Divine Savior Academy???s International Program is expanding every year. This year six students from four different countries are attending DSA through this program.
Two of the new International Program students this year are Maxim Tiokhin from Russia and Fen Qin from China, who are both in 11th grade. Both students are enjoying their time so far, despite some challenges, like attending school totally in English.
???The education is hard because the format is so different, but the teachers are all very friendly and helpful,??? says Tiokhin. ???I wasn???t sure what to expect and had lots of questions at first about the teachers and students. But the school is very modern and the students have more communication with their teachers than I expected.???
For Qin, one of the biggest struggles has been being so far away from his family. ???The time difference makes it very difficult to communicate with my family back home. It is hard to find a time to make a phone call that works for both of us.??? He agrees with Tiokhin about the helpfulness of DSA teachers. ???If I have a question, I can email my teachers and they actually email back.???
Both students are also enjoying new experiences outside of school, especially with their host family. ???On evenings and weekends, we get to experience different things than we have ever done. That helps us not to miss home as much,??? says Qin.
They both plan to continue their education in the United States after graduating from DSA. Tiokhin plans to study in Daytona to be a pilot and Qin want to study engineering. We wish them God???s richest blessings on their time at DSA and in the future!