Bridging International Education

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The Millers ​ The beauty and the bane of homestay programs is the rich diversity of the American family. From our perspective, this is what defines us; that we are more than unique in personality and thought, but also in heritage and culture. Yet, we do share a common culture that reaches across our differences to embrace ideals and transcend those things over which we have no control. Every family that chooses to become a host to an international student does so for their own personal reasons. Regardless of what those are, it’s safe to say that they all start with - or develop - a...
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You don't have to be Vietnamese to enjoy Vietnamese traditions and customs. So whether you have an exchange student from Vietnam, Vietnamese friends, or want to experience new traditions from another part of the world, here are 5 Vietnamese traditions and customs you can adopt. Traditions of Tet, The Vietnamese New Year Sometime during late January or early February, depending on the year, Vietnamese celebrate the new year in a sacred festival known as Tet. Although officially a 3-day festival, the celebrations often last for a week or more. In preparation for the festival,...
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Is your family enjoying having an international student stay in your home? Having an international student stay with your family is a really amazing experience! You are helping them learn about your culture, and at the same time, you are learning about their country and interchanging ideas and perspectives. Will they be with you during the holiday season? Keep in mind this may be the first time they experience Christmas away from home. Depending on their home country, they may have never experienced Christmas before and for many Christmas, festivities are totally different in...
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A teenager shows up at your house--, a teenager you’ve never met. She’ll be staying for the next 9 months. Her understanding of the United States comes primarily from TV and Facebook. Your understanding of her culture comes from Google. Hosting a foreign exchange student can be a little awkward. Learning how to make a foreign exchange student feel welcome, however, can turn awkwardness into awesomeness. How to Make a Foreign Exchange Student Feel Welcome Orientation. Start by orienting your exchange student to her new home. Show her the bedroom, the bathroom, and other common areas....
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Does your family love desserts? Every culture has its own selection of specialty desserts. which are unique to their country of origin and also unique due to the ingredients which have been traditionally available locally. American Thanksgiving is a time to showcase desserts which are unique to the USA and use the traditional ingredients which are available in the Fall in the Northern hemisphere particularly in Canada and USA. Ingredients such as pumpkin, sweet potato, apples, and cranberries are the staples of desserts in this very special American holiday season. This is also a really...
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For many international students, this November may be the first time they experience an American Thanksgiving with their host family. Of course, if you are living in Canada, Canadian thanksgiving already passed in October! However, the basic concept is actually the same.  Being thankful for all you have been given in life and celebrating with your loved ones! It may be useful to explain to your international student exactly what the history of Thanksgiving is. You could do that in a fun way with posters, drawings or cartoons or have someone in the family relate the events that...
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