As part of EC’s commitment to the Orange Carpet Experience, we believe students should feel welcome and part of the school community as soon as they book their course, before they even arrive at their destination. Here in DC, we welcome new students by inviting them to join a weekly welcome walk every Sunday, in which we take in the nearby National Mall, a hotbed of popular sites and attractions that give some insight into the history and importance of this city’s historical heritage. Not all Washington English schools can offer this attention to detail and opportunities for students to feel comfortable in their new environment before they even step through the school door’s on their first day!
Above, you can see Rena (Japan), Jessica (The Netherlands), Angels (Spain), and Elizabeth (Mexico) posing outside the famous Lincoln Memorial, with a beautiful view of the National Mall behind them. We walked together for about 3 hours and also grabbed some lunch at the end from a local DC sandwich shop. Although the students were a bit tied from walking at the end, they all had a great time and were able to see some of the most popular tourist spots on their first day in the city. What a welcome!
Then, on the Monday, students attended first day orientation and went for another short walk, this time to the White House, which is only 5 minutes from our school’s front door. Above, you can see the same students from the Sunday Walk, joined by a couple more newcomers, including SUltan (Emirates), Sultan (Saudi Arabia), Kyoungeun (Korea), Elisabetta (Italy), and Suliman (Saudi Arabia). Unfortunately, the clouds were out on Monday, unlike on Sunday when we had glorious uninterrupted sunshine. Also, there is currently construction around the outside of the White House, so next time we will take them to the south side!