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Friends Without Borders

Friends Without Borders sessions will be offered virtually through zoom in the Fall 2020 semester due to the on-going COVID-19 restrictions.

What is the Friends Without Borders program?

Friends Without Borders (FWB) is a 10-week intercultural peer support program that builds social and cultural connections for students. This program is committed to providing a supportive community for UFV students to connect globally, pursue intercultural learning and build meaningful connections.

What are the benefits of joining?

Joining Friends Without Borders (FWB) gives you the opportunity to participate in fun events, activities and weekly sessions hosted by our dedicated team of Staff and Community Leaders. Whether you are a domestic or international student, you will have the chance to experience the rich cultural diversity of UFV. By being an active member of the FWB Program, you will be able to:

✓ Build friendships and connections with people from diverse background
✓ Develop intercultural communication skills and leadership skills
✓ Gain helpful information from the weekly themes and topics delivered by community experts 
✓ Access support from Community Leaders 
✓ Qualify to receive credits for Co-Curricular Record (CCR) at UFV.


Fall 2020

We recognize that building a supportive community around you especially during this time is so important. This is the reason why we are hosting a 10-week online sessions this Fall semester, making it possible for you to access our program wherever you are in the world.

By participating in the online sessions you will be able to connect with other Friends Without Borders Program members and Community Leaders and get the support you need. The weekly online session will be on Thursdays from 10:00am-11:30am (PST) starting on September 17, 2020.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to our Friends Without Borders community.

 

Community Members

FWB Community Members come from all walks of life. Whether they are new or returning students, domestic or international, they are all welcome to join us and be a part of building a culturally diverse and inclusive community at UFV. 

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Community Leaders

FWB community leaders are current UFV students who are dedicated volunteers. They are passionate about building a supportive space and community for UFV students to experience diverse and global connections and to engage in intercultural learning and reflections.

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Culture is like an iceberg.

Metaphors often help us understand big concepts by relating something we are unfamiliar with, with something we know.

There are different metaphors used to describe the concepts of culture. One of them is the iceberg metaphor commonly referred to as the “cultural iceberg”. Like an iceberg, we only see a small aspect of culture visible above the surface of the water while the major aspect of culture is hidden below. Appreciating the visible aspect of culture like food, music, dances and cultural celebrations are good starting points to learning about other people’s culture but to pursue deeper cultural learning and experience intercultural connections, we need to be open to learning about other people’s core values, perceptions, attitudes and many other belief systems hidden below.

At Friends Without Borders, we hope to provide you the space to identify your starting points and support you to be more engaged in building deeper intercultural connections.

Charlotte Xia during UFV Holi festival

On March 6th, we joined the Holi celebration, which was very new to me. It was the first time I heard about this Indian event and we had so much fun with all the colour throwing and were unrecognizable by the end.

We were crazy about it. And in the afternoon of the same day, we also joined the Lunar Year party, and I liked the food there. These three months have been awesomely incredible, and I am looking forward to other future events.

  • – Charlotte Xia
  •    UFV student
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