The Past and Present of CITVC's Annual Around The World Sessions!
2014 Countries Visited
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Here are some journal entries from some of our 2013-2014 classmates!
"Being awake for 24 hours and talking to different countries almost every hour was a completely different experience for me. I had a really good time and learned a lot about the different countries. My favorite conferences were Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Pakistan.
The Saudi Arabia one was very informative. The way he spoke to us made me want to listen. He was really enthusiastic. He talked about Saudi life and it was very interesting. The Israel videoconference was also very interesting and amazing because we got to see our intentions be put into the holy wall. Talking to Pakistan got interesting and talking about the culture was fun for me because I am also Pakistani." -Noor
"Around The World was probably one of the best experiences I've ever had in my 4 years of high school. It was amazing to me that a class full of 30+ students could take part in a 24 hour video conference.
From video conferencing , a family feast, to walking the track at 2:00 a.m., I'm pretty sure it was an all around great night! Many people got very close to others and the two classes interacted very well!" -Alicia
"Throughout the entire year, we perfected our skills as conversationalists. With each videoconference, we became more confident, asking more questions, offering our answers fearlessly. The entire class up until this point was about sculpting- about making us strive to apply what we had learned in school and see how this material translated in the "real" world so to speak. But, here, at Around the World, was where we would reap our benefits. Conference after conference with few breaks, we had to show that we could hold our own jumping from topics such as the Crimean crisis to prostitution and climate change.
It was really a very important experience- a rite of passage you could say. In retrospect, I like to think of Around the World as something I had anticipated my entire high school career, from the moment I stepped foot in the ITV room as a part of Ms. Menake's World History Honors Class as a puny freshman. And after going through the experience, I can say that it delivered in so many ways. In this 24-hour period, I learned more about current events and the opinions of the world's countries on these contemporary issues than I did in 12 years." - Heeruk
"Around The World was a very exciting and tiring experience. I loved every second of it. I feel closer to all my classmates and closer to people around the world. I think this was the final experience to make me feel like a global citizen. Speaking to 15 countries is an amazing thing.
My favorite part of the event was speaking to other kids. Something that really made me happy was to realize that all the people we spoke to are really no different than us. They all have work to do, they all have dreams, and they all shared the kindness to learn about new things. I felt no judgment and only friendship between these people. Even though I don't know them, it felt like I knew them my whole lifetime." -Matthew
"As a class, we had the opportunity to videoconference with fifteen different countries. We discussed different topics and lifestyles. With New Zealand, we talked about the Amish and their lifestyle. A popular topic with a few countries was the issue that is happening with Ukraine and Russia. We talked about different lifestyles of students in different countries and issues they are dealing with.
Another one of favorites was with Japan with a few American teenagers who live on a army base. We discussed their lifestyle and their life on a base. I found it interesting how an American my age can live a completely different life on a different country." -Krystina
"The people we videoconferences with were amazing as well. There were so many it was hard to believe. And almost all of them were as excited and hungry for knowledge as we were. So many different countries and cultures were represented, it was simply amazing. Some stand out to me more than others. I felt that the Russians were a very interesting group, and I enjoyed speaking with them immensely.
The Pakistanis were also very interesting to talk to, despite our connection problems. Military geek that I am, it was cool talking to Okinawa, and seeing pictures and video from the Ukraine was a unique experience. I will always be grateful for all the opportunities presented to me in such a small span of time, and for all the people I met." -RJ
2013 Countries Visited
Here are some journal entries from some of our 2012-2013 classmates!
"Around the World was such an amazing experience that I will never forget. I am now aware of the influence America has on the world. I feel so lucky to have been part of this project because I have gained knowledge about different cultures from a civilian's perspective rather than a news source." -Marcel
"Around the World was by far one of the best experiences of my high school career. My favorite conferences were Canada and Australia. I liked how thee were a variety of serious and fun videoconferences. It was fun but exhausting! I liked singing for Slovenia! It was really interesting to see the differences in cultures and policies in each country we talked to." -Erica
"This was a great experience, talking to students all around the world. I really enjoyed moderating the videoconference with Pakistan and I was surprised by their openness and excitement to talk to Americans. I think Around the World is a great way to build relations with foreign countries. I am an amateur diplomat, but I think I did a good job making a connection with other kids across the globe!" -Nick
"I had a ton of fun during Around the World and I'm extremely grateful to have experienced this. It is something I will remember for the rest of my life and I will tell stories about it to my family and friends. No other school in the world spends 24 hours in school videoconferencing with other countries around the world." -Mikayla
"This was an amazing experience. I did not expect to have as much fun as I did. Talking with other schools was incredible. I got to see the world through different eyes. This was an experience that I will always remember." -Jon
"I never imagined that I would have the chance to speak with people from all around the world and connect on such a personal level. Our class bonded during our 24 hours spent together. I loved speaking with the other countries and learning how much we have in common." -Kaitlyn
Country We Visited
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Mr. Okema, former child soldier
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2012 Countries Visited
Here are some journal entries from some of our 2011-2012 classmates!
"This whole experience made me take a step back from day to day life and take a look at my own culture. This was an amazing opportunity to hear opinions and establish contacts and relationships with people and schools that can further benefit and educate me in the area I wish to pursue. Around the World was the main stepping stone in fully understanding the extent of education a global citizen must have and why it is important." - Asia
"As a class, the event definitely tested us on our diplomacy, leadership, and extensive knowledge. These skills are crucial to my future and I had the wonderful opportunity to sculpt them thanks to CITVC and the Around the World event."
"One of my favorite conferences of the day was our virtual tour of the Kotel. To me, it was the embodiment of what this course is about: a diverse group of people coming together, accepting one another, and uniting to accomplish one goal . . . I want to leave an impact on this world, and I know that being a global citizen will help me to do just that." - Casey
"Truly outstanding. Once I sat back after the crazy 24 hours I realized how truly outstanding what we had just done was. To think that we could talk to so many different people in 14 different countries in just twenty-four hours is amazing from not only a technological standpoint but also from an emotional standpoint." - Keith
"Overall, Around the World was everything I thought it would be. Every videoconference was another journey yet to be completed. We represented Passaic Valley and the United States in a certain way; we were diplomats! It's this simple feeling that you are part of something bigger than your average classroom that gives you the drive to talk to all these different nations." - Haitham
"Around the World was one of the most unique experiences that I have ever had. To think that my class and I would be staying up all night in order to speak with countries all around the world was just so interesting. To know the perspectives and the ways of living for all those countries allows me to better myself as a global citizen. This way, I can empathize with the other countries around the world and get to a better understanding of each other." -Mike
Country We Visited
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Israel - The Kotel
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2011 Countries Visited
Here are some journal entries from some of our 2010-2011 classmates!
"Partaking in Around the World is something I can easily say has been one of my most memorable high school events. This event not only helped me gain insights on countries around the world, but provided a unique bonding experience with my peers. This program is one that gives students perspectives on what it is truly like to be a global citizen." -Joe
"The Around the World program is a true gem of educational technology. This program brings students to each continent while staying in one room. I most definitely hope the program continues and even expands to more student exchange opportunities among countries involved" -Mousa
"The Egyptian conference was the best one in my opinion. We had an intense dialogue with the Egyptians students on politics and we also had a great cultural dialogue. We spoke about the prospects of young people in both Egyptian and American society. Their fervor for knowledge was equally inspiring and motivating. What I took away most,though, is that Nile University, one of the best schools in Egypt, does have a study abroad program, which one day I would love the chance to make use of." -Mariah
"Around the World was one of the best experiences of my high school career. It brought everything we have worked towards to a neat close. I learned much during our ATW about other countries' cultures and views on U.S. politics. I will definitely remember ATW my entire life because it means so much to the CITVC class and everything it strives for." -Tasnim
"My favorite conference was the tour of Jerusalem. It was really cool to see the Western Wall and the docents who placed our intentions into the wall. It was almost as if we were there! To learn about history was really interesting and I enjoyed the whole program so much." -Caitlyn
"Overall, all of the conferences were amazing and I believe our class formed strong bonds with our fellow global citizens that will last a lifetime." -Zohra
Luigi Romano and Marino Fernandez, PVTV students who filmed our ATW event and collaborated on the above video, won 1st place for the best high school documentary at the eighth annual Passaic County Film Festival.
"ATW 2010 was shortened from 24 hours to 10 hours so we could participate in our Ghana project later in the month of May, but the event was brought back next year to the full 24 hours!!"
2009 Countries Visited
Here are some journal entries from some of our inaugural classmates!
"This was my second year participating in Around the World and this year exceeded last year's standards on every level. The conferences were more engaging and personal." -John
"My favorite country that we videoconferenced with was Israel. I felt very touched that they put our intentions in the Western Wall (The Kotel). It was such a sentimental thing to do and I know it meant so much to our entire class." -Christine
"Around the World was amazing! I was very excited for it. I think it helped our class become a lot closer and we put into action all the skills we learned this year!" -Gianna
"The best conference in my opinion was with Sri Lanka. They prepared a PowerPoint for us about their country (which is beautiful) and they sang us a song." -Adam
"For me, Around the World was very important because it relates to my future major in International Relations. My favorite conference was with the GEM speaker, James, from Sudan. His story of surviving and overcoming personal tragedy in Sudan was inspirational to everyone who heard it." -Erika
"My favorite conference was with Northern Ireland. Since we already knew them personally from several prior videoconferences, it was easy to jump right into conversations. Tara Ann did an Irish dance for us and Bríd showed us a movie she made. Both were amazing!" -Crystal