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!
Last week on February 12, 2015, we had another successful friendship families reception in which many new students met their families for the first time. It was an exciting night filled with great food, culturally unique performances, and lots of wonderful conversation.
Our friendship families program is a great way for students to get connected with community members and for local families to get to know about a different culture. Our students and families meet at least once a month to hang out, enjoy a meal, or participate in one of the many activities the Palouse has to offer.
We still have several students who have not been matched with a family but eagerly want one. If you are interested in being a friendship family, contact Elitza Kotzeva at Elitzak@uidaho.edu.
Here is a picture of Shao Duoli performing a traditional Chinese Folkdance.
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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Last Thursday, we did our first International Conversation Table at One World Café, and for our first session, it was a blast! Personally, I made four awesome friends, and I hope that more people can come this week! It is a great opportunity to make new friends, practice English, or help other students practice their English.
We do International Conversation Table from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at One World Café. If you’re interested in joining or have additional questions, email Zachary Root at firstname.lastname@example.org
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