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COE Multicultural Course June 2007 EFT MY AFS EXPERIENCE SUMMER 2004 By Angela H.S. Crandall
In the summer of 2004, I took a seven-week trip to Costa Rica to improve my Spanish language capabilities and to learn about another way of living. When I left my home in Honolulu, Hawaii, I was extremely unsure of what to expect. I had studied Spanish for a year but had otherwise never been exposed to it. I had never been to a Spanish speaking country and with only my High School Spanish 1 knowledge under my belt, I wasn't exactly sure how I would survive for such a long time with a family I had never even seen before! However, as most "happily ever after" stories go, I met my family, and we bonded from the instant we met. I became another member of the family, the oldest "daughter" that Mama could talk to and depend on, and the "older sister" that could listen and offer advice to my two younger sisters. With the help of my family, especially my 13-year-old sister Meli and my mother, my Spanish improved by leaps and bounds. Soon, I felt like just another Costa Rican teenager. Once, a Costa Rican stopped me in the street and asked for directions in Spanish, thinking I was a local. It sure made me feel good when people mistook me for a local.
Wow, it sounds like you had a great experience there in Costa Rica! Last summer 2006 I also studied abroad in Spain. I was there with my host family for 6 weeks. Two of us from Hawaii were placed in the same host family with a really nice mom. It was great, and I hope to return some day also. I had the same feelings of you of wanting to be seen as a local, it really makes you feel like a part of their culture. Now I know how people who come here feel. :) I kind of wish I had spent more time with my host mom like you did with your host family. But I am so glad I got to go also and I will never forget it!
Japan - Hawaii Collaborative Project Natural Disaster Preparedness Sponsored by Hyogo Center for School Education Research Principal Investigator, Shigeru Narita, Professor Hyogo University of Teacher Education Middle Laboratory School
Project Announced to PDK Hawaii Chapter Meeting Project Website Shared Link to Project Blog
Project Contest: Natural Preparedness Awareness Winners: 2 Students out of 44 entries Connections Public Charter School: Hawaii Island Principal, John Thatcher, PDK Hawaii Chapter President Award: Trip to Hyogo, Japan for Mini Colloquium Visitors: U Krs Krs, Aiesha Mattos (7th graders) Eric Bollen (Advisor)