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Spanish Exchange Opportunity

Language, History, and Culture: A Global Perspective from the Spanish Exchange

niagaraLocated minutes from the Mediterranean on the Spanish Riviera, Hamelin Laie is an established private school offering programs for students from preschool through senior high school.

For the last two years, Hamilton District Christian High has partnered with Hamelin in full-semester student exchanges. Now, we are excited to be partnering with them for an amazing short-term exchange opportunity. This Spanish exchange will allow HDCH students to be ambassadors for Canada and for our school, to gain global perspectives, to build relationships with students from around the world, and to explore language, history, and culture.

This past May, HDCH hosted a number of students from Hamelin Laie. While here, these students made connections with our school community, attended classes, and participated in group activities including excursions to the McMichael Gallery, Niagara Falls, Toronto, Crawford Lake Conservation Area, and Tobermory and Cypress Lake.

“Canada is such a beautiful country with amazing landscapes. I loved spending the day as a group in Toronto and exploring the forest and lakes in Tobermory. I can’t wait to show HDCH students the sights in Barcelona.” Natalia, Grade 11 student @ Hamelin Laie.

This October, Hamelin Laie will host Hamilton District Christian High students in their country. Our students will similarly attend classes, build relationships, and explore the culture and history of Barcelona and the Catalonia region. The intent is that the relationship will be reciprocal; the students we hosted in May will share their homes and hospitality with us in October.

The beauty of the Spanish exchange is that students have opportunities to explore cultures within the security of well-established relationships, within the structure of coordinated group activities, and under the supervision of qualified HDCH chaperones.

“The short-term exchange is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Ethan Miller, Grade 9 at Hamilton District Christian High. “It’s going to be an awesome adventure!”

“Doing the exchange was one of the best decisions I’ve made,” reflected Amy Sluys, Grade 10 student at Hamilton District Christian High. “You become so close with your student, and it is super interesting to hear all about her and her country. I am hoping to see a lot of the Spanish countryside, watch some of her basketball matches, and swim in the Mediterranean Sea. I would highly recommend this experience!”

We cannot wait to share about our adventures in Spain!

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