At Nibras International School we understand just how much students learn from each other, and that is why we are actively involved in the International School Partnership (ISP) Buddy Exchange Programme.
This term we have had the privilege of hosting Daniela Alonso, a grade 11 student from Fontenebro School in Moralzarzal, Spain, as a part of the global student exchange programme.
The ISP Buddy Exchange Programme gives students between the ages of 14 and 17, a reciprocal opportunity to visit another ISP school in the world, for one month. It is an experience that promises to offer students amazing and diverse learning opportunities within a safe and secure environment. While living with local families, students are given a chance to experience the local culture and traditions, while going to school with their peers.
“I am having lots of fun and making so many new friends. I learnt to be more sociable. I was always social, but I learnt to be more open-minded,” shares Daniela.
“I find this culture completely different from Spain; however, there are so many similarities as well. I felt that the food here is very different from what I am used to in Spain. The similarity with Dubai and Spain is that I found both cultures to be quite social,” she continued.
Brandon Lewis, International Studies Director, Nibras International School explains why the Buddy Exchange Programme plays an important role in creating real global citizens.
“For Nibras International School, it is important to build a school culture that promotes this kind of exposure, because the benefits are far-reaching for the students involved and the school itself. Learning about world cultures through first-hand experiences abroad and then being able to share that information with counterparts in one’s own home country, are valuable opportunities that will bolster student tolerance and leadership on campus, while sharpening their “world views.” Books cannot teach everything. Hence, programs like this highlight the distinction between learning and education and International Schools Partnership’s Buddy Exchange Program is obviously the latter,” he said.
Daniela shares her happiness of being able to travel to Dubai as part of the programme. “I would recommend the ISP Buddy exchange program to everyone because it makes you happy and I have been smiling since the day I arrived here. It has been a really good experience and I would have loved to stay here longer. I look forward to visiting Dubai again in the future, because I love the place very much,” she said.