|Posted by titantv on April 16, 2014 at 12:45 AM|
By Summer Parkins
For the past eight years, McDowell High has participated in the International Partnership: sending a group of McDowell students to Germany for nine days and bringing the German students to McDowell for six days. This is arranged through the Center for International Understanding of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
This year, the students from Duborg-Skolen with arrive on May 8 and stay with McDowell students as their host families until May 15. The day after their arrival, Duborg students will be touring MHS and attending the McDowell High prom that evening. Throughout their stay, they will participate in individual activities with their host families, take walking tours of Asheville, complete culture projects and take a field trip to Linville Falls.
“It was a fantastic experience finding out what life was like for people my age in another country. I hope to teach them the American ways of life and how we are slightly different, but mostly the same even though we come from different countries,” said Bethany Vance, who went to Germany with McDowell last Spring and also will be a hostess this year.
Participating students from both groups get the opportunity to learn about each others lives, different cultures and educational style.