It’s difficult for anyone to be “out of their element,” in a new culture with new customs, language and food.
But try being only 12 or 13 and doing it.
However, it’s just what several local middle school students experienced this summer when they spent 14 days in Poland as a part of an exchange program with the city of Zabierzow.
For years, Camas High School has sent students to Poland for an English language camp, but it’s the first time a group of middle schoolers has gone.
The trip came about after Camas Superintendent Mike Nerland recommended to Liberty Middle School Principal Marilyn Boerke that she set up a partnership with Zabierzow.
She contacted Lloyd Halverson, Camas city administrator with ties to the Sister City program, and he put her in contact with a local English teacher, Renata Pedrys.