Boost Your Art of The Goodbye With These 5 Strategies
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Over many years working with international college students, I have had to say “goodbye” a lot. In more recent years, I’ve become friends with international wives, couples & families. We … Read More

How Can You Become Fluent In A Language From Home?
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What does it take to become fluent in another language? Maybe an example here will help you realize it’s more possible than you think. At any stage in life. The … Read More

How Can You Overcome Yourself? Take an (Unexpected) Hike!
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My wife and I enjoy getting out into the wilderness for a hike. We have always loved the feeling of cresting a hill and looking down on a beautiful mountain … Read More

5 Powerful Ways to Bridge Culture, Ethnicity & Race
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Sometimes we get a chance to bridge cultures, ethnicities, and races without even realizing it. For example, I’ll never forget the first time I met Holly. She would become my … Read More

Close to the Headlines: 5 Ways to Respond in Love
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Have you ever felt as if the embodiment of current national or international news headlines was sitting in your living room? This incident happened in our living room about one … Read More

How to Be Better in 2017: An Intercultural Twist
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As we enter a New Year, often we think about how we can be better than we were in the last. Thinner, more disciplined, smarter with our finances, kinder. Here, … Read More

Katei-Ka: Home Ec the (Surprising) Japanese Way
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I remember my only Home Economics, or “Home Ec,” class, packed into the spring semester of my 8th grade year. I still recall the room, filled with giggling, pubescent girls. … Read More

Be Intentional: Overcome Fear to Connect Across Cultures
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At 12 years old, Emeline was full of fear about what lay ahead. She knew her world would change soon. She simply didn’t want to let go of the familiar. With the departure date … Read More

Language (& Culture) Lessons at a Train Station
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The summer sun was setting over the city as our train rolled into the Gare du Nord, a Paris central train station. I wasn’t in the mood for a cultural lesson. See, … Read More

5 Ways to Strike a Balance in Caring for our World
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Let’s be honest. Reaching out to others can be exhausting at times. Finding that balance between our own personal needs and the needs of the world can seem like an … Read More

Early Morning Walks in Kupang: Lessons Learned
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One morning before daybreak we ventured out on a walk to discover the area around our temporary, but new, “home.” We were staying for a couple months on the outskirts of the small … Read More

How can we Reframe the ‘Ugly American?’
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I remember the first time I read The Ugly American. It opened my eyes to the complexity of human behavior in relation to culture. The novel has not only been … Read More

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