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The Homestay Kitchen: Cultural Connections with International Students who Study Abroad

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Join us, Mary Chan and Erin Eastman Paulson, as we serve up stories of being a homestay family - the ups and downs of making a connection with international homestay students. We’ll bring a plateful of stories, ideas, interviews, and hopefully, dish up some anecdotes to share with our community. For full show notes and to learn more about the show, please visit www.homestaykitchen.com Join our conversation! Email: homestaykitchen@gmail.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/homestaykitchen Facebook: www.facebook.com/homestaykitchen

Join us, Mary Chan and Erin Eastman Paulson, as we serve up stories of being a homestay family - the ups and downs of making a connection with international homestay students. We’ll bring a plateful of stories, ideas, interviews, and hopefully, dish up some anecdotes to share with our community. For full show notes and to learn more about the show, please visit www.homestaykitchen.com Join our conversation! Email: homestaykitchen@gmail.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/homestaykitchen Facebook: www.facebook.com/homestaykitchen
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Join us, Mary Chan and Erin Eastman Paulson, as we serve up stories of being a homestay family - the ups and downs of making a connection with international homestay students. We’ll bring a plateful of stories, ideas, interviews, and hopefully, dish up some anecdotes to share with our community. For full show notes and to learn more about the show, please visit www.homestaykitchen.com Join our conversation! Email: homestaykitchen@gmail.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/homestaykitchen Facebook: www.facebook.com/homestaykitchen

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English


Episodes

Creativity and Curiosity for Learning English with Greg Demmons From Real English Victoria

4/15/2019
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What happens when you open up your curiosity as a student or as a homestay parent? Education is essentially curiosity. We love this perspective from our guest on the show today. We really enjoyed our chat with Greg Demmons, who currently serves as the Vice-President of the Co-op Board and the original founder of Real English Victoria. He's learned a lot of lessons through teaching English since 2003, with 10 of those years in Japan and South Korea. He's passing on this unique perception to...

Duration:00:35:35

Rest for Productivity

4/8/2019
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And we're back! Thanks for listening to the show and being so patient waiting for new episodes. In this episode, we go through what happened and why we (mostly Mary) needed this unexpected break. In these moments, Mary realized how important rest is and wanted to share how this impacted the arrival of her sister's student. Mary gives tips on watching out for signs of burnout and what you can do for yourself to get some self care and rest.

Duration:00:37:36

Returning April 8th, 2019

4/1/2019
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Oh why hello there! Mary here dropping in for a quick hello! We had an unexpected break with family emergencies for me and then I forgot about spring break for Erin, so we're just getting back into the recording and planning mode. We've got a great interview lined up for you on April 15th, but a week before THAT is when we'll be back with new episodes and we'll get into more details about what I was going through and how it pertains to hosting students or life in general! Thanks for...

Duration:00:02:05

Your Student Arrival Guide with a Homework Assignment

2/11/2019
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In this episode, we take you through the process of getting ready for the arrival of your student. Is the student bedroom made up? Got that extra house key ready? Those are just two main things you should have set up, but yes, of course, there's always more. We've got lots of tips for welcoming your student into your home, culture, and a whole new country. Plus, Erin's got some homework for you and your new student. Don't worry, there won't be a pop quiz. For full show notes and to learn...

Duration:00:26:30

Chinese Food Culture and Cooking with Students for Chinese New Year

2/4/2019
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In this episode, we are celebrating Chinese New Year. This year for 2019, CNY lands on February 5th and it's the Year of the Pig. In Mary's family, her big thing is her family's New Year's Eve dinner and since Erin has a Chinese student, we celebrated a pre-New Year's dinner at her house. We brought our recording equipment, but there was a recording malfunction, so there were only a couple of clips we could use. So we lost some thoughts from the two students we cooked with. However, we did...

Duration:00:39:25

Emotional Bonds and Departure Rituals For When Students Are Leaving

1/28/2019
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In this episode, Erin gets ready to say goodbye to one of her long-term students. To Mary's surprise, Erin didn't cry during the episode, but trust that this is an emotional experience for Erin who bonded so deeply with her homestay daughter. Before we get to that experience and what Erin has planned for her goodbye, we take a look at Mary's more practical and level headed approach. She's not a hugger, but she may be turning to the dark side. We've got a bonus for you in this episode too! If...

Duration:00:32:11

Applying To Be A Homestay Host

1/21/2019
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In this episode, we steer you through the journey of applying to become a homestay host to an international student. It's quite the process as you do need to be vetted to host students, especially underage students, but don't let that scare you. Every school will have a different protocol, but there is an application process you should go through. Once that is done, the rest of your homestay adventure will be less stressful. So grab a pen and get ready to jot some notes down on becoming a...

Duration:00:38:57

Resolutions, Goal Setting, and Fears for Hosting Your First International Student

1/14/2019
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In this episode, we are refreshed from our break and ready to tackle the fear of having a student in your home for the very first time. If one of your goals for the year is to become a homestay host, we help you dive into the unknown. What is it really like to have a stranger in your house? How do you get around that fear? Should you really be hosting a student then? We share our thoughts to help you navigate that fear. Whether you are a family with or without kids or you only have a short...

Duration:00:33:56

Still On Break - Bonus Episode 1

1/7/2019
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Thanks for being a subscriber to our show! Sorry, no new episode this week, but we'll be back on January 14th, 2019. Just a quick update about us from Mary to you!

Duration:00:03:25

Reflection on Relationships, New Beginnings, Health and Soul-Satisfying Decisions

12/31/2018
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It's the end of 2018... and like everyone else, Erin and Mary reflect on new beginnings, growth, health, and some soul-satisfying decisions that were made in the past year. We also awaken our appreciation for our relationships... to our family, each other, and of course, our students. We get tuned-in on how these partnerships are ever-expanding our lives for the better. So thank you. Thank you for listening, subscribing to the show, and hopefully laughing along with us. We've got some ideas...

Duration:00:32:23

Sharing Holiday and Christmas Traditions with Students Who Study Abroad

12/24/2018
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In this episode, we reveal our Christmas past, present and future with our international students. Mary shares her non-Christmas household, but reveals the little things she likes to do for the holidays. While Erin knows something will come together at the last minute for her family's Christmas dinner. Listen for tips on what to do with students while keeping to a budget and a list of all our favourite holiday movies. Plus, how do the holidays differ in their student's home countries? We...

Duration:00:25:30

Diversity, Discrimination, and Balancing Canadian and Japanese Studies with Yoko

12/17/2018
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In this episode, we chat with Yoko, a Japanese student living with Erin. We examine some serious topics such as diversity and discrimination that she faces here in Canada and how it can be beneficial back home in Japan. We also touch on how she was able to participate in WE Day, a celebration of young leaders in Vancouver, and the balance of Japanese versus Canadian student culture. Plus, we learn how much Yoko is really a child of Erin's and how she's integrated so closely with Erin's...

Duration:00:43:16

Board Games, Video Games and All the Things to Interact with Your Student

12/10/2018
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In this episode, we get into some of our favourite games to play with our students. It's getting to that time of the year here in Canada where the nights are cold and long. Time to bundle up and play board games, video games, and #allthethings to keep one occupied when the family is over for the holidays. Or perhaps you're getting a new student soon... what are your favourite games to play to help break the ice? Here are some ideas for easy games to play with young kids, games that require...

Duration:00:49:25

Building Your Network of People in the World with Veteran Host Parent Mel Kilpatrick

12/3/2018
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In this episode, we chat with our dear friend Mel Kilpatrick. Mel was one of Mary's first inspirations to become a homestay parent. We scratch the surface on some of the amazing stories with her past students and explore how these experiences enhance our network of people in the world... not just for us as hosts, but for the students as well. These experiences are what makes your household grow and learn from each other to extend our connection to the world. For full show notes and to learn...

Duration:00:40:39

Advocating For and Supporting International Students

11/26/2018
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In this episode, Mary challenged Erin to talk about her being a Mama Bear; tender claws out and ready to advocate for her students. Listen for the way Erin handles challenging situations including when she rescues Christmas for her student's friend and dealing with high school teachers, which can be challenging all on their own. Then we take a little side track as Mary gets a delivery at the door... all before Mary shares her stories about how she saved a student's romantic relationship,...

Duration:00:47:37

Selecting International Students for Your Homestay Family

11/19/2018
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In this episode, we share our experiences of how we select international students to become a part of our homestay family. We chat about how one student in Mary's short-term homestay experience got her to change her number one request on a student profile. We walk through what you should consider when matching a student profile to your family, and ultimately, how we decide to host a student in our home. Then we explore Erin's detailed student profile applications, while she goes on one of...

Duration:00:44:10

Canadian Student Life, Parental Pressure Studying Abroad, and a Passion for Music with Jenny

11/12/2018
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In this episode, we dive in with Erin's student from China, Jenny. She's here on a high school program for a couple years and at the time of the recording, is one of two students in Erin's home. Jenny has a love of music that we explore and hear samples of during the show. She truly is talented and has a passion for life, which we'll hear about as she describes her student lifestyle in Canada, the pressures of studying abroad away from her parents, and what her dreams are for the future...

Duration:00:38:58

Weaving Birthday Traditions with Cross Cultural Experiences

11/5/2018
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In this episode, we dive into birthdays! Jon and Blake's birthdays are one day apart, so we talk birthday plans and what Erin's students have up their sleeves for Blake... while Mary reveals her one big mistake in communication about birthdays with her first ever student. For full show notes and to learn more about the show, please visit www.homestaykitchen.com Join our conversation! Email: homestaykitchen@gmail.com Instagram: www.instagram.com/homestaykitchen Facebook:...

Duration:00:38:05

Traditions of Halloween Past and How We Get International Students Involved Today

10/29/2018
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In this episode, we're talking Halloween! We explore what each of our families does for Halloween and how you can incorporate your homestay student into the festivities. We reminisce about our past Halloween experiences to reveal how sometimes these student situations make us feel old. For full show notes and to learn more about the show, please visit http://www.homestaykitchen.com/ Join our conversation! Email: homestaykitchen@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/homestaykitchen/...

Duration:00:37:24

The One About Erin

10/22/2018
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In this episode, Mary interviews Erin. We talk about how we first met, reminisce about Erin's high school experience of being a homestay sister, and we dissect a day in her family's crazy life to reveal how her students are the best part of her day. For full show notes and to learn more about the show, please visit http://www.homestaykitchen.com/ Join our conversation! Email: homestaykitchen@gmail.com Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/homestaykitchen/ Facebook:...

Duration:00:32:56