Visiting Spanish students weren’t ready to go home

Twenty-five students from Spain enjoyed a month in the United States, while improving their English skills. They learned a lot about American culture, and most are not ready to go home. Students became a part of families in various towns and cities in Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio.

They came to Warren with Heather Espeso, a 1999 Warren Area High School graduate, who, along with her husband Luis teach English in Vallalodid, Spain. This was the sixth year that Espeso brought Spanish youths to the United States.

Hosts in the Warren area were the Sokolski, Wiles, Olsen, McIntyre, Hamrick, Ricciardi, DeLarme, Huling and Ditz families

Espeso said, “The Gourley family traveled from New Bethlehem, Pa., to attend our annual picnic held at the Youngsville Free Methodist Church’s park in Youngsville on Friday, July 26. At the picnic, the kids swam in the Brokenstraw Creek, played on the playground, played soccer and then all families had dinner together.”

Carolina Salaberri, who stayed with Lincoln and Salsa Sokolski for the second summer in Warren, even had a part in the Library Theater’s Play “Little House of Horrors”.

Espeso added, “Paula Cabezas had a great time at Girl Scout camp at Chapmans (State Park) with host mom Kingsley Reese. Borja Anadon participated in the Free Books for Kids Town float in the 4th of July parade with host mom Ruby Wiles.”

“Fernando Anadon participated in Boy Scouts and also the 4th of July parade with the Boy Scouts and his host brother Nicholas Ditz, and Borja Jimenez and Carolina Salaberri were volunteer monitors at the (Warren County Conservation District) Conservation Camp.”

Espeso noted that many lifelong friendships have formed between the youths and their host families.

Any family interested in hosting a student from Spain in the future can contact Espeso at 726 2879 or via email at