EventsNews Service RSS

Students from Cagli, Italy Arrive for Sister City Cultural Immersion Exchange

The students, ranging in age from 16-18, will stay with volunteer host families while they attend a 17-day cultural immersion program studying the English language and American culture.

The students, age 16-18, will stay with volunteer host families while they attend a 17-day cultural immersion program studying the English language and American culture.

SPOKANE, Wash. – A group of 10 high school students and their chaperones from Cagli, Italy, arrived in Spokane on Monday, July 25, in the first official cultural and educational exchange between Cagli and Spokane as Sister Cities. These 10 students were selected from a pool of 140 eligible candidates.

The students, ranging in age from 16-18, will stay with volunteer host families while they attend a 17-day cultural immersion program studying the English language and American culture. John Caputo, a professor in Gonzaga University’s master of arts in communication and leadership studies program, spearheaded the exchange as well as the Sister City relationship. Professor Caputo has taken more than 300 students to Cagli over the past 14 years.

“As Sister Cities, Spokane and Cagli have embarked on a relationship committed to cultural and educational exchange,” said Caputo. “One of the best and most effective ways to begin is by inviting these talented Italian students to live in Spokane with American families and introduce them to our way of life.”

While in Spokane, the students will attend English language and American culture classes, meet local dignitaries and tour area attractions. Evenings will include social activities in Spokane and with their host families. The students will return to Italy on Aug. 11.

On Oct. 1, a delegation from Cagli will travel to Spokane for the official Sister City signing ceremony between the communities. It will include a dinner celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Italian-American Club of Spokane.

For more information about the Cagli exchange students or the Spokane-Cagli Sister Cities Project, contact Professor Caputo at jcaputo1@mac.com or (509) 220-5582.

Comments are closed.