The University of Nevada is playing host to several Algerian students this week as part of an effort to make stronger ties with other countries.
The Algerian students are here with a group of local high school students...
The students are learning some new leadership skills as well as learning all about each other's cultures.
"It's really great. There's a lot of things to experience, a lot of things to see, and a lot of great people. It's really amazing," says Soumia Hamache.
Annie Healion adds, "This is a great way to meet people from different cultures and understand where people are coming from."
Halim Ifticen says, "It's extremely wonderful. I think it's the best experience I've ever had."
University of Nevada professor Todd Felts says, "One of the things that happens in these types of programs is we come in looking at the differences, and we leave looking at the similarities."
This is the fifth year of the program at the university.
Felts says Algeria is the perfect country to partner with because of its location in north Africa, and its cultural history.
Along with leadership skills these students are getting lessons in social media as well. That's something they say is becoming more and more necessary as the world changes.
"We are seeing social media be a big catalyst for a lot of revolutions and a lot of uprisings, and things like that in different countries. So social media is very important," says Healion.
From here the students will travel to San Francisco for some sightseeing, and then to Washington, D.C.
Written by Arianna Bennett