March 25, 2014
Almost 30 students from Chile and Argentina visited Monticello High School today to sharing a piece of their culture with local students.
They had only known each other a few minutes, but the students from South America and Monticello High school found something they both loved to do. Dance.
The visiting students are part of a UVA Center for Politics program designed to develop global relationships for high school students.
Andres Irribarra of Chile says he wants to learn about other cultures.
"We are sharing this experience with 13 argentine teens. It has been amazing there has been a lot of intercultural exchange between us.
They are all really nice and we have the opportunity to share our culture with one another and learn English at the same time."
But Irribarra are hoping to leave with more than just some new friends.
"That’s why i wanted to come here. I wanted to learn about democracy and social issues and that really motivated me a lot."
All of the international students are involved in community projects in their home countries.
Martina Rotondo of Argentina they are here to learn about our educational system and school-community partnerships.
"i am hoping to learn about community service."
These students will head home before long, but a Monticello student named Matt Potts has been given a grant to study in South America this summer.
He will get the chance to experience another country and learn the same sort of things to bring back home.
"We're kind of going to explore around and go around the country and also do service projects and home stays and it’s basically a mix of everything."