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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

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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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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Wouldn’t it be fun to have a good friend in Spain?


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There’s a difference between learning a language and acquiring a language–in a natural way:


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Every year hundreds of foreign exchange students fill the empty nests of veteran parents. Is the experience mutually...


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I love to ask foreigners what they think of Americans. But how can we get them to tell us what they’re really thinking? Here...


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When my oldest daughter was just two months old, my Spanish husband and I liquidated our life in Seattle and moved to Spain...


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What is a Spanish Omelette? It’s not like an omelette in the USA. So, here’s a hint: it’s called “tortilla de patata” or...


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