Thank you friendship families!
Current Students / Friendship Families

Thank you friendship families!

NWCCI participants always praise Americans for their willingness to reach out and help others without asking for anything in return, their willingness to volunteer in their communities, and their selfless acceptance of people from other cultures into their homes. Our friendship families embody all of the values that NWCCI participants cherish so dearly in Americans. When we … Continue reading

Angela: An uncanny coincidence
Alumni / Friendship Families

Angela: An uncanny coincidence

Angela Ryle, a Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) alumna from India, studied early childhood education at Pierce College for the 2014-2015 academic program year. You may remember reading Angela’s story from earlier this year. Her blog post described her childhood growing up in a children’s home in India, and what she has since learned while living in … Continue reading

Shahida: Succeeding with family support
Current Students / Friendship Families

Shahida: Succeeding with family support

Friendship families are an integral part of the Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) experience and one of the best ways for students to learn about American culture through interaction with a local family.  Here Shahida Baig shares original artwork and writes about how her friendship family has been a support system during her time in the United States, … Continue reading

Endor: Living and sharing with a wonderful family
Current Students / Friendship Families

Endor: Living and sharing with a wonderful family

Endor E. Rebolledo, a Colombian student who studied tourism and hospitality as part of the Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) program at Whatcom Community College, writes about his first few weeks in the United States. Students at some of our campuses stay with host families when they first arrive, and many maintain close relationships. Here Endor shares … Continue reading

Rosemond: Learning about the U.S. from my friendship family
Current Students / Friendship Families

Rosemond: Learning about the U.S. from my friendship family

Friendship families play a vital role in helping participants in the Northwest Community College Initiative (NWCCI) adjust to their new homes in the United States.  Rosemond Djan, a Ghanaian student studying project management at Edmonds Community College, writes about how her relationship with her friendship family taught her about U.S. culture and holidays.  The relationship I had with my … Continue reading

Fahmeeda: Learning from my friendship family
Friendship Families

Fahmeeda: Learning from my friendship family

In April we published a post by friendship mom Elizabeth Sierra-Arruffatt about her experience volunteering as a friendship family.  Below Fahmeeda, a Pakistani student studying business management at Pierce College, writes about the other side of the friendship family relationship.  She  describes how her friendship family mom made her feel at home as soon as she … Continue reading