NEW BUFFALO — As a part of the biannual exchange established in 2013, New Buffalo High School recently welcomed 17 students from The English Business in Seville, Spain, October 4-13.
All Spanish students stayed with NBHS host families, explored local sites, and experienced American culture from an insider’s perspective. Having the opportunity to explore Chicago, visit the University of Notre Dame campus, and participate in New Buffalo Homecoming festivities, the Spanish students were immersed in both the English language and American teenage culture.
In addition, the visiting students both shadowed their host siblings for a school day and also presented about Spanish culture, giving all NBHS students and staff the opportunity to get to know them and their culture.
Lucía Morón Paredes, one of the Spanish exchange students, said upon her return to Spain: “I have no words to describe this amazing trip. I will never forget you, I love you all. I miss you already and see you soon.”
With more than 100 New Buffalo High School students traveling to Spain and more than 50 students from Spain visiting New Buffalo over the past six years, NBHS Spanish teacher Kelly Weidenmiller said the exchange program has made an incredibly positive impact on not only local students, with many earning the State of Michigan Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish, but also the New Buffalo community as a whole, “learning that we are all much more similar than we are different.”