International Exchange

In March 2013, Boys' Latin began its International Excahnge program with Colegio Menor in Quito, Equador.  World Languages Department Chair Ms. Kristen Tubman established this program and hopes to expand program offerings in the coming years.

Scenes from Quito:

 

 

Click on the image below to listen to a VoiceThread mulitmedia overview of the March 2013 trip to Quito:

BL Spanish Teacher Kristen Tubman served as the trip and exchange program organizer and  wrote the following:

“We had a wonderful time on our Ecuador visit over spring break!  The six BL students had an amazing time with this whole experience.  They have new friends and a new appreciation for the world.  They have learned about cultural differences and similarities, tried many new foods, seen beautiful sights, appreciated their privilege, and improved their language skills.  They have also grown in their maturity and self-composure during this experience, and it was an absolute joy for me to work with them and see them enjoy and grow.

“Our eleven-day visit was packed with activities, both in group and individual with the hosts.  We arrived late on Tuesday night after an uneventful flight and the host families patiently waited as we slowly made our way through immigration.  After a bit of sleep, everyone was cheery in school the whole day on Wednesday.  The boys enjoyed welcome ceremonies, meeting new friends, eating well, attending classes and seeing the mountain and city views from the patios. Thursday, we went into Quito city for a 3-hour double-decker bus tour with great views of the old and new parts of town, as well as images of the variety of residents and living styles here.  The boys happily got their first taste of the wealth of artisanry and tasty snacks available to buy here.  Friday was another school day.  In the afternoons, the boys hung out with the host siblings, went to the mall, went rock-climbing, played sports, listened to music, danced, visited other area sights and more. 

"Saturday we took a full day trip to Otavalo, a famous indigenous crafts market about 2 hours away.  On the way, we took a hike to a waterfall, and on the way back we ate lunch next to a lake at the base of an old volcano and then stopped for bizcocho cookies and dulce de leche.  In the market, the boys bargained for and bought weavings, sweaters, belts, wallets, jewelry, bags and paintings only to mention some of it. Sunday, we all did our own thing: Andrew did area errands; Travis went up the cable car and to a family party; Ikechi and Austin went to the volcano national park; and Hunter and Jarek went to the cloud forest and river.  Monday, we were in school where the boys got along very well with the students and classes here.  Everyone did fine with the language.  They really did have to speak Spanish.  It was needed in the market and cafeteria -- Austin and Ikechi learned a lot; Hunter and Andrew communicated very well; and Travis and Jarek even impressed the AP Spanish teacher.  The days were often beautiful with sun and clouds.  The weather there changes very quickly, and they adjusted to dressing for all seasons in one day.

"Tuesday, we went into the historical center for to visit a church (la Compania de Jesus--mostly covered in gold inside) and two museums (one a house from early last century, and the other a former hospital with cultural history displays) and eat and walk around a bit.  Wednesday, we were back in school, and Thursday we did some community service in the development of a center for the elderly in the morning and went into the eastern highlands for a gorgeous hotsprings visit in the afternoon.  In the evening, the boys gathered to say goodbyes. 

"The boys were wonderful on this trip.  I was able to count on them at every turn, and they made a positive impression at the Colegio Menor.  We must give many thanks to our exchange partners and hosts in Colegio Menor and to all of you all who made this possible with class coverage, bus driving, funding support, organizational support, academic support, emotional support, and plenty more.  BL has a great community!”

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