November 18, 2016 11:41 AM
Mid-Pacific Institute celebrated International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and Education celebrating the benefits of educational exchange and international understanding. Flags representing international students from Japan, Mainland China, South Korea, Taiwan, Italy, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Ireland were flown, signifying the diverse community within Mid-Pacific Institute.
What started as a small project last year has grown into an annual event with international high school students in the English Language Development (ELD) Program going down the Elementary School to share pictures of their family, cultural traditions, and hometown. The international students love having the opportunity to share about their culture with the elementary students because they have such a great sense of curiosity and good questions that make the international students want to share more.
Spanish and French cultural events were also held during the week with Spanish 4 doing research and sharing their learning on cultural celebrations within each of the 21 Spanish-speaking countries and Spanish 5 presenting on diverse issues in the Hispanic community. The French Club learned how to make crepes and attended a performance dedicated to French pop songs at the Honolulu Museum of Art.
In addition, a new series of workshops were started through International Ambassadors, a group of local student volunteers who have been working throughout the year to design cross-cultural workshops themed around greetings, personal space, and food. They led activities that helped both local and international students feel more comfortable with each other and learn about cultural differences and nuances.