Guildford College Goes Global at Annual International Festival
The International Centre at Guildford College recently hosted their annual International Day to promote diversity across the College, marking the end of their week long Diversity event. The students and teaching team came together to celebrate the various cultures and nationalities that make up the College.
The event gives the international students a fantastic opportunity to educate and inform their fellow students and staff about the variety of cultures within the College, whilst using teamwork, responsibilities and communication to organise a stand for the day.
This year students were representing countries including Japan, Thailand, China, South Korea, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Russia, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran and Yemen to present food, drink, cultural demonstrations and traditional costumes. Students and staff were encouraged to complete the International Day Quiz which was designed to encourage visitors to talk to the international students and ask questions about their countries and culture.
International student, Nanako Furusawa from J.F. Oberlin University, Japan commented: “It was a very nice opportunity to know the difference between my country and other countries and it was fun to eat traditional foods of many countries.”
Some of the International students gave some great performances, including a meditation demonstration by Phra Taweesak, a performance of an Italian song ‘Feliculi Fecula’ by Dina Sabbagh from the Notre Dame School, a Japanese Tea Demonstration by Haruna Kitamikado and a Chinese songs, ‘Cheng Du’ and ‘Zou Ma’ performed by Jinwen Zhang.
Visitors to the event students were invited to taste delicacies from around the world, write their names in various languages and take part in crafts and demonstrations.
The event was also an opportunity for students to fundraise for Save the Children – an international non-governmental organisation that promotes children’s rights, provides relief and helps support children in developing countries. In total, the event raised £750.00 for the charity.
Ian Paine, Curriculum Manager for the International Department said, “Every November the International Centre teaching team organises an International Day every year to encourage participation across the College, promote diversity and friendship and give international students the opportunity to communicate with native speakers. It was a very enjoyable and beneficial day for all the international learners involved and for those who came to visit and take part in the day.”