Yonkers Montessori Academy high school students taking a Spanish language and cultural immersion course completed an academically rigorous intersession in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico this spring.
After conducting a series of fundraisers and with donations, sponsorships and a little help from adults and the District, sixteen YMA students flew from New York to San Juan to immerse themselves in the bio-diversity of the archipelago located between the Caribbean and the North Atlantic. The students visited El Yunque Rain Forest, Guanica Dry Forest Reserve and Bioluminescent Bay. They had time to explore El Morro Fort in Old San Juan and a museum of the indigenous cultures of Puerto Rico in Ponce.
A highlight of the trip was the students’ visit to a local public school where they took on the role of teachers, assisting in proctoring practice local exams.
Tenth grader Amir Osmanovic said, "Fue muy bueno usar el Español que aprendí en la escuela. It was great to use the Spanish I have learned in class."
Teacher and chaperone Arnaldo Landrau remarked, "The students were great. They represented our school, district and the city of Yonkers favorably and have been invited back for future visits to the island."