These are some of the testimonies of those who participated in the exchange between IES Frei Martín Sarmiento and Upper Dublin High School, in the United States of America, a High School very well valued, in comparison with other High School of Pennsylvania. You can also see a small photo gallery of the trip.
Teresa Amoedo Departamento de Inglés
This course 26 high school students from our center participated in a school exchange with a US institute, Upper Dublin High School, located in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania. In the month of October they crossed the pond and for two weeks they lived with American families and attended class. They also had the opportunity to visit three emblematic cities of the USA: Philadelphia, Washington DC and New York. Among February 11 and 21 we received the American group in Pontevedra. During their stay they met our city in full celebration of the carnival and other places of interest such as Santiago, Baiona, Santa Tecla, the Illas Cíes, Costa da Morte, … They enjoyed our gastronomy and shared family and school life with our students.
Iria Aboal Díaz 2º Bachillerato A
In October I got on a plane for the first time and, like the Vikings in the 10th century, I arrived on a new continent: America. There I found the cinnamon rolls; the bagels with blueberrys; the cheesesteaks of Philadelphia (in vegan version); Van Gogh, Manet and Rocky (at the Philadelphia Museum of Art); the squirrels and rats of New York; the stinking streets of China Town; the lasertag; The rollerderby really and a lot of wonderful people. If Trump does not press the red button and detonates an atomic bomb before, he would be delighted.
Eduardo Lores Baamonde 1º Bachillerato B
Participating in an exchange was always one of my dreams for all that it means: traveling, getting to know another culture from within, making friends, ... The United States was never a country worthy of my devotion but when traveling you realize that to understand to another town it is not enough to study them or look at them in a visit; you have to live among them to understand them and that you learn in an exchange. In short, it was one of the best experiences of my life, because I knew the world, I made friends and I discovered a different way of seeing the world and living life.
Inés Otero Gómez 2º Bachillerato A
The luck we had is incredible. I can assure that the trip to the USA was the greatest experience of our lives. We can still remember the nerves we had when we got off the plane and arrived at the airport. That's where we took the first group photo, next to a small statue of freedom. We met wonderful people with whom we share very funny moments that we always hope to remember. I think I speak for everyone when I say that I would not change this trip for the world. If I had to choose a favorite moment to remain engraved on my retina forever, it would be when we left the subway directly in Times Square. I hope comes back one day!
Alba García Lorenzo 1º Bachillerato B
In October of 2017 we went to Pennsylvania for exchange. The days before the trip I was very nervous. I even thought that it was not a good idea to sign up, I did not know many people who participated in the activity, and I had a hard time understanding English. But I was totally wrong. Today I am totally sure that this exchange was and will be one of the best experiences of my life. The first two days I had a hard time understanding Molly, the girl I was paired with, but from the third day on I understood the whole family perfectly. We spent a lot of time at the house of other Americans, of whom I ended up making a very good friend. We made excursions to the most emblematic places like Washington, Philadelphia or to the part of Manhattan in New York. When the Americans came to Spain it was a great experience too. I began to talk more with other Americans, because on the trips to the United States I got more together with people who knew Spanish. All the excursions that we did here were incredible, we visited Portugal, Santiago de Compostela, the Cillas, the Costa da Morte ... The best thing that I take from this exchange is an American friend for the whole life with whom I keep talking and perfecting English. And a group of Spanish friends with whom I have spent many good times in Pontevedra.
Yago Carballo Barroso 2º Bachillerato A
The exchange began with many expectations and all of them were fulfilled one after another; In my personal experience the trip to the United States was unbeatable; the family, the experiences ... All that was very novel and at the same time fun and unforgettable. One of the best experiences of my life. All this is discarding what we learned in English, since the Americans did not know much Spanish, and it was us who had to speak in English all the time. In summary, it was a very enriching experience at all levels.
Miguel Anxo Garrido 2º Bachillerato A
A small step crossing the great puddle that separates us from that civilization that even have such an important language that dominates the world! It was a step that we made the people who participated in the exchange carried out in the Center. Once there, each one tried to adapt as best as possible to the families that were assigned and their habits, way of thinking or acting, among other things. For me in particular it was a very enriching activity where I could observe that putting a bit of my part could understand them and make me understand without problem. Enriched especially in vocabulary day by day apart from other things. I could also as a small child enjoy all the characteristic things that they have and that I liked and here we do not have. All this was at the same time that the famous "morriña" showed up. Give thanks to all those people that I hope are given by alluded that made this so beautiful possible. I will remain eternally grateful for this experience.
Lucía Martínez Schiavo 1º Bachillerato B
To be able to live this experience was a privilege and, above all, to be able to share it with my friends, and with people I do not know, but with whom I now have a great relationship. Making the exchange was an effort at school level, but all that sacrifice was worth it. I would repeat this experience year after year. The amount of things that you take from each of the classmates is impressive, not only do you learn a different culture, but you learn to live in different environments, far from your family ... Personally I wish I could have gone to an exchange all the time course, because as I said before, I thought it was the best experience that a person around my age can do. I would like this to continue because the guys who come behind should live this experience. Thank you, Teresa, for making our dream come true.