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October 26, 2011
Cross-Culture Friendship Program
The Ecumenical Center and International Residence (ECIR) is delighted to inform you of this exciting Global Friendship Program(GFP).
What is GFP?ECIR pairs International students with local friends from the community (a family, couple or individual) for an academic year. GFP hosts introduce international students and scholar to life in the U.S while the later help hosts learn more about their cultures. More details can be found on ECIR’s (www.ecir.org).
Why should you participate?
1. It is a great chance for you to learn about a different cultures and new things. As the world is becoming connected more closely, we are living in a “global village.” It is important for all of us to have cultural competence. Instead of spending a lot of money to travel abroad, you will have an opportunity to attend various cultural events with your international friends and learn about different cultures and varying perspectives.
2. Show our international students and scholars a different side of the United States. Since many international students and scholars have inaccurate stereotypes about Americans form newspapers or movies, it is time for you to show them a clearer, unbiased picture of American life and culture. Show them American hospitality!
3. An opportunity to develop a life-long cross-cultural friendship. Open your heart, open your mind to this journey, and be ready to make friends with awesome people around the world! How incredible is it to make real friends with people from tens of thousands of miles away or from a country you may never have heard of? This international deep friendship will be an invaluable gift in your life. You also will be instrumental in one’s alleviation of culture shock and help them confront new environments and challenges.
Ready to participate?
Fill out the application form today! If you are a student/professor interested, encourage your family to join the program. If you think any of your friends might be interested, pass this message around. It definitely will be an enriching and fulfilling life experience! Apply now, first come first served! Once you are admitted, ECIR will contact you to invite you to our welcome orientation.
Posted by juliahla at October 26, 2011 12:52 PM