Posts Tagged ‘International student’


New Blog!


For those of you who read my last post for 2012, you know that I am starting a new blog to share my experiences of hosting international students. If you would like some laughs and maybe some ideas, follow my story at Denver Host Stories.  Just click on the link and it will take you to the blog!

Thanks again for the kindness shown on this blog – I am grateful for the friends I have “met” along the way.  Hope you’ll stay with me as I journal my experience with international students….


New Blog For Me


Well, according to my 2012 Annual Report from WordPress, I only had 364 posts.  So here is my last post for the year…

I mentioned in a post, some time ago, that I am now hosting international students.

International students

International students (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I decided to write about my experiences (and theirs) in a new blog called “Denver Host Stories”.  Stay tuned for the first entries by the end of this week .  Follow along on the adventure – and if you have hosted students I want to hear about it! 🙂

Happy New Year…


Wednesday’s Word – Patience


Wittenberg International Student Party defines patience as “capacity, willingness to endure”.  I am learning about this willingness to endure as I assist new students acclimate to the US and learning new language, customs and cultures.  I have decided that when my year is up for Postaday 2012, I am going to write about my experience as a host for international students!  It is fun, but challenging at times, and definitely tiring as I spend most of my days explaining bus and train schedules, act as advocate for school, bank and phone companies, and even deal with family abroad as they are frantic about their family member being so far away.  When I feel I have reached my limit where patience is concerned, I remember the kids I am hosting and how frightening it might be for them being so far away from home, and for many, the first time.  It is then that my patience seems to regenerate, and I can treat them more kindly and be willing to assist.  It’s been fun, frustrating, and fulfilling, sometimes all three in a very short timeframe!  Oh, and did I mention I am loving every minute?  Stay tuned for more adventures…


Thursday Thanks – Cultural Diversity


Continuing from my post yesterday about the international student I am hosting, I am thankful for the different cultures that make up our world.  How boring would it be if we were all the same!  My student and I are having a great time sharing customs, language and foods – even though it can be a little challenging with the language barrier.  I have to admit I have missed interacting with different cultures since I left the corporate life.  This has been a perfect opportunity to get involved again. Wittenberg International Student Party

Do you have a chance to interact with different cultures?  What has been your experience?


Wednesday’s Word – Communication


gmail-language-translation (Photo credit: denharsh)

I am hosting an international student who knows very little English.  It is interesting to attempt communication, through words, signals and in this day and age, an online translation tool.  Little by little we are making progress, and it reminds me how much we take for granted in what we say and how we say it.  The next time I speak to someone who does not know English, I am planning my words more carefully.

Think of how your words might sound to someone who doesn’t know your language – how might you then choose differently? 🙂

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