Global Learning, International Exchanges

Northwest School Hosts Cohort of Mexican Students

Twelve high school students from Mexico spent a busy week immersed in the Northwest School experience from November 13-17, participating in homestays and school classes, and seeing the sights of Seattle. The students were from Colegio Nuevo Continente, Northwest’s new partner school in Queretaro, Mexico.

"I loved the diversity of people and opinions at Northwest," says Luis B., one of the visiting students. “It reflects that Northwest is a global school."

The Mexican students and a team of Northwest School students committed some of their time to prepare for the Model U.N. Conference held in Seattle November 18 and 19. In addition, Northwest and Colegio Nuevo Continente students engaged in lively conversations about world issues, including the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). They also spent time in Spanish language classes, providing conversational opportunities for students in both sixth grade Spanish and advanced Spanish. In one Spanish class, the topic of conversation moved to healthy eating in Mexico, and what the Mexican students considered healthy eating in other countries.

During their free time away from the school, the students visited the sights of Seattle, such as the MoPOP Museum, the Space Needle, and touring neighborhoods like the International District.

Frida M., who has been to the United States before but has not done a homestay, says she would recommend the Northwest experience to all her friends back home.

"I've grown a lot as a person in a short time," says Frida. "You have to adapt to a new culture and the family you are staying with. You learn a lot about yourself and the culture in that time."