South heads to Spain

By Denebola
Published: September 2007

By Noa Belfer

For years, Newton North has participated in exchange programs with school China, France, Mexico, Spain, and Italy.

South, however, has not had that luxury. Only students that take Chinese at school are able to participate in an exchange program, to the Jingshan School in Beijing. Over the summer, a school in Valladolid, Spain wrote to South seeking an exchange partner. Spanish Teachers Jill Christensen and Suzanne DeRobert went to Spain over the summer to meet with the school’s principal.

The result is a new exchange program for Newton South’s Spanish students. The program begins on October 27, when twenty students from Valladolid will join our school for a period of three weeks. The Spanish students will stay with the families of the South students who are part of the program

Later this year, on February 2, twenty Newton South students will head to Valladolid for two weeks. They will stay with the families of their host students. Students are encouraged to earn money for the trip, which is estimated to be around $2000 including airfare. There will be some fundraising to help the students make the money, and the school will try to fi nd funding for students with financial needs. While in Spain, the South students will attend classes at the exchange school, take afternoon excursions or group events, live with their host families, and take trips to nearby cities such as Salamanca and Segovia.

“The biggest goal of all is to help students from two countries begin to think beyond their own borders and try to understand the importance of thinking globally,” Christensen said.

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