(Justin Bass/McCook Daily Gazette)
The students are spending their time at North Platte Community College during their visit. They will also visit the University of Nebraska-Lincoln sports complex as well as various other locations.
Besides the difference in scenery, students are also getting new food experiences as well.
The visiting entourage travelled from Denver to North Platte via van and most hadn't spent that much time in a vehicle ever or without crossing into a new country.
"We knew about the distances [driven to get between towns], but until you experience it for yourself you really don't know," said Sharp.
The visiting automotive students also noted the difference in size of the engines being worked on at the NPCC shop. "There were engines bigger than our [gas] tanks," said Sharp. "We have one liter engines and at 1.4 pounds per liter, it's more expensive than in the U.S." That is an equivalent price of $8.483 per gallon in the U.S.
Sharp, the administrator traveling with the students and faculty, visited McCook Community College to tour the campus and talk with faculty and administrators about how MCC runs its campus and classes.
"We are building some new classrooms and are very interested in how [MCC] has designed some of their classes," said Sharp during her tour of the campus.
NLC is building new classrooms and redesigning others as part of a renovation project.
"Our classrooms are set up in a U-shape so that the teacher can see all of the students at once," said Sharp. She later equated traditional American classrooms with rows of school desks as what the English use for the national exam classrooms.
"[American] science labs are very interesting because they are in pods," said Sharp. The MCC science labs are set up so that students sit in groups around a central work station allowing for direct participation for all students.
Other locations visited on campus were Weeth Theatre, Wrightstone Art Gallery, and von Riesen Library. "We don't have a black box theatre nor an art gallery [at NLC]," said Sharp.
Sharp has a unique job description as she is in charge of eight different areas of NLC; exams, registration, scheduling, quality control, the school gym, the children's nursery, learning resources and information technology.
"I mostly wanted to see what things [MPCC] might be doing that could help me," said Sharp.
"We are seeing the [exchange] students bonding with students here and that is great," said Sharp. "In fact some of the [exchange] students went to Walmart with the local students to see if they could find a cricket bat. They didn't find one, so a local student who is in woodworking said she would build them one."
Other exchange students are sharing their customs by having tea with local students. "Some were making tea with the softball team," said Sharp.
Not only have the exchange students been sharing their customs, but local students have been showing their hospitality.
"Everyone is so friendly and welcoming, it's fantastic," said Sharp.