Virtual Exchange Program Connects Students Across the World

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, when virtual learning became the norm, the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) and the Education Office of the Consulate of Spain came together to create a virtual exchange program for students. 

Connecting young people across the globe, the Dos Orillas Intercultural Exchange Program partnered schools in San Diego County with schools in Spain to provide students and teachers with authentic opportunities for meaningful interaction and collaboration in world languages. 

In the 2020-21 school year, more than 1,100 students with 38 teachers participated in this linguistic, cultural, and educational exchange.

The Dos Orillas Intercultural Exchange Program aims to expand intercultural understanding and global competence and promote engagement and communication. 

“Together, we’ve created a collaborative framework for a virtual exchange that supports our San Diego County students as global citizens,” explained Dr. Paul Gothold, San Diego County superintendent of schools. “This year, we’re expanding it to include schools in the Philippines also.”

SDCOE recently partnered with the Council for Teaching Filipino Language and Culture and the Philippine Consulate General to create the new Dalawang Baybayin Intercultural Exchange Program. Beginning in the 2021-22 school year, students and teachers in San Diego County have the opportunity to partner with schools in the Philippines virtually. 

Both programs provide partner teachers in different countries to plan engaging, joint activities and provide authentic opportunities for students to interact and practice their language skills and cultural understanding. 

If you are interested in receiving information about the 2021-22 program opportunities, submit an interest form.

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