To learn more about the program, please attend an informational session on October 12 at Anderson Center on Five Mile Rd.
Increased responsibility; a greater appreciation for the world; an eagerness to travel; the chance to share our customs and cultures with those from another country.
These are just a few of the benefits your student can experience by participating in the annual Cincinnati Sister City Youth Ambassador Program to New Taipei City, Taiwan. The program is currently seeking Ambassadors to travel to New Taipei City in June 2017.
The program is open to high school students (rising freshmen through seniors). Last summer, three students from Indian Hill High School participated – current freshman James Keefer, current sophomore Natalie Miles, and current senior Sydney Miles – and found the program to be enlightening and exhilarating.
Indian Hill Superintendent Dr. Mark Miles traveled with the group as a chaperone. “This was an educational experience of a lifetime,” he asserts. “During our 15 days in New Taipei City, we learned about the history, culture, and customs of the citizens of Taiwan. We went to night markets where we sampled local food; visited the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, the National Palace Museum the New Taipei Zoo, and Taipei 101 (the 8th tallest building in the word). We also participated in a local community service project, toured schools and learned about Taiwanese educational practices.”
Students spend the majority of the time living with host families, which provides an added dimension to understanding the culture. “James came home saying how different our life here is from the Asian kids,” says Cecilia Keefer, James’ mother. “The program gave him a great deal of perspective and appreciation for what we have.”
She had heard from other families who had participated that the program led to more maturity and responsibility in their children, and she saw this in James as well. “He is definitely more responsible this year,” she feels. “After our experience this year, we absolutely love the program and can’t wait to send Anna [my 7thgrade daughter].”
Mrs. Keefer also stresses how this is a safe way to help children see the world and expeience other cultures: “The host families and schools are all screened. It’s very safe. I’m very happy with the Youth Ambassador Program.”