Brazilian Exchange Students
Last month some friends and I had the joy of hosting 24 ninth-grade Brazilian students and their chaperones in our homes.
My friend Paula, who was born and raised in Brazil and now has dual citizenship, has a ministry that God is really growing. Each year she brings students from Brazil over here and takes students from here to her home city in Brazil. She loves exposing students to different cultures, and her heart’s passion is to share the love of Christ through this ministry.
These 24 students were given the opportunity to be immersed in our language and culture while staying in Christian host homes. Part of their month-long stay included going to school a few days a week, living life with their host family, touring the city, taking field trips, shopping, and partaking in serving opportunities. In addition, the Brazilians spent time at Orlando theme parks, did lots of shopping, had a weekend retreat, were part of a super fabulous New Year’s Eve party, had lots of birthday celebrations, participated in a day filled with hands-on learning and fun called “Life Skills Day,”and even had an Ellis favorite – a onesie dance party! (see next post for a video of this). Yes indeed. A lot was packed into a short period of time.
A “Life Skills Day”
One day was set aside for a “Life Skills Day.” We had all of the students, chaperones, and some of the host families in our home for a day of fun, laughter, learning, and hands-on experiences, and even exposed them to some new things (like shooting a gun, tying a tie, and making chocolate covered treats.)
Some of my friends who have served in other countries taught from their life-experiences. Family and friends took off work for a day to love on these students and teach practical life skills. Such a variety of passions, interests, and skills being invested into the students. That was moving for me to watch.
Photos from Life Skills Day
And if you want to see the agenda all spelled out for you, here it is. But, don’t do yours just like this one. The friends you’ll have helping will have their own unique talents, interests, and journeys in life that will make your own event a success!
Life Skills Agenda
- 8:00 People Skills and The Five Love Languages (emphasis on being others-focused not self-focused)
- 9:00 Practice skills:
- Boys: manners (eye contact, firmly shaking hands, confidence) and tying ties
- Girls: cooking skills – actually preparing the spaghetti, salad, and bread. (chopping, cutting, browning,etc)
- 9:30 Two teams: Outside team thinking puzzle game: (large tangrams)
- 10:15 Current Event- understanding life in the Middle East/Muslim culture by Peggy and Stewart
- 11:00 two twenty-five minute rotating groups:
- Boys: car maintenance / shooting a gun
- Girls: table setting, flower arranging, table manners /decorating chocolate treats
- 12:00 Lunch – already plated and set at tables
- 12:30 How to write quality thank you notes
- 1:00 Lesson on purity by Christy, who serves in South Asia
- 1:30 Sports tournaments: volleyball, nine-square in the air, basketball
- 2:45 Onesie dance LOL
Share the love of Christ with your time, talents, skills, and passions.
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