Sister Cities program

The City of Aspen maintains a robust student-exchange program with four "Sister Cities" around the world. Aspen Country Day School Eighth Graders can participate in this program. Over the years it has yielded countless friendships and adventures. In the Seventh Grade year, there is a formal application process and interview; it is an honor to be accepted. A homestay is part of the experience. 

In addition to the student-exchange locations listed below, Aspen also has sister cities in Switzerland (Davos), New Zealand (Queenstown), and Germany (Garmisch Partenkirchen). Spanish teacher Maria Carbonetti is the coordinator for Sister Cities at ACDS.

Bariloche, Argentina


Students must be taking Spanish in school or be a natice speaker to participate in this exchange to a fascinating small city in Argentina. Usually, students from Argentina visit Aspen in March of our Seventh Grade year; our students who are accepted to the program would travel to Bariloche the following fall as Eighth Graders.

Chamonix, France


For more than 20 years, students from Aspen have been partnered with children from the Roger Frison Roche school in Chamonix. You must be studying French or be a native speaker to be considered for this program. Aspen Eighth Graders travel to France in April. Chamonix students come to Aspen approximately every other year in October.

Shimukappu, Japan


Students traveling to Japan do not have to be studying Japanese, but they are required to take a Japanese language and culture class before the trip departs. Students usually travel to Japan in October and host their counterparts in January of the Eighth Grade year.

Abetone, Italy


Abetone, Tuscany is Aspen's newest sister city, added just in 2015. However, Aspen's ties to Abetone go way back to the early days of skiing here, when legendary Abetone ski racer Zeno Colo won gold and silver in the FIS Alpine World Championships held here in 1950.
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