Student Exchange Program

Program Leadership

The IAIE US-HK Exchange Program is coordinated by two experienced educational leaders.

Dr. Peter Wong is the Chief Curriculum Development Officer of the Education Bureau in Hong Kong, China. He is responsible for implementing Invitational Theory and Practice in Hong Kong, Mainland China, Singapore and Nepal schools.

Dr. Kenneth Wright, IAIE HK Project Coordinator, is a retired teacher and school administrator from the Scott County Schools in Georgetown, Kentucky. His administrative roles included serving as an elementary principal and the Elementary and Secondary Director of Instruction.

Frequently Asked Questions

1What is the purpose of the IAIE HK Exchange Program?
The IAIE exchange program will students the opportunity to experience the environment of another culture, will help prepare them to become global citizens and will provide a variety of unique learning experiences abroad.
2How does the program work?
Participating American schools will host a group of 10-12 students led by 1-2 teachers from Hong Kong. These teachers and students will participate in classes in the U.S. partner school for 10-14 days. We will partner Hong Kong students with host U.S. students in both classes and activities to enhance the understanding of both cultures by all involved. The local U.S. families will host both the Hong Kong students and teachers.

In return, the U.S. schools will travel to Hong Kong to visit participating exchange program schools. Students from the U.S.A. will have an opportunity to sign up for an exchange program in Hong Kong to enrich their international experiences by providing the opportunity to appreciate a variety of cultural and educational experiences.

These exchange opportunities will be available annually.
3Why should I, as a student, participate?
    You will:
  • Experience the learning adventure of a lifetime
  • Increase fluency in another language
  • Meet new people and forge lifelong friendships
  • Learn the love of travel and the personal enjoyment of new experiences
  • Learn how to interact with people from different backgrounds and cultures by sharing in their lives
  • Gain a global perspective to be ready to meet challenges in the future as a person and as a leader
  • Enhance your global career opportunities
  • Discover more about yourself than you ever imagined
  • Enjoy all this for limited costs beyond airfare!
4What will I need to participate as a traveling student?
    You will need:
  • A valid passport
  • Rount-trip airfare
  • Travel documents
  • Clothing and other personal necessities
  • Spending money
  • Emergency funds for unpredicted expenses
  • Adequate medical coverage
  • To demonstrate model behavior whe participating in the program
  • Be open to new experiences
5What are our responsibilities as a host family?
    You will need to:
  • Provide a safe, comfortable home and a positive cultural experience
  • Share your lives with a person from another country
  • Provide guidance, love and support to a young person who is beginning their journey into adulthood
  • Provide room and board
  • Supervise the student just as you would your own children
  • Involve the visiting student in family activities
  • Enrich the exchange experience by including the student in family, community, and cultural experiences
  • Provide daily meals to visiting student with the family
  • Provide local transportation
  • Pay for some basic cost when hosting the visiting student
6What are the responsibilities for a hosting school?
    Hosting schools will need to:
  • Coordinate overall exchange program
  • Develop a budget for exchange. In doing a one way exchange (A Hong Kong School coming to the US only in a school year) the school will receive a small stipend for providing this program from the IAIE Hong Kong Project
  • The school will be responsible for completing the necessary paperwork to document for the IAIE Hong Kong Project as to how these funds were expended (documented receipts). Any other additional expenses incurred in this program is the responsibility of the hosting school.
  • Receive necessary documented approval to host an exchange visit to their school with a school from Hong Kong. This would include approval at the school level (building principal) as well as well as approval from the district level.
  • Assign a designated exchange coordinator for the school.
  • Confirm that the necessary liability coverage is in place for students from Hong Kong to visit their school district. (Schools visiting from Hong Kong are required to carry the necessary medical and liability insurance when visiting a school in the U.S.)
  • Work jointly with the IAIE U.S./H.K. Exchange Project Coordinator in implementing an exchange visit.
  • Be transparent with everyone in how this program is operated and where funding comes from for this program.

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