Posted by Christina Hermanns
on 20 March 2020
The best weather in Taranaki, on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand, is in February and March. It's in the middle of this marvellous summery weather that we welcome two Argentinian students every year.
The Lasallian exchange involving students from Francis Douglas Memorial College, New Zealand and Colegio La Salle Bueno Aires, Argentina, has been going for six years now. As a Spanish language teacher, I know that there's no better way to learn a second language than to be immersed in it.In 2013, when visiting Buenos Aires with a group of language students, I made contact with the college and we went for a visit. The two schools couldn't be more different. Francis Douglas Memorial College is an all-boys school with ample green fields, a swimming pool and school farm. Colegio La Salle is a co-ed K-12 school in the middle of the heart of the capital city of Argentina - students take a 45-minute bus ride to sports fields to participate in physical education. However, the Lasallian spirit is a common element between students from both schools. Although the boys come from different backgrounds- the students who have been part of the exchange have formed lasting relationships with their kiwi or Argentinian brothers.
This year, we welcomed Rafael and Federico to our college. While other students in Argentina are still on holiday until the school year starts in March, these two boys chose to travel across the Pacific Ocean to New Zealand to spend three weeks in New Plymouth. During their time in New Zealand, the boys attend classes with their kiwi brothers, Noah and Sammy as well as visiting classes to speak to the students. Outside of school, the boys went to the beach, walked along the coastal walkway, hiked on Mt Taranaki, visited Wellington and sampled the famous kiwi fish and chips. We loved welcoming the boys and look forward to continuing to build a relationship between our two schools.