Understanding International Education Whilst Building Relationships Via The Foreign Exchange Program – The AFS student exchange is in progress at Changwai Bilingual School
Five blond-haired and blue-eyed AFS international exchange students were welcomed at the beginning of high school in Changwai Bilingual School. Two of them are Raphael and Carolin from Germany, and two girls from Iceland are Dagny and Katrin, and another girl is Agnese from Italy.
They’ll live and study with our high school students for 3 and 10 months. Learn Chinese, experience culture, communicate and cooperate, and enhance friendship. Furthermore, five families of Changzhou Foreign Languages School and Changwai Bilingual School are fortunate to be the host families of the five little diplomats who will spend this precious and memorable time in China and Changzhou with them.
As an AFS project coordinator and volunteer in our school, although I have only been in contact with these exchange students for a short period of four weeks, I have already felt different educational concepts and attitudes in different countries. For example, there is a widespread problem of using mobile phones in Chinese campuses. From the chats and contacts with these exchange students, we know that in Germany, mobile phones can never be brought to school, which is also very consistent with the German rigorous style. In Iceland, students, whether in high school or in college, can bring their mobile phones to school with them at will, and even answer the phone in class (outside the classroom, of course). In response to this measure, Icelandic exchange students told me that Icelandic education administrators believe that whether students learn or not, or how much they devote themselves to learning, lies in their attitude towards learning and in their plans and decisions about their future lives.
On the other hand, these international exchange students also feel impressive on how rich and busy our high school curriculum is. But it is relieved that they are able to adapt quickly to the learning activities here, to accept the challenges, or to collaborate with each other not only in curriculum but in practice.
There must be a lot of parents interested in the AFS exchange program, becoming a qualified AFS host family, and even applying to be an AFS exchange student to go abroad to be a small diplomat. You can read the following information:
Introduction to AFS China
AFS is a global community of more than 59 partner organizations that support intercultural learning, principally through exchange programs. AFS began as the American Field Service during World Wars I, when nearly 5,000 young men volunteered as ambulance drivers.
AFS programs have been in China for 34 years. Authorized by the Chinese Ministry of Education, administrated by China Education Association for International Exchange, AFS China is a well respected intercultural program for high school students and teachers in the basic education area in China. It offers various programs including school based intercultural programs, teaching assistant, summer camp, educator exchange and community service of one year, a semester or short-term exchanges. Program participants live in the volunteer host families of host country and study or provide service in the local schools or community. So far, AFS China has cooperates with more than 50 countries all over the world and having participants nearly 6,500. In 2014, AFS China has become the Affiliate Partner to AFS Intercultural Programs.
AFS在常外和常外附属双语学校 — 目前在我校，开展了包括AFS来华学生接待项目，AFS接待家庭项目，后期也会陆续推出AFS高中生出国交流年度项目。各位家长和同学们，如果对AFS接待家庭项目感兴趣可以提前来我校报名，每年4-5月都会有一批年度和三个月项目的交流生资料发至我校，这样便于提前安排交流生家庭。
AFS at CFS & CBS – Now for both two schools, we have AFS host exchange students program and host family program. Later, we’ll also have exchange student program going abroad for our high school students. If any parents and students interested in the AFS host family program, you can start to sign up in advance. There are always a few exchange students’ information sent to our school every April and May for next academic year, then we can start to arrange the host family.