Fifth Grade Trip to Taiwan

What: Our exchange program with Taipei Municipal Ren-Ai Elementary School is a highlight of the CAIS fifth grade experience and a rewarding conclusion of students’ time in the lower school.

Why: In Taipei, “embracing Chinese” becomes real and tangible; “creating your place in the world” becomes the challenge and the satisfaction of every day. This program aims to improve Chinese proficiency and communication skills, enhance cross-cultural understanding, and create long-term friendships. Students also build self-confidence, independence, and responsibility. Hosting the Ren-Ai students in San Francisco reinforces and deepens relationships between buddy families, and allows CAIS families to demonstrate support for and be involved in their children’s growing engagement overseas.

When: CAIS students travel to Taipei for two weeks in April around Spring Break. Their Ren-Ai buddies come to San Francisco for two weeks in late April/early May. Exact dates TBA.

Where: CAIS students attend classes with their buddies and participate in activities at Ren-Ai Elementary School, do excursions around the city, and live locally with host families. Ren-Ai students also attend classes at CAIS and do activities and excursions in the area, then go home to you, their buddy families.

Who: Fifth-grade students (and parents!) who are ready to embrace a greater degree of independence and expand their definitions of home and family. Last year, 91% of the fifth grade class participated.