Second Spain Exchange A Success At Monomoy Regional High School

By: Kat Szmit

Topics: Monomoy Regional School District , Education , Monomoy Regional High School

Students and teachers from Monomoy Regional High School and Vigo, Spain, gather for a group photo at a farewell dessert party on Nov. 28. The Vigo students visited the area for nearly two weeks, with MRHS students heading to Spain this spring. Kat Szmit Photo

HARWICH – Oh, how the time did fly. Just two weeks ago, after sharing Thanksgiving dinners and collecting nearly two weeks worth of memories, it was time for students from Vigo, Spain to enjoy one last event with their Monomoy Regional High School counterparts before hopping back across the pond for home.

For the second year, MRHS students hosted a group of students from Spain, during which there were visits to the school, to Plimoth Plantation, Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall, the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, and even the opportunity to take a cooking class at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod. It was all part of the first leg of Monomoy's Spanish/American School-to-School Exchange.

2016 saw the first two groups of students from the respective countries exchange visits, and proved such a success, the Monomoy family welcomed a new group from Vigo this fall. Spanish students stayed with Monomoy students and their families during their time here, and when the Sharks hop across the water to Spain this spring they will stay with students and their families in Vigo.

“I think the second exchange was a huge success because of community, family, and school support,” said Elizabeth Hoff, a Monomoy Spanish teacher and coordinator of the exchange. “The second exchange offered more culturally-rich field trips and personalized educational experiences.”

The trips were made possible with support from The Art of Charity, the Rotary Club of Yarmouth, the Rotary Club of Harwich-Dennis, Dunkin’ Donuts in Harwich Port, and the Harwich Cultural Council.

For Vigo educator Dolores Estevez, the highlight of the trip was seeing her students put into practice all they had been learning prior to the trip.

“When you see the kids develop social skills, everything that you have done becomes true,” she said. “That is very rewarding. This is what you're working for.”