My involvement in an exchange program was the result of having visited Russia. I thoroughly enjoyed myself while living and teaching there! Fortunately my school and our partner school in Russia received a joint grant from the US government to conduct a further teacher/student exchange. The purpose of the exchange program was to provide students, parents and host families with an opportunity to deepen comprehension and respect for other people and cultures, tearing down old stereotypes and misconceptions. So ten Russian students and their English Language teacher arrived in Indianapolis, Indiana for a four-week visit. They stayed with the host families, and some of the American students and host families have continued their relationship with the Russian students after they came back home. Some of the students visited Chicago and other American cities; however, I think all of them would agree that eating at a Russian restaurant in Indianapolis was the highlight of their time in the United States - everyone who was there stated that the food was delicious! In conclusion, this was a “win-win” situation for everyone concerned. We learned about each other's language and culture, and, for many of us, it was very painful to have to say da svee-dahn-ya to our new friends from Russia.
1 How did the person get involved in the programme?
2 What was the purpose of the programme?
3 What did the students do on the exchange visit?
4 What impact did the programme have on the person and why?
5 What was the most memorable event mentioned by the narrator?