Mt. Vernon High School (MVHS) recently welcomed a group of 16 students and 2 teachers from Neihu High School in Taiwan. This is the start of a full exchange; in June, some of our MVHS students will be visiting these same students in Taiwan. The group from Taiwan were immersed in American culture for a full week, while sharing aspects of their own culture with Mt. Vernon students and staff.
MVCSC administrators and host families welcomed the Taiwanese guests at a special dinner where they were introduced to their host families. Administrators and the International Exchange team shared token American Mt. Vernon gifts with the Taiwanese and started off their week with a traditional American barbeque dinner.
During their stay, the Taiwanese students stayed with host families and shadowed MVHS students during the week. This allowed them to experience the excellent programs that Mt. Vernon has to offer and get a hands-on look into the American education system. The bonds between the Taiwan students and our host families were so strong that many tears were shed when it was time for the Taiwanese to leave.
The group from Taiwan also had a glance of what life after high school could look like here in the United States. They took a detailed tour of Ball State University and The Indiana Academy. They learned about their international exchange program and all the opportunities an American university can offer.
Not only were they given educational experience, but a fun-filled one as well. The students and their host siblings experienced more American culture as they took a trip to the Children’s Museum and Bankers Life Fieldhouse to watch the Indiana Pacers play the Oklahoma Thunder.
The students from Taiwan also participated in a scavenger hunt at the Viet Hua grocery store with the MVHS Mandarin students. On this same day, they helped the MVHS Mandarin students expand their cultural knowledge by teaching them how to order food at the Chuan Cai Fang Restaurant.
The students and staff of MVCSC and the Mt. Vernon community host families thoroughly enjoyed having the opportunity to share cultures with the wonderful group of students and teachers from Neihu High School!
To view more photos from the International Exchange click here.