Jade to experience American culture first-hand

ST Benedict School, Grade 10 learner, Jade Campbell will be flying with 14 other learners from around the country to spend 11 months in America.

Jade was selected as an American Field Service Exchange Student for 2017.

Acting head of St Benedict high school, Pooven Andrew, said the school is proud of Jade.

“In 2016, St Benedict School entered a number of Grade 9 learners into the exchange programme.

“Learners are offered the opportunity to spend 11 months having the best cultural experience of their lives. They live with carefully selected host families in America and attend local high schools. The programme runs from August 2017 until June 2018 and consists of a full scholarship which is sponsored by the Kennedy Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Programme and the Department of State,” she said.

Three of St Benedict School’s top learners, Jessica Collings, Tshiamo September and Jade Campbell, made it through to the final round within the province.

“Getting through to this level was based on rigorous tests, group dynamics, interviews and consideration of their academic performance. The programme looks for open-minded, flexible and independent learners.

“Jade kept the SBS banner flying high in the final selection and made it through to be chosen as an AFS student. We wish her well as she proudly represents our school and our country,” said Andrew.

Jade said she was shocked but overjoyed at the opportunity as the entire selection process was pervaded with a sense of disbelief.

She said the purpose of the exchange is to experience different cultures first-hand which is one of her goals.

“The programme essentially offers us a break from our own reality to experience someone else’s.”

Although Jade is certain she will miss her family and friends immensely she said this is a lifetime opportunity.

“I am sure the value of such an adventure will outweigh any homesickness,” she said.



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