The IEC has a team of volunteers who want to make international students welcome. There are a number of us, and here are a just a few:
Peter Teagle is the international chaplain at Brookes. He is married to Lynette, from Singapore, and they have three children, Sam (17), Laura (15) and Madeline (10). Peter met Lynette at Liverpool University where he studied biology. After teaching English in China, they lived in Singapore for a few years teaching and studying for Christian ministry before returning to the UK. Peter loves celtic music and plays several musical instruments..
Penny Vinden was born and raised in Canada by British parents. Her interest in people of different cultures has taken her to Peru, Cameroon and Papua New Guinea, helping to train teachers of reading and writing, and also studying child development. She also taught university in the United States for 10 years, specialising in cross-cultural psychology. She moved permanently to the UK in early 2007, and loves it here. Among other things, she enjoys hill walking.
Richard and Catherine Weston have lived in Oxford since 1990, and brought up two sons here (both now adult). They love international interaction and often teach on the issues of intercultural relationships. They are both well travelled – especially Richard – and over the years they have welcomed students from more than one hundred nationalities into their home! Richard is a keen sportsman and grower of vegetables. Catherine loves to cook and be creative with her hands, most recently with pastel drawings. They both recently embarked on part-time Masters degrees, so understand the pressures of essay deadlines!
Wendy van den Broek grew up in Oxford and keeps coming back! She now lives here with her nearly grown-up family. She and her husband spent twelve years in Senegal, West Africa, with a non-governmental organisation working with minority languages, and brought their two children up there. Since her return to the UK in 2011, she has worked as a human resource manager for a charity that works with language groups all over the world. Can you tell that she is fascinated with languages?