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Students Embark on Annual Spanish and French Exchanges

by Alexander McEvoy on Friday, June 9th, 2017

This Spring, a multitude of Milton Academy students will travel to Madrid, Spain and Aix, France as part of the Spanish and French exchange programs. According to Milton’s exchange pages, the exchanges present wonderful opportunities for the student to improve his or her language skills and to gain a new perspective on another culture.

The French exchange program lasts four weeks, with the French students coming to Milton Academy for two weeks, from April 1st to 15th, and Milton students traveling to Aix for two weeks, from May 25th to June 8th. The Spanish exchange lasts a much longer 8 weeks. Milton students will explore Madrid, Spain, from May 31st to June 27th, and the Spanish students will visit Milton Academy this coming September.

To apply for the French exchange, students must be in Class II or Class III and taking at least their second year of French. According to Milton Academy’s French Exchange page, “the personal qualities which are important for success in this program are adaptability (to a French family and a new environment) and curiosity.” Milton students accepted into the exchange then filled out a questionnaire about their hobbies. Using this questionnaire, teachers paired each Milton student with a student at the Lycée Georges Duby school with similar interest and hobbies.

The application for the Spanish exchange is similar to the French exchange’s application. Students must be a sophomore or junior who has completed at least two years of Spanish. The students accepted to the program, according to Milton Academy’s Spanish Exchange page, should be “open to the differences in the Spanish culture and willing to adapt to the Spanish way of life.”

During their stay in France, Milton students will fully immerse in French culture by living with their French counterpart and their family. The plans for Milton Students on the French exchange include: visits to the school Lycée Georges Duby, where Milton students will sometimes attend classes; trips to historical landmarks and museums such as the Aix Cathedral and Museum d’Histoire Naturelle; and journeys into the cities where students will be able to learn and walk around the city as well as dive into the delicious French cuisine.

In Spain, Milton Students will live with their Spanish counterparts and their families either in the city of Madrid or in the surrounding suburbs. During the week, Milton students will attend school at El Pilar with their Spanish counterparts and go on day trips to historical and cultural sites in Madrid. Places that students will be seeing include El Escorial, the historical residence of the King, and El Valle de los Caídos, a Catholic basilica.

Those on the Spanish exchange will also go on a trip to the world-renowned restaurant, Cardamomo Tablao Flamenco. On the weekend, the Milton students will engage in various activities with their Spanish counterparts’ families, such as going to football matches or hanging out in Retiro Park.

Last year, Soleil Devonish (II) attended the Spanish exchange. She commented, “the excursions were my favorite part of the exchange. It was really cool to actually visit the sites you had learned about, and it definitely gave us a real world perspective. I also really liked my family! They really made sure that I felt comfortable and at home while I stayed with them. I still try to keep in touch, and I hope to visit them again soon!” Olivia Risoleo (II), who attended the French exchange last year, stated, “I loved the French exchange. I met a counterpart who is extremely different from me but who I get along with extremely well. I met her little sister who I adore along with the rest of her family. One of my favorite parts was definitely the food: every night we had two or three hour long dinners with amazing home-cooked food and really fun conversation. I also got closer to other Milton students on the trip who I do not normally talk to which was really nice.”

The Spanish and French exchanges provide amazing opportunities for the participants to both experience a new culture and share their own. Students will also strengthen their speaking and listening in their foreign language. Many cite their exchange experiences as some of their favorite at Milton because of the lasting friendships and amazing cultural immersion. It is safe to say that students on these exchanges have been given an opportunity of a lifetime.


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