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Highlands AFS Students Share Cultural Presentations During International Education Week

 
As part of International Education Week*, the Highlands AFS students made cultural presentations in the World Language classes on Thursday, November 15. Highlands is hosting seven exchange students this year from Argentina, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Norway, Pakistan and Thailand. In addition to sharing their cultural traditions, the Highlands AFS students explained why they decided to study in the U.S., what surprised them about the U.S. and what they like most about American culture. Pat from Thailand said that she decided to study abroad to learn a new language and culture. Tehreem from Pakistan was surprised that Highlands students were so welcoming and curious to learn about her culture. Luna from Belgium explained that one of her favorite parts of American culture is the school activities like band, sports and the musical. To learn more about the Highlands AFS students, you can access their presentations here.
 
AFS exchange students help other Highlands High School students to learn about the world in a unique and interpersonal way. Many AFS host families experience this firsthand every year. And in addition to receiving students from other countries, Highlands High School students have the opportunity to develop their global competence by studying abroad themselves in 2-week, 2-month, semester and year-long programs around the world. As an AFS student to Brazil in 1993, HHS Spanish teacher Laura Fleischer Proano can vouch for the benefits of this life-changing experience. For more information on hosting or studying abroad, contact Laura Fleischer Proano at lproano@goldenrams.com or visit the AFS website.
 
*International Education Week (November 12-16) is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that is designed to promote global competence in the U.S. and abroad through international education and exchange.
 
Special thanks to Mrs. Laura Proano for the article and photos.