Arrival Orientation for High School Exchange Students

Three exchange students from different countries, all of whom are girls, smile in a group picture taken in an outdoor setting.
MIUSA welcomed 26 high school exchange students with disabilities to the United States.
August 12, 2016 - August 17, 2016

The MIUSA workshop was very useful because I became more independent, brave and self-confident. I also did things that I never thought I can do. I met a lot of awesome, great and amazing people and friends! - Valeria, FLEX student from Moldova

Twenty-six international high school exchange students with diverse disabilities traveled to Eugene, Oregon, this August for an orientation prior to the start of their academic year in host communities across the United States.

Together, the students represented twenty-one diverse countries, including Kyrgyzstan, Senegal, Latvia and Morocco. All are recipients of a prestigious scholarship from the U.S. Department of State.

During the MIUSA orientation, students had an opportunity to learn about U.S. disability rights laws, visit a U.S. high school, try adaptive bicycling, and volunteer at a community garden.

At the same time, MIUSA staff and a team of educational professionals observed the students’ disability related skills and access needs and compiled these observations in a set of recommendations that were provided to each student’s support network immediately following the program.

Some of the program activities are highlighted in the photo album below. To access photo captions, view the album in full screen mode.

Event location: 

Eugene, OR

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