From October 17th to October 26th, 10 students from The Harkness Institute, located in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, were hosted by students at the International House and eight AC families. Their time in Rochester consisted of fun, tourist activities, like the Maid of the Mist in Niagara Falls, a tour of the University of Rochester, and a bike tour of downtown Rochester. The students also spent time in Lower, Middle, and Upper School Spanish classes, giving AC language students the opportunity to converse in Spanish with native speakers. Harkness students enjoyed being able to act as “assistant teachers” in the Lower School Spanish classes and spending time with their host families learning about traditional American activities, meals, and family traditions.
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On Wednesday, October 23rd, the AC community gathered for a potluck dinner to celebrate out wonderful diversity. Student and faculty speakers shared stories and aspects of their cultural heritage, and there were two musical performances as well.
On Friday, October 25th, Upper School students attended Fright Fest, which was held at Darien Lake. Exchange students from The Harkness Institute in Mexico also attended the event, which brought together students from different cultural backgrounds.
Day of the Dead Celebration (Día de los Muertos)
In alignment with AC’s core values of making connections and developing the curious mind, Spanish students in all divisions learned about “Día de los Muertos” or “Day of the Dead.” This festive day in Mexican and Guatemalan culture is celebrated October 31st through November 2nd. AC students created artwork and brought in a symbol of passed family members, pets or family friends to lend to our altar display, located in the Lower School’s main entrance.
Spectrum News highlighted AC’s Center for Global Engagement by featuring a partnership with The Harkness Institute in Mexico. The cultural immersion experience is part of an ongoing effort to provide global experiences to students at Allendale Columbia and around the world. The students share some of their experiences with their host families, the differences between the cultures, and why they think interactions with different cultures are so important.
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