Afghan/American culture exchange project started its first individual Skype meetings last week. 7 Afghan girls and 7 American girls have paired up for an exciting and productive cultural interaction. This project’s goal is to increase the awareness about different cultures around the world. Although we all live in one planet, it unbelievable how different our life styles are and within this differences, it is always joyful to find the similarities.
Maryam Danish, one of the Afghan girls said she believes that the geographical borders cannot put a boundary on her knowledge about the world. She is willing to make friends from all over the world regardless of their different backgrounds. She also emphasized on how vital it is to stay connected with different people around the world because different cultures could learn a great deal from each other. Moreover, she is very curious to explore about the fundamental factors that had shaped American culture. She said: “I want to find how they (Americans) changed their country into a better one. I am especially interested in cultural, educational and social factors… I want to know how the community behaves with women and deal with female issues.”
Margie Hemp, a student in St. Timothy’s from United States is also a student that has volunteered for the cultural exchange project. When I asked her for the reason she joined this project, she replied: “I hope to gain a friend and lots of knowledge about other cultures. I really want to make connections and see how things differ from America to the other country. I want to go “WOW”. ” Margie is also looking forward to learning about how Afghan culture look at different factors such as, marriages, homosexuality, women’s situation, animals' condition, daily life, manners, superstitions, transportation and other factors that play crucial role in Afghan culture.
These students regardless of the busy schedule and bad internet connections have started this project strongly. They are all super-excited to explore about each other cultures and show the different side of story that people usually ignore. Keep of the good work girls, I am proud of you!