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ISE NEWS | March 31, 2014

Michigan City High School is given the Partnership Achievement Award from International Student Exchange (ISE)

Michigan City, IN – March 31st, 2014 – Michigan City High School (MCHS) was given the Partnership Achievement Award from International Student Exchange. This award is given to high schools that showcase outstanding effort and dedication to their student exchange program

ISE, a student exchange program, has been working with Michigan City High School for several years. Over that time, students that have been placed in this high school have had wonderful experiences.

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The J-1 Exchange Program: A Short Look at a Long History

The International Student Exchange's secondary school student program brings over 2800 students to the U.S. every year. Academics and cultural immersion are the focus of the program, as well as improving diplomatic relations between different countries. Over the course of the last fifty years, the global efforts of the organizations that promote the program have literally brought hundreds of thousands of students and families together. service2 The visa issued by the U.S. Department of State that makes the program possible is the J-1 visa. This visa allows a student or an exchange visitor to come to the United States for a period of up to twelve months and study in a public school while living with a host family. Host families are volunteers, and they participate in the program simply for the experience and the opportunity to enrich their lives. When the students return home at the end of the program, they improve the diplomatic relations of the U.S. by telling their friends and family about their experience, spreading the word about the amazing year they have had. Community Service The history of the J-1 visa goes back to 1961 and the institution of the MutualEducational and Cultural Exchange Act. Created by Senator J. William Fulbright, the act's purpose was to increase understanding between people of different nations through the common goal of promoting education and cultural understanding. It consolidated many of the former laws already on the books which set up agreements with individual nations, and gave more freedom and resources to students and institutions that promoted and participated in the program. Project Help Group What students and families should take away from this program is the idea of cooperation and understanding. Governments, students and families have continued to advance these programs for the last 60 years, and that has been no small undertaking. Issues of politics, conflict, economics, and ideals occasionally get in the way, but at this time there are more participants in exchange programs the world over than Fulbright might have ever imagined was possible. The success of the program is due to the fact that peoples of differing nations want to understand one another, and that human have an instinct to learn as much as they can.   The future of the exchange program is in the hands of the students, and that is exactly where it should be. As long as there are people who want to learn from one another, and bridge the boundaries that define nations, the effort to reach world peace through understanding still has a chance.   For more information on the J-1 visa and the exchange visitor program, please visit the following links: Fulbright-Hays Act, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

2014-04-11 10:00:34


Getting Ready: Preparing for the Last Few Weeks

In many areas across the US the next few weeks will bring about the end of the third marking period in most schools, and that means that soon it will be time for our students to return to their respective home countries. This can be a stressful time of year. There are exams; school events, like the prom; and lots of preparations to be made for the end of the semester. And, of course, there are all the friends, family members, neighbors and teachers to see before departing. Cramming all of that into the last six to ten weeks can be a challenge, but staying organized will help to make things a little less chaotic as the days roll by. 026 Start by making a list of all the things you need to do before the semester ends. Below are some tips and common issues that students deal with in the final months that may help you to think your way through your own departure: Cindy and Na at Fair 1) Do you need to convalidate your grades in your home country? The countries of Ecuador, Brazil, Italy, Spain and Mexico allow students who have studied abroad to submit their official transcripts to their country's embassy for authentication. This process ensures that students can receive credit for their work abroad upon returning. Each country has a slightly different procedure, and it helps to know what that is before getting started. Visit the country's embassy page on the web and do some research to find out exactly how it's done. One thing that is for certain is that transcripts must be stamped with the school seal and signed by a notary in the state in which the school resides. Once all the documentation is gathered it is up to the student to make arrangements for the submission of all paperwork to the embassy. Fun 2) Have you completed your service hours? Each student is required to complete at least five community service hours while residing in the US. With Spring emerging lots of organizations are going to be setting up community events, such as park clean-ups, fund drives, food and clothing drives, and community fairs and parades. Look through the community bulletin for ideas or organizations to join in which projects are being organized. The local free shopping publication is also a good place to look. Jonathan and Pepe 3) Plan to give back: How will you thank the students, teachers, family members, and friends for all the wonderful experiences you had while living in the US? What would you like people to remember about you after you leave? A simple gesture of thanks can leave an indelible impression on those around you. Maybe you can make your host family a photo album, or write a letter to your school. Perhaps there is someone in your neighborhood who did something nice for you that needs a little help around the house? Giraff 4) Returning home: It may be weeks away, but you will be surprised at how quickly time goes by, especially when you are busy with final semester obligations. Start gathering your plan for your return trip. Make sure to give yourself some time. Sit down and think about the next few weeks. Make a "to do" list and give yourself some reasonable goals. What will you hope to accomplish between now and the end of the semester? What will you be sorry to have missed when you return home, or have you made the most of your experience from start to finish? 073 The J-1 exchange is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Make sure you take advantage of it. To all of our students and families, ISE wishes you all the best in the coming weeks. Be safe, happy, and healthy, and enjoy Spring!

2014-03-21 10:00:41



ISE NEWSLETTER | March 14, 2014

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