This academic year, LPU Cavite opens its door to international exchange students, French national Marion Nicorosi and Lena Schaer from Switzerland. Marion and Lena are taking classes at the International High School of LPU Cavite under the STEM and HUMMS track, respectively. Both exchange students have been engaged in various institutional activities since the opening of classes on August 7, 2019. Together with other international students from East Timor, Hongkong, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Nigeria, Solomon Islands, and Thailand, they joined the institutional Leaf Walk and the International Affairs Office (IAO)-facilitated Gathering for Amusement Merriment and Engagement (G.A.M.E.) activity.
To make their immersion even more meaningful, Marion and Lena met with the children at Bukid Kabataan, a shelter for sexually and physically abused children. During the visit, the exchange students sang, danced, and played games with the children and staff from the IAO and Community Service and Learning (CoSeL). Reflecting on their time with the less fortunate children, Lena said, “at first I felt a bit unsure if I can really do something to cheer up the girls. Shortly after meeting all these strong girls and seeing them enjoying all the things we prepared, my heart was really touched. I never expected them to be so happy and thankful about the few things we did for them. They had so many reason to be down and sad but all of them are brave fighters and meeting them was a very moving and inspiring experience for me.”
Marion and Lena’s short-term study in LPU Cavite was made possible through an agreement with AFS (formerly known as the American Field Services). AFS is an international, voluntary, non-government organization that provides intercultural learning opportunities to help people develop knowledge, skills, and understanding to create a more just and peaceful world. – M. M. Abayan
Kids huddle together as Lena and other Lycean volunteers look on.