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Colombian elementary students coming to Orangeville


For Immediate Release
May 16, 2014

GUELPH, Ontario – Twenty-one 10 and 11 year-old students from Bogotá, Colombia will attend school in Orangeville for a month beginning on Wednesday, May 21 as part of the Upper Grand District School Board’s International Students Program.

Bogotá is the capital of Spanish-speaking Colombia, and one of the largest cities in Latin America.

The visiting students will attend classes at Credit Meadows, Island Lake, Montgomery Village or Princess Elizabeth elementary schools. Their host families have at least one child enrolled at the schools.

Two teachers from the home school, Colegio Anglo Americano, will be joining the students.

In an email to the International Student Program, Yury Bernal, International Coordinator for agent Sitio de Contacto, said the students will naturally be a little nervous about the family settings and communicating in English, but she is sure those feelings will quickly subside.

All of the students study English in school and their host families are looking forward to spending time with them and easing their transition into their homes.

Along with attending classes, there are after-school activities for the families on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and all day Saturday. A full Canadian cultural experience is the goal of the visit. 

Arriving late on Tuesday May 19 the Colombian students will board a bus to the Orangeville Board Office to meet and go home with their hosts. A full dinner and welcome reception is planned for 5:30 p.m. at Princess Elizabeth Public School, 51 Elizabeth Street on Wednesday May 21, with all the families, visiting students and their Canadian counterparts.

The Colombian students leave for Bogotá on June 17.

This is one of a variety of programs offered by the board’s International Students Program.

Web resources:

UGDSB International Student Program 

Colegio Anglo Americano


For more information: 

Maggie McFadzen, Communications Officer
519-822-4420 ext.725
[email protected]  

Mark Weidmark, Administrative Officer – Communications
519-822-4420 ext.544
[email protected]

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