Eighteen exchange students from Chile arrived at George Mason High School on Sept. 9 for a two-week cultural exchange with Trewhela’s School in Santiago. This program has been an annual event between the two schools since 2003.
During their stay, the Trewhela’s School students have visited not only George Mason High School, but also other Falls Church City Public Schools, and have benefited from the City’s close proximity to Washington, D.C., visiting many museums and even getting tours of the White House and Pentagon.
Come Friday, the students, who have been hosted on the exchange by families in Falls Church, will return to their school, but it won’t be long until they see their Mason friends again. As part of the exchange program, in March a group of 20 Mason students will go to Santiago, where they will learn more about life in the Chilean city and stay with the families of those they hosted this month. These trips have, in the past, included visits to the coastal cities of Chile and visits to the home of Nobel Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda.