We were spoilt rotten on our trip to China. Not only were the people at WLSA Fudan enthusiastic towards us but also incredibly kind. I have been extremely fortunate to go on not one but TWO WLSA trips this year. I went to the conference in South Korea earlier this year and count myself so lucky to have gone to China, especially to Shanghai. The city is a cosmopolitan, concrete jungle, and its people are among some of the kindest people I have ever met. Although we only spent one week together, I can say I have very good friends who are Chinese, and live in one of the greatest cities in the world. Through WLSA I have grown as a person, experienced different cultures and gotten to know and understand people from all around the world. The West meets the East through these exchanges allowing us students to grow as leaders and as well-rounded people. This exchange has given me such an insight and an advantage into what the world is and can be like. WLSA has allowed for networking, sharing of ideas and experiences and has created friendships and common goals for everyone a part of the academy. Thank you WLSA for not only a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but a life-changing one.
Julia Collingwood | Westville Girls’ High School, South Africa