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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

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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Tags: Host Families, Cultural Exchange, Exchange Student,

Has quarantine homeschooling pushed you to your limits?  Why not put the schoolbooks away and take your kids on a virtual trip...

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Tags: Sheltering Tips, Kids, Travel,

Can you imagine having all your kids studying abroad right when the coronavirus pandemic breaks out? That’s what happened to...

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Our culture conditions the way we give feedback to other people. This is one of the fascinating lessons we can explore with...

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Tags: Host Families, Exchange Student

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