HI USA Cultural Education Programs are standards-based experiential learning programs that give students the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of their community and cultural identity while making a positive impact in their neighborhood and the world.
Cultural Kitchen helps students articulate their own cultural identities while gaining a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, diverse global cultures. Participants complete several research assignments about another country’s cultural norms and then demonstrate what they learned by preparing a meal and presenting their research on the country’s culture and cultural identity to hostel guests.
Community Expressions gives students the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of their community and cultural identity and consider how to make a positive impact in their neighborhood and the world at large. Participants create an original paintng, dance, recitation or other artistic interpretation of their neighborhood, then prepare a meal and present their work to guests.
Exchange Neighborhoods brings together high school students from different neighborhoods to build pride around their own culture, while opening their minds to learn about a new neighborhood and the culture of their peers. The program pairs two high schools to host the other school in an exploration of their cultures. Participants of Exchange Neighborhoods complete the program with greater respect for themselves and their peers, and with a greater understanding of the cultural diversity.