A great opportunity to open students’ minds
by Tatiana Dobosz
CAE II student

In 2008 Boston College joined a student exchange program in which five students of Bellarmine Prep School, from the state of Washington, USA, chose to stay with an Argentine host family for a week both to practise Spanish as well as to learn about our culture. During that week, these students went to school with their hosts and visited the most representative places of Buenos Aires.

Boston College organized a press conference, a downtown tour, a lunch party and a farewell “mateada”, so that the new students had a brief introduction to the language of their host country together with some sightseeing and cultural information about Buenos Aires. During the press conference not only the Argentinian students but also the American ones gave a brief presentation during which they explained the most important aspects of their own culture.

The last day a downtown tour was organized, where the guest students, their hosts and the Organizing Committee visited the most important sight-seeing landmarks in BA, such as Plaza de Mayo, the Cabildo, the Cathedral, the Obelisk, Puerto Madero and Caminito. Then all the students shared a lunch party and a farewell “mateada” at school and ate typical Argentine food. Many students joined the party in order to meet the guest students.

To conclude, as a member of the Organizing Committee, I would like to say that I really liked this new experience and meeting students from another country, with a totally different culture and language from ours. Besides, I strongly believe that student exchange programmes are a great opportunity that can open students’ minds and it is an experience that cannot be missed.

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