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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

Your exchange student has arrived – finally! And it’s so much fun to host until…Wham! Culture shock hits. And your sweet student...

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Exchange students bring magic glasses with them to the USA. Let’s look through their lenses for fresh perspectives on ordinary...

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Tags: Culture Shock

Is it difficult to host an exchange student on a gluten-free diet

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Tags: Host Families, Host an exchange student, Gluten-Free

Hosting an exchange student transforms Christmas into an international event. What could be more fun than sharing your Christmas...

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Tags: Exchange Student, Holidays, Host an exchange student,

 A few years ago, the Browns' first exchange student literally stormed out of their home, leaving them heartbroken. Fortunately,...

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Tags: Host Families, Cultural Exchange

Do you want your host family to adore you? Then this post is for you!

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Tags: Cultural Exchange, American values, Gratitude in the USA

The first time we hosted an exchange student, the coordinator gave us a list of topics to discuss with our new student.

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Tags: Host Families

It’s hard to believe that Katie Schlagel is only 18 years old. International youth exchange has made her particularly wise about...

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Tags: Host Families, Exchange Student, Study Abroad

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