Hi! I’m Eliška and I’m from Czech Republic! I am a freshman at UI and I am studying Exercise Science and Health with an emphasis on Pre-Physical Therapy. This Spring Break I went on an Alternative Service Break (ASB) trip to Boise, Idaho. ASB is a program that allows students to come together to help communities across the United States and Internationally. In Boise, my group of 8, which also included international students from the Philippines, Vietnam, and China, volunteered at the Boise Rescue Mission Ministries, a homeless shelter with three different sites in the city. We helped out in the garden, sorted through a number of donations, cleaned out an entire kitchen and pantry, served food in the cafeteria, built can castles on tv, and had the opportunity to talk to some of the homeless and hear their life stories. Also, my group was lucky enough to have an outdoor component to our trip at the end of the week. We were able to rent out gear from the outdoor program and go on a backpacking and camping trip. We stopped by a hot spring and enjoyed a natural hot tub which is something I had never done before. Then we hiked the River Rapids trail with our tents, sleeping bags, stoves, clothes, and everything else on our backs until we found a camp site where we stayed the night. The entire week was an awesome experience with really great people. I would definitely do it all again and I encourage all international students to go an ASB trip in the future!
Just two weeks ago, International Programs wrapped up a spectacular weekend in McCall for Winter Carnival. With a frozen lake to run around on, a Vandal hockey game, skiing, tubing, and fireworks, it sure was a fun-filled weekend. Even though some had never tried or skiing or snowboarding before, with the lessons they were given, they were able to hit the slopes on their own in no time! We hope the 60 students who attended had an amazing time! We can’t wait for next year!
On September 27, we took many of our international students on an adventure to see the tallest waterfall in Idaho, just over an hour north of Moscow near Elk River, Idaho. Taking off at 9:00am, we arrived to the trailhead eager to explore the three waterfalls and the beautiful scenery surrounding us. Everyone had a blast taking pictures together, trekking off the path to climb and explore, and chatting with other students. We ended the day enjoying lunch with a view before leaving the beautiful waterfalls behind to head back to Moscow.
We have a lot of fun and exciting activities that will provide the international students with the opportunity to get involved as a group, and learn something about western culture. Our closest event is a hiking trip this month (September) to beautiful Elk River. In October make some room for plans to go to a spooky corn maze on Halloween night, and save up some cash for a shopping trip to Spokane Valley Mall. We also have our annual tri- school Soccer Tournament coming up in October for all those interested in sports! In November we have International Education Week and Cruise the World. These two events are some of the largest and most fun events held here at the University of Idaho! We will also be holding a classic Thanksgiving dinner so that the international students can get the chance to experience a culturally unique holiday and eat some delicious food. As the semester closes and the cold weather sets in, we will be doing some ice skating here at the Moscow ice arena as well as some indoor activities, such as the climbing wall at the SRC. Stay tuned for the dates, times, and places of all these exciting events!
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