DeForest Area High School participates in Thai Sunrise Student Exchange Program 2016

Thai-PagodaSeeking host families for three weeks in April

February 4 Update:

We now know that five Thai girls (freshman/sophomore age) are coming with one female teacher.  They will simply follow the schedule of their host student and participate in everything the DASD student does for the two weeks.  Applications are due February 29.

How do we pursue ways to incorporate aspects of global education into our school in order to enrich our students’ lives?  DeForest Area School District will be hosting five to seven students and their teacher, April 16 (tentative) to May 4 as part of the Thai Sunrise Program sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.  This is the third year DeForest is participating.

While learning about America and its people and educational system, our Thai guests will also find significant ways to teach our school community about their own nation, culture and people. It is incredibly touching and effective when students teach other students!

This partnership will directly benefit our students:

  • Increasing students’ ability to communicate with others globally,
  • Developing students’ understanding of citizenship,
  • Preparing students for future careers that quite likely will have global features,
  • Providing students with real and quality cultural experiences, and
  • Creating in students a sense of understanding and respect across the boundaries of language, nationhood, religion, social status, etc.

Further, this partnership will help to develop in our students a much stronger understanding and appreciation of issues around diversity. 

At this time, the high school is seeking host families for the students and their teacher.

Applications can be found on the district website (District – Global Education Opportunities), at the high school main office, and through Dr. Sue Borden, District Administrator (842-6577).  One of the single most critical parts to this program is having host families that are willing to share their lives with foreign exchange students for the three weeks.  It is a Norski Nation experience that will change their lives and ours!

Applications are due no later than February 29, 2016.

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