PALMDALE – Eight middle school students and two teachers are visiting the Antelope Valley as part of the Peruvian Student Exchange Program, a unique program that allows students to share multicultural values.
“For the next two weeks, students from Peru will visit our students at Los Amigos,” stated Palmdale School District Superintendent Raul Maldonado. “This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to make friends with foreign students, learn about their culture, art, music and language. It’s a great partnership.”
This is the second year the Palmdale School District has hosted this program, which offers the students a chance to study in a dual immersion school, in which students learn both English and Spanish.
Cesar Gabriel Aranda Briones, Hiroshi Félix Yokokura Hinostroza, Sandro Stefano Ostos Sanchez, Adrian Peralta Nuñez, Vareria Stephanie Luy Lopez, Valeria Sue Espinoza Roman, Paula Yovanka Morales Fajardo and Camila Illariy Moya Vásquez are the eight students staying in the district for the program this year. The two teachers are Karina Babilonia Sarmiento and Amparo Dayanna Johnson-Masias de Diaz.
They are staying with sponsors, who are teachers working for the Palmdale School District.
The group attended a Palmdale School District board meeting last week and offered a presentation and gifts to board members. Brian Anguiano, from Assemblyman Tom Lackey’s office, Isaac Barcelona, from Congressman Steve Knight’s Office, and board members from the Palmdale Water District were on hand to give certificates of recognition to the Peruvian students and teachers.
“It has been a marvelous experience, especially for the students… these students are so excited to be here. Not only to be in the United States but to come to school, this is something that will prepare them when they go to learn at a University,” stated Rosa Armstrong, Palmdale School District administrative assistant and trip coordinator.
The students will also visit Universal Studios, Disneyland, Hollywood and tour the Palmdale Water facilities during their stay.
The Palmdale School District hopes to continue this program next year.
[Information via news release from the Palmdale School District.]
7 comments for "Peruvian students visit AV in unique student exchange program"
Los Amigos Parent says
My daughter had the opportunity to interact with these students in class and she loved the experience. She explained that she helped with curriculum translation and they helped students with subject matter in the Spanish language. Great opportunity to understand other cultures!
PSD Parent says
I agree that this “fantastic opportunity for our students to make friends with foreign students, learn about their culture, art, music and language. It’s a great partnership.” My only concern is how come our kids don’t get to” visit Universal Studios, Disneyland, Hollywood and tour the Palmdale Water facilities.”
PSD Parent is SALTY! says
I am sure the students/parents of the Peruvian students worked very hard to have enough $ to have the students visit the various destinations or lots of fundraising took place. Stop being so salty, save money and take your PSD students to enjoy what So Cal has to offer to the world. Geez!
PSD Parent says
PSD Parent not salty, my kids have been to Disneyland, and more than once too, what I am is a little perturbed when kids have to travel 1/4 of the earth to be treated special. Maybe if some of our kids got to visit the Palmdale Water facilities, and not just for the fun rides, they might learn water is vital, and maybe even convince their parents to get rid of the lush green lawns in the desert.
Los Amigos Parent says
Good for you @PSD Parent, but you do understand that now you are still bitcxxng about another topic? Blah, blah, blah.
Congrats Peruvian kids, you are welcome to return and visit Los Amigos and our valley anytime, don’t mind complainers!
gary L says
My kids have been begging to visit the Palmdale Water Facilities for years, all the rides and attractions and fun and excitement must be unbelieveable. I just want to see the “Dead Cat In The Storm Drain” exhibit, but tickets are always sold out… maybe next year..
Cost of insurance for off site tours is why most California schools no longer do field trips.
Have to save costs somewhere to pad pockets elsewhere.