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Rachel Faulkner writes, Can you imagine leaving your family for a year to live in a different country?

Can you imagine leaving your family for a year to live in a different country? Would you be able to brave a new school? Do you have what it takes to be a part of a new family? These questions and many more go through the minds of thousands of teens as they decide to become an exchange student through a specific organization. One such organization is called YFU – Youth for Understanding. In this program, students can travel to sixty countries to stay with a host family for one year. Last Thursday, YFU brought a girl from China to my house in Greeley. Her name is Jasmine, or, in Chinese, Yao Xin Yi. Through this experience, I have opened my eyes to a new lesson of global awareness. It is important to remember that no matter anyone’s status or country’s status, they are a person. Their beliefs are different from yours, and that’s ok. China may be a communist government, but that does not mean that Jasmine is a bad person. Too quickly we jump to conclusions that where a person comes from means who a person is. But that’s beside the point. The real point is, exchange student programs offer amazing experiences for teens all over the world. In their own way, they bring people together…no matter how far apart. *Go to www.yfu-usa.org for programs in America.

2 COMMENTS

  1. great job!
    great job!-thats cool that your her host family. this program shows kids that no matter what religion or beleief we all come together.

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