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June 1, 2010 > Deaf School students visit Spain and Morocco

Deaf School students visit Spain and Morocco

Submitted By Miranda Medugno

Seventeen high school students and five staff members from California School for the Deaf, Fremont (CSD) went on an adventure trip to Spain and Morocco during their spring break this past April. The annual school trip is part of CSD's international study program, available only to sophomores, juniors, and seniors with excellent academics and attitudes.

"Deaf high school students had the ability to learn and travel the same as hearing high school students because we had two interpreters that used sign language all through the tours we were on," said Ashley MacDonald, a junior. "So we had about the same access and were able to enjoy and understand what the tour guide was saying."

The international study program started at the deaf school in the year 2000-2001 and has continued ever since. However, this year was a little different. The group touched two different continents in one trip and included special needs students for the very first time.

"I felt that special needs students did gain from their experience for independent skills to travel outside of United States," said Minwook Cho, also a junior. "And we inspire ourselves when we helped and supported them for learning even more and gaining knowledge about the world."

Students loved Barcelona, Spain the most. They met a lot of deaf teenagers and young adults there and watched their soccer team in a game against Madrid's team. They enjoyed learning Spanish sign language and making unforgettable memories.

CSD's international study programs are always interested in going to deaf schools in the countries they visit. Unfortunately, this year, the group was not able to visit the deaf school in Spain because the school's students were also on their spring break.

"After seeing so many things in Spain and Morocco, it makes me want go out and travel some more and appreciate the cultures," said McDonald. "Visiting Morocco was the most interesting experience because it is so different based on their beliefs. It makes me think open minded about it. So whenever you go out and travel, think open. Be open-minded."

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