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This summer Casimir Magruder ‘21 and Jack Rosenstengel ’21 traveled to Colegio San Pedro Claver, SLUH’s Jesuit partner school in Bucaramanga, Colombia for six weeks.
According to Rob Chura, Director of Global Education, “While SLUH is out on summer break, our partners in South America are in their winter semester, and the boys attended classes each day as members of the school while they lived with host families from the school. They were even able to participate in co-curricular activities like soccer. The boys returned on August 10, and their families will now host their Colombian host student in their homes for the fall semester. The two Colombian students are freshmen, Carlos Sarmiento and Carlos Navas.”
SLUH has partnered with Colegio San Pedro Claver for nearly 20 years. Today the schools have a reciprocal relationship, allowing students from both schools to experience another culture and firsthand.
Jack Rosenstengel ’21: In His Own Words
I arrived to Bucaramanga, Colombia, on July 1st. Right away, I was blown away by the size and beauty of the city. I began school at Colegio San Pedro Claver two days later, and spent six school weeks studying there. Being a foreign exchange student was a very unique experience. I was able to meet and talk to so many people right away, and we foreign exchange students stood out in a really good way.
Taking classes every weekday and living in a household that spoke almost entirely in Spanish for several weeks drastically improved my confidence with the language. Whether I was ordering food, writing an essay for the Spanish language class, or hanging out with friends on the weekends, my Spanish was improving. I am still nowhere close to fluent, but this experience took me further in that direction and gave me a greater understanding of what it would take to become fluent.
In addition to the language, one of the coolest aspects of the experience was the fact that I was experiencing the life of a high school student in another country. I experienced the culture in several unique ways: food, soccer, dance, use of time on the weekends, and more. Words cannot describe how amazing this experience was, and I urge anybody with the slightest interest to consider coming to Bucaramanga to study. It’s a truly remarkable place to be.