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Brenda Padilla Ericksen

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Brenda is a cross-cultural trainer specialized in intercultural communication, conflict management and peacebuilding skills. She provides cultural diversity training for exchange programs and personnel at multinational organizations. Brenda has a Spanish Degree from Western Washington University and has been working with cultural diversity for over 30 years as a teacher, journalist and corporate trainer. She is from Seattle and has lived and worked in Spain for over 25 years where she has raised four daughters. She is a former exchange student (Spain & Norway), host mother (Thailand, France, Austria & USA), and the mother of daughters who exchanged to France, Canada, South Korea & Nepal.





Recent Posts

Around the world gift-giving traditions vary on special occasions of all kinds. Who gives gifts to whom? When? How should a...


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Tags: Cultural Exchange, Culture Shock, gift-giving europe

It all began as an experiment: what would German exchange students like to make or bake for their American host families?


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Tags: Cultural Exchange, International Cooking

Jami Dauphin once thought her life was rather conventional - even a tad boring. It was nothing special, to be sure. Or was it?


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Tags: Host an exchange student, Host mom, Reasons to host,

As host parents we have a lot of explaining to do - the fun (even funny) kind of explaining. For example:


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Tags: Culture Shock

In the 1960’s psychologists “discovered” culture shock. They were surprised that new immigrants needed so much medical care. A...


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Tags: Culture Shock

This is the emergency message I received from Maria:

“Can you help me? I think my host mom is crazy. She yelled at me for no...


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Tags: cultural values

World Gratitude Day is September 21. This is a perfect occasion for host families and exchange students to compare notes: how...


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Tags: cultural values, cross-cultural gratitude, gratitude in India,

In 1984, one man tried to tell the world what makes Americans tick. It was his job to prepare foreign visitors for culture...


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Tags: cultural values, American values

From my ICES lookout post in Europe, I’m scanning the news: what’s happening with student exchange? Is anyone going to don a...


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Tags: Cultural Exchange, Host an exchange student

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