For two weeks 13 students from Russia got to experience life in a British school, thanks to the hospitality of Bournemouth’s Avonbourne College.
The academy welcomed a group of 12 to 16 year-olds, who came all the way from Cherepovets in the Vologda Region between St Petersburg and Moscow.
During their stay the students followed the timetable of a typical Avonbourne student.
In addition, they participated in after school activities and visited London, Oxford and the Purbecks to get more insight into British life.
Howard Curtis, Head of Internationalism and Global Citizenship at Avonbourne Trust, said: “It is truly an honour to welcome students from overseas, something we are very familiar with at Avonbourne Trust as we regularly host groups and individuals in this way.
“Such visits not only educate our own students about how people live in other countries but they can often be the start of lifelong friendships. It is a life changing experience.
“This was the first time that we had hosted a Russian group and we hope it will not be the last.”
Avonbourne, as an international business and enterprise academy trust, places a lot of emphasis on learning from the global community.
Every year it attracts students from across the globe to study here.
The overseas students can spend a few weeks at the Trust’s academies on special programmes or up to a year if studying GCSEs and A-levels.
Avonbourne teachers and students also regularly take part in cultural exchanges and visits.
The Trust, which comprises of Avonbourne College (girls 11-16), Harewood College (boys 11-16), Avonbourne Sixth Form (mixed) and Avonwood Primary, also has its own world language centre to help overseas students integrate more quickly into the main school life.
Trust CEO, Debbie Godfrey-Phaure, said: “We are immensely proud to be part of a global community and that our academies represent all corners of the world.
“Thanks to advances in technology and transport the world has become a much smaller place and it’s so easy now to work with other countries.
“By introducing globalisation at an early age we’re setting our students up for a world in which we are all one and to show them there are no barriers they cannot overcome in achieving their dreams.”
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