Friday, March 2, 2012

STEP SUMMER 2012 is COMING!!! Are you in?

HOLA, STEP amigos!!!!!! Last summer we all helped towards the creation of world peace. Many of you, open your hearts and home to lovely teenagers from Bilbao, Spain.  We learned about their culture, made new friends and had so much fun. We have 25 teenagers ready to come to the Capital District from June 29th to July 25. 26 days packed with activities such as
  July 1-Welcome Party
  July5-Howe Caverns
  July 10 Niagara Falls
  July 12 Six Flags-Lake George
  July 17-Boston 
  July 19 NY Buzz Pro Tennis Match
  July 22 Farewell Party
  July 24 NYC Overnight
  July 25 NYC/Departure to Spain
Many of you have already expressed interest in hosting this summer. I need to hear from you in terms of the gender and age of the Spanish teen you would welcome into your home and family in July.  Reminder: There will only be 25 students to choose from and we will do matches on a first come first served basis. SO, come on, let me hear from you soon.  Peace, Maria S. Pacheco

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Snow day....what did you do today?

I spent the day digging myself out!!! Removing the snow from my driveway was a nice workout. The afternoon I went to visit Alba, an exchange student from Spain. She lives in Delanson, where my car got stuck in the snow! Here is a picture of Olatz, Alba, Alvaro, Itxaso, Kyliene and Hannah. A picture speaks a thousand words: WORLD PEACE, one cultural exchange at a time.

Monday, February 27, 2012

How would you help create world peace in 2012?

I create world peace by helping students from around the world come to the USA to share their culture with us! Look what I did on Valentine's day. I got a call from one of the exchange students from Spain, Alvaro. He and three other exchange students (Olatz, Itxaso and Alba) wanted to celebrate Valentine's day with me. They invited me to dinner. It was so sweet, indeed. These four students are from the Basque region in the north of Spain. They will be here until June. In July, many of their friends from the same region will come to the Capital Distrit for 25 days. I enjoy so much spending time with the exchange students and looking at the USA through their eyes. Creating world peace is my hobby. My goal is to have each exchange student develop a positive impresion of our country and share that impression with their friends back home. World Peace, one child at a time. How would you help create world peace in 2012?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

One girl left!!! Goal to have a host family for all exchange students by 6/15!

Attention: One girl left!!!! Sending thanks to retired teacher, Mrs. Macdonald for hosting the Spanish teacher and one female student. Last call, please consider hosting the last girl without a host family. She is 16 years old and has no siblings. Maria describes herself as friendly, outgoing and funny. She enjoys playing soccer and basketball. Won't you consider opening your heart and home to Maria?

Thursday, June 9, 2011

2 giirls and 2 boys left!!!

Regina will be going back to Spain next week after spending a year with a host family in Rotterdam. Farewell, Regina. We enjoyed having you be part of our lives. Hasta Pronto!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

3 girls and 2 boys left... STEP TO THE USA!!!!

Playing soccer with the Spaniards.... Get better a soccer.......... Learn some new moves...... Join us in July 2011!!