High School Students from Taiwan Visit Pingree School in Massachusetts
A group of fourteen Taichung Municipal Hui-Wen High School students visited Pingree School in Massachusetts from January 28 to February 11, 2017. Cooperation between the schools began in 2012, with a student exchange program held every 2 years.
Education Division, TECO-Boston, representing the Ministry of Education and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston, invited the delegation to celebrate the Lunar New Year on February 1. Director Cynthia Huang told students that there are many top universities in the New England region and encouraged them to pursue further education in the United States. The Ministry of Education has established several types of scholarships for those interested in studying abroad, and has created study and internship programs to assist students to develop a broader cross-culture perspective.
Students from Taiwan took classes with Pingree School’s students during the day, and stayed with American families in the evening and on weekends. Each student was assigned a different host family. They ate traditional American food, watched football games, went skiing, and visited historical sites around Boston.
Mr. Yen-Ching Wu and Ms. Ko-Lun Liu of Taichung Municipal Hui-Wen High School led this 2017 winter program. Mr. Wu said that the student exchange program has been held for 5 years, and students participating in the program not only learned different studying practices and made progress in English, but also had an opportunity to adapt to the American local culture.
Ms. Sheng-Chu Lu is a Mandarin teacher at Pingree School. She has promoted Chinese language and Taiwan culture many years in Massachusetts. With great support and assistance from Ms. Lu, the program has turned out to be very successful.