Chloe Brookbank: Jennings County HS welcomes international exchange students
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in another country for a year? This year at Jennings County High School, we have a total of four international students who are here to experience life in the United States.
Manto Vadell grew up in Mallorca, Spain. She is playing basketball, tennis and soccer this year. “I chose to come to this country because it is really different. I just wanted the American experience.
Oldea Valli is our Italian exchange student. “I came to the United States to help improve my English, hoping to speak English as fluently as I speak Italian,” he said.
The average age of exchange students is between 16 and 24 years old.
Nayara Garriga was born in Romania, but grew up in Barcelona, Spain. “Everything is so different. In my culture we build stronger relationships with our friends and families, we all have a special bond.
Among this year’s exchange students is also Janne Sebastian from Germany.
Being an exchange student is beneficial not only for the student, but also for the school concerned.
Debby Jackson, Spanish teacher, said: “It helps broaden the horizons of our children, especially those who have never been anywhere before. They see that the world is much bigger than you think and there are so many opportunities.
Starting to travel at a younger age increases your chances of traveling more in the future.
When I asked Oldea to describe her home in Italy, she said, “It’s the most beautiful place in the world; everywhere you go is so beautiful. The weather is generally warm. The beach is only 45 minutes away; it’s 10 o’clock here. I usually spend my summers at the beach and I ski in the winter.
All three girls say they plan to return to the United States at least once in their lives.
Another benefit of the exchange program is learning new languages. Naya says,
“Spanish, Catalan, Romanian, French and now English. I even understand Italian.
Bringing people from different countries to America is good for everyone. We can gain more ideas, knowledge and even ways to live a better life.
Chloe Brookbank is a student at Jennings County High School. Send feedback to [email protected]