EAGLE RIVER - During the summer Northland Pines High School is being used as the home base for a foreign exchange program.
The Northwoods Adventure Quest Program brings students from China and America together.
Last year travel rules stopped the program from happening, but this year the students and organizers are more driven than ever to keep their mission going.
"You get to form relationships with people from around the world," said 10- year- old Chase Neubauer.
This is Neubauer's first time joining the two week Adventure Quest Program.
The goal of the program is to do more than just keep kids busy during the summer.
"[It] promotes connections with Wisconsin especially the Northern part [of Wisconsin with] all of China," said WISP Executive Director Xiaodong Kuang.
Kuang is one the organizers of the quest program. He couldn't think of a better way of promoting his goal than starting with young students.
"[So that] the young generation, who will be the future leaders of the world, [can] appreciate cultures and know more about each other," said Kuang.
This is Power Liu's first time coming to America with the program.
"Everything is brand new here and I feel like I'm making a difference," said Liu.
Kuang said watching the kids learn and appreciate each other's differences is key.
"Everyone should know something about what's happening on the other side of the planet," said Kuang.
Kuang said even though the adults on the two sides may not always agree politically, it's important the children take their own lead and unite together.
"So [that] in the future they can work [better] together for a more beautiful world," said Xiaodong.
Xiaodong said the program is just the beginning.
The Wisconsin International Student Program is working on creating more programs.
It's also plans to build an international dorm at Northland Pines High School.
|Story By: Phylicia Ashley