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Virus blocks international program, but not companionship
By:Zheng Qian  |  From:english.eastday.com  |  2020-04-13 09:20

The coronavirus pandemic has blocked many international programs, but the friendship formed has proved unstoppable.

For teenagers from Shanghai and Victoria, Australia who shared an unforgettable togetherness when participating in the Victorian Young Leaders to China Program (VYCL), the outbreak has made them more concerned about each other.

(The letter Chinese students sent to their foreign companions)

This year, due to the disease outbreak, the program, usually held twice a year in Spring and Autumn, has been stranded. Thus, students from the International Department of Shanghai Foreign Language School, one of Shanghai’s participating schools, sent an encouragement letter to their program companions.“We should stay at home and take online lessons, which reminds us more of the unforgettable times with you. Wish you are well during this challenge and you are welcome to come to our school and class again when the disease is completely defeated,”it reads.

Organized by the International Education Association Shanghai (IEAS) and Australian Department of Education and Training, the program has accepted more than 400 Australian students since 2014 to come to China for a study tour in Shanghai, Beijing and Nanjing.

During their stay in Shanghai, the foreign students stayed in some middle schools and conducted various campus academic, cultural and sports activities. Hopefully, the foreign friends will come back to Shanghai soon again.