BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Students spend four years navigating the halls of Bridgewater-Raritan High School as they learn about life and America – but some lucky students get to study a different culture inside a castle.

The Bridgewater-Raritan High School foreign exchange program began in 1992 with an English teacher who had done a Fulbright exchange with the Kimbolton School in England.

“When he came back, he said the school is amazing and we need to keep in touch with them,” said BRHS teacher Christine Romeo, who has been involved with the program since 1998, and been on nine exchanges.

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Students returned in early November from two weeks in England.

Romeo said they have had 24 exchanges over the years, with 2015 being the only year they cancelled it because they didn’t have enough students.

Students apply for the exchange in March, Romeo said, and go to England in October. In March or April, the students from the Kimbolton School come to Bridgewater.

“Basically, the kids go to classes with their partners, and we take them on educational trips while we are over there,” she said. “They stay in a British home for a week-and-a-half, and then our kids host them in the spring.”

Want to know more about the foreign exchange trip? Check out the January issue of The BReeze, arriving in homes before Jan. 1, for the full story and student thoughts on the trip!