Between the 7th and the 15th of March, 16 pupils from Madras College were joined by their exchange partners from Upper Arlington High School in Columbus, Ohio, for the second leg of what was a truly memorable exchange programme. Having enjoyed their trip to Ohio in October of 2014, this time the Scottish pupils had a chance to introduce their partners to Scottish culture and day to day life.
The group of Scots spent time preceding the exchange fundraising by selling candy canes and organising a fundraiser for the fantastically busy week. They managed to fill the Americans’ agenda with trips to St Andrews, Edinburgh, Peebles and Stirling, and - alongside multiple pizza nights - introduced them to the Scottish experience of a ceilidh and haggis for tea.
This was all well worth the planning, as the American students seemed very impressed with Scotland’s wealth of interesting culture, history, and in particular our stunning scenery; they all loved looking through the looking glass into what life is like in Scotland. Most importantly for everyone on the exchange, friendships which seemed impossibly strong for such a short trip were made and developed. The trip ended with countless promises made and plans hatched to stay in touch meet up again in the future.
by Eilidh Northridge