A group of 13 Spanish teenagers will be staying in the Media area from July 2-30, being hosted by volunteer families. The program is organized by the Center for Cultural Interchange (CCI), a non-profit organization that arranges cultural exchanges as well as community service and fair trade initiatives.
The teens, aged 13-17, are excited about their stay in Media. The students are mostly from northern Spain, and share many of the interests of American teenagers.
Marta, who is 15, says she's a bit shy, but is eager to learn more about the American way of life and to share her Spanish culture with her host family. Alejandro, 17, studies piano at a conservatory, but also plays keyboard in alternative rock band and loves American movies. Lucia, 14, comes from a big family and loves dancing and photography. Luis, 13, is outgoing and athletic, plays in golf tournaments, and likes baseball and basketball, too.
While they are staying in the area, they'll be attending morning language and culture classes, and going on many cultural and recreational excursions, including a walking tour through Media, visiting Longwood Gardens, and bowling. They'll also be visiting New York City, Washington DC, and Dorney Park. And as part of their busy four weeks, they'll be participating in a community service project and learning about volunteerism in American culture.
As the group's local coordinator, I'll be providing periodic updates about the Spanish teens' activities and their reactions to American culture and their experiences in the area. If you see them around, please say hello!
A few host families are still being sought for these young leaders. If you are interested, please visit the .