Transitioning to a new place – online workshop

Equip yourself for a global future.

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Transitioning to a new place is an interactive, virtual workshop brought to you by Student Inclusion and Kynfolk, for all students, home and international (students from the UK will have the opportunity to explore their own intercultural skills during the session, and offer personal insights).

Going to university can be a big transition, and you may experience a lot of emotions in the process and worry about your ability to cope with your new life and environment. This session will give you a chance to meet with others who are also new to university and will give you space to share and listen. You will have the opportunity to co-create a list of ideas to help you, and those around you, thrive in your new environment.

During this workshop we will:

  • talk about how you are feeling about being at the University of Bristol
  • share some of your hopes and the challenges you face in leaving where you’ve come from and adjusting to a new environment
  • reflect on what keeps us well, and reminded ourselves to be patient and kind to ourselves and others
  • be reminded of the University support services that are available

This is the second of two workshops, which aims to help students navigate their way into a new culture via interactive presentations and discussion.

Booking instructions:

Capacity of this event is limited. To join in please register via this link

An introduction to British culture – online workshop

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REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND THIS EVENT

‘An introduction to British culture’ is an interactive, virtual workshop brought to you by Student Inclusion and Kynfolk, for all students, home and international; students from the UK will have the opportunity to explore their own intercultural skills during the session, and can offer personal insights into British life , if they wish to. (more…)

Transitioning to a new place – online workshop

Equip yourself for a global future.

Transitioning to a new place is an interactive, virtual workshop brought to you by Student Inclusion and Kynfolk, for all students, home and international (students from the UK will have the opportunity to explore their own intercultural skills during the session, and offer personal insights).

Going to university can be a big transition, and you may experience a lot of emotions in the process and worry about your ability to cope with your new life and environment. This session will give you a chance to meet with others who are also new to university and will give you space to share and listen. You will have the opportunity to co-create a list of ideas to help you, and those around you, thrive in your new environment.

During this workshop we will:

  • talk about how you are feeling about being at the University of Bristol
  • share some of your hopes and the challenges you face in leaving where you’ve come from and adjusting to a new environment
  • reflect on what keeps us well, and reminded ourselves to be patient and kind to ourselves and others
  • be reminded of the University support services that are available

This is the second of two workshops, which aims to help students navigate their way into a new culture via interactive presentations and discussion.

Register now to attend this event!

Capacity of events is limited. To join in please register to book your place. You will receive joining instructions a few days before the event is scheduled.

An introduction to British culture – online workshop

Equip yourself for a global future.

‘An introduction to British culture’ is an interactive, virtual workshop brought to you by Student Inclusion and Kynfolk, for all students, home and international; students from the UK will have the opportunity to explore their own intercultural skills during the session, and can offer personal insights into British life , if they wish to. (more…)

Travel the World: Japan

Sit back, relax, and discover new places and destinations with our Travel the World series!

Every Tuesday from 1 pm to 2 pm for the duration of February 2021.

Experience different parts of the world as fellow student and staff volunteers share insightful stories about locations across the globe, from famous landmarks to local hotspots. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about new cultures, including local traditions, celebrationsetiquettefood and much more!

Join us for this virtual event.

On 26 February, we’ll be hearing about Japan!

Photo of Hop Spring

You will have the unique opportunity to be guided through Japan, exploring it through our speaker,

postgraduate Palaeobiology student Takumu. Brought to you as an interactive presentation, you’ll have the chance to ask any questions you may have at the end!

Fossil-fan Takumu was born in the Japanese countryside, but spent most of their time in Tokyo. Among other topics, they are keen to explore two locations with you—Hop Spring, a site near their hometown, as well as the city of Tokyo itself and the area of Asakusa in particular.

This is a fantastic chance to broaden your cultural knowledge, learn something new and be inspired to visit new places in the future and engage with students from all over the world.

Photo of women in traditional garb in front of a temple in AsakusaIf you’re interested in volunteering and sharing your knowledge of a particular place; be it a country, county, city or region then please visit our volunteering page to find out more!

The information presented in this event represents the personal views, observations and experiences of the speaker. We welcome your diverse range of questions with cultural sensitivity in mind.

View all of our other upcoming Travel the World events.

Travel the World: Indonesia

Sit back, relax, and discover new places and destinations with our Travel the World series!

Every Tuesday from 1 pm to 2 pm for the duration of February 2021.

Experience different parts of the world as fellow student and staff volunteers share insightful stories about locations across the globe, from famous landmarks to local hotspots. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about new cultures, including local traditions, celebrationsetiquettefood and much more!

Join us for this virtual event.

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Day of the Dead

The Mexican Culture Society and Global Lounge celebrate Day of the Dead
Monday 2 November

What is Day of the Dead?

Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday where family and friends gather to remember those close to them who have died.

The Mexican Culture Society explored and celebrated this annual festivity with The Global Lounge, with guest speakers delivering live and interactive presentations from both the UK and Mexico, explaining what happens during this annual festivity!

Although celebrations couldn’t take place in-person, the Mexican Culture Society planned a full programme of events to mark this important holiday, which honours and celebrates the deceased.

Speakers introduced the festivity and its importance in Mexican culture, including how it’s celebrated in the capital of Mexico, Mexico City (San Lorenzo Tenzonco) as well as El Xantolo in the Huasteca region. Speakers shared their experience of living in these parts of Mexico and what you can expect to experience during the Day of the Dead celebrations – which lasts several days – including music, shrines, and the cemetery! Also explained was one of most recognisable symbols of The Day of the Dead celebrations – a tall female skeleton wearing a hat with feathers – La Catrina, who was borne from illustrator José Guadalupe Posada.

Let’s talk about food!

Attendees got to find out about popular food, Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead) and the significance of its shape and structure – find out how to make ‘Bread of the Dead’ by heading to the Mexican Culture Society’s video on YouTube!

They also talked about a traditional mesoamerican dish, made of masa or dough, which is steamed in a corn husk or banana leaf – tamales! Not only available as a savoury and spicy food – but also sweet – this is a popular Mexican food with big cultural importance. Tamales, or ‘tamal’ in Spanish, are even mentioned in proverbs and phrases – ‘whenever something goes wrong, eat tamal. Whenever something goes fine, eat it as well’.

Like the sound of tamales? Have a go at making your own!

The event ended with an explanation of Calaveritas Literarias – short verses written in the form of epitaphs to mock celebrities, politicians, friends and family members! These rhymes or phrases – which were once banned – are popular in Mexico around October and November during Day of the Dead celebrations.

See the full event below, and discover more about this fascinating festivity.

The programme of events:

00:00 – 02:00 – Welcome from the Global Lounge
02:01 – 08:44 – Introduction to the festivity
08:45 – 22:35 – Celebrations in Mexico City (San Lorenzo Tenzonco)
24:15 – 41:07 – El Xantolo
42:03 – 50:22 – La Catrina
52:10 – 1:02:21 – Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead)
1:02:22 – 1:12:46 – Tamales
1:15:45 –1:21:33 – Calaveritas Literarias
1:25:02 – Event end

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Travel the World: Berlin

Discover new places and destinations with our Travel the World series, every Tuesday from 1 pm to 2 pm during term time.

Experience different parts of the world as fellow student and staff volunteers share insightful stories about locations across the globe, from famous landmarks to local hotspots. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about new cultures, including local traditions, celebrations, etiquettefood and much more!

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