How World Link Student Hiba Ouzaouit Impacted Our School
Thank you to Dallas Center-Grimes High School for hosting Hiba and sharing your World Link hosting experience.
The primary objective of most exchange programs are for a student to study abroad in an American high school for a year in order to exchange cultures and learn from each other. World Link exchange programs are not different in this regard. Our relationship with schools is important and many students will engage in their program requirements through participation in school activities. The common objectives among exchange programs include:
- Gain an understanding of American society, people, values, culture, diversity and respect for others with differing views;
- Interact with Americans and generate enduring ties;
- Teach Americans about their home countries and cultures;
- Explore and acquire an understanding of the key elements of a civil society; and,
- Share and apply experiences and knowledge in their home countries as alumni.
World Link operates only publicly sponsored exchange programs that are a part of official government missions to gain a better understanding and relationship with each other through engaging with the “successor generations” of future leaders. World Link’s goal is to make each of our participants a “global citizen” that is capable of understanding differing views, adapt to other cultures readily and that can see the benefit of learning and adapting lessons from other cultures. World Link values the role that schools play in this mission and work diligently through our programming and our local representatives to engage with our host schools in a manner that not only benefits our participants, but also benefits the school community. When our students are in the school, we follow the school rules and policies. Our participants are your students and we want them to be an asset to the school community in bringing the world to your community.
During the year, we encourage our students to present their cultures, especially during International Education Week in November, to get involved in school activities and clubs so that everyone knows their name, and to engage in community service with their peers. Each World Link student is selected through a merit-based process that ensures an adequate level of English and a desire to do well in school. World Link students must maintain a 3.0 GPA minimum.
By engaging with World Link students, you will be receiving students from countries that the U.S. Congress has deemed that we need to have a better understanding of. The countries our students come from do not include the mainstream exchange student regions and instead you will experience the unique diversity that the FLEX and YES programs have to offer. To read more about these programs, click on the link to see the attached School Administrator Handbook published by the U.S. Department of State for our programs that we cooperate with.
What our host schools have to say about World Link and World Link International students:
“UPHS loves working with World Link and having students placed here!”
– Helen Milliorn-Feller, Lead Teacher, University Preparatory High School, California
“We have to go with first-come, first-serve on our two exchange openings but I much, much prefer World Link over others due to their language skills and preparation for living and thriving for a year abroad.”
– Jennifer Knight, Secondary Principal, Earlham Community School District, Iowa
“The World Link foreign exchange students have been great assets to our school over the years. We love hosting them, and look forward to the new students we will meet in the future.”
– Alex Calabrese, Director of Community Programs, Atlas Preparatory, Colorado
"I think the students worked hard in the class, were willing to be involved in extracurricular activities, and positiviely contributed to the school climate."
– Scott Chapman, School Counselor, Woodward Granger High School, Iowa
"Every student we have had from World Link has been amazing. They are thoroughly prepared for the exchange year and they are taken care of very well throughout their time abroad."
– Randy Zimmerman, Executive Director and Headmaster of CIVA, Colorado
We encourage you to read through these guides to learn more about welcoming a World Link student into your school. If you are interested in placing an international exchange student in your school, please visit our Staff and Coordinators Page to see where we currently place students or Contact Us to get started.