Connect at the Couch
The Cultural Couch Series is a place to engage in cross-cultural understanding. The symbol of a couch reflects the casual and comfortable nature that we come together with in this student-led weekly series.
Each session is uniquely crafted by student volunteers known as "Global Ambassadors," who take on the role of hosts and share aspects of their culture with their peers.
Tuesdays from 5pm - 6pm (Fall & Spring Semesters)
Building 255 - 1st Floor Learning Commons
The evening often consists of sampling traditional foods, sharing music, and engaging in conversation. By attending, we can gain more understanding about the world and about each other, directly from the lens of our diverse community of Vancouver Island University students.
Our VIU community of students has amazing stories and perspectives to share. If you are interested in joining us as a Global Ambassador at a future Cultural Couch Series event, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some questions to consider:
What aspect of your culture or perspective do you wish to share?
How do you want to share it?
Global Ambassadors can share their stories in a variety of ways. Examples include food sampling or demonstrations, presentations, dance instruction, storytelling, language sharing or exchanging, instrument or music exhibiting ... or a combination of these and other creative ideas.
What supplies will you need to make your vision happen?
There is a budget of $50 per event. We'll work with you to plan and also gather the supplies you need. We require the detailed receipts from any purchases made.
How much time will it require for preparation?
Consider your course schedule and access to kitchen facilities, etc. when planning your vision your Cultural Couch Session. We'll work with you to plan and execute and have a number of volunteers who are also available to help.
These are a few of the topics shared and cultures explored by VIU Global Ambassadors:
A Night with 'Su'luqw'a' Community Cousins
Origami & Okonomiyaki
Let's Build a Pyramid
The Art of Tae Kwon Do
Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony
A night in Saudi Arabia
A trip to the Bahamas
Chinese Dumpling Making
Best of Vietnam
A night in India
The Art of Sushi Making
Trip to Peru
Boarding for South Korea
Sounds of Nigeria
A trip to Venezuela
Greenland: Land of Glaciers
Vamoose to Spain
The Cultural Couch Series is a collaborative project, between World VIU Faculty of International Education and VIU Residence and the ResLife team.
Visit our Student Life offices or connect with us by email at email@example.com.