Intercultural Dialogue with Fairfield University’s Students

//Intercultural Dialogue with Fairfield University’s Students

Intercultural Dialogue with Fairfield University’s Students

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On Thursday, March 15th, students from Fairfield University, Connecticut, visited our DAYA Center in South Philadelphia.  They met our English for Speakers of Other Language (ESOL) adult learners. The students participated in an Alternative Spring Break program provided by their University and stayed at the Aquinas Center for the week. During the week,  the students went to different partners of Aquinas Center and learn more about volunteerism in Philadelphia.

The students were paired up with our adult learners and they chatted about college life and what our adult learners face being an immigrant in Philadelphia. Since many of our adult learners have children that are in high school, this conversation also allowed them to ask questions about the college process and what’s it like to attend a university in the States.  

The Fairfield University students and staff also got the opportunity to sample some Indonesian cuisine provided by one of our adult learners and chatted over food and shared interest such as travelling and volleyball. Even though the students and learners come from different background, at the end of the two hours event they were all able to walk a way with a better understanding of each other.

As Paulo Coehlo once said, “Culture makes people understand each other better. And if they understand each other better in their soul, it is easier to overcome the economic and political barriers. But first they have to understand that their neighbor is, in the end, just like them, with the same problems, the same questions.”

 

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