International Moms Group Welcomes You

 
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IMG

at a Glance

The International Moms Group (IMG) desires to educate, empower, and encourage international mothers on their parenting journey.

 

IMG provides opportunities for international mothers to learn and discuss parenting topics, maternal-child health issues, early childhood development, healthy relationships, cultures and customs, practice English, build community, support one another, and more.

 

What We Do

This group provides valuable health and safety information, in addition to community support, social engagement, and fun for international moms in the community. Our meetings consist of guest speakers, cultural presentations, and opportunities to practice English. Professionals from the community are invited to come speak on topics of interest (i.e. nutrition, woman’s health, mental health, parenting, safety, early childhood education, etc.) identified by the moms. The program also fosters cultural awareness and diversity through international presentations. Additionally, fun aspects of the American culture are presented through American holiday parties, baby showers, and field trips.

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Children's Playroom

During the weekly meetings, the Co-Operative Children’s Playroom Program not only provides respite for the moms, but also engaging activities for the children. The children are provided opportunities to engage in crafts and playtime while the moms meet.

 

*At this time the Children's Playroom is unavailable. 

Weekly Meeting

The International Moms Group follows the Oregon State University academic schedule. Due to COVID, our meeting schedule and format have been adjusted to adopt health and safety precautions. Starting Thursday, October 8, IMG will meet virtually in a large group every 2 weeks from 3:00 PM-4:00 PM and at varying times through out the week for small groups. The Winter and Spring term meeting formats and schedules are subject to change.

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Moms Crossing International Borders

The Moms Crossing International Borders (MCIB) program pairs international moms with American moms who have children of similar age, or mentor moms, for conversation and activities. This program provides opportunities for the moms to not only exchange language, but also culture. Even more, it provides opportunities to promote cultural diversity and awareness among the children.

 

IMG  Testimonies

"It takes a village to raise a child."

"International Mom Group (IMG) helps me connect with all the moms of different culture and background. It helps me to be a better mom...[T}hey help moms like me to understand more about parenting issues, health for kids and family, learning more about American culture and many more.  Being new to this community without any relatives or family close by can be  very challenging but IMG helps me a lot to connect with all the moms in the group...IMG is a family to me." -Maricel (The Philippines)

"When I came Corvallis about 3 months ago I was so lonely...For me it so challenging and hard to survive here alone because my husband always busy with his studies...If IMG doesn't exist I would have fallen in depression. Through IMG  I got so many new friends like Sandy whose are always supportive and helpful. Through IMG I know different cultures of different countries." -Sisil (Bangladesh)

 

"We are really thankful for this group, especially the child care. I came to Corvallis about 3 months ago because my husband is a graduate student at OSU. I had no friends and felt lonely at that time. Since I have joined this group, I have met a lot of mothers from overseas and Americans. I like participating in this group meeting, not only to make friends but also to improve my English skills and learn other cultures. Child care provided is very supportive...Also to play with other children is important to my son to improve his social skills. I have been really encouraged to raise my children in USA through this meeting." -Mio (Japan)

 

"International Moms Group is doing a wonderful job for the community...I was able to network with other mothers, make friends, get to know new people, learn about new cultures. I think this group is really awesome and it is a great way to network, get to know people and settle in Corvallis." -Hanna (Finland)

 

"The program was the first community for me to meet people and communicate with international moms from all over when I arrived USA. Also it was my first place to improve my English language. In addition I learned to cook many different dishes. Also the group have held many useful lectures. I enjoyed every moment with IMG." -Shahen (Iraq)

"I think that Mom and Baby Group is really beneficial because the group encouraged me to adapt the USA life quickly, and did let me know how to take care of my kid in case of an emergency or various situations in USA. Additionally there were good programs to share good ideas and experiences for both kids and moms. It is truly an unforgettable club because the all club member including Sandy, a leader of the club is really kind and help me understand and learn about USA culture and life..." -Bona (South Korea) 

“Whether it is information on local resources or interesting events; parenting and relationship support and guidance; or simply the chance for some much-needed and deserved self-care, the International Moms Group is all this and more to its members…” (Marina, Ukraine)  

"When we first arrived to the US, I had the feeling for several months that I was lonely and bored. My husband spent many hours studying on campus and I had to stay home alone because I did not have any friends at the time...I owe this group a lot because it was able to pull me from the separation life I was living and helped me to establish a new life that is filled with happiness and great friendships. In the weekly meetings, we learned and discussed several topic related to child care, child safety, parenting decisions, and many more. Importantly, this group introduces international moms to the American culture and, in turn, introduces domestic moms to other different culture from all around the world...In addition, there are always time for fun. We have done different fun activities such as crafting, cooking, drawing, etc. Moreover, the meetings are a great place for practicing English for the international moms. When I first came to the US, I was not able to speak English at all. Currently, I can speak and communicate in English clearly and easily. This significant improvement in my English skills was made possible in part by attending the meetings of this amazing group." -Ola (Iraq)

 

"Thanks IMG for becoming my second family [and] for supporting me. Because being away from our countries and family is not easy, but finding a community that supports us constantly and also gives us friends. My heart is very grateful because they make me feel like I'm not alone as a mother...MCIB wow, what can I say? It is wonderful to find all these moms...[who] voluntarily decided to support an international mom...I feel very lucky to be part of this group. where we can exchange cultures, learn from American culture, practice English, and have fun at the same time. This is a blessing!  Thanks to this we have been able to find another friend, American friend, someone who opens the doors of her house and has the patience to teach us many things. "...we had fun, and the most beautiful thing is that our children have also become friends." -Angie (Guatemala)  

"My children are being raised to love all people from the world. I feel like I am learning more about cultures I previously didn’t understand. The more I learn about my new international friends and their cultures the quicker I am recognizing and tearing down negative associations and viewpoints I didn’t even realize I had. With my new perspective I can raise my children with even more compassion and respect for all other people." Lyndsey (USA)

 
 
 

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