Eight Chilean students and a lady teacher from Punta Areas public school system will be travelling on Saturday to the Falkland Islands for a three week English practice course.
The air tickets and insurance policies were delivered to the travellers on Wednesday at the office of Punta Arenas Mayor, Vladimiro Mimica during a brief ceremony.
The trip is partly financed by LAN (NYSE:LFL), Punta Arenas Town Hall, the British Consulate and the Punta Arenas Municipal Corporation.
“This is a most encouraging experience and I want to congratulate you all on your coming venue which I’m sure you will make the most of it,” said Mimica who added that the idea is that in following years “we can send a greater delegation of Punta Arenas ‘ambassadors’ to the Falkland Islands, with which we have been long linked.”
The criteria for choosing the eight students was their academic performance, particularly in English language. According to Punta Arenas press the students will attend school regularly in the Falklands during three weeks where they will also be visiting some emblematic references of the Islands.
The following step is for a delegation of Falklands’ students to spend time in Punta Arenas to polish their Spanish and get in touch with Chilean customs and way of life. Jorge Cabezas, head of Education in Punta Arenas revealed that in a near future the plan is to program visits by Chilean teachers to the Falklands.
Present at the ceremony were Paola Contardo, Lan airlines regional manager; Jorge Cabezas from the Education Department and the Municipal Corporation Secretary General Orlando Estefó Harambour.