Students from Cincinnati Public Schools’ Withrow University High School are excited about the opportunity to be part of a Student Exchange Program to New Taipei City, Taiwan — so much so that they developed a GoFundMe site and a video to help promote awareness and raise the funds needed to make their dreams reality.
At the recent Technology Drop-in Day at Withrow, students shared their video and the knowledge they have gained in their research and planning for the June 2015 trip. They captivated their audience with their enthusiasm and hopes for what they will gain from the visit and time spent with teenagers and families from another part of the world.
The first student exchange to New Taipei City took place in April 2013. Thirty students, two teachers and a small delegation from New Taipei City visited the Cincinnati area for four weeks. The students stayed with local host families and attended classes in seven high schools across four school districts.
In June 2014, 30 Cincinnati-area high school students from Cincinnati Public Schools, Seton High School, St. Xavier High School, Milford High School, Indian Hill High School and the Forest Hills School District traveled to New Taipei City for two weeks. Cincinnati Superintendent Mary Ronan joined the students on this trip. Students stayed with host families in New Taipei City and visited most of the 30 high schools in this metropolitan city.
Most recently, in November 2014, 30 students from New Taipei City visited the Cincinnati area for three weeks, staying with 24 host families and visiting 11 area high schools.
The next exchange will be for 30 Cincinnati-area high school students to travel to New Taipei City for two weeks, June 7-22, 2015. There currently are 24 students who have expressed interest in going.
The entire exchange program has been considered a resounding success for everyone who has been involved.