Welcoming families from around the world


The country I chose is The Republic of Kazakhstan. Located in Central Asia bordering China, Russian and the Middle East, Kazakhstan is the ninth largest country in the world. It gained its independence in 1991 with the dissolution of the U.S.S.R. There are two languages spoken in Kazakhstan, Kazakh and Russian. Despite their economic growth due to exports in wheat and oil, only three percent of the country’s income is spent on education. Although 95 percent of their schools are state-run, many are in need of overhaul, particularly in the rural regions where resources are sparse or unavailable.

To prepare myself as an advocate to assist the family in adapting to their new community, the first place I would begin is to investigate their home country to learn about their culture and what visible similarities we share with them. I would also try to determine what region of they lived in to determine if the family had access to educational services and resources. This would provide me with a baseline of where to begin in knowing what additional resources that the entire family may need, along with their children.

The next part of my preparation would be to enlist services of their local community available in our community. If none are available, I would check within my state or contact a local UNICEF office. I believe this is important to provide the family and me with additional resources to bridge the language, customs and cultural barriers so we can communicate effectively.

I would create a package of information listing meetings and resources that I would attend with the family regarding health, social and educational services to help make their transition easier. Within this package I would provide background information on our community, the schools and local events to make the family feel welcomed.

3 thoughts on “Welcoming families from around the world

  1. Hi Lisa,
    I think that you provided great assistance to this family. Providing them with additional resources is an excellent idea. This did not cross my mind, though I can definitely see how this will help this family. These resources could allow them to be in contact with very helpful programs including ones that focus on language, as you mentioned, financial assistance, and any other needs that they may have after entering this country. I also think that learning about the region of Kazakhstan in which the family lived is important. Knowing what the educational system is like will allow you to be better prepared for what to expect when the child arrives in your classroom.

  2. Hi Lisa,
    I think you provided a very comprehensive outline of the assistance you would provide for this family. The resources you cite that you would use to refer them to as well as the ones that you would find helpful are an excellent idea. One thing I would add would be to make sure you communicate with the family and ascertain their goals, hopes and wishes for their child as a way to establish a partnership with this family. Great Post!

  3. Hi Lisa,
    I like your idea about becoming an “advocate” for your family, and looking for the similarities between the two cultures as a way to bridge the gap instead of focusing only on the differences. Also contacting UNICEF, is a great resource that could be used in order to obtain some more information, great thinking!

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