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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

Cassandra Ross and her husband were expecting to host Kim, a lovely exchange student from Germany when… the unexpected happened....

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Tags: Host Families, Cultural Exchange, Youth Exchange,

We take too much in life for granted!

That is why hosting an exchange student makes life so much more fun:

  • Your ordinary meals...

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Tags: Welcome Family, Host Families, StudentoftheMonth,

Do you dream of visiting Spain one day? Hosting an exchange student from this warm, fun-loving Mediterranean country could be a...

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Your exchange student from Spain should make you a paella. Every Spanish teenager knows that, but many will procrastinate until...

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Tags: International Cooking

Are you a fan of all things Italian? You might love to host a student from Italy, but read this first!

Every year hundreds of...

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Tags: Cultural Exchange, cultural understanding

Is hosting an exchange student a good way to make a friend in Korea? Definitely! But do look before you leap...

Jasmine (2nd from...

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Tags: Host an exchange student, Reasons to host, cultural understanding

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

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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,

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