What is a Culture Buddy?

August 25, 2017 blog 0

  We recently completed the trial run of our new teen pre-field training program; preparing teenagers (and their parents!) for the transition to life in a new culture. One concept that this group tightly latched onto, was the idea of a Culture Buddy. When I first introduced this topic to the group of teens, I… Read more

If Change Were a Person

August 16, 2017 blog 0

  The word “change” used to make me cringe. In counseling when I was 14 years old, I remember completing a form and that word filled in nearly every blank. What is your biggest fear? Change.  What do you dislike the most? Change.  What has been the hardest experience in your life thus far? Change.  What… Read more

The Balancing Act of Dealing with Anger and Grief

August 7, 2017 blog 0

  We are wrapping up our first teen pre-field training program after a fantastic two weeks of practicing culture and language-learning skills. At the end of last week, we had an intense and wonderful lesson, full of deep conversation, about leaving and grieving. One topic that came up was the difference between diffusing anger and processing grief.… Read more