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Twelve students from our Colombian sister Jesuit school, San Luis Gonzaga, will be coming for a three-week visit starting in mid-June, just after our final exams.
Host Families Needed
This is a wonderful opportunity for you and your family to learn more Spanish, learn about another culture, make a new friend and, maybe…open the door for a visit to South America in the future! Many of our students who have hosted kids from other countries have established the kind of fun and enriching friendships that can last a lifetime. As well as the fun activities you’ll do with your new amigo or amiga as a family, we’ll take all the Bellarmine and San Luis Gonzaga students out for several group excursions to local attractions. It’s going to be great--so don’t miss out.
Student Exchanges: Tacoma, WA & Manizales, Columbia
Colegio San Luis Gonzaga is a Jesuit K-12 school in the beautiful city of Manizales, in the peaceful coffee-growing region of central Colombia. This visit by their students will be first stage of an ongoing sister-school relationship that will involve Bellarmine students and teachers traveling to Colombia (starting in June of 2014), as well as Skype and pen-pal (email) exchanges.
Incredible Colombian Experience
Profe Bryan and Profe Rosendin traveled to Colombia last summer to check things out, and they came back all smiles from their incredible experience. Profe Bryan says: “We went down there with an open mind, but of course when you’re talking about taking people’s kids on a trip, safety concerns are at the very top of our list. As it turns out, we felt safer there than we have in Spain or Argentina on recent trips. Colombia has changed a LOT in the last ten years, and we have no hesitation whatsoever about taking our students there.”
“Manizales especially is just gorgeous, and everyone we met there was friendly and helpful. Colombians have always had a reputation for being open, warm and welcoming, and we definitely found that to be true. Plus, their culture is amazing, their music is fantastic and super danceable, and their Spanish is beautiful. We can’t wait to go back.”
Words to Describe Columbia
Profes Bryan and Rosendin use three words to describe Colombia:
Be a Cultural Pioneer
Be one of our cultural pioneers. Be part of the first wave of students to help Bellarmine and San Luis Gonzaga get our new sister-school relationship started. If you host a student from Colegio San Luis Gonzaga this summer, and then decide to apply to do the full two-way exchange (going to Colombia and then coming back and hosting the student who just hosted you) next summer (2014), a successful experience this summer will look VERY good on your application.
To find out more, contact Profe James Bryan (firstname.lastname@example.org) ext. 772 (room A12), Profe Bill Rosendin, (email@example.com) ext. 815 (room A15) or Mr. Gavin.