Community Orientation

  • Take a ride together on public transportation. Help newcomers 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 newcomers how to shop on a budget.

  • 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 newcomer.

  • Enjoy parks, holiday festivities, Church, and sporting events with your refugee partners.

  • Give your refugee partners a map of the city, state, country, and/or world so they can have a perspective on where they are now in relation to their home country.

  • Some refugees may enjoy hearing the history of the area and city they are living in now.

Cultural Adaptation

  • 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 newcomer explaining them to the landlord.

  • Teach newcomers simple English phrases and words important to everyday life. Learn the same phrases in their language.

  •  Review a map of the community. Ride the bus or drive around town to learn street names.

  • 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 newcomers may think there is a stigma to buying used items. If you buy some for yourself that will help them see that it is okay.

Friendship Building Activities

  • 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.)


In addition to what's listed above, here is a list of some friendship building activities around the Triad, included with contact information for each location:

High Point  
All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm 7850 Clinard Farms Rd, High Point, NC 27265
High Point Museum 1859 E. Lexington Ave, High Point, NC 27262
High Point Theatre 220 E. Commerce Ave, High Point, NC 27260
Oak Hollow Marina 3431 N. Centennial St, High Point, NC 27265
Oak Hollow Festival Park 1841 Eastchester Dr, High Point, NC 27265
Piedmont Environmental Center 1220 Penny Rd, High Point, NC 27265
Rockin' Jump Trampoline Park 4215 W. Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27407
Arboretum 401 Ashland Dr, Greensboro, NC 27403
ArtQuest 200 N. Davie St, Greensboro, NC 27401
Bog Garden 1105 Hobbs Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410
Children's Museum 220 N. Church St, Greensboro NC 27401
Country Park 3905 Nathanael Greene Dr, Greensboro, NC 27455
Celebration Station  4315 Big Tree Way, Greensboro, NC 27409
Greensboro Ice House 6119 Landmark Center Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27407
(Ice Skating) 336.852.1515
Natural Science Center 4301 Lawndale Dr, Greensboro, NC 27455
Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden 1105 Hobbs Rd, Greensboro, NC 27410
Winston Salem  
Rockin' Jump Trampoline Park 7840 North Point Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Kaleidum Downtown 390 S Liberty St, Wiston-Salem, NC 27101
(Formerly the Children's Museum) 336.723.9111
Kaleidum North 400 W. Hanes Mill Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27105
(Formerly SciWorks) 336.767.6730
Old Salem Museum and Gardens 900 Old Salem Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27101