For 19 students from China and their chaperone, getting used to the cultural differences in America has been tough, but rewarding.
The students arrived from Shanghai on Jan. 15 and have been staying with a number of host families in Madera as part of a winter camp provided by A-Star Institute. They leave Madera on Saturday morning.
Madera High School teacher Kevin Whipple, who teaches Chinese, said the foreign exchange students have been attending classes at the school.
“They are following their host students around and it’s been working very well,” Whipple said. “They’re really liking it. I have three of my Chinese kids hosting the students. This is a real nonthreatening way for the kids to keep learning the language.”...