We had the possibility of hosting an Italian student from the school of Varese for 3 weeks, thanks to the European Schools Exchange Program, promoted by the system of the European Schools.
It was a great experience in every sense but above all, having two daughters of about the same age of our guest, it was very positive for them to spend time with someone who spoke the same mother tongue (not so frequent here, apart with the parents), come into direct contact with ‘Italy” through a new friend and realize that they have many things in common. They felt linked not only by speaking the same language but also by the fact of being ‘European’. This happens thanks to the type of school they attend and we take the opportunity to thanks the PAC of the ESB to organize this so well and efficiently.
I warmly recommend this experience to all the families whose children do not have a language section in our school.
We had an exchange student from the European School in Varese. I found the experience very nice and it gave a happy atmosphere to our house. I loved to have someone who was able to speak my same mother tongue also and especially at school, in which my Italian classes are a bit lonely, me being the only one in the class. However not only because of these classes was it nice to have someone who spoke Italian at school because, in a way, it feels like you know someone better if you speak the same language, you listen to the same songs, and you are only seven months of difference. It was special to have her, and I will never forget this experience. It kind of felt like having a twin, which, I can promise you, is really unique.