This year’s program brought together students from Japan and Pakistan as well as youth diplomats from India, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, United States, and Venezuela. The students were able to come together while exploring the best Toledo has to offer including the University of Toledo, the Toledo Museum of Art, the Toledo Zoo, Maumee Valley Country Day School, Fossil Park, Sport Park of Toledo, Bluegrass Camp Grounds, the Toledo Blade, the Inverness Country Club, as well as Cedar Point.
At the same time, students took part in English language and culture lessons to improve their communication and understanding of the United States. Additionally, the students were given the opportunity to teach their language and culture to peers from Dr. McKether’s Bridge program, and the EXCELL program. According to Lubna Mirza, program chaperone and Vice Principal in Hyderabad, Pakistan, the program “is the blend of learning, gaining life time friendships of teens from many different cultures, improving conversational English with a lot of fun…when our students go back to their people and talk about the hospitality they enjoyed here, would bring people very near and help foster world peace.”
The Center for International Studies and Programs was honored to work with Toledo Sister Cities International on this year’s International Youth Association program to further global citizenship.
Toledo Sister Cities International