Embracing Diversity: Inside Leysin American School’s Vibrant International Week

Leysin American School embraces and celebrates its multicultural community, with students representing over 60 nationalities on campus. By taking part in cultural sharing, we aim to develop our students into innovative, compassionate, and responsible citizens of the world with a deep knowledge and understanding of different cultures. One way we do this is through International Week, a fun tradition where our diverse student body comes together to honor their heritage and broaden their global perspective through friendly competitions and activities. This celebration epitomizes our community’s cultural richness, fostering deep connections and global awareness among students and faculty.

To begin the week, students participated in an ice skating and ice hockey activity, a tennis World Cup competition, and a basketball tournament. These were really fun activities that allowed students to get their bodies moving. On three evenings, there was also an international film festival featuring short films from Denmark, Nigeria, Pakistan, Hungary, and China, offering students a cinematic journey across continents.

Students had the opportunity to delve deeper into cultural immersion through international workshops, where they could get a taste of different cultures. This included Scottish and Irish dancing, mastering the cuisines of France, China, Finland, and Poland, and learning about cultures through storytelling. Students enjoyed every moment of these exciting workshops. Other activities throughout the week also included the annual Parade of Flags, a story slam event, a national dress day, and a Faculty Family international trivia quiz.

International Week was fantastic this year—our students engaged deeply with different cultures and enjoyed sharing their own. Since we have such a diverse student body, we must celebrate and appreciate each other’s nationalities to create cultural connections and understanding. This week was a testament to our community’s diversity, inclusivity, and global awareness, and our students and faculty learned a lot about each other in the process.

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Leysin American School in Switzerland

Leysin American School in Switzerland

Located in the breathtaking Swiss Alps, Leysin American School has a history of nurturing talent and motivating students to succeed in education, sports, and the arts. The boarding school bring together students from around the world to create a campus community with a global perspective and a family atmosphere. LAS offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma, a comprehensive US university preparatory curriculum, and, for non-native English speakers, an integrated English Language Acquisition (ELA) program.

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