Being a cultural attaché has been such a great experience for me. It has allowed me to interact with more people from the local community, share my home and caused me to step out of my comfort zone. It’s really fun and rewarding.
Cultural attaché: [a diplomat who shares the culture of their homeland.]
Grinnellians come to Iowa from around the globe! Through our Cultural Attaché Program, we help connect students with local school teachers and community venues in order to facilitate authentic cultural exchange. We think this can help make the world a bit smaller, a bit smarter, and a bit kinder!
Grinnell College students are invited to be a cultural attaché — to share aspects of your home country and culture in engaging ways. Your engagement allows local children and community members to connect with a culture different from their own. You can share musical instruments, pop culture, art forms, language, history, cultural norms, or other things that are important to you! In the process, you will get to know a bit more about the local culture and community, by meeting teachers, students, and community leaders.
If you are student who is interested in becoming a cultural attaché, or if you are a local teacher or community leader who would like to partner with us, please contact Mollie Ullestad.
I as cultural attaché taught how to fold origami to the elementary school students. Before going to the school, I was so nervous and not confident with my class. However, all the children greeted me cheerfully and I became so excited to introduce origami to them. But, I was still not sure whether my classes went well even at the last class. Few days later, I received some origami letters from the students and nice comments from the parents, and I realized my class went well and became more confident with the fulfillment. This program was great opportunity not only to interact with local community members but also improve myself.