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The Small Groups Program offers various safe and welcoming social spaces for internationals and Americans from diverse backgrounds to come together to share interests, enjoy conversations, and socialize.

New small groups will be added in response to the increased interest from the community. If you are interested in facilitating a new small group and share your favorite activity with other community members, please let us know. We will be thrilled to help you start a new small group!

Current Small Groups
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Making Sense of the American Experience—A Small Discussion Group

Tuesdays, January 16 – March 20, 2018 
Noon – 1:00 pm   *new time
All dates except 1/23, 2/13, and 2/27 – Room 112, State College Municipal Building
1/23, 2/13, and 2/27 – Room 242, State College Municipal Building

Why health care is such a controversial subject in the US? Is America a melting pot or a salad bowl? How to make sense of the political parties, polarization, religion, and gun control issues in this country?  Join our group host Bob Persiko for weekly thought-provoking discussions and explore some of the thornier issues of the American society in a safe and supportive environment. Both internationals and Americans are welcome.

Sign up here or by clicking on the image to the left. Registered participants will receive weekly notifications of group meetings.


Colorful Conversations for Adults

Tuesdays on September 26; October 10, 24; November 14, 28; December 12
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
South Hills School of Business & Technology, Room 23, 480 Waupelani Drive

Looking for a way to be creative and learn English in a relaxed atmosphere? Join this coloring and conversation group led by volunteer Christy Sherman. Coloring pages will be supplied along with coloring pencils, markers, and crayons. Or you can bring your own supplies and really get creative!

Sign up here or by clicking the image to the left.

Convo & Crafts – Spring 2016 (3)

Conversation & Craft Group 

Two Tuesdays a Month

9:30 am – 11:30 am

Local artist and wonderful volunteers Lisa and Kelly lead this friendly and fun crafting group where participants can chat in English while engaging in creative projects. Participants gather  twice each month to create something beautiful and meet people from all over the world. All are welcome!

For details about schedules and how to join, visit the Conversation & Craft Group page.

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Women’s Intercultural Book Groups 

Meeting time: Different groups meet at different times. Please contact us if you would like to join one.

The Women’s Intercultural Book Groups program matches native English-speakers with small groups of international women to read and discuss literature. These book group meetings offer internationals opportunities to read varied materials in English, practice English informally, and provide a forum for intercultural dialogue and social interaction.

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