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Friday, October 21, 2011
Hello friends of Central College Abroad! This newsletter, released the third Friday of every month, is intended to keep you in touch with what’s happening with Central College Abroad’s programs across the globe.
Coop Conference session proposal deadline extended
The Coop Council Conference session proposal deadline has been extended to Nov. 1. The conference is scheduled for April 12-13 in Pella, Iowa, and the topic is “Facilitating Student Learning Abroad: Before, During and After.” The conference will reference global experiential learning goals as a basis for discussion and session topics. We encourage you to share your knowledge and expertise in the area of student learning as a session presenter.
Vienna alumna receives Fulbright scholarship
When Christina Kenny heard about Central College Abroad from Hartwick College international programs director Jenifer Chambers, she didn’t realize study abroad could lead to a Fulbright Scholarship.
“I studied abroad on the CCA Vienna program because I really wanted to develop my German language skills,” said Kenny. “I was an exchange student in Germany in high school and my host family took me skiing on the weekends in Austria. I loved this introduction to the country and wanted to experience more of the Austrian culture.”
Kenny completed intensive language classes at the Goethe Institut in Schwäbisch Hall, Germany, before heading to Vienna to continue language coursework and complete an internship at a primary school.
During her internship, Kenny acted as a translator of sorts, assisting in physics, geography and physical education classes.
“The internship was great because my supervisor gave me free rein of the classroom which made me realize I want to be a teacher,” she said. “I gained confidence in the classroom and great teaching experience during my internship.”
Kenny would not have applied for a Fulbright scholarship without the urging of her internship supervisor.
“My supervisor told me about the opportunity and helped me through the application process,” she said. “I couldn’t have done it without her support.”
Kenny received a Fulbright Scholarship and will teach English and pronunciation classes at a college in Eisenstadt, Austria. She feels Central College Abroad gave her an advantage in the Fulbright application process.
“There were two things that prepared me for the Fulbright: language skills and teaching experience,” she said. “The language classes I took at the Goethe Institut were some of the best German classes I’ve ever taken and my internship in Vienna gave me the classroom experience I needed.”
Kenny began her Fulbright teaching position in late September. Learn more about the Vienna program.
Join CCA at NAFSA regional conference in Cedar Rapids
Central College Abroad staff members Lyn Isaacson (associate dean for global education), Brian Zylstra (manager of on-campus relations and student services), Jennifer Larson (senior coordinator of institutional relations), Maria Hickle (coordinator of institutional relations), Lisa Ellor Smith (territory representative) and Whitney Longnecker (territory representative) will attend the NAFSA regional conference Nov. 12-15 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Larson and Stephanie Loncarich, St. Ambrose University study abroad advisor, will present a session titled “Maximizing University/Program Provider Relations,” Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 8:30 a.m.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to meet with a Central College Abroad representative at the conference. CCA will also exhibit at the conference.
Semester turns into year abroad for Roberts
A year in Granada: “I learned about Central College Abroad from the Susquehanna cross cultural studies office. The beautiful pictures of the Alhambra and the city caught my eye along with the many courses and excursions CCA offers.”
Keep up with Blog from Abroad
Wonder what it’s really like to study abroad? Read for yourself on our Blog from Abroad. Keep up with our bloggers across the globe as they comment on their study abroad adventures. Whether it’s gorge scrambling in Bangor, grammar classes in Paris, or excursions to the Van Goph Museum in the Netherlands, these travelers have many tales to tell. Here’s an excerpt:
“Celestún was beautiful. This was my first encounter with the clear turquoise water and white sands that you see in pictures and movies. A man who works at the reserve took us on a boat and we cruised a long way out to where the flamingos eat. I had never seen a flamingo before. They are such a funny mix of elegant and awkward! Then our guide drove us into the swampy side of the inlet and into a forest of mangroves. It was incredibly beautiful. We ate at a restaurant right on the beach with glass windows. They served seafood soup with octopus tentacles! (Yes, Mom and Dad, I did eat it.) Then we enjoyed the rest of the afternoon on a gorgeous and virtually empty part of the beach.”
Friends and festivals in Hangzhou
China may seem like a far-off, mysterious country but Kelsey Tulon of Simpson College is settling into her new home in Hangzhou by taking advantage of every opportunity afforded her including the pengyou program and cultural events like the Mid-Autumn Festival.
“Going to China has always been something I've dreamed of doing because of its long history, fascinating architecture and unique lifestyle,” said Tulon. “I am most excited about the opportunity to study Chinese in depth. Everybody I see provides an opportunity to practice Chinese and my classes teach me a lot of new vocabulary and grammar.”
Tulon is settling into her new home in Hangzhou with the help of her pengyous (Chinese for friend). The pengyou program connects Central College Abroad students with native Chinese Zhejiang University English students who have volunteered to help with cultural transition and linguistic exchange.
“The pengyous have been really great about giving us invaluable insights into Chinese life,” said Tulon. “We have discussed family values, opinions on government, stereotypes and much more. For example, I have begun to understand how deep family ties have influenced current Chinese thought patterns and behaviors. My understanding of China is becoming clearer as I spend more time with my pengyous and it’s been very rewarding to cultivate these friendships.”
Tulon has enjoyed practicing her Chinese and exploring Hangzhou with her pengyous.
“It has definitely been helpful and interesting having my Chinese friends show me around town,” said Tulon. “They’ve taken me to visit museums and bookstores, eat in new restaurants, climb a mountain, get a foot massage, sing karaoke and go bike riding.”
Students in Hangzhou celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival with their pengyous, sharing Chinese and American foods and playing games at the Central College Abroad center.
“The Mid-Autumn Festival is an ancient holiday created to celebrate the harvest season full moon,” said Tulon. “In Chinese philosophy, the moon has a very sentimental meaning and is a reminder of home, family and friends. Today, Chinese people typically celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival by getting together with friends or family and eating a sweet, round desert called a mooncake.”
Tulon plans to experience more of the Chinese history and culture during the remainder of her semester in Hangzhou.
“I am very interested in martial arts and I've already found three different martial arts classes to attend,” said Tulon. “By going to these classes, I not only get to learn about ancient Chinese martial arts but also meet a lot of people who share my interests. Even though my personality leans toward the shy side, my desire to make the most of this opportunity draws me out of my shell to talk to new people and do as many new things as I can. Studying abroad is a great way to grow intellectually, mentally and emotionally.”
Photo contest voting begins Monday
The photo contest is open to students who studied abroad in 2011, including students currently abroad this fall. You can submit new photos every month to be entered into a grand prize contest at the end of the semester. Contest details are as follows:
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