High School Students from Taiwan Visit New Hampshire for the First Time
A group of twenty Taichung Second Senior High School students visited Bedford High School in New Hampshire from May 13 to May 27, 2017. This is the first cooperation and international educational exchange between high schools in Taiwan and New Hampshire.
Education Division, TECO-Boston, representing the Ministry of Education and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston, welcomed the delegation on May 24. 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 provided 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.
Each student from Taiwan was assigned a different student partner from Bedford High School. Taichung Second Senior High School students took classes with their partners during the day, and stayed with their partners’ families in the evening, and on weekends. They ate traditional American food, took part in outdoor activities, and visited historical sites around New England.
Students from Taichung Second Senior High School held a fair to introduce their school, promote Taiwan culture, play traditional folk art instruments, and performed street dances. The event drew many people from the community, and students from New Hampshire had a chance to understand more about Taiwan.
Taichung Second Senior High School has had international exchange programs with high schools in Japan and France for many years. This is the first cooperation program between Taichung Second Senior High School and a school in the United States. The TSSH School expects students participating in the program not only to learn different studying practices and make some progress in English, but also to have an opportunity to learn more about American local culture.