Celebrating the Holidays Abroad
Studying abroad invites students to learn and embrace new customs and traditions. New Oasis International Education students have had the opportunity to experience the traditions of American families, including their Holiday traditions.
During the month of December, Student Coordinators planned and hosted holiday celebrations for students and their host families. These events helped introduce traditional American customs to the students, while providing the opportunity to begin new traditions within each community. The team at New Oasis enjoyed hearing the many different ways our students celebrated. Here are just a few of our favorite stories:
Students at Cape Henry Collegiate and Norfolk Collegiate schools joined together for a special party. The student coordinators, Dahl and Jack Evartt worked to plan a large holiday event in a local Virginia Beach community center inviting students, families and teachers. Everyone joined together and enjoyed a gift exchange, holiday wreath making, and of course, a seasonal feast!
In North Carolina, the students at Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School celebrated in a more traditional manner. Student coordinator Cherie LaChocki opened her home up for a holiday soiree. Host families and students felt at home listening to Christmas carols and reflecting on memories from the past year. Homemade Christmas cookies were enjoyed by all!
At Vail Mountain School in Vail, CO the celebration was on the slopes! The teachers took the students out for ski lessons. The students enjoyed a few days playing on the mountain and dining in historic restaurants throughout the area. They truly were in a winter wonderland!
No matter how they celebrated, the importance of family rang true this holiday season for New Oasis students. For many students, this was their first season away from their homes in China and having a loving, supportive host family to enjoy the holidays with made a world of difference.
Thank you to all of the host families, student coordinators, and communities that are making this a wonderful holiday season for the students of New Oasis International Education. New Oasis wishes you all a very Happy Holiday Season.