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Join us for the 2018-2019 Spain Exchange between Bishop McNamara High School and Paz de Ziganda Ikastola in Villava, Navarra, a school in the Basque Region in northern Spain. Check out the school's website for more about Paz de Ziganda Ikastola -www.pazdezigandaikastola.net.
Since 2008, BMHS students and their families have enjoyed welcoming students from Paz de Ziganda to our homes and community, while our students spent 2 remarkable weeks immersed in the Spain culture, language and school community.
Watch our videos on the Spain Exchange:
The students who are hosted are integrated into the BMHS family and family routines while they are here. They come to school every morning and go home at the end of the day with their BMHS student/family. The PDZ students participate in sight-seeing/educational excursions with their teachers during the school day. Other days, the PDZ students opt to stay here at BMHS and shadow their host student in his/her classes. If your BMHS student has some after-school activity/practice or sporting event, your host student typically goes along.
Other things to know about the exchange:
- The host family offers the student a place to sleep (separate or shared/same gender room) and three meals a day. Families will be informed in advance if there are any dietary restrictions that need to be observed.
- The students bring their own spending money and health insurance coverage.
The host family has the freedom to take the student(s) away from the area if there is a family weekend trip planned. In fact, we have had BMHS families take their host students to up to New York City, over to Ocean City, down to North Carolina and other places during their visit.
- It is really up to the family to decide what it is or not able/willing to do - the PDZ students come knowing that each family does things differently; they really are just happy to be here!
- On the day of arrival, our BMHS families go to the airport (Dulles) to pick up the PDZ students; on the day of departure the PDZ students leave from BMHS by charter bus to get to Dulles.
- We always have some sort of welcome event – a barbecue, pot-luck, etc. at someone's home.
- Teachers managing the exchange are always available should the family have questions or concerns during the homestay.
- Some PDZ students speak English better than others; however, this has never really been an issue.
- Families are asked to be flexible, if at all possible, regarding gender when offering to host a student(s); we are sometimes short on families willing to host (especially males) and really appreciate a family's ability to accommodate students of opposite gender when needed.
For more information - go to The Spain Exchange Info - Slideshow
If you have other questions and/or are interested in joining us on this excellent adventure in any way, please get in touch as soon as possible with Mr. Luis Duclos (Luis.Duclos@bmhs.org) for all information.