January 25, 2007
For more information, contact: Kimberly Kreider (901) 333-4023
BEALE STREET, ELVIS, STAX AND BARBECUE – DANISH STUDENTS ARE LOOKING
FOR HOSTS WITH THAT FAMOUS MEMPHIS HOSPITALITY!
Written by: Pat O’Brien
Once more, word is out. Once more, a group of Danish college students is
headed to Memphis and Southwest Tennessee Community College to soak up
our Southern culture while they pursue their studies in international
business, with Memphis as their central focus. “This is a new group,
from a different college, who heard about Memphis and the Southwest
experience from a college that has been sending exchange groups for
years,” said Southwest’s International Student Coordinator Debbie Hunt.
From South Zealand College in Naestved, Denmark, 26 students and two
faculty members will arrive March 14 for nine days of serious study in
their major - International Business, except this time they will be
studying the program with a Memphis perspective and Southern flair.
“This is the central feature of their study program,” according to Hunt.
“They’ll have their academic seminars on campus and will visit
businesses, a local production facility and an outlet mall to get a feel
That’s just the study side of the trip, Hunt emphasized. “They’re
equally serious about the cultural aspects, and we are busy recruiting
host families to provide a home atmosphere, including meals and some
transportation to the Macon Cove Campus. They are looking to learn first
hand about the American culture and hope to share their culture,
especially their cuisine with their hosts.”
She emphasized the importance of placing the students with local hosts.
“For one thing, it makes the whole program financially feasible, from
the study aspect to the cultural exchange. Staying with local families
lets them become completely immersed in the personal side of Memphis;
it’s a home experience rather than a commercial experience of hotels and
The students all speak fluent English and want to speak the language
with their hosts, said Hunt. “They start studying it (English) at about
age eight, and many English and American television programs are
broadcast in English, so they’re especially well attuned to the
language,” said Hunt.
The students are looking forward to “the full Memphis experience,” said
Hunt. “The music, Beale Street, Graceland, the Civil Rights Museum are
for starters, and of course, Memphis BAR-B-QUE!!!!! And they plan to
participate in a community service project while they’re here. She
added, “We also hope the season will cooperate and provide a beautiful
Memphis springtime. Their own country is famously beautiful, and we’d
love to give them a real feel for the beauty of our fine city.”
“These students learned about Memphis and Southwest from students at
Svenborg College in Denmark, – which has sent students for overseas
study at Southwest for the past 12 years. “They had their options, and
they chose Memphis as their destination over New York, LA, and all other
choices. Apparently, word of mouth is the best advertising! Added Hunt,
“Over the years, our host families have thoroughly enjoyed sharing their
culture and lifestyle, and many have made lasting friendships with their
students, including visits to Denmark.”
To learn more about hosting members of the group, call Debbie Hunt at
(901) 685-6946, (901) 488-5524 or (901) 333-4556. You may also e-mail
her at firstname.lastname@example.org.