Since [he] came back, I have noticed his change, he is more confident and better at time management. Before he joined the PLIES program, he had almost lost interest in studying, now he is making plans and is interested in further education.

Chinese mother in Beijing

I love the work you do with the Chinese students. I was able to help with a group you brought to South Bend years ago. Our youngest son helped as we served them lunch each day. He was “adopted” by one of your students. He will always remember the impact your students made on his life.

Host mother

South Bend, Indiana

Life in NYU is exciting. Our campus is uniquely built inside the city itself, which gives me lots of resources and experiences that are multicultural and various. However, NYU is a big place where I can easily get lost, both physically and mentally. It is never difficult to be surrounded by tons of people, but one can still feel very lonely… The experience and information that Pacific Link provided was definitely helpful for me to succeed at college. Thank you for providing them, and I hope all PLIES Pacific Link students can benefit from them while pursuing their college lives!

Student Named Chen


When asked about his English/Culture Coach one Chinese student responded in this way:

Mr. C is a very nice person and a good talker. He helped me a lot on study and life. At first, we made a big goal, the Stanford University that I want to go. Then we made three details to reach the main goal, there’s also small goals in the details. Such as make a word list. He supervises me a lot to reach the goal timely. He can also help you to find the problem. Every time you feeling have nothing to say, he can always find topic in your simple words, then you will feel suddenly be enlightened. He made me integrate into a new country really fast and taught me a lot American’s culture. He is a good teacher, also a friendly elder.

Student named Guo

Freshman 2012

As a mom I couldn’t imagine having my child away on a big holiday. That said we decided to celebrate Chinese New Year in some way. When I asked the girls what was special for their family on this big holiday they said making and eating dumplings.  So we set out to make dumplings. Monday when Grace (Chinese student) returned from her busy day we began. First I pre-cooked the meat and that was wrong. Then we were out of flour and had to run to the store. Grace was almost in tears but I kept assuring her, we can do this. So she mixed the dough and kneaded and kneaded and kneaded. Then I kneaded and kneaded and kneaded and then MJ kneaded and kneaded and kneaded. We began the rotation over and over for maybe an hour, finally we had dough. Then the fun began, as Grace showed us how to form dumplings. Hers were perfect, ours not so much. Finally after feeding everyone in shifts according to how the food was done we had dumplings for dessert about 9:30 pm. We were exhausted but we exchanged more cultural and personal information making dumplings than we did in all of our other conversations combined. We laughed and Grace almost cried but it was fun (even if the kitchen looked like it had been in a food fight).

Mrs. Philson

Host Mother

There are lots of things to learn about each other and many of those have the three of us laughing.  It is fun to see all the things from a new perspective as they ask questions and try to understand some customs.  The boys that live with me are so good at trying new things and asking questions. Usually, the language difference does not cause a problem.  Sometimes the pronunciation is a little different and it takes a little time to figure out what is being said.  Here is an example.  We were in the car and one of the boys asked me if every city in America had a mayor.  At least I thought that was what he was asking.  I was not sure where this came from but I tried to explain about the governor of states and mayors of cities.  By now he was puzzled too.  I didn’t seem to be answering the question he was asking.  After a few more comments, I realized he was asking if every city had the store, “Meijer”.  We had a good laugh about that.  I agreed with him that it was a strange name and difficult to learn to pronounce. I am very impressed with how brave these boys are.  They are willing to try different things.  They are so excited about the different opportunities they have.   They are not afraid to be enthusiastic about things that other teens might appreciate.  Their teachers in school have appreciated this too.

Miss Brasser

Host Mother


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