MEET OUR RESIDENTS
“What I value most about IHAA is getting to know the people here, and I loved the retreat… I don’t meet many international students but IHAA provides great opportunities for doing so.” – 2018 Resident
Life at IHAA prepares residents for GLOBAL leadership, stewardship, and citizenship. This year, our 47 residents come from 22 different countries. APPLY to live at I-House Ann Arbor and join a vibrant INTER-national/cultural/spiritual community.
INTERVIEW: Markéta Skokanová, Czech Republic
Markéta joins us from Prague where she studied Business Administration at the University of Economics and now studies at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
SPOTLIGHT: Lex Michael Guiritan, Philippines
“Living away from home was really something I needed to consider in choosing where to stay. But with International House Ann Arbor, I have found “home”. I have chosen IHAA because of the various programs it offers and its advocacy to foster global understanding which I know will benefit me to expand my horizons and become more effective in society.”
Lex Michael is a candidate to the degree, Doctor of Philosophy in Education Major in Applied Linguistics at the University of the Immaculate Conception in Davao City, Philippines. He took his MA in Teaching English at Father Saturnino Urios University and earned his Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in English at Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan. Prior to his education degree, he studied Bachelor of Music at Silliman University and at the University of Santo Tomas Conservatory of Music. He is connected with the Department of Education – Agusan National High School Senior High School Department. Lex is also a scriptwriter to various events in his hometown such as the Mutya Hong Butuan, the Balik-Butuanon (BBY2k) and etc. He is a former Theater Arts Facilitator at the Special Program in the Arts and has recently presented his paper on language studies and the performing arts during the Doing of Research in Applied Linguistics 3 / 19th English in South-east Asia Conference (DRAL3/19th ESEA) held at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi in Bangkok, Thailand. Currently, he is a Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.
SPOTLIGHT: Lisset Sánchez, Cuba
My name is Lisset. I was born in Cuba and emigrated to Spain as a child, and then to Florida at age 18. In 2016, I had a summer internship at UM and stayed at IHAA. When my internship ended, I chose to continue living at IHAA because of its amazing community. I study Microbiology and I love volunteering in my free time. IHAA has great volunteering options in Michigan and in other states.
IHAA events are a “must.” I love meeting new people every time. I love the intercultural environment, having a community I can trust. I love the great meals from different countries. I became the “Lock person” soon after I arrived and participated in IHAA’s Friday Friendship where I went to an elementary school and delivered a presentation on Cuba to the children. It was an amazing experience.
This will be my last year living at IHAA because I’m graduating and I couldn’t be more sad to leave this place. I’m going to miss everything about it.”