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!
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.
On September 18, we celebrated the beginning of a new year with our Friendship Families Welcome Reception. The event was very successful and everyone had a lot of fun visiting with their families as well as other international students. Not only was there great food to be had, but there was also unique and interesting entertainment to be enjoyed. Community members from the Palouse were able to come and enjoy many international cultures, and many international students had the opportunity to become acquainted with the friendship families program for the first time. We hope all the students and families enjoy the rest of their time together engaging in fun activities as well as taking the time to learn about each other’s cultures.
If you are interested in learning more about the friendship families program or have any questions, contact Elitza at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We changed the title of the program, so fancy!
Last Thursday, we had another group conversation table at One World Cafe, and it was a blast! I have already seen personal growth in the students that come as they get to practice their English in an environment without stress or pressure. It’s awesome to see them become more comfortable with speaking English and learning more about the language and all its confusing rules! 😛
Remember, you are always encouraged to come to join us on Thursdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at One World Cafe in Moscow! The address is 533 S Main Street, so I hope to see you there!
If you have any questions regarding the Conversation Partners program, feel free to message me at email@example.com