Stu­dents get taste of cul­ture in Peru

Palm­dale School District hosts a dozen vis­i­tors from Lima

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Front Page - By AL­LI­SON GATLIN Val­ley Press Staff Writer

PALM­DALE — For the past cou­ple weeks, Palm­dale School District has played host to in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors, as a dozen stu­dents from two schools in Lima, Peru, have vis­ited, at­tend­ing classes, stay­ing with lo­cal fam­i­lies and shar­ing their tra­di­tions and cul­ture.

“It’s not ev­ery day when we have kids from other coun­tries vis­it­ing,” Su­per­in­ten­dent Raul Mal­don­ado said.

The vis­it­ing stu­dents have been at the District’s two dual im­mer­sion schools, Los Ami­gos and Dos Caminos. These are schools where stu­dents learn in English and Span­ish.

A ma­jor rea­son for the visit is for the Peru­vian stu­dents to prac­tice their English with na­tive speak­ers.

“They were very gen­er­ous and very kind,” Ana Paula Me­d­ina, 14, said of the stu­dents they have met in Palm­dale.

“From the mo­ment we ar­rived, ev­ery per­son re­ceived us with love,” Laura Cuya, 13, said. “They were all kind peo­ple.”

The school ex­pe­ri­ence has been dif­fer­ent than what they are ac­cus­tomed to at home, and prefer­able for some. The schools them­selves are big­ger, they fea­ture so­lar pan­els and the start time is later in the morn­ing, they said.

In ad­di­tion, they said the teach­ers are funny and the classes more in­ter­ac­tive.

“We think that this is an in­cred­i­ble ex­pe­ri­ence. We’re learn­ing a lot, and have new friends,” Juan Diego, 12, said.

He said they are also learn­ing more about this coun­try and how peo­ple here learn, so that they may take home in­for­ma­tion to im­prove their schools.

On Tuesday, the visi

tors at Ta­marisk joined third El­e­men­tary graders School, where they per­formed tra­di­tional dances and pro­vided a brief les­son on their home­land.

The in­ter­na­tional visit co­in­cided with His­panic Her­itage Month at the cam­pus.

“This is the ic­ing on top of the cake,” Prin­ci­pal Gina Till­man said.

The part­ner­ship be­tween the Peru­vian schools and the Palm­dale School District has been on­go­ing for about five years, he said, and while the District has not or­ga­nized re­cip­ro­cal vis­its to South Amer­ica, a num­ber of the fac­ulty and staff have trav­eled there.

“There’s a lot to learn from them also,” said Mal­don­ado, who is among those to have made the trip. ed Eight from Maria stu­dents Alvarado vis­itS­chool, it­self a dual im­mer­sion pro­gram, while an­other four stu­dents came from In­nova Schools. Both are in Lima, the cap­i­tal city.

The vis­i­tors took in more than Palm­dale on their Cal­i­for­nia trip, vis­it­ing such iconic sites as Dis­ney­land, Hol­ly­wood and Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios.

The Hol­ly­wood Walk of Fame and the roller coast­ers of the theme parks ranked high on stu­dents’ list of fa­vorite things from those vis­its.

AL­LI­SON GATLIN/Val­ley Press

Stu­dents vis­it­ing Palm­dale School District from Maria Alvarado School in Lima, Peru, per­formed tra­di­tional dances for third-graders at Ta­marisk El­e­men­tary School this week.

AL­LI­SON GATLIN/Val­ley Press

Stu­dents vis­it­ing Palm­dale School District from Lima, Peru, this week pose for a selfie with teach­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tors at Ta­marisk El­e­men­tary School. The guests per­formed tra­di­tional dances and pro­vided a les­son about their home­land.

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