Redirected: After Venezuela, AFS student finds Argentina

When The Hook last reported on CHS junior Christina Cox, she had been forced back to Charlottesville after an action-packed stay in strife-prone Venezuela [Facetime, "Outbound: Venezuela too crowded," January 16].

Cox, who had been taking part in an exchange program sponsored by the American Field Service, was sent home by AFS after things started heating up around Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Facing the possibility of repeating the 11th grade, Cox was devastated that her year abroad was cut short.

Now AFS has found another South American home for Cox: Argentina.

Cox says she leaves March 6 for Trelew, which she describes as "a little Welsh settlement" in the Patagonia region. Barring any sudden political uprising in Argentina, she plans to stay with a host family there until August.