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Student participates in exchange program

Claire Keesee on a rooftop in Antigua, the well-preserved colonial city and former Spanish capital of Guatemala.

Chesapeake Academy seventh-grader Claire Keesee has quite a story to tell classmates about her summer vacation. She spent four weeks as an exchange student in Guatemala, living with a host family, practicing Spanish, and experiencing the culture of the Central American country known as “the land of eternal spring.”

Claire, whose family resides in Hartfield, was one of a group of middle and high school students participating in Faces & Our Cultures, a cultural exchange program that brings Guatemalan students between the ages of 11 and 17 to the United States for eight weeks during the school year and sends American students to Guatemala in the summer. 

Chesapeake Academy is one of nearly 100 private schools that participate in Faces & Our Cultures. Head of School Debbie Cook was delighted to find a program that includes middle-schoolers. “This is the first year we are participating and we are delighted with the opportunity for our students to gain real world experience with Guatemalan culture and Spanish language immersion.” she said.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 08.20.2014

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