day excursion.


On your trip, you will be expected to plan to visit or participate in:


  • three historical/cultural sites  
  • two entertainment sites (one of these must include an outdoor adventure). 
  • spend at least one night in a different city within the country  

You will need to find out what the capital of your country is.  This is most likely going to be the cheapest and easiest place to fly into.  However, some of the larger countries have several large cities with airports.  You will want to research your country a bit to see where you want to visit the most to know where to try to fly into.  You may even need to consult a map to see where your city is and what other places there are to visit within a reasonable distance.  You will want to leave from Knoxville or Nashville.  The airport abbreviation for Knoxville is TYS for Tyson-McGee Airport.  Most countries have their own airline.  That is what you may want to use when planning your travel in the country.


You will primarily use the internet for your information, but you must also have at least one source that is not the internet, such as material from the library.  You may also use the help of a travel agent to plan your trip.  However, if you call an agent, you need to be sure and tell them immediately that this is a school project and explain your assignment to them.  They may be able to give you some suggestions on where to travel or some sites to visit in this country.


At the end of your research, you will make a presentation to the class about your trip.  You may present it one of two ways.  You may present is as if you are a travel agent and you are trying to sell this trip to an audience, or you may present this as if you actually went on the trip and you are sharing your pictures and in information you learned along the way with the class.  You may do a Powerpoint Presentation, a video, a commercial, a skit, a brochure, a poster, etc.  How you present the material is up to you, but you must include all the information I have requested to get an A.


Here are some questions to help you.  Find the answers to these as you do your research.


What is the capital of the country?


What other languages, if any, are spoken there?


Share an odd fact or belief from this country.


What is the weather like where you will be traveling?  What season will it be (eg. rainy or dry)?


What is the monetary unit of the country?  How does this convert to American dollars?


What are the exports of this country?


What sports are played there?


What is the main religion of the country?


What type of government do they have?


Is it safe for Americans to travel in the country?


What is something that you can only find in this country?


Here are some ideas and websites to help you get started.

This site gives generic info about a country and can be a very useful resource in learning about the weather, basic culture, and the cost of things in your country.

This is the site for American Airlines.  They fly directly into many countries.

This is the site for Delta Airlines. They fly directly into many countries.

This is the site for US Airways.  They fly directly into many countries.

This website searches over 600 airlines to find flights to and from your city.

This site converts the money of some countries for you.  

Go to this site, then select world to find out about the weather there.

So does this one.

This site tells you about the dangers and safety precautions you should take when traveling abroad.

This site tells you about the dangers and safety precautions you should take when traveling abroad.


You also need to find out how much it is to obtain a passport and budget for that unless you are going to Mexico or Puerto Rico.  Mexico borders us and Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the US, so it is not required.


Most countries have their own tourism and basic knowledge websites.  Just type in the name of the and see what you get.  Many of these websites even offer travel packages to their country, so who knows, you may get a better deal through one of those.  Some of these may be in Spanish. If you have a hard time understanding them, you may go to and enter the URL for your site and it will translate the page for you.  Every word may not be accurate, but you can get the idea.

Mrs. Arwood has books and videos about most countries.  Also, you will most definitely want to check out the latest World Almanac for lots of helpful information.

You must also check out the class files section of this website.  You will find a Microsoft Excel worksheet uploaded for you that will help you keep track of your expenses and budget.  If you save this to a computer at school, be sure to save it to the thaw space or your work will be gone bye bye!  I would recommend saving to a jump drive if possible.

Spanish Children's Book

Each student will write a children's book in Spanish.  These must be illustrated and contain at least 10 pages.  The students may choose from a variety of subjects, or may compose a story of their own.  Students must submit a outline for approval, a rough draft to allow for corrections and the final illustrated copy.


Spanish 2 Projects


Famous Hispanic Person

Date due: October 18th 2010 


Each student will select a famous Hispanic person, living or dead, and research his or her life and contributions to society.  A list of potential candidates for research will be provided, or a student may choose his or her own person to research. The choice must be approved by the instructor.  Everyone in the class must select a different person to research.  Each student must prepare a paper and a presentation that meets the following criteria.


1.  The paper and presentations must include basic knowledge of the Spanish speaking country that appears in the ancestry of the person you have chosen.  The person chosen may have been born here in the U.S., but his parents or grandparents were of Hispanic descent.  Find out what country is in his or her geneaology and tell me about it.  Try to find out why this person or his ancestors left the country.  Was it because of war or oppression?  Was is for economic reasons?  If so, tell me about the situataion in the country at that time as well.

2.  Biographical information about the person.  A life history.

3.  What makes the person famous?  What does/did he or she do? How did she/he get to this place in the career of their chosing.

4.  What contributions have they made to society?  Why is the world a better place because of this person?  What philanthropic work, if any, have they done?  A video clip, picture, or other illustration of this person's work must be included.

5.  You will also prepare a poster with a picture of the person you have chosen and a brief summary of his or her contributions.  These will be placed in the hallways around school in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.


The paper must be turned in on the day of the presentation.  You may use it during your presentation for a reference.  The presentation may be a Powerpoint, a video, song, poster, brochure, booklet, etc.   How the information is presented is up to the students, but a summary of the above information must be included in the presentation.  The internet will be used for much of the information, but at least one print source must be included.  Mrs. Arwood has many books and videos about Spanish speaking countries and Hispanic contributions that will help you with your research.  For basic facts about your country, I would suggest the lateset issue of the World Almanac. Below I have provided some links to lists of famous Hispanic people just to get the ball rolling. 

Have FUN! 


Alphabetical list of Hispanic Persons with links to information.  


List of Notable Hispanics (country of origin provided)

Notable Hispanics and biographies.


Teacher for a day project.

Due date:  February 18, 2010: 4th period February 16, 2010.


Each student will be given a grammatical concept to research and prepare to teach to the rest of the class.  Your presentation of material must include a visual, (Powerpoint, a whiteboard illustration, etc) and an activity for the students of the class to complete. 

You may adapt any Powerpoint presentations of activities that you find online, or come up with presentations of your own.  You will probably have to edit anything that you find online to use vocabulary that the class may be more familiar with.

Here are some sites to help you.

You can also google sites for free online puzzlemakers, etc. to help with creating your activities.  I have many books that contain activities that you may use also.