Nine students with barn in background

AFS students studying at Plymouth High School this year recently visited Log Cabin Orchard, where they picked apples and made cider.

AFS students to talk about their countries

Posted October 29, 2018

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

The first 2018-19 presentation will begin at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 at Generations, 1500 Douglas Drive, Plymouth. Presenting will be Rinor Ruzhdio of Macedonia and Bora Ajdini of Albania, who are studying at PHS, and Driola Kraja of Albania, who is attending Cedar Grove High School this year.

These three students received Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange Scholarships, established by Congress in 2002 in response to the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The program is funded through the U.S. Department of State and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs to provide scholarships for high school students from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend up to one academic year in the United States.

Students live with host families, attend local high schools, engage in activities to learn about American society and values, acquire leadership skills, and help educate Americans about their countries and cultures. The YES Abroad program was established in 2009 to provide a similar experience for U.S. students (ages 15 to18) to spend an academic year in select YES countries.

Mark your calendar: Additional student presentations are scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 10 and Sunday, April 7.

PHS is hosting nine students this year, from Albania, Denmark, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, as well as including the Albanian student from Cedar Grove in its activities. The Plymouth High School AFS chapter is one of the most active in the state, hosting 71 students from 33 different countries since 2012-13.

Learn more:
• Visit the PHS AFS webpage.
• Explore the Innovative Opportunities section of our award-winning District Report Card to learn more about the unparalleled opportunities for international experiences available to our students.