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Cholla High Magnet School students travel to Qatar

Posted March 7, 2014

Six students from Cholla High Magnet School left for a nine-day trip to Doha, Qatar, on Friday, March 7.

The students are part of a group from five high schools that is sponsored by Qatar Foundation International, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C.

The trip has three major components: culture exploration and exchange, storytelling, and language practice. Arabic is one of the languages taught at Cholla.

On the agenda for the trip are visits to Qatari peer schools and a university, a sunset city cruise, visits to museums, a marketplace and mosque, as well as a trip to a cultural village and the Doha Film Institute. The children will also go on an overnight Arabian desert safari, where they will spend the night in an authentic Bedouin tent and participate in activities such as dune bashing, falconry and sandboarding.

Throughout the trip, students will attend workshops to hone their storytelling skills and develop their own stories in Arabic and English in preparation for an umsiyya, a gathering where they will share stories with each other and community members.

The group will return to Tucson on March 16.

Photo of Cholla students who will travel to Qatar
From left: Paola Mendoza, Noely Rodriguez, Rene Hermosillo, Mrs. Nour Jandali, Daniel Lewis, Jordyn Williams and Selena Sanchez.