|Title||Indian students stay with Italian families for cross-cultural experience|
Professor Maria Cristina Simeoni/Teacher at ITS G. Deledda
As a follow-up of the Online Collaborations (ASEF ClassNet), ITS G. Deledda in Triest hosted 11 students and their teacher, Ms Anjali Handa from St. Mark’s Girls Senior Secondary School. It is the second time we took part in a student homestay exchange with the Indian school from New Delhi. They arrived on 27 September and left on 1 October 2014 to continue their Italian tour to Benevento and Rome, hosted by two other Italian schools. It was a wonderful experience which gave our school the chance to get in direct touch with a completely different culture and a school system, in addition to opening up new horizons.
The students visited our school and joined school activities, watched the presentation of Triest and Venice prepared by our students and showed us a performance of a traditional Indian dance. Living with Italian families they had the chance to get in touch with our cuisine and way of life. Our guests were also officially welcome by the City Mayor, Mr Cosolini and visited Triest and its museums and Venice in Italy.
Experiences like these are important in the personal growth of students because they gain understanding on how differences and diversities can contribute to cultural richness, develop tolerance and relativity and educate to overcome prejudices and barriers. Students have discovered what they have in common even if they come from opposite parts of the world. They understood that they share same feelings and emotions