Fall 2015 Newsletter

Greetings and Happy Autumn!

From your friends atGlobal Ties Akron


Global Ties Akron would like to welcome all of the international students to the University of Akron, as well as, thank all the amazing host families and volunteers that are making their arrival a welcoming one.

Know Your Community – Know Your World (KYCKYW)

Global Ties Akron is in its 4th year of its multicultural curriculum project, Know Your Community – Know Your World, that explores global and local diversity with6th grade classrooms.  As we expand, we are incorporating service learning, citizen journalism, and social entrepreneurship modules to create opportunities for experiential and deep learning preparing students with skills for success in a global economy. For more information or to get your school involved email Shannon Anicas, Program Director-Global Education at shannon.anicas@gmail.com or visit KYCKYW website.

Event Information & Save the dates!

Global Village Festival: Elegance in Freedom

Sunday, September 13, 2015, Noon to 6 p.m., Lock 3 Park, Akron

Relish the avenue of ethnic food and cooking demonstrations and stroll thru the open market place. Explore interactive cultural, religious, and holistic health exhibits. Watch or become part of our live cultural entertainment of authentic ethnic music, dance and other performances. Grab a free “Passport”, featuring supportive local businesses and interactive journey through the Global Village. And don’t forget to visit the Kids Nation to create cultural crafts, experience games & other fun activities. Celebrate Summit County’s history of diversity and ethnic communities.

Akron Peace Week! Sept 25 – Oct 4th!

This year marks the 6th year of Akron Peace Week! Each year our week is filled with workshops, concerts, discussions, and more aimed at highlighting peaceful work being done in our community, and giving people tools to bring nonviolence deeper into their lives.

Annual International Thanksgiving
November 7, 2015

Join us for the evening of food and entertainment! It is a free event, but we ask that you bring a covered dish or dessert for sharing. Please RSVP so we know how many turkeys to provide. 🙂

Educator Professional Development
November 20, 2015

Discover lively, interdisciplinary activities that help students understand the importance of sustainable global citizenship and informed decision making. In this full-day workshop, K-12 educators will engage in role-playing simulations, problem-solving challenges, and critical thinking activities to build students’ knowledge in math, science, and social studies. All participants will receive our classroom-ready curriculum, which emphasizes hands-on learning and cross-curricular problem solving. All activities are aligned to Ohio’s New Learning Standards and the Common Core Standards.

To register for this event go to www.esc-cc.org/
Choose Calendar of Events/Select Nov. 20, 2015, and follow the registration link

Cleveland International Film Festival

March 30 – April 10, 2016


Multicultural Literacy Festival

May 13 & 14, 2016

In partnership with the Akron-Summit Public Library, we are planning a multicultural literature festival for May of 2016.  This interactive 2-day event will include student field trips (PreK – 4) and family focused evening and Saturday activities including reading spaces (Mongolian Yurt, Teepee), cultural performers, ethnic storytelling and multicultural authors.

Sibling Love

Raksha Bandhan is a holiday that is highly celebrated in India and in some parts of Pakistan. During this holiday there are festivals throughout India celebrating friendliness, togetherness, and love. This holiday rejoices in the love, bond, and protection that brothers and sisters have. The meaning of Raksha Bandhan is known as “Bond of Protection” because brothers are thought of being the protectors of their sisters. The holiday is always celebrated in August.

During the festivals there is dancing, singing, games, and people coming together for a good cause. Women prepare Rakhi pooja thali, which is made from sweets, diya, roli, chawal, and rakhi thread. After making the gift, the females give it to their in exchange for them to promise to take care of them. The gift represents the sister’s love that they have for their brother and reminds the brother to take care of them. Raksha Bandhan is a great holiday to help unite families and build relationships between them.

Saudi Arabian Prejudice

When talking about the most inspirational experience that we have encountered through Global Ties, one thing came to mind. Here is what Michelle had to say about an experience that is near and dear to her heart:

“One of the inspirational moments that we’ve had, and there’s been so many, was a delegation that arrived from Saudi Arabia through our international visitor leadership program. This delegation had never left the country before and they only spoke Arabic. They arrived on the plane in 2002 after September 11th had happened and they had congregated while on the plane to pray, so they were labeled immediately as terrorists and they shut down the airport in Washington D.C. upon their arrival.

It took negotiating by a former ambassador from Saudi Arabia to help explain that these were important guests of our state department that we’re from the administrative education of Saudi Arabia to learn about religious education all across the U.S. and that they should be treated as special guests not as terrorists. So, it took some smoothing over, but needless to say these delegates went through the country feeling very distant from who they were meeting with across the country, feeling that they had to keep their barriers up. It started on such a rough note that they really didn’t feel that they were going to leave the experience with anything positive. When they came here to Akron, Ohio, we had a dialogue that brought together the religious leaders from our various faiths that exist here in our community from Seek, Bahia, Hindu, Muslim, Judaism, Unitarian Universalists, and various Christian denominations.

They all came together to talk with one another in dialogue about how important it was to teach our children how to continue their faith through their lives. Through this dialogue it was such a deep and rich conversation, that at the end of it one of the delegates came up to me, and we had talked about our families and knew that we had daughters the same age and he told me that through his whole experience since he’s been in the U.S., his daughter called him every day afraid because back home watching television, they saw Americans shooting people that looked just like them in Iraq. So, she was very afraid of her father’s safety. So, he came over and said “I’m calling my daughter tonight, to let her know, that she has friends and I have friends in the United States and not to be afraid anymore.”

–Michelle Wilson, Executive Director of Global Ties Akron

Know Your Community, Know Your World


Global Ties Akron never wants the Akron community to fear what they do not know or understand. As Yoda once said, “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” This thought pushed us in creating a program called “Know Your Community, Know Your World”, which introduces our community’s young classrooms to the world and its multicultural diversities in the early years of their education.

One of the highlighted goals of this program is to bring multiple guest speakers from a wide-range of global, religious and ethnic backgrounds. This will help these students begin to compare cultural perspectives and practices, analyze countries’ cultural groups, better understand ethical, racial, and religious diversity in our own community, and help to improve overall communication skills for limitless global opportunities in the future.

Thus far, Global Ties Akron partnered with 10 local schools that have participated in 32 global and multicultural presentations, representing 16 countries to an audience of over 2800 local students from the 1st and 6th grades. We are truly excited for this to continuously increase as the program progresses. Robert Alan, an American writer and social activist, once said – “Cultural differences should not separate us from each other, but rather cultural diversity brings a collective strength that can benefit all of humanity.”

Find out how your school can join this progressive journey by visiting the Know Your Community, Know Your World website:


Top 6 Things International Visitors Should Do In Akron

  1. Visit the Akron Art Museum

This museum has been in Akron for almost 100 years! With a very modern update done in 2004, the museum has remained a very interesting place to visit. The exhibits are always changing and include famous collections of works from world-renowned artists as well as local artists.

  1. Attend a lock 3 event in the summer

This is a great way to witness the local culture here in Akron. The type of music varies each week and there are a wide variety of foods available, some of which are unique to the area. Admission is free and there is an event every Friday from the months of May – September.

  1. Akron Rubber Ducks game

Baseball is a classic American pastime and would be an awesome event to attend if you are visiting from another country or hosting an international visitor. There is a huge range of activities available to do at the game such as other games to win prizes, concessions, and other entertainment.

  1. Hike one of the many trails in the Akron area

Within Akron there are over 15 different hiking trails varying in length and difficulty. These trails are maintained by the Summit Metro Parks. They offer a scenic perspective of Akron and its surrounding areas and give it’s visitors a chance to see the beautiful landscapes we have available to us her in Akron.

  1. Visit the University of Akron’s Campus

The University of Akron is a central location in Akron and the hub for innovation and learning in our town. UA has a large, and very beautiful campus that combines century old architecture with very new and modern designed buildings. The University has over 25,000 students and is only continuing to grow.

  1. Visit Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens

The rubber industry is what put Akron on the map. Visit this century old mansion built by one of the most successful businessmen to ever reside here in Akron, F.A. Sieberling who founded the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. The property spans about 70 acres and includes a very large mansion, as well as very beautiful, well maintained gardens. This is a great way to experience the rich history of Akron.

What Do We Do?

Global Ties Akron offers a variety of programs. One of the most important programs we offer is The International Leadership Delegation program. This program brings in delegates and diplomats from other countries to the United States and shows the the unity we have in this country regardless of religion. In 2014, there was a group who came from Turkey and learned about how the disabled are cared for in this country. In Turkey, if someone is disabled, they are most likely an outcast and will live in poverty forever. This program shows those who have a source of power within the country that citizens who may not be fully functioning can still make an impact on society and rise above the stereotype that they will not be valued citizens in society.

Another program that is offered is the Know Your Community Know Your World Program. This program has a data base with various people who live in the area who are from different countries. When local elementary schools are learning about a certain country, this program sends one of the people from the data base to the school so the students can learn from someone who grew up in that country what the place is really like. This is important for students to see how people are able to integrate themselves into society even though they are originally from another country.

Both of these programs encompass what Global Ties stands for which is linking the Akron area with people from all over the world. By teaching diplomats how we integrate people from various religions into one society and how the disabled are able to function actively, we are helping them build their own communities. They will be able to take the information they learn and try to integrate it into their own countries. Also, the children who are learning from people who are not from The United States can take what they have learned and better the future society. These children are the next generation of leaders and our country will be best run by those who are educated about world issues by people from all over the world.

Why You Should Donate?


Annual International Thanksgiving dinner

Hello there! We’re happy you stopped by our blog. Let us take this time to explain to you all the benefits of donating to Global Ties Akron.

First and foremost, Global Ties Akron is an organization that collaborates with international students and helps to form diplomatic ties with other countries. In the last year alone, they have represented 67 different countries. Global Ties brings culture right into our own backyard and allows us to connect with people we might not have otherwise.

Global Ties Akron is a non-profit, meaning that they do not bring in any income for the work that they do. They do not charge for their services, making them more accessible. The students that they are helping have often never been to American before and would not be able to participate if payment was required.

Their workers are mostly on a volunteer basis, meaning that they do not receive compensation either. The people who volunteer recognize how important Global Ties Akron is to the community and how much good they do for the international students that they assist. The support of these volunteers is what enables them to run a smooth operation, and it also gets the community more involved.

All of this information means that Global Ties Akron operates off of government grants and donations. The work that they do is vital to our community, and even more vital to the international students that it benefits.

The more funding that Global Ties Akron has, the more they can do to help not only the students that they bring over, but our community. Any donations that they receive will go toward the betterment of our community, and that is why you should consider Global Ties Akron as the organization that receives your donation.

5 Authentic Recipes From Around The World

Would You like a taste of the world in your kitchen?

Here are some authentic international food recipes.


Mostaccioli Mosta (Italian)
·          1 pound lean ground beef

·          1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

·          1 cup black olives, pitted and sliced

·          1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

·          1 teaspoon seasoning salt

·          1 teaspoon garlic powder

·          1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

·          1 (16 ounce) package mostaccioli pasta

·          2 teaspoons butter, softened

·          1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
In large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until done. Drain. Add tomato sauce, olives, Parmesan cheese, seasoned salt, garlic powder, and oregano. Simmer 15 minutes.

Cook pasta in a large pot of boiling water until done. Drain.

1.        Place mostaccioli in a shallow, 3 quart baking dish. Toss with butter or margarine. Pour meat sauce over, and top with shredded mozzarella.

Broil for 2 to 3 minutes, or until cheese melts.

Szechwan Shrimp (Chinese)
·          4 tablespoons water

·          2 tablespoons ketchup

·          1 tablespoon soy sauce

·          2 teaspoons cornstarch

·          1 teaspoon honey

·          1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

·          1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

·          1 tablespoon vegetable oil

·          1/4 cup sliced green onions

·          4 cloves garlic, minced

·          12 ounces cooked shrimp, tails removed
In a bowl, stir together water, ketchup, soy sauce, cornstarch, honey, crushed red pepper, and ground ginger. Set aside.

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in green onions and garlic; cook 30 seconds. Stir in shrimp, and toss to coat with oil. Stir in sauce. Cook and stir until sauce is bubbly and thickened.

Colombian Chicken (South American)
·          1 (3 pound) whole chicken, cut into pieces

·          1 lemon, juiced

·          1/4 cup olive oil

·          1 teaspoon salt

·          1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

·          3/4 teaspoon paprika

·          1 (2.25 ounce) can sliced black olives, drained

·          1 large onion, chopped1 medium green bell pepper, sliced

·          1 medium red bell pepper, sliced

·          1 1/2 cups orange juice
Place chicken pieces in a bowl. Sprinkle with lemon juice, cover, and marinate at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

1.        Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Mix the salt, pepper, and paprika in a small bowl, and sprinkle over the chicken. Place chicken in the skillet and quickly brown on all sides. Transfer chicken to a baking dish. Distribute olives, onion, green bell pepper, and red bell pepper evenly in the baking dish. Pour orange juice over all.

Cover with aluminum foil, and bake 45 minutes in the preheated oven, until chicken juices run clear.

Marrakesh Vegetable Curry (North African)
·          1 sweet potato, peeled and cubed

·          1 medium eggplant, cubed

·          1 green bell pepper, chopped

·          1 red bell pepper, chopped

·          2 carrots, chopped

·          1 onion, chopped

·          6 tablespoons olive oil

·          3 cloves garlic, minced

·          1 teaspoon ground turmeric

·          1 tablespoon curry powder

·          1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

·          3/4 tablespoon sea salt3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

·          1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained

·          1/4 cup blanched almonds

·          1 zucchini, sliced

·          2 tablespoons raisins

·          1 cup orange juice

·          10 ounces spinach
In a large Dutch oven place sweet potato, eggplant, peppers, carrots, onion, and three tablespoons oil. Saute over medium heat for 5 minutes.

In a medium saucepan place 3 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, turmeric, curry powder, cinnamon, salt and pepper and saute over medium heat for 3 minutes.

1.        Pour garlic and spice mixture into the Dutch oven with vegetables in it. Add the garbanzo beans, almonds, zucchini, raisins, and orange juice. Simmer 20 minutes, covered.

Add spinach to pot and cook for 5 more minutes. Serve!

Shearers’ Mince and Potato Hot Pot (Australian)
·          5 medium potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced

·          1 tablespoon olive oil

·          1 pound ground beef

·          1 onion, chopped

·          1 tablespoon tomato sauce

·          1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

·          salt and pepper to taste

·          1/4 cup butter

·          1/4 cup all-purpose flour

·          2 cups milk1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

·          1 (6 ounce) can mushrooms, drained

·          2 tablespoons butter, diced
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Place potato slices in a medium bowl with enough water to cover.
Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in ground beef, onion, tomato sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until beef is evenly browned and onions are tender.

1.        In a separate medium saucepan over medium heat, melt 1/4 cup butter, and thoroughly blend in flour. Gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir 5 minutes, or until thickened. Reduce heat, and blend Cheddar cheese into the mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Line a medium baking dish with 1/2 the potato slices. Pour in the ground beef mixture, and top with mushrooms. Cover with the cheese sauce mixture. Top with remaining potatoes. Dot with 2 tablespoons butter.

Bake 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly browned.

Open Mind, Open World

Open World group from Serbia visiting Evolve Media Group in Akron.

Open World group from Serbia visiting Evolve Media Group in Akron.

Rather than traveling to many different cities nonstop for an entire month, some Eastern European students get the opportunity to stay with a host family for seven to ten days. It is there where they learn American culture and get a first hand look at the Akron lifestyle. These host families not only provide meals and a place to stay, but the offer these international visitors the chance to connect and create close bonds. Even though there is much unrest in the greater Eastern European regions, the Open World program continues to push on to facilitate international connections.

Similar to the International Visitor Leadership Program, the participants in the Open World program will attend meetings daily to learn as much as they can about life in America. One key difference is that the conversations during these programs are more personal and zero in on specific issues or concerns. For example, one Serbian group in the last year focused on social media and social exchange through media. Their conversations started with a ‘mommy blogger’ conference and were furthered through presentations and company visits. Other groups have focused on the issues of women’s rights and the success of women in business here in America.

“These topics open up a dialogue for the visitors where they can share their experiences and learn from our practices, it really makes a difference,” Shannon Anicas, program director for Global Ties Akron shared. “One of our most memorable experiences of information sharing was through a Ukrainian group who spoke to some of the Tallmadge 5th and 6th graders,” Anicas continued, “when the unrest started, these kids followed the stories in the news and truly cared about what was going on.” Global Ties Akron is able to host these programs through government funding, but the impact is priceless.

“It’s more than just what the media is saying, that’s what these programs do, they show both sides first hand circumstances and ultimately the truth,” Anicas stated. The Open World program has ‘slowed down’ according to Anicas, but Global Ties Akron is hopeful for the future of the program. Since the initiative is to breakdown cultural barriers, the Open World program is a highly sought after experience. Unfortunately, because of the strife in Eastern Europe, many of those looking to engage in the program have to do so secretly and wish to be unnamed. “Their courage and stories are real however, and that makes the program worthwhile,” Anicas explained.

Akron From the Outside – OJ’s Story


Global Ties Akron is in partnership to bring international students to Northeast Ohio. International students do not only benefit Akron, but the students as well. Meet one of the most recent students visiting our corner of America who answered some questions about his stay…

Olzhas OJ Yestekov is from Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan — “Yes, Kazakhstan is real country.”

Olzhas came to Akron because of the highly rated school of accountancy, the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, and, of course, King James.

How do you benefit from Akron?

Olzhas has greatly appreciated his time in Akron. He feels that he has benefitted in many ways, especially educationally and culturally. He, “fell in love with Ohio and with its stunning nature” in particular.

What’s the biggest difference between your home country and Akron?

“The weather! I am from a country with extreme weather conditions. In Kazakhstan, winters are extremely cold and summers are very hot. In Akron, it is a lot warmer during winter and colder during summer.”

(Can you even imagine a place more severe than Northeast Ohio?)

OJ Teaching 6th graders at Jennings CLC in Akron about Kazakhstan

OJ Teaching 6th graders at Jennings CLC in Akron about Kazakhstan

What do you like most about Akron?

“I like the kind people I met in Akron. I also like the interesting mix of cultures. I also think it is the perfect location of the city in the country as whole. It is close to East Coast, Midwest and Canada! The CAK airport is close and convenient. And of course Akron is a very cozy and affordable city.”

Where is your favorite place in Akron?

“Cascade Valley Park and highland square are my favorite places in Akron.”

Lastly, what do you wish to take back from Akron?

“The entrepreneurship spirit of the city and four all-season high quality rubber tires.”