If you’re interested in gaining new perspectives on different cultures, think about becoming a part of the CESL Conversation Exchange program.
There are more than 200 students from over 35 different countries studying at the Center for English as a Second Language, and this is an opportunity to exchange language and culture with international students.
The program will match you with a CESL student, and you can gain insight into a different life, while sharing stories and information of your own U.S. culture.
According to the program brochure, you should plan to meet your partner around interesting activities, such as one of the campus museums. This way, the international student can further experience the American way of life.
Some suggested conversation starters are sharing photos of your family and hometown, discussing current national or local events and talk about your traditions and holidays.
To become a part of this program and make friends from around the world, complete the online application at http://www.cesl.arizona.edu under “Conversation Exchange.”
After applications are reviewed, and you are matched with an international student, Megan Goold, student services and immigration advisor, will contact you to schedule a face-to-face appointment.
Participants are responsible for choosing the location and activities for the meeting.