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Pictured: Alex Webb '14 (center) with Australian mates from Riverview Sam Neal (left) and Liam Hall.
Thirty-five students and three teachers recently made the trip from a Jesuit high school in Sydney, Australia to the United States for a two-week educational, cultural immersion experience. During their trip, they spent five days in St. Louis and participated in classes and various activities at SLUH.
The group of Australian students were led by former SLUH theology teacher Sue Walsh, who now teaches at Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview in Sydney.
"It is always great for two wonderful Jesuit institutions on opposite sides of the world to be able to get together and experience our many similarities and differences," says Walsh. "I feel that both the SLUH and Riverview boys gained immensely from the wonderful sharing of cultures that went on. Both groups were enriched by these experiences and as one of my boys said, 'it was the experience of a lifetime, and one I will never forget.'"
During their stay in St. Louis, from October 3-8, each student stayed with a host SLUH family. They immersed themselves in the SLUH community for several days, joining SLUH students for classes and participating in extra-curricular activities. Several enthusiastic Aussies joined in the cheering section for the varsity football game versus Lafayette.
Prior to visiting St. Louis, the Aussies traveled to California, New York and Washington, D.C., where they learned about American culture with an emphasis on Business Studies.
According to Walsh, "This was a Business Studies excursion, and we were looking to visit major financial businesses and gain important case study information that our students require in their studies for their college entrance exam."
Among their various activities, they visited the Stock Exchange in New York, explored the Smithsonian Museums in D.C., and toured the Federal Reserve facility in St. Louis. They also met with alumni from both SLUH and Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview at various corporations to better understand America from a business perspective.
"Hosting the Australian students was definitely an amazing thing to be able to do," says Alex Webb '14. "Learning about the Australian culture and realizing that even though they live on the other side of the world, they are teenagers just like us created for a great five days."
"It was a a unique experience that I will never forget," says John Espenschied '14. "Going into it I thought of it simply as a way for the Australians to learn and have fun, but it turned out I learned a lot as well. I learned so much about their culture, which sparked me to really want to travel there in the future."
Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview is a Jesuit school for day boys and boarders from grades 5-12. It was established by the Jesuits at Lane Cove in Sydney in 1880.
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