ECI’s first study abroad students of 2012

We look forward to sharing California with our Austrian group

Chaperones Marya Kahan & Lena Gammer are excited to show our students an amazing time in the Bay Area. The Austrian group will be living with volunteer host families, improving their English abilities, and seeing what American life is like first-hand. After picking the students and their teachers up from the airport on Tuesday, the group were all tired from their travels. Most of the students went right to sleep after arriving at their host family’s home. They needed to rest for the full itinerary they have ahead of them.

On Wednesday, the group had a full day. We started the day with an orientation and a walk in the rain to downtown Palo Alto, where the students participated in a Scavenger Hunt and all groups did very well. They are all quite clever! They didn’t let the weather spoil the experience.

Visiting Stanford University campus

The rain let up a bit for our Stanford University tour, which was fun and educational. Most of the students will be coming home with some variety of Stanford clothing or souvenir. This is a great group of students! Despite the rain they had a great time today and were in high spirits.

Today we are splitting into 2 groups and will both be exploring San Francisco. The weather should be a little nicer for us. Half the students will enjoy a guided bus tour of San Francisco, including stops at Haight Ashbury, Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach, Alamo Square, and the Golden Gate Bridge. The other half will take a guided tour of SF City Hall and United Nations Plaza, and will visit Chinatown and Union Square. On Friday they switch, so both groups get to see it all.

We’ll keep posting updates as the trip progresses. We’ll post photos of our time together on the next blog. We look forward to the next few weeks together. Share your own hosting stories in the comment section of this blog.

Welcome to California!

– Marya

Return to the U.S. this summer with ECI!

Want more opportunities to improve your English and explore California? Then enroll in one of our summer immersion programs for European students. You’ll find all the details on the Edu-Culture International, Europe website.

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