LIMA — The University of Northwestern Ohio has a growing population of international students. On Wednesday, many of those students shared their customs with Elida elementary students at an International Fair at the UNOH Event Center.
“We, for the past five years, have been partnering with Elida Elementary with our international students for our Language and Culture in the United States class to help them have a better understanding of education in America. It’s quite different for many of them, and kind of as a reward for and thank you for them allowing us to come into their classroom, we bring them to the university and they travel the world by going table to table to learn about different countries and do an activity that represents that particular country,” said Danielle McClure, director of student success at UNOH.
Some of the countries represented were England, Wales, Germany, France, Malaysia, Brazil, Argentina, Zimbabwe, Sweden, Serbia, Switzerland, Iceland and Peru.
“For the elementary students, they get to learn about places they may never get to travel. They get to learn about places far, far away. I don’t know too many people that travel to Iceland, and that’s one of our countries this year, so that’s a great advantage. While some may not to leave Ohio or the United States, they can still learn about and travel and bring awareness to that. Then for our students, it allows them to interact with young kids and to get to know who they’ll be around for a long period of time and to see how we function in the United States in our education system,” said McClure.
Flavia Knutti from Switzerland is studying marketing at UNOH and is a member of the volleyball team.
“It’s really different. The food is different, the culture, the people. What I like about the States is the people are more open-minded or more friendly I would say.
“I think that’s a great event here, so the people, like the kids, see that also other countries we have in this world, because America is a really big country. In Europe, we have so many different countries, and we’re closer to each other, and America’s only close to Canada and Mexico, so it’s really nice for them to see what else we have in this beautiful world,” she said.
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