Thursday, April 28, 2011

Exchange students clean up their school
"On a grey town clean-up day, three souls braved the low temperatures and driving rain. Sue Dawson, a foreign exchange student host, and foreign exchange students Malika, of Turkmenistan, and Yousef of Egypt, worked to clear leaves from the McCarthy Middle School tennis courts The students must complete community service as a way of repaying their opportunity to study for a year in the United States. Dawson said that participating in town clean-up was a way of "giving back to the community." Patch was there to urge them on.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Our radio interview with Nkoyo on mp3, YAY!

Here it is!

Our radio interview came out on podcast! YAY! This was so fun and exciting. Thanks so much to Nkoyo for this amazing time. I actually learned more about Miranda, Julie and Hanxi through this experience.

You will hear Nkoyo Iyamba who was the host of the show Cultural Connections, me-Local Coordinator, Miranda-Regional Director, Alyssa-my daughter as well as future host sister and exchange student, Julie-host mom and Hanxi-exchange daughter from China.

We still need at least 6 more host families here in Utah. We have students from so many countries who have put in applications. All students will be here in August, will come with their own insurance and spending money and are so excited to become a part of your family. Email me at for more information.

Here is the link to the rest of Nkoyo's podcasts for those interested in her Cultural Connections show Ours is listed under Sunday Shows, Cultural Connections with Nkoyo Iyamba on April 24, 2011. It's about an hour long so keep listening. There is a pause button if you're listening online. :.)

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Language learning games
This link only had a few games but it included lots of languages. It also gives a time and money conversion which is nice if you will be Skyping or so students know how much money they will need for items in the U.S.
It was funny though because their English (American) had an American accent but words we don't use such as "gent's restroom". :.)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Our radio interview and fun day downtown!

We have a great train system that connects many cities in Utah together. This is how we are able to easily connect many of the exchange students for activities. We rode the frontrunner into Salt Lake City to do our first radio show with an amazing woman, Nkoyo Iyamba. She does a radio show called Cultural Connections and that is what our exchange program is all about, connecting cultures! We had Miranda-Regional Director, Danika-Local Coordinator, Alyssa-future host sister and future exchange sister, Hanxi-exchange student and Julie-Hanxi's host mom. What a great experience. You can hear Cultural Connections every Sunday morning between 7-8am on 102.7 fm or 1160 am or you can find the recorded podcast here
You can hear us on April 24th, 2011. Nkoyo does so much great work helping people understand other people. It was a pleasure to be a part of her show.

My new knowledge for the day came from Hanxi. I found out that people in China do not have access to youtube, facebook or other networking sites. Hanxi wanted to go to the "apoo store" and she was a great sport as we taught her the "L" sound. We must have looked pretty funny running around the stores saying, "apple, apple, apple" with our tongues sticking out for the L. She did a great job though. :.)

We saw so many people running in the Salt Lake Marathon. I cried...a lot! What dedication these people have to be able to run 26 miles. It really got to me. We saw a few very special runners such as a man who pushed his son in a special wheelchair the whole marathon and a soldier who ran carrying a very large American flag.

Afterward we did a little shopping at Gateway mall and we even met an author at Barnes and Noble bookstore, Alicia Buck. She was even kind enough to let the girls get a picture with her.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Ana's cute dress from Mexico

This is Ana, 3 years old, in her beautiful dress from Mexico.

Yana from Russia makes Petrushka Soup

A Word from Our Chef: What is a national dish? For me it's an art work! And right now we are starting to create a portrait of a national Russian hero, Petrushka, who is a funny guy, clown.
I imagine a spoon to be a magic brush in the arms of an artist and at the same time- cook, who is me. The colors are ingredients; the paper is a pot- we are ready to create!
As my host sister is a vegetarian, I didn't use traditional piece of meat. I pealed 4 potatoes, cut them into slices and put it into boiling, salty water with seasoning- that was a "face" of our character! Little cute nose was a piece of garlic, which I also added to the pot.
To give some color and expression to this funny face I needed to: cut cabbage into thin slices, fry onion till it becomes golden, peel some carrots. For the red cheeks and lips of Petrushka character I used the whole can of tomato paste and some green pickled tomatoes, which were the guy's eyes (here I couldn't find red pickle tomatoes, like I used in Russia, but American ones were very "exotic").
I put everything listed above on the frying pan and kept it frying on the low heat under the lid. When this stuff was ready, I put it into the pot and left for about twenty minutes, until it was ready.
Petrushka also has curly, thick hair, so I added a simple green onion, cut into rings. Ah! How nice Russian funny character, Petrushka was! And how tasty-certainly I speak about the borsht soup!
Listening to the Russian popular songs, we were sitting at the table, eating borsht with traditional wooden spoons and bread chips! In the pictures you see the napkins, made by my granny, who knows some old Russian handicraft secrets! The salt box and tea tin are from Russia as well!
I think, you don't even need to ask my family, weather they liked my borsht, as you can see their opinion on their smiling faces- the Lee family enjoyed my traditional Russian soup! I'm sure, after such a great dinner, my host family will certainly ask me for the everyday Russian dishes dinners, and I definitely will be glad to create new art works in the kitchen!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Former CIEE student crowned Miss Thailand!

On a recent trip to Thailand, Laura Breen, High School Program Director, met Miss Thailand Universe who happens to be a CIEE alumna of our USA High School program! Chanyasorn Sakornchan, who lived with a host family in Minnesota five years ago, was crowned in Bangkok in March 2011. Congrats Chanyasom!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sang-kha-ya-fug-thong, Custard in Pumpkin

from Kanokwan, a CIEE student from Thailand
Sang-kha-ya-fug-thong (Custard in Pumpkin, Thai Dessert)

Ingredients and Preparation:
It's really easy to make, just use eggs sugar coconut milk(or milk) a little bit salt and PUMPKIN~*
I got about 1 1/2 kg pumpkin. First, take seeds out and clean pumpkin with water and dry it.
During waiting pumpkin dry... put 4 eggs and 4 1/2 spoons of sugar in a big bowl.....stir it well. After that put 2 cups of coconut milk or milk and a spoon of salt in a bowl, stir it until it has bubbles and looks smooth. Wrap the hole and put pumpkin on a bowl, take i in microwave set 60 minutes. Take it out waiting about 5 minutes for make it cool down...cut and serve! or put in refrigerator to eat cool.......enjoy it!
*fug-thong = pumpkin
Sang-kha-ya = custard
This is another way to cook it.