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Envoys: Boston Thanksgiving for Three International Students
Envoys: Boston Thanksgiving for Three International Students

Three St. Markers were among a group of fifteen international students from independent schools throughout New England who spent Thanksgiving break in the Boston area with the Envoys Thanksgiving program.

Three St. Markers were among a group of fifteen international students from independent schools throughout New England who spent Thanksgiving break in the Boston area with the Envoys Thanksgiving program.

The program was developed and organized by Envoys—an organization dedicated to global competency, international travel, and high-quality learning—primarily for international students who would like to spend Thanksgiving in the States. This year, three St. Mark's Third Formers—Katie Park (from South Korea), Kevin Takayama (from China), and Quan Dao (from Vietnam), participated in this education program and spent nine meaningful and fun days with twelve other students. Supervising the trip was Starry Zhu, Assistant Director of Community and Equity Affairs at St. Mark's.

This year's Envoy Thanksgiving contingent visited Harvard, attended a robotics workshop at MIT, and explored the Museum of Science and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. In their Boston Mission activity, they were divided into smaller groups and challenged to find a sculpture and invite as many people as possible to join them for a group photograph, including several Chinese and Japanese tourists.

They all visited Plimouth Plantation on Thanksgiving. The students learned the origins of Thanksgiving, developed a better understanding of the culture of the indigenous peoples, and had a delicious turkey feast. On the last day of the program, they went to the Walden Pond State Reservation. After watching a documentary about Henry David Thoreau and his life at Walden Pond, the group took an hour-long walk around the pond on one of the hiking trails. They had a picnic lunch and a memorable closing ceremony on the verge of the pond.

In addition to learning more about the history and culture of the United States., the students also had fun and relaxing times playing sports, watching movies, having a traditional Thanksgiving buffet lunch, and going shopping during this festive time of the year.