GEMS Dubai students visit Chicago as part of exchange
Global citizenship is one of the core values of GEMS World Academy Chicago, which is why we make it a priority to offer students authentic learning experiences away from school.
In March, a group of GEMS students and teachers traveled to the United Arab Emirates as part of an inaugural exchange program with GEMS World Academy Dubai. Our students studied with peers at GEMS Dubai and lived with families in the city.
In May, students from Dubai will complete the exchange by studying at GEMS Chicago and staying with local families.
“Having an authentic cultural exchange is a big part of our mission,” said Tracey Wood, head of upper school at GEMS World Academy Chicago. “We’re fortunate to be part of a global network of schools that makes it easier to foster intercultural connections.”
The students from GEMS Dubai will be in Chicago from May 7-15. After a welcome assembly at our school, the visiting students will experience our broad curriculum — including world languages, STEM, the humanities and physical education — and they will explore the city of Chicago with our families acting as guides. Planned destinations include the Museum of Science and Industry, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Lincoln Park Conservatory, among others.
“Travel can have a profound impact on a young person’s mindset and worldview,” Ms. Wood said. “It reveals connections between people that might not have been obvious before. It’s a big part of what we mean when we talk about preparing students to be global leaders.”
The Dubai exchange is one of several travel experiences our students have experienced this school year. A group of students traveled to Nepal in December, and all students in grades 6 through 9 traveled to multiple destinations in the Midwest at the start of the school year. Another round of trips will take place near the end of the school year, including a trip to Spain in June.