Welcome! The Spouse/Partner orientation session serves to welcome all new international spouses or partners to Duke University. Please note that this orientation is for ALL NEW international spouses/partners that are affiliated with Duke (students, scholars, or employees).
Friday, August 25th, 2017
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, registration starts at 9 AM at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life at 1415 Faber St (Corner of Swift Avenue & Campus Dr).
What you can expect from the orientation
The International House staff, current international spouses/partners, and community resource centers representatives will be presenting information on acclimation tips and resources. The International house staff will discuss the resources and services available at Duke University as well as through the International House in details. Current international spouses will share their personal experiences and antidotes for adjusting to life in the US and the local community. The local community resource centers will educate on their organizations and how they can make your Durham experience more rewarding.
Topics covered will include:
- ESL Study Opportunities
- I-House Spouses Group
- Things to do in Durham
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Campus Resources
- and much more!
For further information or general questions about Spouses and Partners Orientation, please email Lisa Giragosian.
We understand that coming along with your spouses/partners means that you need additional information and resources. We strive to provide you with the support you need and hope to create an environment where you and your partner/spouse can connect, learn and grow. In addition to the information below, please visit our Children and Families webpage.
Fact Sheets & Links
- International Friendship Ministry: First Baptist Church - Meets on Tuesday mornings from October until April.
- : A resource for J-2 spouses who have obtained work permission and are ready to find a job.
- : The various playgrounds where the Babies & Toddlers group meet up in the Durham area.
- : How to get a Duke ID Card, Places to volunteer, activities to do, lots and lots of information!
- Spouses Email List Serv: We recommend all F-2 & J-2 & H-4 spouses to sign up for this valuable email list.
- : This is a brochure of the spouses' activities sponsored through International House. Includes Cooking Club, Babies & Toddlers Group, English Conversation Hour and Family Potluck.
The Babies & Toddlers group meets weekly. If you have been stuck in the house and want to meet and talk to other moms (dads welcome too!) then please come and join us! This is a great opportunity for young children to have some "playtime," while parents have a little "social" time. This group meets at various locations, please contact us for more information.
Join the spouses listserv to get group updates and information about this group.
2017-2018 Group Leader; Ms. Soe Paddleboot.
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Volunteer At/Through Duke University
Office of Durham & Regional Affairs
Duke University Medical Center (919) 681-6088
In the community, community service is an experience that allows you to get involved with the local people and institutions in a much more meaningful and valuable way.
Please contact: Volunteer Center of Durham, 136 E. Chapel Hill Street, Durham NC, 919-688-8977.
Taste dishes from around the world! Participants take turns teaching a favorite recipe. The Cooking Club meets weekly at the kitchen of:
Blacknall Presbyterian Church (click for directions)
1902 Perry St
Durham NC 27705
(919) 286 - 5586
Are you a book lover?
Do you want to learn some deep insights from friends all over the world?
Do you enjoy sharing your opinions?
Each Friday at noon, we come together to have an engaging book discussion. Our books are carefully chosen by our leaders to allow for an accessible level of English, of inter-cultural understanding and wholesome discussion. Each week, our leaders create questions for a guided discussion. Our discussions have allowed a multiplicity of viewpoints from which we all learn about each other's cultures. We have found that the atmosphere of compassionate understanding permits an honest and authentic exchange.
During the semester, books are generally chosen from the Durham County library book kit selections, which contain 15 copies of one title. In some cases, we also enjoy viewing films together based on the books we have read. We also try to integrate writing into our meetings.
The books we have read in the past:
The Newlyweds (by Nell Freudenberger)
Orphan Train(by Christina Baker Kline)
Psychic Detective Kim Stride in the Mozart Mystery (by Joanne Napoli)
The Fault in our Stars (by John Green)
Interpreter of Maladies (by Jhumpa Lahiri)
Joy Luck Club (by Amy Tan)
The Soldier's Wife (by Margaret Leroy)
The Color of Water (by James McBride)
If I Stay (by Gayle Forman)
The Lowland (by Jhumpa Lahiri)
The Little Prince (by Antoine de Saint-Exupry)
The Prophet (by Kahlil Gibran)
Come improve your English skills through conversation, games, and more. If you're already a good speaker, come help others improve! We meet weekly at International House during the school year. Group meets Fridays from Sept-May. Contact: Joanne Napoli Joanne2950@gmail.com