Our Mexico Exchange Program began in 1982.
Each year, six ninth grade students studying Spanish travel to Tlaxcala, a provincial capital and a safe and prosperous city of 1.17 million, about 75 miles east of Mexico City (on the way to Veracruz) for one month. Students live with a host family and attend classes at La Escuela Secundaria Técnica No.1 "Xicohtencatl Axayacatzin" de Tlaxcala.
GFS students travel to Mexico during January Term. In Mexico, they participate in Math, English, History, Spanish, arts, and traditional dance classes as well as a number of cultural activities with their host families.
The Mexican students come to GFS for the month of April. It is generally a reciprocal exchange, so that each pair of students spends two months together, one with the family in Tlaxcala and the other in Philadelphia.
Rachel Bradburd, Middle and Upper School Spanish teacher, is the director of this exchange.
Student comments about Mexico Exchange:
It was the highlight of my year.
—Will Hagele '20
I loved my host sister and I loved the Mexican culture. I also loved that when I came back I felt more fluent than I’d ever been. I’d known since I’d started taking Spanish in 7th grade that I wanted to become fluent and the only way to do that was to go live in a Spanish speaking country for a few months or a few years. Being that I was only in 9th grade, this is the closest that I’d ever come to fulfilling that dream.
—Lila Sternberg-Sher '17