CyberFair Project ID: 7613

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Exchange students becoming local community leaders
Category: 1. Local Leaders

School: U CAN School, Additional education institution
    Uzhur, Krasnoyarsk krai, Russian Federation

3 students, ages 15, 17, 17 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 16, 2013. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2011

Classes and Teachers: Anna Bukhtoyarova

E-Mail contact:

Our School's Web Site: http://

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Our project is devoted to the change of local communities. We are going to explore the way exchange students can became local leaders in Russia and other countries. Our examples are mostly going to based in Krasnoyarsk krai, Russia, whose area occupies 2,339,700 square kilometers (903,400 sq mi). But we are also going to explore some other example from different places, trying to define the way exchange students become local leaders and influence local communities.

2. Summary of Our Project

Our project is devoted to local leadership. Every local community is currently experiencing the influence of globalizing world. Nowadays to be a successful local leader a young person needs to see a bigger picture, to be able to deal with people of different backgrounds within his/her local community. In our opinion one of the greatest ways to develop leadership skills is to participate in student exchange program. This project is exploring how student exchange participation helps to develop leadership skills to benefit local communities.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:more than 50%

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:4-6

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:more than 6

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

To complete the project we needed to find the leaders who influence local communities after they participate in student exchange programs. We had to define their leadership skills that we developed by thier participation in those programs.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Who is a local leader nowadays? He/she is a person who sees global picture and acts locally to make a positive change. Participating in international is a great way to develop leadership skills necessary to be successful on a local scale.

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

Though the project topic is not directly related to public school curriculum, we learned some very useful skills that can be used for school and other projects later on. We got some skills on web design, learned how to interview people in English and do the recording of the interview, how to work with Youtube and other Internet services. We also improves our skills of communication with people of different background and learn a lot of interesting things on leadership.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

We used both in-class and home computers with access to the Internet. As a main web site designing tool we used Google Sites as it gives basic but user-friendly features. We did oral interviews with Skype, recording them with CamStudio software (open source) and embedded them in our website with YouTube services. All of these tools were very helpful and the skills we developed during the project are likely to be used very often in future activities.

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

This project id devoted to uniting local communities with the rest of the world through their young leaders. Students participating in exchange programs are always consider to be ambassadors of their nations even after the actual stay in a different country is over. The goal of the project is to tell local people about the great way to develop young people's leadership skills that can be very beneficial for local communities.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

As the goal of the project is to tell local communities about the opportunities to develop their young people's leadership skills, this website is going to be used to help in intensifying student exchange. It is aimed at encouraging students to apply for student exchange programs with better understanding of how participation is going to influence them. The project will help them to see the benefits of participation for their future as individuals, their career and social development. The project will also help their parents understand competitive advantages that their children will gain by program participation and encourage them to provide necessary support for young leaders.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

We are grateful to all the great people who help with creating this project. Our special thanks go to young people who participated in exchange student programs. They volunteered their time and gave very informative interviews. They also shared a lot of useful inside on the issue. We also thank our teachers who used to participate in academic exchange program and gave us very helpful guidance.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We discovers that the participants of student and other exchange programs are now becoming a community themselves, a community within many different local communities, a community that unites people through similar life experience and developed leadership skills that work on both global and local scale.


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