Connecting with others face-to-face
Recent research on pedagogy and centuries of anecdotal evidence show us that experiential learning is one of the most effective ways to learn. We offer our students repeated opportunities to host foreign guests and study abroad, we welcome teachers from different cultures and experiences to work with our students and faculty in and out of the classroom, and we invite guest speakers to share their stories with our community. These experiences help our students achieve our Global Competencies (Self-Awareness, Empathy, Cross-cultural Communication, Cross-cultural Understanding) as we learn about different cultures, and we all benefit from this ever-growing network of global friendships. In-person contacts advance cognitive, communicative, and collaborative skills, and our community progresses as we learn to empathize and treat all others with dignity.
In recent years, full-time international students have come from China and South Korea, and they live with TVS families while attending classes for credit. TVS foreign families who live in Fort Worth temporarily are also an important part of our community.
CLICK BELOW to learn about some of our other in-person exchanges:
- Homestays/Foreign Student Visitors at TVS
- Foreign Visiting Teachers (Not accompanying students)
- Study/Travel Abroad
- Other Guests
CLICK HERE to learn more about how to become a TVS host family for short- or long-term Students, International Assistant Teachers, and Teachers
Since 2011, more than 200 TVS students and faculty have hosted 300+ international students, educators, and assistant teachers in their homes and on campus. Guests have come from Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, England, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
In 2018-19, we hosted students and student teachers from Australia (3), Belgium (1), China (7), Denmark (2), Germany (6), Mexico (15), the Netherlands (1), and Switzerland (1).
In 2019-20, we expect to host guests from Australia (4-5), China (10), Denmark (2), Germany (7), Mexico (9), and Scotland (4).
CLICK HERE to learn more about how to become a TVS host family!
- 2 Student Researchers (one from the Netherlands and one from Sweden) spent time observing our teachers and interacting with our students in Kindergarten, 2nd grade, and Middle School Art to collect data for their Education majors (Fall 2016);
- 2 teachers from the Prague British School in the Czech Republic observed and taught lessons in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools for a week (May 2015);
- 16 International Assistant Teachers from VIA University and 3 from UC SYD in Denmark observed, co-taught, and lead-taught lessons for second- through eighth-grade students for 6 weeks each (2012-13, 2015-19);
- 7 International Assistant Teachers from Zurich University in Switzerland observed, co-taught, and lead-taught lessons in the Upper and Middle Schools for 4 weeks each (Springs 2015-19);
- More than 30 Higher Education faculty from Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Portugal, Belgium, China (mainland and Taiwan), and the USA visited classes and spoke with faculty when TVS co-hosted with Texas Christian University the European Teacher Education Network’s meetings (Fall 2012);
- 1 preschool teacher from London, UK spent 2 weeks observing and co-teaching our Lower School classes (Fall 2012); and
- 1 professor from Fukuoka Women's University in Japan visited us twice to observe our classes and discuss placements for International Assistant Teachers from her university to TVS.
TVS has a long history of faculty-led trips abroad. Faculty/Staff, students, parents, and alumni also travel extensively on their own (to over 110 countries, according a 2011 survey of the entire TVS community).
2020 planned destinations include Australia, England/Scotland, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, & Scotland. Click here to see where some recent TVS travelers have been—and where some might be now!
Recent trips include:
- 2019: Australia (1:1 Exchange), Austria (TOE Beyond), China (Language/History/Homestay), Scotland (1:1 Exchange), Spain (Language/Culture/Homestay)
- 2018: Australia (1:1 Exchange), the Bahamas (TOE Beyond), England (Shakespeare/British Theatre), Quebec (Language/Culture/Homestay)
- 2017: Swaziland (Service/Sister City/Cultural exchange), Peru (T.O.E. Beyond), Costa Rica (T.O.E. Beyond), and Australia (1:1 Exchange);
- 2016: Italy (Historical/Cultural experience) China (Language/History/Homestay), the Bahamas (T.O.E. Beyond), and Costa Rica (Biology exploration);
- 2015: Italy (3 TVS students & 2 TVS coaches represented Fort Worth and the USA in Reggio Emilia's global youth sports competitions--our team took home GOLD), Austria (T.O.E. Beyond), Spain (Language/Homestay/Cultural immersion), and England (Shakespeare/British Theatre)
- 2014: China (Language/History/Homestay), Ethiopia (Service-Learning/Cultural experience), and Bahamas (T.O.E. Beyond )
- The Mayor of Friesing, Germany and his wife accompanied alumna and professional artist Sallie McIleran Wunner (TVS ’86) and her husband to Fort Worth, and we arranged for the Friesing Mayor to talk with Fort Worth’s Mayor Price; they answered questions from our Upper School students (Fall 2012)
- The Zuzu African Performers (Kenya) entertained our Upper School one afternoon (Fall 2016)
- Longtime resident of different parts of Africa spoke in French with our French-language students (Spring 2012) and with English classes (Fall 2012) about her experiences in French-speaking African nations
- A local holocaust survivor from the former Czechoslovakia spoke with our 8th graders about his experiences and about being an “upstander” against hate (2011-13)
- Fourth- through sixth-grade students had a lesson on Tai Chi in PE classes (Fall 2011)
- Two Kenyans spoke with an English teacher’s classes about African colonization and decolonization (Fall 2011)
- Special Agent Taliaferro spoke with 10th and 11th graders about his experiences abroad with the State Department (Fall 2011)
- Ballet Folklorico de Azteca students performed for 3rd and 4th graders to help them learn about and celebrate Mexican Independence Day (Fall 2011)
In addition to these guests, our educators invite university professors, public leaders, business experts, and a host of other influential, dynamic individuals to share their time and experiences with our community.
Global friendships start here.