This year, Los Alamos is home to a slew of foreign exchange students, who have been spending this school year at Los Alamos High School as juniors.
Hailing from Belgium, Germany, Poland, France and Serbia, these students are experiencing a community, culture, landscape and education system that are drastically different from their own.
Six foreign exchange students shared the details of their stay in New Mexico so far.
For all of these international students, who are used to the buzzing city life of their hometowns, Los Alamos is quite a change of pace.
“There’s nothing to do, the only place you can go out is Starbucks,” Thomas Routiaux said half-jokingly.
Although the college freshman from Liege, Belgium misses the variety of activities that he and his friends can undertake in Belgium, he loves the nature and hiking trails that New Mexico has to offer.
Elena Plaga, a German student from Munich, and Tina Krkljus, a student from Serbia, have both found activities that keep themselves busy in their spare time.
Both ladies are swimmers, and Krkljus takes part in various clubs.