Argentinian Exchange – by James Enright (5th Year)

During May and June of this year I went on an Exchange to Argentina. This was arranged by Br. Denis and Br. Cillian in Glenstal and by Fernando Carro in Quilmes.

I was greeted by my Exchange partner, Augustin “Don”  Massone and his family at the airport in Buenos Aires. They are very friendly people and looked after me extremely well for the eight weeks I was there. Augustin has one older and one younger brother and they live in Quilmes.

The school was very welcoming and was always helpful to me. The staff of the School, Colegio Alemán went out of their way to make me feel at home. The fact that I enjoyed my Exchange in Argentina is in no small part down to my classmates in Colegio Alemán. Whenever I had a question or needed help they were happy to give me a hand. There are about a thousand pupils in the school which consists of all classes from kindergarten to the end of secondary school. The school is co-educational with about half-and-half girls and boys. The main sports in the school are handball and athletics. There was no rugby in the school when I was there although I managed to play a few games with a local club.

The school also organized trips such as the one to the Teatro Colón, one of the best Opera Houses in the world. Other trips were arranged for me to see the incredible architecture and culture of Buenos Aires and Argentina.

The two months I spent in Argentina were an amazing end to my Transition Year. The school, my classmates, my Exchange family and of course, my  Exchange himself Augustin are some of the friendliest people I have ever met. I hope to return to them sometime in the not too far future. I also look forward to welcoming my Exchange Agus when he comes to Ireland in January 2015. I am looking forward to introducing him to  everyone here in Glenstal as well as to my family. I hope he will have the same amazing impression of Ireland as I have of Argentina.

I want to thank everyone who made this Exchange possible: to my parents, to Br. Denis and Br. Cillian, to Fernando Carro, to everyone at Colegio Alemán and to Agus. I had the time of my life.

James Enright