We are excited to announce four opportunities for Global Exchange in 2019! On May 9th and May 14th, we will hold informational sessions for students interested in participating in our exchanges and cultural trips. Come and hear more about these opportunities.Global Studies 2019-20 Informational Meetings
An educational exchange program between Moravian Academy’s Upper School and “Faces and Our Cultures” (FACES) in Guatemala City was established in the 2013-2014 school year. Due to its success, the Global Language Department expanded the program the following year to include a unilateral exchange with our Middle School students as hosts. It has been a very positive experience for the Middle School and the Moravian Academy community ever since.
Next school year, we will again welcome Guatemalan students to campus through the program. These young participants spend nearly two months living with a host family while attending classes and participating in extracurricular activities at school. The program has led to wonderful friendships and has provided our students and our Guatemalan guests with valuable cultural experiences. This fall, our young cultural ambassadors will arrive October 20th, stay with their host families and join our school community for the following 8 weeks, and depart December 15th.
If you are interested in hosting a student and participating in this life-enriching experience, you can contact Mrs. Faith Fraizer at the Middle School and Mrs. Kathleen Weems at the Upper School. In addition, Sandy Cardona, FACES General Coordinator and founder, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. This opportunity is available for families of Middle School students currently in Grade 7 (those entering Grade 8 in the 2019-2020 school year) and Upper School students currently in Grades 9-11 (those entering Grade 10-12 in the 2019-2020 school year).
We encourage those interested to attend an informational meeting on Monday, March 4th at 12:00 pm in the Athletic Wellness Center (Classroom #1) on the Merle-Smith Campus. We hope to see you there!
A warm BIENVENIDOS to Mathias from Guatemala who will be joining our Middle School community on October 16th. He will be hosted by an eighth-grader and his family. Mathias will be immersed in the life of a Moravian Academy student until December 9th.
The Middle School has been hosting students from Guatemala for the past five years through the Faces and Our Cultures program. This invaluable opportunity is available each year to families of our eighth-grade students. It is an enriching experience of cultural discovery and resulting friendships that broaden our view of the world.
We are happy to share with you that this year we will welcome Guatemalan students to campus through the Faces and Our Cultures Program (FACES). These young participants spend nearly two months living with a host family while attending classes and participating in extracurricular activities at school. The program has led to wonderful friendships and has provided our students and our Guatemalan guests with valuable cultural experiences.
In order to participate in the Faces Program, Guatemalan students apply to be Cultural Ambassadors of their country and are carefully selected by the FACES team. They go through a preparation process during the year and also prepare cultural projects to share with their host family and school.
This fall, our young cultural ambassadors will arrive October 16th, stay with their host families and join our school community for the following 7.5 weeks, and depart December 9th.
We will host an informational meeting at school for potential host families, in which a FACES representative will share the experience of hosting and answer any questions you may have.
Please join us on Monday, May 7th at 5:00 PM at the Upper School. If you plan to attend or would like further information, please email Mrs. Frazier at email@example.com.
Each year at Moravian, our students are encouraged to explore and innovate, using their imaginations to create and inspire, and experience new things and places. While intimidating for many, the process of delving into something completely new is exciting and exhilarating to say the least.
For some, stepping out of the comfort zone includes performing in a recital, participating in a group improv game in front of a live audience, or preparing a first Comenius Project proposal. For others, it’s auditioning for the drama, preparing for a PJAS presentation, or designing a difficult component of the set for a stage production.
For our varsity boys’ basketball team, exploration of the “new” came in the form of experiencing what it was like to become District XI Champions and contenders for the PIAA State Basketball title. This historic and record-breaking season showed our players that determination and hard work really can pay off.
Over Spring Break, many of our Upper School students and faculty crossed borders and explored new countries and their culture–it was wonderful to see students taking their first trips to a new country with Moravian Academy. For many, this was the first time they used an acquired language in a foreign country. For others, the excitement of exploring historical places, such as Versailles and Shakespeare’s hometown was impactful.
As one student put it, “This trip was undoubtedly life-changing and eye-opening, considering the fact I was given the opportunity to see and live within the country that ours once demanded separation from.” Another student shared “Earlier in the year we read the Shakespeare play Henry V for class and now we’ve visited his final resting place in Westminster Abbey, with both the person and location dating to before Columbus’ voyage. Seeing all of this history almost everywhere around us was something of a delight I think for all of us, Shakespeare fans, anglophiles, or simply people who enjoyed visiting this different country.”
One of the most remarkable attributes of Moravian Academy students is their willingness to delve into the unexplored with confidence knowing they have the skills to succeed in whatever they take on. Continually curious, our students support and inspire each other to learn new things about themselves and the world.