During the month of July, a group of students from Northern Ireland will be spending their time here in the bayou country, seeing just what being an American is all about. Coming from a country where Catholics and Protestants don't necessarily see eye to eye, they want to see how both sides can get along.
"I hope to learn about getting along with people a bit more and trying to overcome differences and working as a team and just make new friends," said Eva O'Hanlon, one of the youth from Northern Ireland.
"It's getting better, but you can still see the divide in the community where people don't get along," said Irish teen Kyle Beatta. "But it's getting better."
The group is here in Southwest Louisiana for a month. They're going to be taking part in several activities with youth from our area. Angela Broussard's daughters have hosted 6 Northern Irish teens over the years.
"It really has taught both the American teens and the Irish teens just how to get along," said Angela. "How to get along in any situation. How to make peace out of any situation. It just gives them a great tool in order to do that."
The American teens want to learn a few things as well. Zachary Lejeune, of Moss Bluff, hopes "to make new friends and have a good time. To learn their culture just like they're learning ours."
"I hope to learn a lot more about Northern Ireland and about peace and hopefully make new friends and learn a lot about that," said Lillian Broussard, a student at Sulphur High School.
For more information, go to http://upswla.org/1.html.