Bringing home new life lessons

2019-06-26 06:01
Ameera Allee (right) is now back home after spending almost a year in America on a student exchange programme. With her (from left) is Suraya Allee, Reyaz Allee, and her cousin Zainab Vawda.PHOTO: supplied

Ameera Allee (right) is now back home after spending almost a year in America on a student exchange programme. With her (from left) is Suraya Allee, Reyaz Allee, and her cousin Zainab Vawda.PHOTO: supplied

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SPENDING close to a year in the United States of America has been a life changing experience for Pietermaritzburg Girls’ High School pupil Ameera Allee, who left for Tacoma, Washington on August 4, 2018 as part of the Kennedy Lugar Youth Exchange Programme.

“My experience in America was life changing. While there I developed a network of friends from around the world, while becoming more independent and significantly enhancing my leadership skills,” said Ameera.

Ameera was a participant of the exchange programme funded by the American Field Services (AFS) which encourages cultural exchange, thereby bringing other cultures to America and exposing other groups to American culture.

Ameera says that she was exposed to a completely different education system while in America: “Their education system is very different from ours. There is a wide array of subjects there and mine included AP English, Calculus, Korean, Computer Science, Chemistry, AP World History and Microsoft I.T,” she said, adding that less emphasis is placed on providing large amounts of homework to encourage volunteering, community service and participation in activities after school.

Quickly adapting to the life in America thanks to her host family, Ameera said that she encountered many friendly faces and noted that many Americans seemed uneducated about South Africa.

“Many people have misconceptions about our country while some did not know that South Africa even exists. That is why this programme is so important, so that foreign exchange students can break down negative perceptions and educate others about the country and its people, while spurring on the idea of global citizenship,” said Ameera.

Ameera returned on June 15 and remarked that she highly recommends the programme to others.

“Not only does this programme enhance your leadership skills and grant you experiences that you can only dream of, more importantly it gives you the opportunity to be an ambassador for your country,” she said.

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