BURLINGTON - The students at Mater Christi School in Burlington have been able to welcome a number of exchange students from Thailand and Korea during the past few months. Each arrival brings with it excitement and a sense of opportunity on the part of the visitors and their Vermont hosts.
Several of the exchange students will attend MCS only until the end of the school year; however, students who have family ties in America can plan to attend their new school until they graduate from 8th grade.
Tanyapon "Thame" Senarith comes from Chatrwittaya School in Bangkok, Thailand. Her school offers students the opportunity to attend other schools in English speaking countries. Thame, a sixth grader, is residing with a family in Burlington. Some exchange students, including Thame, come with tutors to help with homework.
An important reason why families are interested in an exchange student status for their children is the chance to live the American experience as much as to receive an education. There is a growing interest in learning English among the people of countries like Thailand and Korea.
MCS expects to welcome two more exchange students in January.