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AFS-USA Celebrates International Education Week

 

New York, NY – AFS Intercultural Programs, a leader in international high school student exchange for more than 60 years, joins educational and cultural organizations across the country in celebrating the 11th annual International Education Week, November 14th-18th, 2011.

International Education Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the U.S.

Clarksville-Montgomery County Area Foreign Exchange Students

Clarksville-Montgomery County Area Foreign Exchange Students

During International Education Week, AFS participants will share their stories at school and community events throughout the U.S. to promote intercultural understanding and awareness. All these activities highlight the stories of AFS Exchange Students and their families, as well as those of the educators, volunteers, and community members whose lives have been touched in sharing with students and teachers from other countries and cultures.

U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, said, “A complete education in the 21st century must teach our children about their interdependent world, and it must prepare them to be good leaders and good global citizens. International awareness and knowledge can help our children build the skills needed to communicate and cooperate with those from other nations and other cultures. And as they participate in international education and international exchange, our students can gain the knowledge and experiences to help them contribute to a sustainable future for all.”

International Education WeekFor more information on International Education Week please visit www.afsusa.org/iew. To learn more about how you can arrange for a presentation in your school or community, or for more information on study abroad programs, scholarship opportunities, hosting an outstanding student, or volunteering in your community with AFS, please visit www.afsusa.org and www.afsusa/misstennky.org.

The Miss Tennky Area Team has forty-three (43) AFSers who are studying in the area this year from over twenty (20) different countries. Two of this year’s AFSers are attending Rossvew HS in Clarksville. They are Beibei Wang from China being hosted by Su and Randy Whetsell and Florenza Levantesi from Italy being hosted by Kristina and Rob Copeland. Another AFS who is near by is Thomas Draguhn from Germany who is attending Ashland City HS and is being hosted by Heather and Rick Marshall.

About AFS

AFS is a worldwide, nonprofit organization that has been leading international high school student exchange for more than 60 years. Each year, AFS-USA sends more than 1,400 U.S. students abroad, provides approximately $3 million in scholarships and financial aid, and welcomes 2,500 international high school students who come to study in U.S. high schools and live with host families. More than 6,000 volunteers in the U.S. make the work of AFS possible.

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