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International Classroom Partnership Program
The International Classroom Partnership is a collaboration between Park University's International Speakers Club (sponsored by the People to People chapter) and the Kansas City International Relations Council. In the program, international students attending Park University visit local elementary schools to teach children and their parents and teachers about their home countries and cultures.
Each year, a group of international students from Park University volunteer their time to speak to local elementary schools. The program provides children with insight into the cultures, traditions, languages, geography, and conditions of the home countries of the international students through a series of presentations. Both sets of students gain from the experience. The children learn tolerance and acceptance of different people, and are able to connect cultures with distant places on the map. Meanwhile, the university students enjoy the opportunity to communicate with inquisitive young people, and feel proud that they can teach the children something new about the world. As special thanks for their participation, at an end-of-the-year banquet international student speakers are presented with certificates of accomplishment from the International Relations Council and the North Kansas City School District.
The program is based primarily on a series of school visits to four North Kansas
City elementary schools. The international students' countries are divided into
four regions: the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Europe. Each of the regions visits
each of the schools one time for one hour, making a total of sixteen one-hour
visits throughout the year. From one to four student speakers attend each session.