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Sister City Exchange Students

The Burlington School has made a tradition of hosting South Korean high school students from Gwacheon City, South Korea.

Gwacheon City, South Korea is one of Burlington, North Carolina's Sister Cities.

South Korean Students in front of The Burlington School sign.  

2017 has brought us 16 wonderful teenagers (pictured above)! While they are here, they'll also visit a couple of local universities and make a trip to NYC before heading back over seas. 

In 2016, Gwacheon City's first female mayor, as well as two diplomats, accompanied students from schools all over the city to visit TBS. Korean students learn, travel, and immerse themselves into Spartan life for 14 days as part of a cultural exchange experience. While here, these students enhance their English language skills, experience American culture, and form bonds with their Upper Schooler counterparts, by playing instruments, delivering presentations on their hometowns, and exchanging gifts. Our visitors still keep in touch well after leaving the states, exchanging emails and corresponding via social media. 

TBS families serve as hosts to our international guests.

"From half a world away, we are not all that different." - Paige Duffy, Class of 2018

American and South Korean students exchanging goodbyes

"Hosting Diana and Sarah enriched our lives far more than we enriched theirs. We learned so much about their culture and enjoyed spending time with them on the weekends. We thought they wanted to do really special excursions but what we learned was that they just wanted to do what American families do. It was an unforgettable experience and we still stay in touch with them on a weekly basis." -Kim Black, TBS parent & teacher on hosting Sister City students. Diana, Sarah, and Walker are pictured below.

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