Digital Exchange Program Seeking Native Students – UNITY, Inc.

Digital Exchange Program Seeking Native Students

PROGRAM INFORMATION

Project Exchange’s Digital Exchange Program’s main purpose is to simulate a “study abroad” experience digitally to promote cross-cultural collaboration among participants. In this 10 week program, student participants will be able to establish a basic understanding of their student match’s culture. This is the first program all participants start out with and topics such as day-to-day life, school, holidays, traditions, food, etc. will be explored (further detailed below). Each week involves one video call and follow-up activity, with call/activity guides for each session to guide the conversation. For more information, you can take a look at our website here.

CUMULATIVE PORTFOLIO GUIDELINES

Over the course of the digital program, you will be working on various activities and projects. Please put all of your work into one Google Drive folder. Name it “First Name, Last Name – Project Exchange Portfolio” and share the folder with [email protected] . This will give Project Exchange facilitators easy access to all of your work (and the opportunity to be spotlighted on our blog)!

WEEKLY AGENDA

WEEK 1 Objective : Get to know your Digital Exchange student match, and become exposed to why they are interested in language/culture and how it plays a role in their daily life. Activity : Create a 60 second video introducing yourself to your Digital Exchange student match ( in any language – theirs or yours).

  • Due on Sunday, January 20, 2019

WEEK 2 Objective : What is the country you live in like? Language people speak, belief systems, ethnicities and indigenous cultures, random facts? Bilateral language exchange, and agree on how much of each language you’ll use (50/50)? Activity : Create and design two social media posts: one of a fun/interesting fact about your country for your Digital Exchange student match, and the other of a fun/interesting fact you researched about your partner’s country.

  • Due on Sunday, January 27, 2019

WEEK 3 Objective : Dive deep into what day-to-day life is like for your Digital Exchange student match. How are your daily schedules similar and different? Activity : Recommend a friend for your Digital Exchange student match to interview (friend must live in your country/share the same culture as you). Interview recommended friend and write a 400-700 word blog article about the interview (in any language)!

  • Due on Sunday, February 3, 2019

WEEK 4 Objective : Get hands on and cook/bake a traditional cultural dish to share with your Digital Exchange student match on video. How did you make it, and what is the importance of food in your culture? Activity : Create a recipe for your favorite traditional cultural dish. Write 1-2 paragraphs sharing the history/ and importance of the dish in your culture. This can be done in any language!

  • Due on Sunday, February 10, 2019

WEEK 5 Objective : Are there traditional events or holidays happening soon/ just passed? What about special occasions in your culture? Share more with your Digital Exchange student match. Activity : Create an event guide for your Digital Exchange student match to celebrate an upcoming event in your culture (e.g., if Chinese New Years is coming up, create a step by step guide teaching your partner abroad how they can celebrate Chinese New Year – steps could include giving Red Envelopes to family, stick the Chinese “happiness” character on red paper upside down on your door, eat dumplings, set off firecrackers)

  • Due on Sunday, February 17, 2019

WEEK 6 Objective : Photo dump recap – favorite vacation spot? Picture of your family? What your classrooms look like? Other meaningful or even random photos? Share these with your Digital Exchange student partner. Activity : Create a personal brand collage about your personal self/ culture/ country, using the photos you shared in the photo dump or other photos you have!

  • Due on Sunday, February 24, 2019

WEEK 7 Objective : Everyone’s favorite topic… school. What is school life/ like for your Digital Exchange student match (classes, clubs, school culture, schedule)? What would they want to change about the school system and why? Activity : Create a “day-at-school” 3-5 minute vlog to share with your Digital Exchange student match and other students abroad.

  • Due on Sunday, March 3, 2019

WEEK 8 Objective : What are some current issues happening within your community? Why are they meaningful to you, and do you have any ideas/ solutions for them? Activity : Write a 400-700 word blog article reflection on similarities and differences within current issues in your community and your Digital Exchange student match’s community, and shared solutions for these challenges.

  • Due on Sunday, March 10, 2019

WEEK 9 Objective : That was a lot of information… so brain dump to each other! Teach your Digital Exchange student match about their culture. What did you get right, wrong, or miss?

Activity : Create and design a one-pager on your Digital Exchange student match’s culture. This should showcase what you’ve learned in a simple to understand manner!

  • Due on Sunday, March 17, 2019

WEEK 10 Objective : Celebration Day! Share what you’ve found most interesting about each others’ language/culture, and what else you want to learn. Make plans to stay in touch! Activity : Do something special for your Digital Exchange student match… no limit on what you do! Just be sure to have your match record their response to your surprise, and explain what it was. We’re excited to see what you come up with!

  • Due on Sunday, March 24, 2019

NEXT STEPS AFTER PROGRAM COMPLETION

After the completion of the Digital Exchange Program, you have a few different options:

  1. If you would like to move on to learning about a different culture, you can re-apply to the Digital

Exchange Program and go through the curriculum again with a different student match. 2. If you loved your student match and want to continue, you can contact our Executive Leadership team

at [email protected] for our “level 2” program, Digital Partnerships. In this program, you will explore issues further in-depth and create shared advocacy projects with your student match from the Digital Exchange Program. 3. If you are interested in joining our leadership team, please email a statement of interest, resume, and

writing sample to [email protected] with the subject line ___________. As a Digital Exchange Program graduate, your application will be prioritized! 4. If you feel that this program is not for you or you have learned everything you wanted to know, you

have “graduated”! You are, of course, welcome to keep in contact with your student match.

When you have decided your next steps, please email [email protected] . If you feel like these options do not fit your situation, let us know and we will work with you to create something that works for you. Thank you for completing the Digital Exchange Program and don’t hesitate to email us your reflection of your experience of being in the program.