Opportunity for Howard County teens to go abroad


Might your teen want to spend two weeks in France or Spain this summer? Then consider attending an information session to learn more about the annual summer Sister Cities High School Exchange program hosted by Columbia Association.

The three sessions will take place at CA Headquarters, located at 10221 Wincopin Circle in downtown Columbia, on Tuesday, Nov. 12; Monday, Dec. 9; and Thursday, Jan. 16. All sessions are scheduled to be held from 7 to 8pm. The sessions will include a question and answer session with teen and parent alumni of the program as well as a presentation about the program by Laura Smit, program manager for CA's International Exchange and Multicultural Programs.


Scholarships for trip available

Teen participants will experience approximately two weeks of cultural and linguistic immersion in one of Columbia's European sister cities: Cergy-Pontoise in France or Tres Cantos in Spain. During this time, they are hosted by the family of a French or Spanish student. After returning to the United States, students will then host their French/Spanish counterparts for another two weeks. Throughout the trip, there will be organized group activities for the participants, both abroad and in the United States.

The program fee is $700 for Columbia residents and $850 for non-residents, excluding airline tickets. Airline tickets in 2014 will range from $1,200 to $1,500 per participant. Applicants must be high school students residing in Howard County and must have completed high school level three of French or Spanish by the end of the current academic year or have the equivalent language fluency.

There are scholarships available for Columbia residents who qualify. The application deadline is Feb. 21. For an application, visit the Columbia Association website or contact Laura Smit at 410-715-3162 or International@ColumbiaAssociation.org.