Semester in Review: Romanian Exchange, October 2016

Romanian students teach SVGS students a traditional Romanian dance!

Ten Romanian students and a teacher came to visit the second week in October.    They began in New  York City and Wasington D.C. DC and toured sites like the Empire State Builidng, Staten Island and Air and Space Museum.  SVGS hosts meet our guest in Wasington D.C. and headed to the outlet malls .  SVGS hosts and their Romanian guests toured in the valley including  downtown Staunton, the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace, Baja Bean, Luray caverns, New Market battlefield, and Monticello.  An SVGS alum,former exchange host and first year staundet at UVA, Kerith Fern lead the group on a tour of the UVA grounds.  We are grateful to Mihai Surdu. Romanian administrator for organizing the groups travel to the United States  and to Daniel Petriceneau, Romanian teachers who accompanied these students.  We are grateful for our Romanian guest students who taught us many new things and treasure getting to know them all!


The host families did a wonderful job and we really appreciate their sharing of the American culture. Host student students and their families were:

SVGS Host Romanian Guest
11 WMHS Ryan Aud Vlad Holban
11 WMHS Emily Baraclough Ana Deak
11 WMHS Jenna Benzing Miruna Cretu
11 WMHS Margot Flanders Ileana Neagoe
11 WMHS Kristen Holman Andreea Veronia Petrascu
12 SDHS Mariah Hoy Eva Leah Cabiria Morganstern
12 BGHS Madison Kauffman Irina (Didi) Tibichi
12 SDHS Caley Keenan Ioana Buzelan
12 FDHS Hannah Mason Victor-Razvan
12 WMHS Caitlin Snook Ion-Mihai Apahidean


We are very grateful to our host families for opening up their homes to our Romanian guest students enabling them to experience American culture, values and life.  Our host students and their Romanian guests are future leaders.  What these young people learn at this formative age is life-changing.  What they accomplish after this cultural experience strengthens their communities and teaches others understanding and appreciation of differences.capture

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