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Student Exchange

Life changing experiences – Lifelong friendships around the world

GOALS

  • To experience another culture and develop relationships through family homestays, group activities, and language development.
  • To foster one-on-one student exchange experiences whenever possible.
  • To promote world peace.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Coordinator: Betsy Ann Anastas
: middle.school@aspensistercities.com

Aspen Sister Cities, Aspen Middle School, Aspen Community School, and Aspen Country Day School all work together to create a well-balanced program for eligible 8th grade students who are interested in experiencing an international exchange. Students must be in good academic and behavioral standing at their school. It is recommended that students be currently studying the language of their respective exchange country.   In the case of the Shimukappu and Abetone programs, given that such language classes are not available at our schools, an online approved course may suffice.

Why

The middle school student exchange gives Aspen students the opportunity to experience an international country, culture, family, school and community. It allows students to better understand the motivation behind learning a world language and the importance being part of a global community.

Students are not the only ones that have something to gain from this experience, but rather the community as a whole truly benefits as well .

  • School visitations enrich the student body and curriculum.
  •  Families participate in an international exchange student homestay experience. 
  • Teachers and community members who participate have the opportunity to exchange ideas.
  • With each exchange, Sister Cities relationships are continuously enhanced, lasting friendships are developed and world peace is promoted.

Where

There are four middle school exchanges, each accommodating between 5 and 15 students between the three middle schools in Aspen. While staying with international host families, students experience school, everyday family life and historical/cultural programs relevant to each city and region.

Shimukappu/Tomamu, Japan:

With over 20 years history of exchanges, this is the longest-running middle school exchange program. In the fall, Aspen students take an intensive Japanese language and culture class before going to Shimukappu/Tomamu each October. Aspen students host their Japanese student the first week in January just after returning from Winter Break. There is a liaison from Aspen who lives in Japan to help facilitate the program over there. Shimukappu and Tomamu are very small rural towns, so this program is geared towards adventurous students who want a very different cultural experience.

Abetone, Italy:  

Abetone is Aspen’s newest Sister Cities partnership. The Italian students come from different schools in the Abetone/Florence region. Students who are particularly interested in art, architecture and Italian culture will appreciate this exchange. Students who have a sense of independence are well suited for this trip. This program alternates every other year. The Italian students usually visit Aspen sometime in the month of February and Aspen students travel to Abetone around and during Spring Break.

Chamonix, France:

Aspen students have regularly exchanged with French students from schools in the Mont Blanc Valley. This program alternates every other year and is geared toward students who want to practice and enhance their French, enjoy French cuisine and experience the beautiful mountainous region that surrounds Chamonix. Generally, Aspen students hosts the Chamonix students sometime in the month of February and Aspen students travel to Chamonix around spring break. 

Bariloche, Argentina:

Bariloche paragraph change to:  Each year, Aspen students exchange with Argentinean students from three private schools in Bariloche: Capraro, Woodville and San Patricio. San Carlos de Bariloche is surrounded by Nahuel Huapi which a large glacial lake with incredible mountain vistas. Students who want to speak Spanish, enjoy a delicious meat filled asado and visit Bariloche’s points of interest will appreciate this part of Southern Argentina. Aspen students host the Bariloche students sometime during the spring of their 7th grade yearusually April and Aspen students travel to Bariloche in October of their 8th grade year. 

HIGH SCHOOL

Coordinator: Jill Sheeley
: high.school@aspensistercities.com

Aspen Sister Cities and Aspen High School work together to create a well-balanced program for eligible high school students who are interested in experiencing an international exchange. There are two high school exchanges offered: Queenstown, New Zealand and Garmisch P, Germany. Students must be in good academic and behavioral standing at Aspen High School.

Why

The high school student exchange gives Aspen students the opportunity to experience an international country, culture, family, school and community. It allows students to better understand the motivation behind learning a world language and the importance being part of a global community.

Students are not the only ones that have something to gain from this experience, but rather the community as a whole truly benefits as well .

  • School visitations enrich the student body and curriculum.
  •  Families participate in an international exchange student homestay experience. 
  • Teachers and community members who participate have the opportunity to exchange ideas.
  • With each exchange, Sister Cities relationships are continuously enhanced, lasting friendships are developed and world peace is promoted.

Where

There are two high school exchanges, each lasting two weeks and accommodating between 9 and 12 students per program.  While staying with international host families, students experience school, everyday family life and historical/cultural programs relevant to each city and region. 

Garmisch P, Germany:   This program is offered every other year.   The next exchange is scheduled for 2021.  Aspen students will travel to Garmisch during spring break of 2021 and Aspen students will host the Garmisch students in October of 2021. 

Queenstown, New Zealand:  This program is generally offered every year, but the next exchange will not be offered until June 2021. 

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