Testimonials / PHOTOS
VCS INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Our school’s international club is a special place for me. It provides some meaningful activities, cultural
learning, and volunteer opportunities for all the international students.
I especially like the cultural learning time in the international club;
we could grasp different custom and culture around the world. My mother
and I prepared Japanese foods and toys when I am in charge for Japan theme;
all the international students enjoy that. I’m glad our school gives
us an amazing club to explore more about different cultures, which is
also essential part of high school life.
Mika Ichkawa, Japan - Class '19
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT CLUB - PRESIDENT
Throughout my time in high school, I have had the unique experience of
being involved in VCS’ International Club. International Club is
the largest VCS club on campus to date, and focuses on helping our international
students from abroad transition into life in America. By getting to know
each club member and helping bridge the communication between many language
barriers, I have enjoyed building a unique community. In addition to many
activities and field trips to learn about both American and foreign cultures,
together we spent time in community outreach. Last winter, a group of
International Club members and leaders volunteered with Operation Christmas
Child, an organization aimed at providing Christmas gifts to children
in developing nations. For many international students, community service
was a bizarre concept. However, the human heart is giving and I personally
saw the transformation of many peers grow to become socially conscious.
This year, International Club plans to continue and expand our community
outreach in an effort to make a small, but meaningful impact on the world
around us. My time spent with International Club has been truly rewarding,
and I look forward to another amazing year.
Mary Basilious, USA - Class '19
ANNUAL VISIT TO CHINA
VCS Head of School - Tom Konjoyan and Parents of International Students