Sunday, May 08, 2005

Vermont high school students go to China

Fellow travellers to China should take note of several wonderful educational programs in Vermont. At Leland & Gray High School in Townshend, Vermont. Journey East has just completed its fourth year and trip to China. Funded in part by the Freeman Foundation of Stowe Vermont and the Asian Studies Outreach Program at the University of Vermont, the group of high schoolers study Asian culture; literature; language; and a music/drama workshop (which they actually perform in China), for the semester culminating in a trip to China. For more information read the Vermont Magazine article on this exciting program.

Another program through the Asian Studies Outreach Program is the Asian American Cultural Exchange , which " an educational opportunity for high school students from southern Vermont and Kunming, China to learn about each others’ cultures. This course is interdisciplinary in nature and will be offered in a hybrid format: two weekly face to face class meetings and asynchronous class meetings through the Internet."

High school programs such as these will prepare our future leaders in business; education; arts & culture; to understand,interact, and compete with their Asian counterparts.


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