Target 4 – Engaged Community Partners: FWSU staff and students will collaborate, innovate, create and conceptualize ideas and learning with local, regional, state, and global partners to make a difference in their community, state, and world.
Action Step – Develop partnerships with global partners to carry out a project related to units of study.
We are in the early stages of planning our Chinese Cultural Exchange Camp for summer 2013. This will be our third year hosting the camp. We are looking for 16 families as we will again host 30 Chinese students and two Chinese teachers.
The feedback we receive from host families about their experience continues to be very positive. Many have shared that they were surprised how quickly their time with visiting Chinese students passed. The connections between students and host families is remarkable.
The two-week Chinese Cultural Exchange camp is scheduled for sometime between June 23 and July 15, 2013. We should have the specific dates confirmed by the beginning of March. The students attend school every weekday from about 8:00 in the morning until 5:00 in the afternoon. They engage in learning about American Culture, practicing conversational English, and seeing the sites Vermont has to offer. Students eat lunch at school and we can also help out with transportation if needed.
Host families receive a stipend to assist with hosting costs. The exchange students can share a room but do need to have their own bed (last year we were able to help by providing an extra bed to a family). Host families provide breakfast and dinner for the students and entertain on the weekends – students tend to really want to go shopping! In the past, many of the host families have coordinated together with the students for group activities such as blueberry picking, bonfires, tie-dyeing, BBQ’s, hiking or just eating ice cream.
Students at BFA Fairfax serve a mentors to their Chinese friends throughout the exchange. They continue to report that this has been a great experience with lasting benefits. Both families and mentors share that they continue to keep in touch with their visiting Chinese students.
In order for us to provide this opportunity again, we must have enough host families committed to housing our Chinese guests. We are asking families who are interested in hosting to complete an application and return it to BFA Principal Michael Clark by March 15th.
SPIRAL International is our partner in this endeavor once again. SPIRAL is an educational organization located in VT. It promotes cross-cultural learning and understanding through international students exchange programs. It also offers consulting services, workshops and seminars to help American students, teachers, scholars and business people learn about other cultures.
If you have any questions about becoming a host family, please contact Principal Clark at (802) 849-6711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will not want to miss this exciting opportunity!