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December 10, 2019

A high school group works with Siempre Amigos. Photo by Gabby Mattes.​ 

While many nonprofit organizations successfully earn national publicity and funding through advertising, many other organizations work on smaller scales to help people. One such organization is Siempre Amigos: Programa de Respons...

November 8, 2019

 Marisa Walbaum (left) with her host Sara Mack Lowe (right) at an Atlanta United soccer game.

What is your favorite activity you have done with your host family so far?

“My favorite part of my days here is eating breakfast with my host family.”

Have you enjoyed spending time at Athens Academy?

“I enjoy...

October 11, 2019

Sophomores at the Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle, GA. Photo by Jami Cashin.

As sophomores, we traveled to a few different colleges around the state of Georgia with some fun activities in between. The colleges we visited included Georgia Tech, the University of Georgia, and Georgia College. At Georg...

October 11, 2019

SPI host student with Costa Rican family (summer language immersion opportunity #2). Photo by Gabby Mattes.

Are you interested in improving your French or Spanish? Or learning a new language entirely? If so, you should consider participating in a language immersion program over the summer. Here are a...

April 5, 2019

Regarding the overall trip, I think that it was a once in a lifetime experience that opened up my mind to the world that is out there. It was amazing getting to know people who were so similar to us through the exchange program who are across the world doing similar things to us. One of best parts w...

October 25, 2018

This is the new Ultra Long Range version of the A350-900, which flies from Newark to Singapore. 

     We have advanced considerably since the first airplane created in Kitty Hawk North Carolina. We initially used planes as a means of advancing the military, but eventually it was used for commercial p...

September 21, 2018

Have you ever gone on a flight and ended up sitting in the middle seat between two strangers, and whenever you moved, you accidentally hit one of them? You could swear that the seats had gotten smaller since the last time you were on an airplane. You were probably frustrated, but brushed it off―Amer...

August 28, 2018

In the summer of 1993, my mom participated in a foreign exchange program: she stayed with a French family for a month, and then her host sister, a girl named Anne-Charlotte, returned to the States with my mom. Once summer ended and Anne-Charlotte went back home, though, she and my mom lost touch for...

May 15, 2018

Usually, one doesn’t think of their own hometown as being a place to go to on vacation. I’ve lived in Athens, Georgia all my life and while I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here, I feel like many never get to experience Athens at her best.

Most locals will avoid the downtown area during football seaso...

May 15, 2018

I’ve gotten into breadmaking this spring―it’s a lovely way to spend a Sunday, my kitchen smells amazing, and I have breakfast for the next week. With summer just around the corner, I thought I’d share a classic baguette recipe that you may enjoy trying if you find yourself with extra free time and n...

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