Eight students are currently in China as part of the Victorian Young Leaders to China program. The VYLC program is a six week in-country immersion program for Year 9 students, designed to prepare them to live and work as citizens and future leaders in an inter-connected global community. It is an opportunity for students to live in and attend school in China. Combining language and cultural learning with personal development and leadership skills, it focuses on one of Australia’s main trading partners, China.
“Since coming to China for the VYLC program, we have shared in and immersed ourselves in the culture, language and food of the nation. We have visited the giant Buddha statue and have seen the ancient irrigation system, which has provided us with a better understanding of China’s history and religion. We have also visited the giant pandas, an icon in Chengdu. We have indulged in Chengdu’s spicy cuisine, particularly the hot pot, which we have all enjoyed immensely. We have had many language classes and cultural lectures, which have expanded our vocabularies and our minds to China’s century-old traditions and belief systems. This trip has also allowed us to take bigger leadership positions among our piers, has helped us step up to responsibility and made us function and live independently. We have all enjoyed our experience so far, and we eagerly await the next part in our journey.”
Jack Mow and Anthony Prestia (Year 9)