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Exploring the World (without leaving Seattle)

Posted by Ellen Frierson at Jun 10, 2013 11:45 AM |
FIUTS students traveled around Seattle this year to share their countries, languages, and cultures at local elementary schools.


The school year is wrapping up - not only for UW students, but for students of all ages. All year long, FIUTS students had the opportunity to connect with elementary schools around the Seattle area. Through our pen pal program, Global Ambassador Days, and after-school programs including Ichi Uno One and Explore the World, local kids had many meaningful opportunities to learn about the world from international visitors from across the globe.

UW student Xiaojuan Li (otherwise known as Emily) wrote about her experience visiting Schmitz Park Elementary in May:

"It was a wonderful and unforgettable experience to join in this activity to introduce our country's culture as a Global Ambassador. I was so excited that so many elementary students were interested in China and Chinese culture. In our class, we shared Chinese food, famous landmarks, Chinese traditional knots, Kung Fu, and Taiji Quan with them through beautiful pictures and videos. We also taught them how to say "Mom, I love you" in Chinese, because last Sunday was Mother's Day. And we taught them Chinese paper cutting hand by hand. It was interesting.

"We had a wonderful afternoon with the students. And it was a significant way to know each other. Thanks again that you gave me this chance."

Our visit to Schmitz Park Elementary was also featured in the West Seattle Blog.

Thank you to all the students and teachers who have helped make FIUTS education outreach programs a huge success! Take a look at these great photos from events this year:

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Students from China and Taiwan visited Beacon Hill International School to lead arts & crafts activities.

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Showing kids at Beacon Hill International School how to write their names in Chinese!

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Students get ready to get on the big yellow school bus to visit Schmitz Park Elementary in West Seattle.


Students learning about Brazil at Schmitz Park had lots of questions!


Teaching Schmitz Park students how to count to ten in Chinese.


One class at got to taste delicious Icelandic pancakes!


Other students crowded around to learn how to make brigadeiro, a Brazilian dessert.

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Another group of students, including participants in the FIUTS Youth Leadership Program with Bosnia and Herzegovina, visited TOPS Elementary for Global Ambassador Day (read more about this visit here).

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Learning about Chile after school with Ichi Uno One.

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Learning Japanese at Ichi Uno One - and making Japanese treats at the same time!


For more information about FIUTS Education Outreach Programs, click here.

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