Both Taiwanese and English students have gained so much from this experience and have had the opportunity to learn about each other's cultures and how different school life is in both countries. During the week our guest students have shadowed their buddies and have attended lessons as an RPA student.
Walter, one of the Taiwanese teachers, commented: "Our students have loved their stay at Richmond Park Academy so much so that they are asking me if they can stay here and remain at your school. It's been a wonderfully brilliant experience for our students and they have learnt a lot about England and your culture. We are very grateful to all the students and the teachers for making us feel so welcome."
On the last day of our guests' visit (Monday 14 July) we hosted a special leavers' assembly, which involved traditional Taiwanese songs of thanks from our visitors and an opportunity for the buddies to express what they had learnt. All of the buddies commented on how much they had enjoyed having our visitors and what a pleasure it has been to learn more about Taiwan.
The visit was summarised very nicely by one of the Taiwanese students who spoke at the assembly: "This has been an unforgettably special and very different experience. Life in an English school is very different from at home and I prefer the huge amount of interaction you have with your teachers and friends. I learnt many things in my time here and have thoroughly enjoyed every moment. I thank all of you for being so kind, friendly and welcoming and we all want to keep in touch with our new friends."
There has been a considerable exchange on email addresses and it is clear that these new-found friendships will continue!