Moyne Summer Camp, or Moyne Campamento, which sees Madrid students visit Longford for three weeks, has returned for a third year.
The Summer Camp was started by Longford native Maeve McNerney, who teaches in a school - Colegio Obispo Perello - in Madrid. Each year, boys and girls from the school, aged between 12 and 18, visit Longford during the summer, staying with host families in the area.
During the week, the students have classes in Moyne Community school for three hours every morning. In the afternoon, they take part in various activities, including bowling, yoga and pitch and putt. At the weekend, the group travel further afield for new activities; for example, on their first weekend this year, the group went surfing in Strandhill.
Many of the students who visited in previous years have returned, and this year, Maeve laughs, they were spoilt with the sunshine, with some even saying it was “too hot”.
The Summer camp is enjoyed by all participants, including the teachers and hosts. Children in the host families often take part in the afternoon activities, and Maeve happily reports that many of the students have even stayed in touch with their Longford friends.