Twenty RCDS seventh and eighth grade students participated in a virtual exchange program with peers at Colegio Clara Casas in Bogotá, Colombia. The program was offered by Envoys, an experiential education company whose mission is to promote authentic language experiences, design thinking, and creative problem solving. During two 90-minute exchanges, conducted solely in Spanish, RCDS students described their lives and cultural traditions in the United States and asked their counterparts about theirs. Both sessions were facilitated by a bilingual Envoys facilitator.
“This virtual exchange helped support the evolution of our students into true global citizens, fostering mutual understanding, respect and connection across cultures.” —Lizanne Rosenzweig, Middle School Spanish Teacher
“Hearing a group of students chatting away with their peers in Spanish about topics of interest was very inspiring. It was wonderful to see the cross-cultural connections that were being made. I am confident that our students will remember this experience and continue to connect with their peers in Columbia.” —Maggie Parker, Chair of Modern Languages