This month, EARTH welcomes the Spanish Language Program´s second class of students. With a growing number of students arriving from non-Spanish-speaking countries, EARTH established the intensive Spanish language and cultural immersion program last September to prepare students for life at EARTH.
This year, the arriving students hail from eleven different African countries, as well as from Haiti and Jamaica. The MasterCard Foundation sponsors sixteen of the twenty-four students beginning the program on October 1. Representing new countries on EARTH´s campus are The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Nahom Taddese Ghile and Addisu Dulacha (´16, Ethiopia), Annet Mukamurenzi (´16, Rwanda), Jean Romé Malou and Leonor Fall (´16, Senegal), Lusekelo James Mkuwi and Eunice Sylvester Paulo (´16, Tanzania), and Rumbidzai Chipo Hove (´16, Zimbabwe).
The students will begin their University courses in January 2013. In the meantime, they will live with their Costa Rican host families, many of which are opening their doors a second time to program participants. Families´ eagerness to invite new students into their homes again truly attests to the program´s success. “It was a very positive experience…I hope this year will be the same. I get a student from the same country!” said EARTH employee Ileana Céspedes. Last year, Ileana hosted The MasterCard Foundation Scholar Purity Kendi Muthomi (´15, Kenya) and is now preparing to welcome The MasterCard Foundation Scholar Elizabeth Muthoni Nderitu (´16, Kenya).
We invite you to learn more about the Spanish Language Program participants in the coming months. Look for a feature story about them soon!
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