Intercultural Friends

A site for International Students and Scholars: University of Penn and Drexel: Philadelphia


Chats with Americans

Announcement:  for this week of September 30 all chat groups will be at Houston Hall, room 301 (Monday, chat with light dinner at 6 PM.  Wednesday Chats with idioms in the news at 12:30 PM, Chats Thursday 3:30)


  • Mondays 6-7pm Houston Hall 301 – soup & chat – 7-8 optional discussion Life of Jesus

  • Wednesdays 12:30-1:30 the Arch 110 – read & discuss current news – learn new idioms & improve pronunciation; 1:30 discuss painting of “Fall of Man” by Hugo Van Der Goes

  • Thursday 3:30 Houston Hall 301 – this week discuss vocabulary for illness, medicines, & insurance in the U.S.

Here’s other fun for international students and scholars – save the date for Thanksgiving – for info contact Sarah 215-300-2164

Sat. 10/5; 1:30-6:00 pm —Tour Historic Philadelphia:

Sun. 10/27; 6-10pm – Traditional American Halloween Pumpkin-carving & movie “Luther”;  

Thurs. 10/31; 5:30-7:30pm – Traditional Halloween candy-giving:  

Wed. 11/6; 7:30pm –  ”C.S. Lewis on Stage” Annenberg Zellerbach Theatre


December—various Christmas celebrations TBA

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  • Sat. 10/5; 1:30-6:00 pm —Tour Historic PhiladelphiaNew to Philly? Join a free walking tour of Historic Philly:, meet outside of the Penn Book Store (36th St. & Walnut St.) optional meet at 8th & Market St. at 2:00pm:   take SEPTA to the historic area of Philadelphia.  Longtime Philadelphia residents will give you a walking tour which will include pointing out some interesting museums, seeing the location of the Liberty Bell, signing of Declaration of Independence & U.S. Constitution, etc., see where George Washington attended church, where Ben Franklin is buried, etc.  This is approximately a 2-3 mile walk. Eat lunch first. If you have not done so yet, RSVP to or 215-300-2164 or register at
  • Sun. 10/27; 6-10pm  Traditional American Halloween Pumpkin-carving & movie “Luther”;  OCT. 31 is an interesting day celebrated in a unique way in America. We often “carve” pumpkins by cutting a face or an unusual design in a pumpkin.  This is called a Jack-o-lantern.  I will have several pumpkins that you can use to show your creativity or you can also bring your own pumpkin.   Then, Also Oct. 31 is the date when Martin Luther put a paper, with his concerns about the Roman Catholic Church, on a university door.  This began the “Protestant” movement in the Christian church.  “Luther” is a movie about that time in history. Soup, rice, hot chocolate, and popcorn provided; WHERE:  3722 Baring St.  (4 blocks north of Market St. near 38th St. – take Penn N. campus shuttle); CONTACT:  Sarah  215-300-2164 RSVP if you intend to come
  • Thurs. 10/31; 5:30-7:30pm Traditional Halloween candy-giving:  OCT. 31 is an interesting day celebrated in a unique way in America.  Halloween is a time when American children dress in costumes and go to neighbors’ houses (even strangers’ houses) and ask for candy by saying “Trick or Treat”.  I usually have about 200 children come to my house between 5:30pm and 7:30pm every year.  I’d like to invite you to join me in giving this candy (I’ll provide candy) and seeing the children in their cute costumes.  WHERE:  3722 Baring St.  (4 blocks north of Market St. near 38th St. – take Penn N. campus shuttle by calling 215-898-RIDE) CONTACT:  Sarah  215-300-2164 RSVP if you intend to come
  • Wed. 11/6; 7:30pm  ”C.S. Lewis on Stage” ;Using C.S. Lewis’ own words, award-winning actor Max McLean brings the brilliant Oxford Don to life, taking us on his extraordinary journey from hard-boiled atheist to “the most reluctant convert in all England.” Run Time: 80 minutes with no intermission. The performance is followed by a post-show Q&A discussion with Max McLean.  COST: $5 WHERE: Zellerbach Theatre Annenberg Center 3680 Walnut St.
  • THURSDAY NOVEMBER 28 – THANKSGIVING DINNER WITH AMERICANS: On Thursday November 28, all schools and businesses will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.  American families gather for a big meal but it is our tradition to also invite guests for our “Thanksgiving feast”.  Many Americans I know, especially from my church, would like to invite international students and scholars to their homes for the Thanksgiving meal.  If you and/or your friends would like to meet and have Thanksgiving dinner with an American family, please respond by Mon. Nov. 17. to
  • December—various Christmas celebrations TBA

Sarah Mitchell 215-300-2164