Mark Nance, on Reflections from a Two-Time Fulbrighter
"One of our goals was to help our children understand what it’s like to be the outsider who doesn’t speak the language or know the culture. We were concerned about how they’d respond and watched closely for signs of wariness. There were hard moments, but mostly it went remarkably well. They love Sweden. They understand they can play with kids that don’t speak the same language. They understand that learning another language helps them make more friends. They’ve learned that being the new, different kid is a lot easier if someone reaches out in even the smallest way. We hope they will carry all of these lessons back home and reach out to the children in their classes who are newly arrived immigrants like they were here in Sweden."