THE FWSU STORY: BFA Fairfax Students Visit Summer Cultural Exchange Partners in China

At this moment, eight BFA Fairfax students and two teachers, Sara Villeneuve and Emily Nieckarz are exploring China as part of a cultural exchange in cooperation with SPIRAL International.

BFA Fairfax students in China

BFA Fairfax has worked with SPIRAL for many years through our Summer Exchange Program.

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Typically, Chinese students spend two weeks in the summer living with Fairfax families and experiencing the culture of Vermont.

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Our students left Vermont on Friday morning and arrived in Shanghai for a brief stop en route to Chongqing. They visited schools and explored the city during their time in the city.

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Their next stop was Chengdu where they visited more schools and got to see pandas!

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Tonight, they are in their final stop, the city of Guangzhou. They are sharing pictures through social media throughout the trip.

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For this blog post, we are sticking to the adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” and anticipating a future blog post from the students describing their trip in great details.

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Teacher Emily Nieckarz reported that “students are doing amazing, jumping in to participate and in total awe of the different culture, food, and traffic!”

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We can hardly wait to hear about their experience and are extremely proud of our BFA ambassadors!

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John Tague is the Principal of BFA Fairfax Middle/High School and is a regular contributor to THE FWSU STORY. You can follow him @jtague252