Hosting international students provides a unique and inclusive cultural exchange opportunity for schools to bring the world into their classrooms.
In this blog post, we will explore the top five benefits of becoming a host school and highlight the ways in which it enriches teaching and learning for the school and local community.
1. Cultural Exchange and Diversity
For students with little exposure to different cultures, hosting international students provides a very authentic way of introducing pupils to a diverse range of cultures, customs, and traditions in the school community. This exposure to different perspectives fosters tolerance, respect, and empathy among students. It creates an inclusive and multicultural environment that prepares students for the globalised world they will become a part of.
2. Language Proficiency and Learning
There’s no better way for students to develop and improve their language skills than to interact with native speakers. Hosting international students brings language learning to life in an immersive environment that helps students become more fluent and confident. These interactions challenge students to refine their language abilities, allowing them to become more comfortable expressing themselves and understanding different perspectives.
3. Global Awareness and Perspective
Hosting international students in your school broadens the horizons of all students, encouraging a global outlook. Students gain firsthand knowledge about different countries, economies, political systems, and social dynamics. This exposure helps them develop a deeper understanding of global issues, cultural differences, and the interconnectedness of our world.
4. Collaboration and Networking for Teachers
Hosting often encourages collaboration and networking among educators. Teachers and staff can establish lasting professional connections, exchange ideas, and engage in collaborative projects. This collaboration can lead to joint research initiatives, curriculum development, and the sharing of resources, thereby fostering continuous improvement in teaching and learning practices.
5. Long-lasting Friendships and Cultural Exchange
Hosting international students often leads to lifelong friendships and connections. Students have the opportunity to form bonds that transcend borders, creating a network of global friends and allies. This personal connection promotes ongoing cultural exchange and understanding beyond the school environment.
Interested in becoming a Host School? Our latest campaign Be Proud to Host, provides schools with the opportunity to embrace the power of cultural exchange by opening their doors to international students and enriching the local community. If you are interested in hosting international students, please register your interest here.