Lawrence-Itpapua Reception on Sunday!

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The Lawrence-Itapua Exchange is now in its fourth year of building friendship, and cultural and linguistic understanding between the young people of Lawrence, Kansas and Encarnacion, Itapua in Paraguay.
This month we will be wecloming our fourth delegation of students from Itapua with a public reception on Sunday, January 29th from 1:30 to 3:30 at the Lawrence Depot and Visitors Center just across the bridge in North Lawrence.
Please join us for cookies and punch, a display of Paraguayan dance, and a chance to meet and welcome the nine visiting students.  
This is a great opportunity to catch up with former exchange hosts and participants.  We will also be selling homemade empanadas and collecting donations to raise funds for the program.

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The Lawrence High School Spanish Club, with teachers Karen Hyde and Pat Wittry,  hosted a merienda for their Paraguayan visitors last week–we hope you enjoy the photos!




6 News – Lawrence :: Local high schools welcome exchange students from Paraguay

Click here to see a video made  by Channel 6 News–bien hecho everybody!

6 News – Lawrence :: Local high schools welcome exchange students from Paraguay.

Local high schools welcome exchange students from Paraguay

By 6News Staff on January 29, 2012

Both Lawrence and Free State High Schools welcomed the fourth group of exchange students from Paraguay Sunday afternoon. Each January, a new group comes to the United States to study the English language and learn more about the American culture.

This time, nine students traveled thousands of miles to see what Lawrence, Kansas is like. Director of the exchange program says Kansas and Paraguay have a special relationship, creating a successful program that has been going strong for four years.

Seven of the students are at Free State High School, while the other two are at Lawrence High. Each of them is staying with a host family for the three weeks they are in Lawrence.

Lisa Escurra, one of the exchange students, says she is really enjoying herself. She says it is an amazing.

While, each of the students say their experiences have been great, they add schools in Lawrence are completely different from what they’re used to.

Escurra says, “Here we change rooms and classes throughout the day, but in Paraguay, we stay in the same room all day and the teachers come and go.”

There is one thing in particular that they want to see during their stay in Kansas. And that is snow. Each of them said they would like to come back and visit as much as possible.

Students from Lawrence High School and Free State can study in Paraguay during the summer months.

Lawrence-Itapua Paraguay Exchange–2012!

Participants in the 2012 Exchange to Lawrence at their welcome party–

Amber Hicks, Andrea Rolón, Nick Allen, Juanchi Baran, Trey Vanahill, Ricardo Ivasiuten, Kelly Kristiansen,
Liz Escurra, Ella Gore, Natalia Gonzalez, Payton Covert, Tatiana Noelscher, Evelyn Morales, Amy Alvarenga
and adult chaperone, Daisy Blaich:

Summer 2011 Exchange!

June 3, 2011 photo of  this year’s Kansas participants in the Lawrence-Itapúa High School Exchange meeting the Governor of Itapúa, which is a department in the southern region of Paraguay.

Those in the back row from the left are; Linda Catlin ( teacher from Arkansas City), Holly Catlin, her daughter, Tomás Ayala, Trey Vanahill, Harrison Helmick, Kaitlyn Mosher, Karen Hyde (Lawrence High Spanish teacher), Juan Eudes Afara Maciel, the Governor of Itapúa, and in the back row, Adelle Loney.

Front row from the left: Alba Ayala, Nora Elbanyouny, Anna Dietz, Amber Hicks, Katy Thelman, Erin Ice.

The march of the Paraguayans

Yes, it’s true.  Our friends from the south have made their way to the frosty north just in time to experience a blizzard–here’s a group photo at the welcome party at the Kallenbergers.


From left to right are:  Mara Antell, Karen Hyde, Stu Strecker, Lorena Larroza, Eduardo Benitez, Marie Otani, Diego Ivasiuten, Adriana Denis, Max Bolf, Pat Wittry, and Rocío Kisser.

Summer 2010 Exchange–fun!

As part of the trip, students did some cultural presentations in Encarnacion.  Jasmine Sims did a pretty nice job of explaining the blues and singing at Eurosur on presentation day.