I wish I could head back in time to fully understand what it was that drove me to enroll in an overseas study in college. I was a senior, working two jobs to earn my way through, and somehow aware that I needed to head to England for a semester abroad. Finding the funds was no small task and fortunately my determination was great. I knew living within another culture would be so beneficial as I had so many decisions on the horizon. It was a summer I still recall with such fondness. I was away from anything familiar with so few means and I had to make it work. I had to meet all new people, navigate the big city of London and learn how to trust my own instincts and decisions. I cannot be sure but it seems that is where my deep desire to see the world and meet her many people was born. I could not get enough of the variety or people I met while in various areas in England, Barcelona, Spain and Edinburough, Scottland.
Fast forward many years later and I dream of ways to engage my children in the world. I want nothing more than to make certian they are aware of differences and similarities of cultures all around the world. I want them to know that our way is one way but certainly not the only way and I want them to know that they can make a difference in the life of someone, anyone no matter where that person lives or what that person knows or believes. There do not have to be barriers and people really are people who all require the same basic things no matter where they reside in the world.
He was a kindergarten student and the program was relatively new. When we said yes to Spanish Immersion we were not entriely sure what we were getting into but the program intrigued us and of course triggered my deep desire to have my children aware that the world is made up of many cultures and many languages. We called it brain food and said yes without looking back. Now we have three children in the program and we could not be more proud of the work they have done to become bilingual students who value various cultures and their people.
it is so clear that we were meant ot be one of the families pioneering the program in it’s early days.