MDI International College Schoolfarm
One of the highlights of the year for many children in Valencia is the Schoolfarm summer camp at MDI International College which got underway at the end of June.
Daily activities enjoyed by the children include horse-riding, swimming, songs, sports, crafts and storytelling, all in a bilingual setting with native teachers. Children also participate in other activities such as yoga, cooking and horticulture, and if they’re lucky, taking home goodies from the school’s own vegetable garden.
This year we’ve even had a visit from a farrier who showed the children how horses are shod, while in horse-riding classes pupils also help to groom and saddle the animals.
School head, Estibaliz Vilar Rey, said: “By helping to prepare the horses, the children learn to respect them and treat them with care. Horses are noble animals, loyal animals and can help children to develop emotional skills.”
The Educational Project of MDI International College has been structured, since its creation in 1968, with objectives and procedures that today’s society seeks. Combined with aspects of Waldorf and Montessori teaching, there is a development of emotional education and social intelligence through a different type of learning based on nature which is fun and different from the formalities of the school year.
Set in 70,000m2 of countryside northwest of Valencia, pupils can get close to nature and learn to appreciate and respect the world around them.
The spacious, well-ventilated facilities also ensure maximum safety during the current coronavirus pandemic.