International Exchange Club

The International Exchange Club is comprised of students from a wide range of backgrounds who wish to make connections with visiting exchange students.

Members of the club not only provide hospitality for exchange students from all corners of the globe, but travel on exchange programs as well. During the course of the school year, club members host a series of Dialog Nights featuring adults and students who have traveled abroad, as well as information nights for students who want to take part in exchanges or hosting.

Membership is open to all RUHS students.

For more information about the club, contact Advisor Tina O'Donnell 
802-728-3397, ext. 311, or email
, todonnell@mail.ruhs.k12.vt.us.

The Randolph-Shizukuishi Exchange Project

The Randolph-Shizukuishi Exchange Project began in 1992 when a Randolph native then teaching English in Shizukuishi, Japan facilitated a cultural visit of Shizukuishi students and teachers to Randolph Union High School. Over the next nine years, delegations of junior high students from Shizukuishi and their teachers have come to Randolph eight times for a week-long home stay and school visit.

In 2000, the Town of Shizukuishi invited Randolph Union High School to send a comparable delegation to Japan and, by way of thanks for Randolph’s years of hospitality, paid for the group’s expenses while they were in Japan. Additional funds for the trip were provided by charitable foundations (The Freeman Foundation; the Lamson-Howell Foundation) and local fundraising events organized by the students and their parents. Since 2000, Shizukuishi students have continued to come to Randolph every winter and Randolph Union High School has sent delegations to Japan every other year, each time raising funds from the community and foundation grants by ad hoc means.

The Randolph-Shizuksuishi Exchange Project has evolved over the years and has now reached a mature form in which Randolph Union High School plans to send a delegation of students and teachers to Japan every other year. Biennial trips of Randolph students mean that every middle school student has a chance to apply for the exchange. The Friends of the Randolph-Shizukuishi Exchange Project was formed as a non-profit public benefit corporation whose sole purpose is to raise funds in support of the Randolph-Shizukuishi Exchange Project.

The Friends of the Randolph-Shizukuishi Exchange Project plan to conduct regular fundraising activities and make grant applications so that Randolph Union High School can continue to send a delegation of students and their teacher-chaperones to Shizukuishi, Japan every other year. Each trip will involve travel from Vermont to Tokyo, sightseeing in Tokyo, train travel to Shizukuishi, a home stay in Shizukuishi, and, if possible, travel to another site of cultural interest (such as Kyoto or Nikko) before returning to Vermont. Individual travelers, whether students or teachers, supply only their personal spending money.

The Friends of the Randolph-Shizukuishi Exchange Project may also conduct fundraising activities or make grant applications to further other activities of the Randolph-Shizukuishi Exchange Project in Randolph. Such activities might include, for example, funding for Japanese language instruction, or for projects undertaken in Randolph by Randolph Union High School students and their Japanese guests when the Shizukuishi delegation visits Randolph.

German Exchange Program – BBS Cuxhaven

We are all part of a larger global community, and understanding that community is an important aspect of learning. To promote the idea of international learning, Randolph Union High School has established a partnership with BBSCuxhaven - Berufsblidende Schulen Cuxhaven, Germany.

Students and teachers from RUHS will travel to Cuxhaven, Germany bi-annually in order to experience German life (and high school) with host families and partnered students.

In the off years, students from Cuxhaven will travel to Vermont to experience our way of life. The visiting students will be hosted by local families and will shadow RUHS students. The group will also visit various tourist and cultural sites around the state to experience what makes Vermont special. Being involved in the German Exchange Program is a wonderful way to discover our global community.

Check out the blog at http://vermont2014.blogspot.com/p/contactimpressum.html

Or contact pcushing@mail.ruhs.k12.vt.us

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