OneWorld Now!, the after school global leadership program serving mostly low-income and minority high school youth, is hosting its second annual Mandarin Chinese and Arabic immersion camp at Seattle University for the first three weeks in August. Sixty high school students from all over Seattle have committed to spending their summer to learn these critical foreign languages through an intensive immersion program.
The OneWorld Now! Immersion Camp includes new students, as well as current students who have just returned from spending a month abroad in China, Morocco or Egypt. After studying Arabic or Mandarin Chinese and global leadership after school all year, OneWorld Now! sends students abroad on scholarship to live with host families, participate in community service projects and continue their language learning.
Alex Mac, of Ingraham High School just returned from his study abroad experience in Changzhou, China and has volunteered to be a “language star” by speaking only in Mandarin Chinese for the entire three weeks! Alex is excited that after only the first week of camp “I’ve even started thinking in Chinese and that’s so cool!”
A final show case and student celebration will be held at Seattle University on the last day of the camp on Friday, August 22nd. The OneWorld Now! Immersion Camp was made possible thanks to generous funding through the STARTALK program. Other support for OneWorld Now! includes funding from the Starbucks Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Ashoka.
OneWorld Now! was recognized as “one of the nation’s most innovative after school programs”. OneWorld Now! exists to develop the next generation of global leaders through its innovative after school program and national advocacy campaign to provide access to study abroad opportunities. OneWorld Now! is a project of the Tides Center. For more information, visit www.oneworldnow.org