COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - It's a partnership forming global business relationships and more importantly friendships. Junior Achievement (JA) students from China are teaming up with students at Harrison School District 2, to learn about business practices.
For the past week 20 students from Beijing, China, have been taking classes and exploring Colorado Springs with 20 specially selected Harrison students. It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many of them.
"I thought it would be interesting to meet new friends from a completely different side of the world," said Mario Chamorro, a member of the local JA organization.
Junior Achievement is focused on leadership, entrepreneurship and giving young people the skills they need to become successful in the future. It allows them to interact with students from another culture.
"We learned lots of about leadership and this characteristic, which is very important in the future for business," said Keys Zhang, a Chinese JA member.
The experiences and week of activities that students share is much more than just preparing for the future, they're also making life long friendships.
"Stereotypes aren't always the way to go. It's a really bad thing to do. I thought they were all going to be serious and I wasn't going to be able to make them laugh, but I make them laugh on a daily basis," said Chamorro.
Next summer Harrison students will travel to Beijing for a week. They'll spend time exploring the culture, learning business tactics and of course spending time with their new friends.