Practical friendship building activities:
- Take a ride together on public transportation. Help refugees locate the nearest bus stop and travel to important locations via public transport (grocery store, hospital, public assistance office, library, etc.)
- Go grocery shopping at an American grocery store and/or an ethnic store. Look at pricing, pounds, sizes, products and coupons. Teach refugees how to shop on a budget.
- Discuss public safety and how to call 911 – when to call, when not to call, what to say.
- Review the home for maintenance problems. Practice with the refugee explaining them to the landlord.
- Teach refugees simple English phrases and words important to everyday life. Learn the same phrases in their language.
- Visit the local post office and show them how to buy stamps and mail a letter.
- Visit the local library, show them how to use the internet, apply for a library card, and check out books.
- Practice making and receiving telephone calls. Practice polite greetings and phone etiquette.
- Discuss money. Practice making change, tipping, etc.
- Practice telling time with a clock. Explain the importance of being on time in this culture.
- Take a trip to the laundromat. Discuss temperatures, color separation, amount of detergent, coin machines, etc.
- Go to a second-hand store or garage sale together and buy something for yourself. Some refugees may think there is a stigma to buying used items. If you buy for yourself, that will help them see that it is okay.
- Assist refugees with planting container gardens.
Fun friendship building activities:
- Take a tour of a local government office, i.e. post office, fire station or police station (usually offered for free if arranged in advance).
- Visit an ethnic restaurant of which the food is familiar for the refugees.
- Invite them to your home for a meal (if the volunteer feels comfortable doing this).
- Invite them to your church or small group
- Take them to the park
- Invite them to a cultural event (family birthday party, wedding, cultural celebration)
- Ask them to teach you how to prepare a dish from their culture or teach you some other skill they have.
- Find out what they like to do and do it with them! (bike riding, hiking, sewing, dancing, etc.)
- Find out about international events in the area (International Festival in Raleigh, etc.)
Activities in the Triangle
Dr. MLK, Jr. Memorial Gardens: North Carolina State University Museums of Natural Science, History, and Art
North Carolina State Fair (The NC State Fair runs during October.)
NC Sports Hall of Fame Located on the third floor of the N.C. Museum of History
Raleigh Flea Market Open Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ackland Art Museum: Permanent collection consists of over 16,000 works of art, plus special exhibitions throughout the year.
Art Walk: Second Friday of every month from 6-9 p.m. in Carrboro and Chapel Hill.
Carrboro Farmer’s Market: Support local farmers and artisans; open Satur- days year-round, Weds. during growing season.
Jordan Lake: Fish, picnic, hike, and boat in Southern Village: Summer music series, movie theater, res- taurants and great walking areas.
NC Botanical Gardens: Stroll through ten acres of display gardens, plus visit an art gallery and educational center. Picnic in Coker Arboretum. Battle Park/Forest Theater.
University of North Carolina Campus: Tour the historical grounds of the first state university in the nation. Events and speakers at UNC.