International Education Week (IEW) is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. This joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education is part of the efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States. They encourage the participation of all individuals and institutions interested in international education and exchange activities, including schools, colleges and universities, embassies, international organizations, businesses, associations, and community organizations.
This school year was the 13th annual International Education Week, starting on November 12th. This year's theme was International Education: Striving for a Healthier Future Worldwide.
Traer participated in this event as they currently are hosting two foreign exchange students: Maxim Mogorean from Moldova and Ayu Pratiwi from Indonesia. As a foreign exchange student, Max and Ayu didn't miss this event; it was the best opportunity to share their culture and information about their home country. They did presentations in the North Tama County Community Schools for 4th, 6th, and 7th grades as well as at the high school. The two students also did their presentations at the Traer Public Library on Sunday, November 16th. They did a great job in sharing their culture with the audience.
"It feels so great after sharing all the things about my home country with all these people in Traer. I have achieved one of my goals as an exchange student. It's to bring cultural understanding and be the bridge of peace in the world," said Pratiwi. Her counterpart has similar feelings.
"After giving my presentations during this IEW, I feel like I completed my ambassador's task. IEW was very important for me and people who I was speaking and showing my presentations to," explained Mogorean.
Max and Ayu did the best thing they could do to be a good cultural ambassador of their home countries. They spent a lot of time to prepare everything because they want to be their best in this event. They hope everything that they've shared will be useful in the future for everybody that attended.