The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 15, 2008


Students from Ecuador visit CCHS

A group of students from a school in Quito, Ecuador, visited Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) this week, attending classes and staying with host families in both towns.

Students from Ludoteca School in Quito, Ecuador and host students from CCHS take the bus to go snow tubing at Nashoba Valley ski area last weekend. Spanish teachers Eric Pohl, left, and Marysela Badell-Watson, right, organized the two-week visit and student homestays. (Courtesy photo)

The 19 high school students from Ludoteca Padre Victor Grados School are visiting as part of an exchange, with the Ecuadorian students visiting this month and CCHS students traveling to visit the students in Ecuador during April vacation. This first-time trip by the South American students was organized by the foreign language department and Spanish teachers Marysela Badell-Watson and Eric Pohl. The visits are intended to promote language development and cultural exchange for both groups of students.

The Quito students gave a cultural presentation at the high school and attended classes to get a view of American school life. Next week they will spend February vacation with their host families, some staying in the area and others visiting Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York City with their hosts during winter break.

In April, the CCHS students will stay with their classmates from Ludoteca in Quito, and visit Cotopaxi volcano and other natural and cultural sites. The students also plan to devote a day to community service with children and senior citizens while in Ecuador.

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