DORSET -- Six students from Spain and Andorra came to Vermont in late June in order to enhance their English skills and to learn about American culture.

Accompanied by their teacher Carla Vidal, Aina Areny, Elisabet Soler, Ariadna Rossell, Abril Areny and Ariadna Prats moved in with host families around Manchester and visited many local attractions such as the Norcross-West Quarry and Hapgood Pond. The main field trip of their stay went to Burlington.

Director of LTStudies International Courtney Callo showed them the typical American camping experience including setting up tents and roasting marshmallows. While in Burlington, the students took a cruise on Lake Champlain, shopped on Church Street, did factory tours of Ben & Jerry's and VT Teddy Bear Company, went bowling and spent a morning swimming at North Beach.

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This was a busy trip. During their stay, LTS World Languages Chair Kelley Swarthout helped them to improve their English. For example, they had to write a journal of what they did each day and ultimately produced this article as a record of their visit .

They also made videos for which the girls wrote the scripts and directed the vignettes they produced. Utilising Long Trail's kitchens, the students made two American classics -- Strawberry Ice Cream and Strawberry Shortcake -- and made a video about their cooking too.

They worked on vocabulary development through games like Scrabble and Bananagrams.

Thanks to these activities and other language practices, the girls greatly improved their writing and speaking skills.


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The girls were also immersed in LTSummer camp. Each week they were assigned to different programs and activities.

They went on adventures and also cooked delicious meals using the school's bountiful greenhouse and gardens.

The students worked with the younger campers whom they found very cute.

The group departed in mid-July after a great experience and with a lot of fun stories to tell.

They were very sad to leave but also happy because they met a lot of nice people.