Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 12:00

Assumption Launches International Summer Cultural Enrichment Program

High School Students from Argentina Visit College

Assumption College has launched a new international summer cultural enrichment program—the Assumption Global Network—that aims to build a stronger relationship between the Worcester campus and the Assumptionist community around the world.

On Saturday, July 12, a group of 42 16-year-old students and five chaperones from Instituto San Róman in Buenos Aires, Argentina, arrived in Worcester for a four-week stay at the College. (Incidentally, one of their first activities was to watch the World Cup’s final match, in which their home country played, on Sunday, July 13.)

The students have previously taken English classes at their Assumptionist high school in Argentina; in Worcester, they will further their study in the language and immerse themselves in American culture. The group will live in Assumption’s South Hall, take courses on campus, eat in Taylor Dining Hall; travel to Boston, Providence, New York City and Kittery, Maine, for shopping and sight-seeing; catch a performance of the Broadway musical Footloose at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester; visit Worcester Art Museum and Boston’s Museum of Science; hike Wachusett Mountain in Princeton, Mass., and Purgatory Chasm, in Sutton, Mass.; and take in a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, among other activities.

“The program is unique to Assumption, since we are the only Assumptionist college in the United States,” said Assumption College Admissions Director Mario Silva Rosa, who chairs the Assumption Global Network team. “Its purpose is to foster collaboration and provide cultural, educational and mission-specific exchange opportunities among our Assumptionist community members—students and faculty, in particular.”

For the Argentinian students, the experience will be an opportunity to immerse themselves in the English language and American culture, and to meet other Assumptionists, according to Catechism teacher Celeste Trotta, one of the chaperones from Argentina.

“We are Assumptionists, and we know there are a lot of other schools like ours,” she said. “We want to follow in the footsteps of Fr. Emmanuel d’Alzon, founder of the Augustinians of the Assumption, and meet our fellow brothers and sisters.”

She noted that her students and fellow chaperones were also looking forward to watching their home country’s soccer team play Sunday, July 13, in the World Cup.

“We love soccer; it’s an important part of our culture,” she said.

In addition to Silva Rosa, also leading the program are Director Landy Johnson, Ph.D., of the Provost’s office; Fr. Richard Lamoureaux, A.A. of Campus Ministry; Education Professor Nanho Vander Hart; Modern and Classical Languages Professor Arlene Guerrero-Watanabe; Academic Coordinator Andy Rivera, Activities Coordinator Cheryl Sanders, and a solid team of instructors and student ambassadors. 

The Assumption Global Network program will continue next month as a group of 22 students from Assumption High School in Japan will visit Worcester August 2-10 for an on-campus academic and cultural experience.

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Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews