Intercultural Opportunities

Reminder: Every approved cross cultural experience or course must include enrollment in an Intercultural Lab This Lab must be completed prior to any 'contact time' with individuals of another culture or travel experience.

Native American Powwow (Level 1)


Each Fall, and spring, Native Americans from the northwest gather to drum, dance, socialize, and sell native made articles and food. Students help set up, serve the meals, interview vendors, participate and observe for 10 hours over two days.

Conversation Partners (Level 1)
Students find, or are connected to an international student with whom they meet regularly throughout the semester for a total of 10 hours. Activities can include informal conversations, planned conversations (interviews), shared activities such as campus events, sporting events, concerts, bowling, hiking, a church service, ethnic food preparation, coffee and conversation at The Bean.

Farmway Village Tutor - La Gracia  (Level 1)
Farmway Village is the common name for the Caldwell Housing Authority's affordable housing project west of Caldwell. It was used, in years past, to house Japanese interns and migrant workers. Today it is home to many Latino families who are first and second generation immigrants. There are 1200 to 1400 residents.
The tutoring program is designed to assist grade-school and middle-school students to complete their homework and work on imporving academic skills as needed.  The program meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in building #79, which is primarily used by the Episcopal Church, La Gracia, for worship and programs. The tutoring program is a joint effort between the church and Families First, a program of Health and Welfare.
Student Planned (Level 1)
Students identify cross cultural relationships within their own circle of acquaintances and propose a Level 1 experience based on current interactions of 10 hours.

Courses that satisfy the Cross Cultural Experience (Level 1 & 2)

Welcome the Stranger: World Relief Volunteer (Level 1 & 2)
Students may volunteer with World Relief to assist in relocating refugees and immigrants. Multiple opportunities to work with new immigrants through World Relief
Level 1 Opportunities
1.    Transportation: English Language Initiation  
a.    Every Thursday in Boise, 2:30-4:30.
b.    Responsibilities: Drive new immigrants to the English Language Center for their intake and evaluation process. (All intake will be handled by agency and English school staff members.) Driver will typically be welcomed into the student’s home afterwards for talking, tea, and treats. 
2.    Core Culture Class Assistant Instructor
a.    Every Wednesday in Boise for 8 weeks, 10:00-1:00.
b.    Responsibilities: setting up classroom, tracking attendance, prepping materials and copies for next week’s class, welcoming students, lending assistance during class activities, cleaning up classroom, and debriefing with Lead Instructor.
3.    Bus Route Guide
a.    Any day of the week, at any time – based entirely upon availability of volunteer and client.
b.    Responsibilities: meet client(s) at their place of residence. Teach them to find their route with a smart phone or computer on Google maps. Enter the World Relief agency as the destination. Ride with the client(s) on the bus, assisting them in identifying landmarks and any bus exchanges. After arriving at World Relief, greet staff to receive congratulations and encouragement. Return to the residence, allowing the client to lead the navigation process.
4.    Transportation: Social Security Office Escort
a.    Drives new arrivals to their appointments at the Social Security Office to apply for basic documentation to obtain employment in the United States (responsibilities only include transportation to and from the office – all official business is handled by the agency).
5.    Transportation: Clothing and Grocery Shopping
a.    Pick up clients and drive them to New Again Thrift Store. Monitor the spending balance (assigned by agency staff), assist clients in selecting weather-appropriate clothing and supplies.
b.    Pick up clients and assist them in walking or riding the bus to the nearest grocery store (assigned by agency staff). Assist the clients in selecting healthy and affordable foods for their families.
Level 2 Opportunities (upon approval of your supervisor)
Internships in connection with your NNU major 
1.    Core Culture Class Lead Instructor
2.    Case Management
3.    Employment Services
4.    Reception and Placement
Student Planned International Travel (Level 3 or 4)
Students may propose international travel with other groups (Church Work and Witness, para-church ministries, family travel). Level 3 requires 7 to 13 days. Level 4 requires a minimum of 14 days.

Off-Campus Opportunities (Study Abroad – Level 4)
NNU is affiliated with a number of other institutions and consortia that provide opportunities for students to study off-campus in a plethora of locations around the world.

NNU on a Mission - Spring Break and Summer Travel (Level 4)
We take seriously Jesus' call to, "Go into all the world and make disciples..." Whether it's an international trip, a domestic experience, or service right in our own community we strive to be the light of Christ in ways that strengthen our faith, meet real needs, and challenge us to value every person. 

 Instructor Planned Travel
Each year a few instructors plan discipline-specific international travel experiences. Here are links for additional information: