portraits of Oyku, Anna, Kit and Ice

From left, Oyku, Anna, Kit and Ice will share information about their home countries with the public Feb. 11.

AFS students to talk about their countries

Posted January 29, 2018

AFS foreign-exchange students at Plymouth High School again will share information about their home countries with the public.

Presentations will begin at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11 at Generations, 1500 Douglas Drive, Plymouth. Presenting will be Oyku (Turkey), Anna (Hungary), Kit (Hong Kong), Ice (Thailand). Time for questions and mingling will follow the presentations.

PHS is hosting 10 students this year, from Austria, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Norway, Spain, and Turkey. Ice from Thailand is living in Cedar Grove but since there are no other AFS students in that area, the Plymouth chapter is including him in their events.

The Plymouth High School AFS chapter is one of the most active in the state, hosting 85 students from 30 different countries since 2008-09. AFS, a partnership of volunteer-based nonprofit organizations fostering intercultural engagement, named PHS one of its 100 Top Schools in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

The Plymouth chapter just marked the halfway point of the year with a Mid-Year Orientation for all World Class AFS students at Camp Y-Koda on Jan. 20-21. The Plymouth AFS Chapter hosted the event, with volunteers Clare Sedlacek, Ann Weeden, Pat Gafney and Tim Lemkuil. The students were fortunate to have Valisa Osmani, PHS 2017 grad and AFS/YES student from Kosovo, lead one of the sessions. 

Mark your calendar: The final student presentations of 2017-18 are scheduled for Sunday, April 8.

Learn more:
Visit the PHS AFS webpage.
• Explore the Innovative Opportunities section of our District Report Card to learn more about the unparalleled opportunities for international experiences available to our students.
• More information about all AFS scholarships can be found on the AFS-USA website.

AFS students at Mid-Year Orientation at Camp Y-Koda

AFS students gathered at Mid-Year Orientation at Camp Y-Koda.

Kylie, Nancy, Valisa, Simen

From left, Kylie Oberdorf (NSLI-Y South Korea, 2010, Chilton), Nancy (YES, Egypt, Oshkosh North), Valisa (YES, Kosovo, PHS Class 2017) and Simen Mahnke (CBYX, Germany, PHS)

Sponsored programs

Ann Weeden is the Cluster Coordinator for all World Class Area Team Sponsored Program students. These are all scholarships that will pay the entire cost of the program. Part of their experience in the United States involves visits to places such as Chicago and the Wisconsin State Capitol and they are also required to perform a certain number of volunteer hours.

Sponsored programs are:

  • YES (Youth Exchange and Study) was authorized by the U.S. Congress in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001. The YES program seeks to increase mutual understanding between the United States and countries with significant Muslim populations. In 2007, the YES program was expanded to include YES Abroad, giving U.S. high school students the opportunity to live and study abroad in a YES partner country.
  • NSLI for Youth is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. NSLI-Y provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. Languages include Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish.
  • CBYX (Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange) offers U.S. students the opportunity to live and study abroad in Germany for an academic year through joint sponsorship by the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag. Congress-Bundestag students serve as youth ambassadors of the United States, sharing their life and culture with their German hosts and building a greater international understanding of the United States and its diversity.