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WCE Information Meetings


A WCE China Information Meeting will be held for swimmers interested in traveling to China to participate in International Invitational Competition during Spring Vacation. Our informational meeting offers athletes, coaches, and parents an opportunity to view a video presentation, meet staff members, and ask any additional questions prior to registering for these WCE Trips. These are optional meetings. Students, Athletes, Parents, and Coaches interested in ANY FUTURE TRIPS are also welcome to attend!


WCE Swim Team Information Meeting

Date Location
Sunday, Nov. 27th
1:00 PM
Redmond Regional Library
15990 NE 85th St, Redmond, WA, 98052
Meeting Room 1
(425) 885-1861

Additional Meeting #1

Date Location
TBA

Additional Meeting #2

Date Location
TBA


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Don't miss this life impacting opportunity! For more information, contact the Washington Cultural Exchange Office by phone (425) 488-0456 or email start@wce.org.

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Iíll never forget it! I loved this experience. Iíve been in the Little League World Series, been to many different places and had multiple cultural experiences, but this is the best trip I have ever been on. Not only am I traveling in a different country with a completely different culture, but I am playing the sport I love and building friendships with girls I just met. Iíll never forget it!

Erin Tsutsumoto/Softball
Newport High School

This has been the most incredible experience of my life! The diving training was the highlight of the trip! I never dreamed that I would get to meet and train along side the Chinese National Champion and all the amazing athletes. The visit to the Middle School and tour with the local Students were exciting because we could relate to the Students. I recommend this trip to everyone!

Max Klassen/Diving
Redmond High School

Absolutely Incredible!!! The trip was definitely unforgettable! The Friendship Exchange was awesome; it was so cool to trade and sign t-shirts with Athletes from all over the World. I made life long friends. It was an amazing experience to tour with the local Students to see how they learn and live. This trip is a truly amazing experience that will change you for the rest of your life.

Kati Davis/Track & Field
Tumwater High School

I am really glad I went on this trip! I did things I would have never done, met people I would have never met, and I have never been so grateful in my life! The visit to the Middle School and the tour with the local Students were amazing. Touring with the local Students was the most effective way of making new friends! It was the opportunity of a lifetime.

Andrea Woogerd/Softball
Ingraham High School

Honestly, this has been a life changing experience! Not only did I learn about Chinese History and Culture and gained lasting friendships, but I learned a lot about my self. I learned to be more accepting and understanding of everyone. I feel like I have become a better person in just two weeks. This tour has inspired me!

Kaitlyn Mark/Swimming
Skyline High School

I highly recommend this trip! I loved it! I learned a lot! The competition was amazing and the friendship exchange was even better. I had great fun with the local students. I hope to stay in touch with my teammates. Obviously one of the best experiences you will ever have!

Chris Masoner/Track & Field
Camas High School

I gained so much from this trip! I made so many new friends. The players from the Chinese Teams were so friendly and enjoyed taking pictures. The tour with the local Students was the best part. It was so cool to see how they live and get to know them. I will never forget the memories and friendships that I have made!

Nikki Griffin/Softball
Coupeville High School

Nothing compares to this tour! I loved the swimming competition and the friendship exchange was awesome. Visiting the kindergarten was my favorite part. I learned so much from touring with the Middle School Students who spoke perfect English. Shopping with them was so cool. The entire trip was amazing!

Eddie Gervais/Swimming
Bishop Blanchet High School

You will never get another opportunity like this!! This tour is a life changing experience. The Staff was great, I had so much fun with my Teammates, and the Meet was awesome. I made many life time friends and participated in many events that I will always remember. I encourage everyone to grab this opportunity!

Alexandra Collins/Track & Field
NW Christian High School (Olympia)

Iím glad I had this opportunity! The Staff was fantastic! I made friends with everyone. The players were so excited to see us and the friendship exchange was so much fun taking pictures and talking. Visiting the Middle School was great, the kindergarten was so much fun, and I really enjoyed the tour with the local Students. This tops my list!

Elsa Moyer/Softball
Lake Washington High School

Wow! It was Amazing! I made a lot of new friends. The Chinese Diving Coach was Amazing. The kindergarten was cool, the Middle School Students were great, and the tour with the local Students was the best. This trip was life changing. It has changed the way I feel about my family, my home, my school, and my friends. Iím thankful for what I have in my life!

Marysa Eastman/Diving
Marysville-Pilchuck High School

Awesome! It is a life changing academic and athletic experience. I wish more Athletes could experience this trip! It was the greatest meet I have ever competed in; great competition, cool medals, and an eye opening experience into the real World of Track & Field. The Staff and my teammates were awesome!

Kyle Earls/Track & Field
Columbia High School (White Salmon)

It was an amazing trip. It was well organized and I will stay in touch with my teammates. I got a lot more out of the competition than I expected. The tour with the local Students was amazing. They were so much fun. I received so much from this trip. It was definitely the best experience of my life so far.

Evan Tullis/Softball
Eatonville High School

It is a wonderful experience! It was fun to compete against the Chinese Swimmers (it went by too fast). I liked everyone on the trip and made a couple of good close friends. The kindergarten was amazing and I really liked touring with the local Students. I would definitely do it again!

Jacqueline Do/Swimming
Kentridge High School

I wonít ever forget it! I loved Guangzhou, did not know what to expect and want to visit Guangzhou again! I learned so much and loved touring with the local Students. They were so much fun. I wanted to stay longer. One of the best experiences of my life!

I loved this trip and would do it a million times over! The China Softball Tournament was amazing. The games were very competitive and I learned a lot. The friendship exchange was even more fun. My teammates were wonderful. The tour with the local Students was honestly life changing. I truly enjoyed spending every minute with them. I will remember it forever!

Kelsey Snyder/Softball
Ingelmoor High School

I recommend this trip to EVERYONE! I loved it! The games were fun but the Friendship Exchanges were awesome! They really appreciated our gifts. I learned so much on the tour with the local Students and they were extremely friendly. The kindergarten was so much fun. I didnít expect this experience to move me. This trip is amazing.

Valerie Plummer/Softball
Orcas Island High School

This trip is a great experience. I learned a lot about the Chinese Culture. The Softball Tournament was the best as the games were more competitive. I loved signing autographs after each game. The tour with the local Students was amazing. They were so interested in everything about us. It was a blast! It made me realize how much I take for granted.

Amanda Pettas/Softball
Roosevelt High School

The overall experience was amazing! We became good friends with the local Runners who traveled with us to Zhaoqing. We exchanged gifts, ideas, and cultural customs. We will stay in contact (email) for many years. The tours were fun. I will never forget the spectacle of the kindergarten.

Drew Schwitters/Runner
International High School

I didnít want to leave! The competition was awesome. I really liked the time that we spent at the Childrenís Shelter. The children were so cute and they tugged at your heart. The tours were awesome and our guide, Annie, was great. Next year I want to go again!

Becca Noble/Runner
Rogers High School (Spokane)

The trip was a blast! The Staff was great. I made a lot of new friends and reinforced old relationships. I really enjoyed the local Runners who traveled with us to Zhaoqing. We will remain good friends. This was a once in a life time experience and nothing compares to it!

John Burke/Runner
Redmond High School

This was the greatest experience of my life! I really learned a lot about myself, China, foreign relations, and more. The games in China were a blast and the players were so excited to meet us. The visit to the kindergarten was fun and the tour with the local StudentsÖ.WOW! I hope to keep in touch with them. Iíve made many new friends and learned that being separated by an Ocean doesnít make you that different after all.

Teresa Brabant/Softball
Blanchet High School

This is by far one of the Greatest Experiences of My Life!! I learned so much and have a new perspective on life. It was an incredible experience to tour, eat meals, and go shopping with the local Students. My favorite part was hearing the local Students sing ďtake me out to the ball gameĒ while they watched our game. Thank you so much for this WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY!

Krystal McMullen/Softball
Mariner High School

This trip is definitely the trip of a lifetime. I learned so much. I have memories that will last a lifetime and made so many new friends. The swim meet was awesome and the friendship exchanges made all of us feel special. The visit to the kindergarten was so much fun but the tour of the Middle School was the best. AND interacting with the Middle School Students on the Guangzhou City Tour was definitely the best part of the trip. I was so impressed!

Molly Tonder/Swimmer
Bremerton High School

This trip is life changing. You really understand how the rest of the world lives. The Swim Competition was so much fun and the Friendship Exchange was even more exciting. The visit to the local school was the best part of the trip and the tour around Guangzhou with the Chinese Students was awesome.

Adam Wallberg/Swimmer
Skyview High School

Nothing compares to this trip! We had so much fun. The Competition was Awesome. I did not want to leave the kindergarten. Touring, eating, and shopping with the Chinese Students was lots of fun. The Chinese People are very friendly. I did not want the trip to end. I loved it.

Cassy Jo Osborn/Track
Lake Stevens High School

It was an absolutely wonderful experience. I learned so much and experienced a new culture. The WCE Staff was awesome and my teammates were amazing. I made many new friendships and will stay in touch. The kindergarten was so amazing and touring with the Chinese Students was fun. I had an absolute blast.

Brandee Devine/Track
Sumner High School

This has been such an amazing trip. I learned so much. The places we saw were so spectacular; China is such a special place. The visit to the middle school was magical. I really enjoyed the tour with the local students and I was so impressed with their English. The swim meet was fun and the friendship exchange was amazing. This trip is priceless!!

Jenna Santelli/Swimmer
Bainbridge Island High School

I have never had so much fun!! I made so many new friends it was hard to say goodbye! The kindergarten performance was amazing and the kids were adorable. I really enjoyed interacting with the students from the local middle school. They were incredibly kind and friendly. The Swim Meet was great and I really enjoyed the friendship exchange. This is the best trip I have ever been on!

Brittney Jones/Swimmer
Kentridge High School

The trip was awesome, life changing, and an unforgettable experience!!! Touring with the local students was the best! We were able to get to know them and meet them one on one. The competition was awesome, the coaches get an ďAĒ, and I had the best time meeting and becoming friends with my teammates. I definitely want to go back!

John Mark Chittwood/Track
Steilacom High School

I HAD SO MUCH FUN!! I really want to come back! I loved the tour with the local students and the friendship exchange was one of the highlights of the trip. The competition was fun, the food was very good, and I loved everyone in our group. I learned a lot and it has impacted my life forever!

Elise Page/Track
Lake Stevens High School

Thank You! I really enjoyed this trip. I loved the competition. I really enjoyed visiting the kindergarten and the tour with the local students was amazing. I really enjoyed talking with studentsí my age from another country. The coaches were excellent and my teammates were worth the trip alone.

Madison Judkins/Track
Friday Harbor High School

Unbelievable! The competition was fun, the crowd was awesome, and I really enjoyed the friendship exchange. The best experience of the entire trip was the visit to the childrenís shelter. Happiness filled the air for both the children and the athletes. The tours were awesome, I made a lot of great friends on the trip, and the staff was great. This was by far the best experience of my life!

Jamie Foote/Softball Player
Mountlake Terrace High School

The trip was excellent! I will never forget the smiling faces of our competitors during the friendship exchange, all of the historical sites, climbing the Great Wall, the entertainment at the kindergarten, and of course all of the shopping experiences. I treasurer the fact that I was able to go on this once in a lifetime trip and recommend that more people take advantage of this opportunity.

Jennifer Albert/Softball Player
Arlington High School

It was awesome!! I had an incredible time and learned an unbelievable amount about the Chinese Cultural. Coach Hill was great!! The New Yearís Day Run was one of my best races ever. Everyone was so happy to see us. The race was both challenging and competitive. I had a blast!!

Jen Weaver/Runner
Holy Names Academy

This is definitely an experience that has touched my life. I have a much better sense between the differences and similarities of my life and the rest of the world. The New Yearís Day Race was awesome. The course was beautiful and I felt like a celebrity. I loved the tour with the local students. It was an opportunity to view China without being a tourist. Standing on the Great Wall was my favorite tour!!

Lauren Edwards/Runner
Blanchet High School

I hope to return soon!!! It was so much fun to meet and tour with the local students. It was the highlight of the trip. I really enjoyed the swim meet friendship exchange. We gave them gifts and exchanged emails. I was so surprised and thankful when I received a gift. Everyone was so friendly. I am glad I got the opportunity to go on this trip!

Margaux Chan/Swimmer
Holy Names Academy

The Trip was Perfect!! The food was AMAZING!! I really enjoyed touring with the local students. The guides were really great. I learned so much. The competition was cool and the Friendship Exchange was even better. I received some gifts that I will cherish forever. This tour was a great adventure and will be one of the best experiences of my life. I hope I can come back!!

Mary Charlton/Swimmer
Cheney High School

I loved it!!! I made so many new friends. The Staff was great and everyone on the trip was great. The Chinese Players were so happy to see us and were so good to us. I will definitely keep in contact with them. I canít compare this trip to anything else. The trip is an eye opener and you will be grateful for wherever you live. I would love to do it all over again!!!

Melissa Bates/Softball Player
Marysville-Pilchuck High School

It was fantastic!!! My teammates were absolutely amazing. We built some awesome relationships and I cannot wait for our reunion. Jon and Lin, our Guangzhou Guides, were great tour guides!! The tours were constant and we did not waste any time. The tour with the local students was the greatest. The WCE Staff was awesome. It was fantastic!!!

Chelsea Durfey/Swimmer
Sunnyside High School

I loved this trip. I made a lot of new friends. Everyone on our team was so positive. I loved the food in Guangzhou. I really liked touring with the local students and really liked exchanging gifts with the divers. It was the best trip ever!!

Claire Mullins/Diver
Evergreen Island High School (Van)

Nothing I have ever done compares to this!!! Every single day was a new experience. It was so exciting getting their signatures and taking pictures with the swimmers. I felt like a celebrity!!! I loved the school and I liked touring the market with the local students. I didnít realize how special we were until the students started crying when we left!! I will never forget it!!

Kelsea Chandless/Swimmer
Mercer Island High School

It was a great experience! The trip was well organized, our Coaches were great, and I made a lot of new friends. The Chinese Players were extremely nice, very excited to play us, and very appreciative of the gifts we gave them. I have never traveled internationally and it was a great experience.

Mandy Larsen/Volleyball Player
Woodland High School

The trip was excellent!! This trip is one big learning experience and everything you do affects you in one way or another. You learn about another culture and make new friends. The teams are very friendly and exchanging gifts is fun. I had a lot of fun and I would do it again. I would!!!

Tashanna Kramer/Basketball Player
Harrington High School

It was an unforgettable experience. WOW! The racecourse was beautiful and the friendship exchange was awesome. China has broadened my view of the world. Truly a wonderful experience. I made many new friends on our team and also from Hong Kong and China. I will email everyone and send them pictures. Awesome Experience!!

Bethany Ojalehto/Runner
Monore High School

WOW!! I loved this trip. It was wonderful not knowing anyone and in 10 days you have 40 life long friends. The coaches are the best. You will never forget the friendship exchange. Visiting another country will really help you appreciate the U.S.A. Donít miss this trip!!

Katrina O'Connor/Sprinter
Olympia High School

The coaches, the athletes, and the amazing country of China all come together to form an incredible tour. Guangzhou was a totally different world. The city truly opened my eyes to a culture I never experienced. The friendship exchange was great fun and the track meet was incredible.

Casey Moriarty/Runner
O'Dea High School

I would do it over again 1,000 times!!! The race was cool, the course was beautiful, and they treated us like STARS!!!. I really enjoyed hanging with the team and I made a lot of new friends. This trip made me realize how lucky I am.

Anna Wright/Runner
Granite Falls High School

Nothing like it! The friendship exchange was AWESOME!! The people in China wanted anything (address, phone number, or email) to stay in contact with us. Our Coaches were excellent. My Teammates were positive the entire trip and even the Coaches from Hong Kong and Canton really enjoyed us. Nothing like it!

Joel Hatfield/Runner
Issaquah High School

I will always remember it! The competition was good and I had a challenging race. I loved the friendship exchange and the Chinese Athletes loved the gifts. The trip was well organized and I made new friends. It was one of the best experiences of my life.

Kirsten Lind/Runner
Annie Wright High School

WOW! What an amazing experience! The people in Zhaoqing treated us as if we were famous. The trip was well organized and there couldnít have been a better Staff. I made lots of friends. Some scenes in China looked like a picture out of Sunset Magazine. I will never forget it!!

Emily Turner/Runner
Omak High School

Iíd like to go back!! The people on our team and the people in China were WONDERFUL!! We had a great staff that was fun to be around and kept us smiling. China, the competition, and exchanging signatures; it was all good. This tour has been the highlight of my life and I will never forget it!

Matt Lathrop/Thrower
Squalicum High School

It was unforgettable!! My teammates were awesome. It was a blast meeting new people and making new friends. The staff was awesome. They related well with the athletes and I learned a lot. The competition was good and the people in China were so nice. I had a great time and will never forget it!

Lara Nelson/Jumper
Lewis & Clark High School

Competing Internationally is awesome. Signing all of the Chinese Athletes shirts makes you feel great and watching a guy jump 7í was amazing. I made some really great friends that I will stay in touch with. It was a great experience, I really enjoyed it.

Erik Lanigan/Jumper
Mt. Si High School

It is a very great opportunity; great competition, awesome Track & Field Stadium (Hong Kong), and the people in Guangzhou are so friendly. After 10 days, our team was so close. Everyone I met I want to keep in touch with. You canít compare this experience because it is so original.

Carrie Bride/Sprinter
Inglemoor High School

It was a blast! The competition was awesome and gave me a whole new outlook on running. My teammates were excellent. If ever given the chance, I would work with any of the coaches who were obviously the best. This is truly an experience I will always remember.

Ryan Whitaker/Sprinter
Colville High School

Donít miss this cultural experience. Never boring, it was well organized and you are always doing something new and exciting. My teammates were the best, everyone was so nice. The Chinese Athletes make you feel famous asking for your signature. I had a blast.

Anna Ammons/Sprinter
Mt. Vernon High School

It was a wonderful trip and I would like to go again. China has beautiful sights, nice people, and great food. I made a lot of friends and the competition was great. The staff was very helpful and I learned a lot.

Bryan McLean/Thrower
Othello High School

It was great. Itís a whole lot more than a track trip. The staff was excellent, a great variety of personalities. I made a lot of new friends. I want to go again next year!

Orejeona LaFever/Thrower
Grandview High School

You canít ask for more! We were able to learn about the culture by touring in Hong Kong and Canton and able to participate in great competition. By far, one of my greatest experiences.

Stefanie Hansen/Sprinter
Central Kitsap High School

I loved this trip! Running in the New Yearís Day Run was the best race I have ever been in. The cheering crowd and TV Cameras really pumped you up for the race and after the race the Friendship Exchange was even better. What an awesome experience!

Scott Rowley/Runner
Seattle Academy

It was unbelievable!! It was so exciting that words canít explain it. The race was awesome. It amazed me when you finished the race everyone was cheering for you and surround you like a celebrity. I made so many new friends. It was unbelievable!

Ashley Barber/Runner
Clallam Bay High School