To have eaten some strange food and to have taken pictures of people wearing funny cloths is not enough to say that you know a certain culture. One exposure to culture does not mean you have seen it all. It just means that you met people who have different personalities and who are living in a culture with its own habits, symbols, rituals and values. Cultural exchange with other countries, groups or organizations is very important and it means deepening the understanding of certain culture and promoting international friendship and good will.
Most countries, organizations and groups have recognized the importance of cultural exchange and have been making active efforts through their structure to expand such exchanges. Education is one such podium through which cultural exchange is possible in larger scale. And boarding schools are considered to be the appropriate place for such endeavor. India is often known as the best destination of cultural exchange since we have flourished and enriched cultural foundation.
The ongoing trend in India shows us a very positive sign which is the increased number of international boarding schools in India who ensure the exchange of culture and tradition through the collaboration with foreign countries. Students from various parts of the world come under single roof and stay together where they learn the basic human attribute like compassionate feeling for others and the unity in diversity. Cultural exchanges help in various ways but for that purpose there should be proper understanding about others culture.
Cultural exchange is nothing but the better understanding of other’s culture and enhancement of prevailing culture with the positive and healthier aspects of other’s culture. In schools this process is made easy through the celebration of each tradition on various occasions and en number camps and other programs. For example we can take Oakridge international School in Vizag which stand ahead with their cultural exchange programs inculcating foreign students and provide opportunity to children to understand the diversity and richness in all the culture and it pave the way to improve the cultural foundation of everyone.
Cultural exchange programs serve as an important means of introducing people around the world to ideas they might not normally be exposed to. Many barriers have begun to fall between people around the world, with near instantaneous communication allowing people on opposite side of the world to meaningfully interact. Programs that can encourage people to appreciate and understand distinct culture will play a key role in creating a brighter and enriched world.