|  DISPATCH: August 21||Monica's Log|
"You won't believe this. My friend asked me, "Where's Mexico?". I told her that Mexico was near Portugal. The sad thing was, she believed me."
AFS was started 51 years ago. A group of people wanted to make a difference in World War II but didnt want to fight so they organized themselves to be ambulance drivers. To help prevent wars like that from happening again they then organized a program for students to study in different countries to learn about different people.
Today through AFS, you can go on exchange programs to over 55 countries and spend a year going to school and living with a host family. If you want to learn more or if you want to see the countries you could visit, check out the AFS website!
So here I am right now with students from Norway and Germany. One student, Asle (pronounced OS-leh) is the only student who will live with a host family in Mexico City. He is excited to be here because his hometown has only 2000 people, and now he will live for a year in the biggest city in the world.
Another student Line (pronounced LEE-na) told me that to be in AFS, you have to have an open mind. You can't have preconceived notions, because often, what you expect turns out to be totally different from what is actually happening. She told me a story to help me understand the way people can be confused by different cultures. Read the story and see if you can figure out what is going on and why these people are acting this way!
Remember, this is a made-up story where you are going to guess what is happening. It is NOT about Mexico!
IMAGINE THIS:WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Is it better to be a boy or a girl in this story?
Why do the boys wear shoes and the girls dont?
Why do the boys eat first?
And is it good to be chosen to be the woman with the crown or not?
Is this culture very educated or not?
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