COLUMBUS, Ga. – More than a dozen students from Italy are living with Columbus families.
St. Anne Pacelli Catholic School made the decision to host foreign exchange students, for the first-time ever.
St. Anne Pacelli Catholic School is hosting 17 foreign exchange students and two teachers from a linguistic high school near Tuscany, Italy.
Each student was matched with a St. Anne Pacelli student and the American families have offered a house and home to their Italian visitors.
“It was just really cool to get to know someone like my little sister almost, and just to have someone to hang out with so much for two weeks,” says Elizabeth Landeche, a St. Anne Pacelli student.
News 3’s Ashley Garrett caught up with some of the Italian students visiting Saint Anne Pacelli School in Columbus and one thing that seemed to stand out the most was the food.
“In Italy we think that the food in America is not good but I find it very good,” says Semone Lebore, a foreign exchange student.
School representatives say, the purpose of this experience is to strengthen the foreign language program at Saint Anne Pacelli. This includes the students getting a global competency seal.
“It is an additional seal that is awarded on the high school diploma which the student has to complete a very rigorous program, more rigorous than anything else in town because it encompasses four years minimum of foreign language, passing the national exam or the AP, it also requires study abroad and hosting,” says Donna Carter, St. Anne Pacelli Foreign Exchange student.
Right now there are plans in place for Saint Anne students to take a trip to Italy during spring break.