Posted by Doreen Higgins on Oct 07, 2019

Our guest student, Ariel Samour, from El Salvador came to our breakfast meeting this week. She is one of about fifty students from all over the world who come to Georgia each year at the invitation of the Georgia Rotary clubs. These students come to attend the Georgia colleges for one academic year, and their tuition and dorm fees are paid by the Georgia Rotary clubs. GRSP is the “Georgia Rotary Student Program.”

Our guest student from El Salvador came to our breakfast meeting this week. She is one of about fifty students from all over the world who come to Georgia each year at the invitation of the Georgia Rotary clubs. These students come to attend the Georgia colleges for one academic year, and their tuition and dorm fees are paid by the Georgia Rotary clubs. GRSP is the “Georgia Rotary Student Program.”

Ariel talked to us about her interests and hopes for this coming year in Savannah. She is excited about the opportunity afforded to her both academically and socially, and talked to us about the society from which she comes. She and her family live in San Salvador, the capital city of El Salvador. She attended an American School from kindergarten until her recent high school graduation, and she will be a freshman at Georgia Southern, Armstrong campus. She follows in the footsteps of her mother, an uncle and an aunt, all of whom are GRSP “alumni.” In her presentation to us she showed us many pictures of her family and friends, school mates, and cousins. She told us of ceremonies at holidays, Christmas celebrations, religious customs and traditional ways. We saw school graduation ceremonies and the prom, all in tuxedos and glorious dresses.

In her presentation Ariel also gave us a glimpse of the beauty of her country and its history. We saw traditional buildings and a cathedral and streets and a fair – with wonderful looking food on stalls. Out in the country side we saw a volcano site, scenery, and on the Costa del Sol, palm trees, blue skies, beaches, rocky cliffs, and water with swimmers and boats. Ariel thanked us for the opportunity to come to Savannah and we look forward to getting acquainted with her and her fellow students from distant places as the academic year begins.

Below is photo of Toni Marwitz and Ariel Samour