Began in the 2016-17 school year, the Trinity Argentinian Exchange program has become a major success! Argentinian students from Colegio Santa Ethnea visit Trinity in February (their summer break) and each student stays with a host family from Trinity. Normally five to six students from each school participate. Trinity’s participation is part of a larger exchange with girls also coming and attending Mercy and Assumption.
This year’s exchange students arrived on campus Friday, Jan. 24. These students will attend classes at Trinity as they aim to develop a stronger cultural understanding of the United States as well as improve their English language skills.
Several previous Trinity ambassadors have gone on to degrees in Spanish, International Studies or International Business. Many have earned scholarships for international travel and one recent Trinity graduate attends college in Madrid. Students from both Argentina as well as those from Trinity often form long-lasting friendships and most return to Argentina and Louisville to visit their host families. In some cases, even their parents visit the second time!
Trinity principal Dr. Dan Zoeller feels the program is a strong way that Trinity embraces international opportunities for our students. “Our students can earn one academic credit for the program by corresponding with me while they’re away. Students will present at Santa Ethnea and back here at Trinity, about their experiences in Argentina. They will also write a short reflection paper upon their return to Louisville. To date, each and every participant has included some variation of the following statement in their paper: ‘This was the greatest experience of my life!’
Many thanks to Mr. Jorge Serrano, Trinity’s program coordinator.