By Sonika Singh, Educator, Heritage School Jammu

  • Punjab Public School, Nabha and Heritage School, Jammu
  • Sunbeam Lahartara, Varanasi and Heritage School, Jammu

12 students of Class 11th, along with two teachers of Heritage School Jammu were hosted by Punjab Public School, Nabha . On the other hand 12 students of Class 8th along with two teachers from Heritage School Jammu, got a chance to be hosted at Sunbeam Lahartara, Varanasi 28th to 4th November 2018.

The objective of the program was to focus on the exchange between the AFS India Member Schools in a different state and gain intercultural experience.

During the exchange, the students got an opportunity to interact with the students of the new school, learn their culture, language, dance forms and taste a variety of food. The host school aslo arranged for an excursion trip and recreational activities for the host students. The students stayed in the school hostels and were made part of this new intercultural learning experience. They returned with fond memories.

On the other hand, Heritage School, Jammu also hosted the students from both the schools from 12th to 19th November 2018. The host students were shown the entire school and Amphi Theatre where some interactive sessions took place. The students visited Mansar, Surinsar, Amar Mahal, Bahu Fort, Akhnoor and Raghunath Mandir.

The students were taught regional dances and songs along with the visit to the city market to observe the Dogra attire and taste the cuisine. The program also entailed sports activities, science experiments, and jam sessions.

The exchange program gave students an intercultural learning experience and helped them in understanding diversity in terms of culture and people.