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Your help is needed to keep this unique program alive!
The D-S China Exchange requires about $5000 per year for operating expenses, and its continuation is contingent upon the financial assistance of people like you.  Here's how you can help ensure that the program survives:

Thanks in advance for your generosity!   

Why a China Exchange at D-S?

Alexis de Tocqueville described an America in the middle of the 19th Century that promised greatness.  He saw the rise of not only an economic giant, but an industrious sensibility, a good natured willingness to compete, and a pride in production coupled with strong family-centered values. These same factors are driving a new engine, across the Pacific.
- American International Education Foundation

As the most enduring world civilization, China has a major international cultural presence, in literature and cuisine, in music and film, dance and art, religion and philosophy.
Chinese is the most widely spoken first language in the world.  Chinese will top English as the most-used language on the Internet by 2007, according to forecasts by the World Intellectual Property Organization.
The rise of China presents new economic, political and social realities that demand greater U.S. engagement at every level.
China's tremendous economic growth creates new opportunities and challenges for U.S. businesses. Between 1978 and 2002, China's annual GDP growth was three times the world's average, and during 2001-2004 China accounted for one third of global economic growth.
China is an immense market for American goods and services and a vital supplier to American manufacturers and consumers.
Collaboration with China is increasingly deemed essential for solving a range of global issues, from nuclear proliferation to the environment, from currency exchange to trade laws.
- The Asia Society

Nothing, absolutely nothing, can replace the kind of learning that happens when individuals are able to have direct contact, for a considerable period of time, with people from different cultures and backgrounds.
- Harvard President Neil L. Rudenstine


In only 9 years, the D-S China Exchange ...

was a key factor in securing a 2005-2008  grant to establish a Chinese language pilot program, now in its fifth year of operation
has directly involved more than 200 individuals in host family situations
through classroom teaching by visiting teachers at both schools, has directly impacted 1200 students yearly
has significantly increased system-wide awareness of China's culture and global importance,  including the middle and elementary school levels  
has influenced a number of exchange students to continue Chinese/English language study and pursue careers in international relations and business
has created enduring friendships between students, teachers, school personnel, and host families

Your help is needed to keep this unique program alive!
The D-S China Exchange requires about $5000 per year for operating expenses, and its continuation is contingent upon the financial assistance of people like you.  Here's how you can help ensure that the program survives:

Thanks in advance for your generosity!