Three Nebraska high school students have returned after traveling to Taiwan.
York High School Senior Grant Suddarth says they experienced lots of differences between the United States and Taiwan.
“The biggest take away I got was how welcoming and sincere and hospitable the citizens of Taiwan were,” Suddarth tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate WNAX. “You’d think that we’d be coming into a foreign country and we wouldn’t be quite accepted or looked at a little strangely and stuff, but it was like I was a celebrity while we were there.”
The students participated in an exchange program between the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and the National Taichung Agricultural Senior High School.
Suddarth, along with Collin Thompson from Eustis and Jacob Wilkins from Ainsworth, toured local farms, toured research facilities, and enjoyed sightseeing.
Suddarth says the agriculture practiced in Taiwan surprised him.
“They grow different crops, such as ginger, pineapples, tea. And, also, their culture is a little different,” according to Suddarth. “The food, not much the same. They do have American food like McDonalds over in Taiwan, but the food that they gave us most of the time was a lot different; rice at most every meal.”
The three will make a presentation on their trip during the 2015 Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute in Lincoln, where they first learned of the exchange program.
Jerry Oster, WNAX, contributed to this story.