Archmere Students Travel to Madrid, Spain

The Department of World Languages and Cultures began the next cycle of Archmere's Spanish Exchange Program this month. From April 2 - April 14, fourteen students traveled to Madrid, Spain to spend time with exchange students at Colegio Maristas Chamberí, a K-12 Catholic school in the Chamberí neighborhood of central Madrid.
The Spanish Exchange program is comprised of a 2-year cycle in which Archmere students host the Spanish students, and then travel to visit their Spanish counterparts in Spain. This September we welcomed ten students from Chamberí Maristas. The exchange students were matched with and hosted by Archmere families in their homes for two and a half weeks. The reciprocity of this program not only reinforces the learning opportunities for our students and the larger Archmere community, but also enhances and strengthens the relationship between the students themselves. 
This month, our fourteen Archmere students were accompanied by Srta. Scheflen and Sra. Pérez and stayed with their former guests at their homes in Madrid, attending classes at Chamberí. Students stayed with host families for both weeks; the first week was spring vacation and many students traveled all over Spain or took daytrips to various sites throughout Spain. They enjoyed outings to see sites such as Galicia (Santiago de Compostela), Andalucía (Mediterranean Coast), Cataluña (Barcelona), the Balearic Islands, Castilla, and even País Vasco. During the second week in Spain, the Archmere students experienced life in Madrid, attended classes, visited the Prado Museum and took a daytrip to the Roman/Visigoth/medieval city of Toledo.
Archmere Spanish Exchange 2023 Participants:
Madelyn Dayrit ‘23
Annamaria DeCamp ‘23
Christopher DiLorenzo ‘23
Chichi Emedoh ‘23
Bridget Holmes ‘23
Patch Shields ‘23
Reid Shields ‘23
Rheanna Asiyo ‘24
Alexander Bogey ‘24
Cole Fenice ‘24
David Yuqi Cui ‘24
Josie Calder ‘25
Patrick Ross ‘25
Abby Garcia ‘23  
Mrs. Pérez
Ms. Scheflen
“I've never been to Europe before and having Spain be the first country in Europe that I visited was the best decision ever. I'm so glad I went because I got to practice mi español and meet lots of cool people, and of course, you can't forget about the food! The food was to die for over there and it will never be the same if I had Spanish food in the US because nothing can compare to authenticity. I can't wait to go back and visit my host family and all the friends that I made along the way!” - Chichi Emedoh ‘23
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grades 9-12 founded in 1932 by the Norbertine Fathers.