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 us 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!
Since 2011, more than 100 TVS students and faculty have hosted 237 international students, educators, and assistant teachers in their homes (140 guests) and on campus (97). Guests have come from Australia, Austria, Brazil, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, England, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.
In 2016-17, we hosted 52 guests from Australia, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Kenya, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Switzerland, including:
- 22 Aussie Basketball Travelers (plus 2 coaches) who challenged our JV & V boys teams and V girls team in 3 International Goodwill Games;
- 2 Research Students from universities in the Netherlands and Sweden;
- 4 International Assistant Teachers from Denmark and Switzerland;
- 12 students and 2 teachers from Trier, Germany (Fort Worth's German Sister City);
- 2 students from the Netherlands (in grades 5 and 10);
- 3 Australians from our partner school in Mackay (Whitsunday Anglican School); the 4 TVS students who hosted our guests travel to Australia in July to stay with them;
- 1 Japanese professor observing our classes and arranging for future International Assistant placements at TVS; and
- 5 "Zuzu Performers" from Kenya who entertained and interacted with our Upper School students.
Since 2011, we have also hosted:
- 9 young women from the Aussie Basketball Travellers from Australia competed with our girls’ V team in an International Goodwill Game in Dec. 2015. The girls had dinner together after the game, and TVS students and coaches hosted our guests that night;
- 14 International Assistant Teachers from 4 universities Denmark and Switzerland;
- 1 Sophomore from Vancouver, Canada spent time in our classes and stayed with a TVS student for 2 weeks (Fall 2015)
- 19 Upper School students and 5 teachers from Toluca, Mexico (Fort Worth’s Mexican Sister City) lived with TVS host families for three weeks in 2012, 2013, and 2014; while here, they attended classes with a TVS student host, experienced Thanksgiving, taught lessons to and played games with Lower School students, and visited major Fort Worth/Dallas/Arlington attractions;
- 44 Middle School students and 6 teachers/staff from Nagaoka, Japan (Fort Worth’s Japanese Sister City) lived with TVS families for 9-10 days in 2012, 2013, and 2014; while here, they attended classes with a TVS student host, taught lessons to and played games with students in our Lower and Middle Schools, and visited major Fort Worth/Arlington attractions;
- 14 Upper School students, 6 Middle School students, and 3 Teachers from Beijing, China (including 12 students from Beijing High School No. 4, one of China's premier schools) lived with TVS families for 3 weeks in 2014 and 2 weeks in 2015 and 2016; while here, they attended classes with TVS hosts, taught lessons to and played games with students in our Lower and Middle Schools, and visited major Fort Worth/Dallas/Arlington attractions;
- 15 students from Trier, Germany (Fort Worth's German Sister City) visited our campus for a day and were day-hosted by 15 TVS Upper School students (Spring 2012);
- 2 Students from Brazil and Colombia visited us for 1-2 weeks (on separate occasions) to experience TVS education; they were day-hosted by Upper School students (Fall 2011, Spring 2012);
- 45 student musicians and faculty from the Cartagena, Colombia Youth Orchestra performed for our Middle School and had lunch with a number of Upper School students—a chance for our students to practice their Spanish and make new Facebook friends! (Fall 2011) Click here to get a glimpse of that experience;
- 1 sophomore from Austria stayed with a TVS family and attended classes with TVS hosts for two weeks (2014); she also talked with students about the benefits of learning other languages in the Middle School and shared stories about life in Austria with Lower and Upper School students;
- Each summer, a number of TVS students participate in Fort Worth Sister Cities’ International Leadership Academy; they spend 2 weeks living in dorms with other high school students from 8 different nations and they work together to discuss major global issues and present videos and skits about them
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);
- 12 International Assistant Teachers from VIA University and one from UC SYD in Denmark observed, co-taught, and lead-taught lessons for second- through eighth-grade students for 6 weeks each (2012-13, 2015-17);
- 5 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 2015-17);
- 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).
2018 possible destinations include the Bahamas (T.O.E.Beyond), England (intensive Shakespeare study), Quebec (language/cultural exchange), Galapagos (science/cultural exchnage), and Spain (language/cultural exchange). In 2019, we plan to return to Australia, China, Italy, and Costa Rica or Austria and launch a new family service-cultural exchange in Bolivia.
Click here to see where some recent TVS travelers have been—and where some might be now!
Recent trips include:
- 2017: Swaziland (Sister City/Cultural exchange), Peru (T.O.E. Beyond expedition coordinated by recently retired Sra. Bussey along the Inca Trail and beyond), Costa Rica (T.O.E. Beyond adventure in the rain forests), and Australia (school-to-school, family-to-family exchange);
- 2016: Italy (Historical/Cultural experience) China (Home stay/School, Language, & Cultural exchange), the Bahamas (T.O.E. Beyond adventure living in boats), 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 trip hiking in the Alps), Spain (Language/Home stay/Cultural immersion), and England (Intensive Shakespeare/British Theatre program)
- 2014: China (Home stay/School, Language, & Cultural exchange), Ethiopia (Service-Learning/Cultural experience), and Bahamas (T.O.E. Beyond adventure living in boats);
- TVS students have also had life-changing experiences abroad in China, England, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain, and Swaziland on programs such as Fort Worth Sister Cities International, Oxbridge, and CIEE.
- The Mayor of Friesing, Germany and his wife accompanied alumna and professional artist Sallie McIleran Wunner (TVS alumna ’86) and her husband to Fort Worth, and we arranged for the Friesing Mayor to talk with Fort Worth’s Mayor Price; they also 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 (every academic year since 2011)
- Fourth- through 6th-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.