The Burlington School has made a tradition of hosting South Korean high school students from Gwacheon City, South Korea. 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.
In 2018, a total of 12 students from South Korea made the trek to Burlington. The Korean students spent hours with TBS students teaching them about life in Korea as well as Korean geography and history. Our visitors were also able to take day trips to multiple North Carolina universities, the North Carolina Zoo and New York City before returning home.
TBS hosted 16 wonderful teenagers in 2017. While they were here, they also visited a couple of local universities and make a trip to New York City 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.
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
"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.