User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


52° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Education

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Eureka School Hosts Multiple Exchange Students

December 4, 2012, 5:15 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Eureka School Hosts Multiple Exchange Students
EUREKA, SD -

It isn't unusual to see foreign exchange students in South Dakota schools, but they don’t often make up ten percent of the high school student body.

Foreign exchange students make up nearly a quarter of Eureka’s junior class this year. It wasn't exactly what they were hoping for when they signed on to the foreign exchange program.

"My reaction was kind of, ‘Wow, I'm going to a farm,’" Irmelem Melkild of Norway said.

"I first Googled it on Google maps and I had the wrong Eureka. I googled the Eureka in California, so I was really happy to be in California. But then I found out that I'm in South Dakota," Alex Rastel of Germany said.

But now that they're here, the students say they're happy they were assigned to Eureka.

"I really like it here. I really like my host family, my friends," Carolina Correa of Brazil said.

And the town seems to like them too. The visitors represent four different countries.

Of course, there are perks for kids in Eureka when foreign exchange students come. They learn different perspectives from different countries. A foreign language teacher says he sometimes relies on the students in his class.

But there are perks for the exchange students coming to Eureka as well.

"Well, you know people better; you can know everything better. And you can have more opportunities like people get to know you and you get into sports and activities," Correa said.

And the five students had each other to help adjust to American life together.

"I know lots of people. I made friends. My English is improved and I feel like I have another family here," Giacomo Gentili of Italy said.

So for five students from abroad, small town South Dakota didn't turn out all that bad.

The countries represented are Norway, Germany, Italy and Brazil. Some of them played football, volleyball and now play basketball for Eureka too.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View education

You may also like

Paint The Plow Image Removed After Complaint Of Religious Themes

10/23/2014 5:55 PM

After showing off the project at the Empire Mall earlier this month, City officials received a complaint from the Siouxland Freethinkers about putting...

Full Story | Watch
Iowa Schools Locked Down As Deputies Seek Student

10/29/2014 1:43 PM

Authorities in northwest Iowa say they have placed three schools on lockdown as they search for a male student who they believe brought a gun to schoo...

Full Story
Hobo Day Brings Thousands To Brookings

10/26/2014 11:00 AM

For 102 years Hobo Day has been a part of South Dakota State tradition. Thousands of people wearing blue, yellow, and ratty clothes filled the streets...

Full Story | Watch
Retired Businessman Donates $1 Million To MTI

10/24/2014 10:12 AM

A retired businessman from Huron is donating $1 million to Mitchell Technical Institute.

Full Story
Timber Lake Teacher Still Needs Help Bringing Grant To SD

10/28/2014 10:30 AM

A Timber Lake math and science teacher could still use your help bringing a $100,000 grant to South Dakota.

Full Story


Events