Scholarship for two Patagonian Learners for our Intensive Summer School 2019

Students from Patagonia who attended the Aber Summer Course in 2017.

Students from Patagonia who attended the Aber Summer Course in 2017.

05 July 2019

Judith Ellis, Sybil Hughes and Florencia Zaldegui from Patagonia will spend a month studying intensive courses at Aberystwyth University and Cardiff University, two of the National centre's providers. The scholarships are administered in collaboration with the British Council and the Wales-Argentina Association.

Judith will be following an intermediate course at Aberystwyth University. She works in the Welsh school Ysgol y Cwm, Trevelin in the Chubut province, Patagonia at the moment, and looks forward to more use of her Welsh at work following the summer course.

Judith said, ' I'm looking forward to improving my school. I want to get to know the country where my family used to live and find out more about its history as well. On coming on the summer course in Aberystwyth I hope to be able to meet people from Wales and learn more from Welsh in order to use the language at the school in Trerevelin. I'm looking forward to telling the story to the little kids of Ysgol y Cwm where I learn as a teacher. '

Sybil Hughes will also spend time at Aberystwyth University. Sibyl works at Gaiman Welsh Nursery School, also in the Chubut province. She is interested in translating, so during her period in Wales she will spend time on the Welsh-language professional course at university.

It is at Cardiff University that Florencia Zaldegui will attend the summer course. Originally from the province of Rio Negro, on the north outskirts of y Wladfa, she is now a sports teacher in Gaiman. Since moving to Gaiman about five years ago she has enjoyed learning the language. She won the Urdd scholarship last year, and lived in Wales for a month and volunteered with the Urdd.

Efa Gruffudd Jones, chief executive of the National Welsh Learning Centre said:
"We congratulate all three on their success and look forward to welcoming them here to Wales over the summer. ' We take pride in the unique relationship between Wales and Argentina, and are delighted to offer support to ensure that the Welsh language remains part of the life of communities in Patagonia. ”