Learning to write your name in a foreign language is more than putting pen to paper. Just ask the kids at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, who are doing that with the help of Xavier international students. The students volunteer there, helping the children write their names in different languages. For the patients, the exercise opens cultural doors they never imagined. The 9-year-old program includes students from Kenya, Cambodia, Taiwan, Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico and Indonesia, who spend time with the children, talking to each other, playing together and learning about each other’s culture.
Students are expected to spend two hours with the children four times during the semester. It helps the students get involved in the community, says Kathy Hammett, director for international student services, and fits well with the Xavier mission.