The business community does care, and bioMerieux leads the way in ensuring that the European Exchange program is available to children who may not have the financial resources to participate. Rather than watching their more affluent classmates board the plane to explore Europe, all children will have the opportunity to dream big and work hard to earn a spot on this 11-year exchange program.
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This exchange program not only opens a world of discovery and investigation in Europe, it also creates global leaders for a diverse and rapidly-changing world of tomorrow.
Students (led by expert teachers) will:
•Learn about and understand the importance and impact of the European Union on the international stage
•Understand the impact of World War II and the impetus to create institutions such as the EU to promote global peace and understanding
•Foster mutual understanding for cultural diversity as well as develop an appreciation for European art, history and literature while recognizing European influences on American culture
•Raise awareness for American and Belgian students regarding global issues such as health and wellness, economics and accessibility for disabled students as we travel.
•Demonstrate how to collaborate using 21st century tools to communicate, collaborate and present information to an audience
What will they do? Students will:
•Visit the beaches of Normandy, the American cemetery, and the medieval village of Bayeux
•Experience the architectural wonder of Mont St. Michel and discuss its environmental challenges
•Connect Monet’s masterpiece in the North Carolina museum of art with the landscape that inspired Monet’s impressionist style of painting
•Appreciate the stories and Gothic style of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris and compare it to the “new” Gothic style of the Duke Cathedral.
•Understand the beauty and power of artistic expression by visiting the most famous museums in the world: Louvre and Musee d’Orsay
•Delight in ascending the most famous landmark and innovative structure for its time: the Eiffel Tower
•Visit the EU Parliament and Commission in Brussels and take a walking tour of the city- identify EU landmarks and busts of EU founding fathers
•Relate experiences and learning with Smith students and teachers via video-conferencing
•Live thedaily life of their Belgian pen pals by staying 7 nights with these families and attending a Belgian school
•Discuss global issues in French with their Belgian counterparts
•Research and visit local Belgian sites that support the theme of our trip
•Compare a medieval as well as a modern village in Belgium investigating its architecture and village life with American towns and architecture
The students will create a project for display for Europe Day, May 9, 2013. Students will create a photo-journalistic essay that falls under one of the following themes:
•Why is it important for the European Union and the United States to have a working relationship? Consider the EU’s mission and the American constitution; in what ways are they similar/different?
•What role does art and architecture play in a country’s culture? What have you learned about Gothic architecture in France, Belgium, and America? Why is it important to protect our cultural resources when considering historical monuments and the fine arts?
•“The Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves” is the sculpture at the entrance of the Normandy Cemetery–Substituting “Global Youth” for “American and European youth,” what implication does this sculpture have for global collaboration? How is this spirit of “rising” reflected in American and European history as well as in present-day life? Create a poem, sculpture, or painting to illustrate your essay.
•What did you learn about global health and economics from living with a Belgian family? What EU policies impact their everyday choices and lifestyle? Discuss how this is similar or different to a typical American lifestyle, to your lifestyle. In your opinion, do the Europeans live a healthier lifestyle than Americans? Explain.
USE THE FRENCH LANGUAGE TO COMMUNICATE EVERY DAY!