Whether you're in Spain, Perú, France, Italy, or China, as a Commonwealth student, you can step into another person's shoes a half a world away.
Learning a foreign language at Commonwealth often includes the chance to experience another culture through one of our exchanges and trips. During spring break in March, Commonwealth students travel to Spain and France with faculty chaperones. Students from IES Zaidín-Vergeles in Granada, Spain, and Lycée Fustel de Coulanges in Strasbourg, France, visit the school and stay with Commonwealth families.
While not every exchange happens every year, the aim is for all the participants to experience it from both sides. When the French and Spanish students are in Boston, students and teachers offer special classes and sponsor social events.
Students of Latin often travel to see antiquities in Rome and Pompeii on another chaperoned trip in March. Students of Mandarin also often have the opportunity to travel to China. Life with a host family is demanding and rewarding, prompting one student to report with awe that “I could speak and people actually understood.”