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Two temporary PSHS students enjoying the culture

November 19, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Samuele Franceschetti from Italy and Isabel Morro Tabares from Spain have become temporary residents of Poland as the finish out their year with the AFS (American Field Service) program.

"We [presently] have 22 students in Northeast Ohio," said AFS-Northeast Ohio Area Team Chapter Chairperson Terri L. Windsor. "Samuele and Isabel are staying with Poland families and are attending Poland Seminary High School."

She said the students come from many foreign countries and they are here learning American culture and how people can be different yet live together with respect for one another.

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Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier

Four students from an AFS (American Field Service) program visited Boardman Glenwood Junior High School on Nov. 14 and told students about their daily lives. Pictured are AFS students Samuele Franceschetti and Federica Delrio, both of Italy, Isabel Morro Tabares from Spain, and Nao Yonezawa from Japan. Franceschetti and Taberes are staying with families in Poland and attending Poland Seminary High School.

The AFS is over 100 years old, beginning in 1915 with ambulance drivers. The American ambulance drivers had formed a volunteer service overseas to learn various cultures and to help make the world a better place. The ambulance crews kept the program growing through WWI and WWII. After WWII, the AFS evolved into an organization for students to have the cultural exchange.

The programs begins in the foreign country when a student applies to be part of it. There are grants and fundraisers to help fund the students trips.

In the U.S., a host family signs up, then can select the country they would like to host a student from. The U.S. family actually gets to view the students profile before the student knows about his host family.

The students then make the trip to America and attend an American school. They are also required to go to other schools and talk about their home country and the differences they notice.

One thing that Samuele said stood out was, "everything here is bigger and wider, like houses and super markets."

He said he enjoys the English language and finds the kindness of people to be outstanding. He also likes the American school system better that his school set up back in Rome.

"We go to school from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday. We also have five years of high school," he said. "I prefer the American schools of five days a week."

For Isabel the Ohio experience is different from her homeland. She said the food, transportation, clothing and way of life are very different.

"My winters are hotter," she said "We have like 70 degrees in winter."

Two things she loves about the Poland area is Handels and Chick-fil-A, but she admitted the restaurant scene is not even close to the way things are back in Spain.

"When we go to a restaurant back home, there is no fast food, gulping it and go," Isabel said. "We get dressed and go to a restaurant and it takes three to four hours."

At the end of the school year Samuele will return to Italy and Isabel to Spain. They will have gained first-hand knowledge of life in America and for the students they run across here, their culture will be remembered as well.



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