East Campus Faculty Support Virtual National Study Abroad Celebration

Thursday, April 2, 2021

A Message from Wendy Givoglu, Interim President, East and Winter Park Campuses

East Campus faculty members participated in the National Study Abroad celebration from Monday, February 22 – Friday, February 26, 2021. While the pandemic caused the Study Abroad and Global Experience (SAGE) office to cancel study abroad programs for 2020 and 2021, students’ desires to travel and see the world have not diminished.

“We are seeing the ongoing worldwide lockdowns and restrictions sharpening the longing for and appreciation of travel even more,” Lindi Kourtellis, manager, study abroad programs, said. “Therefore, our goal for hosting this study abroad celebration was to not only provide global learning moments but to hold up a small window to the world.”

SAGE partnered with the Study Abroad AssociationWorldStrides and Woyago to bring eight engaging and interactive events.

Jerry Hensel, professor, computer programming and analysis, and Heith Hennel, professor, information technology, connected with Woyago to provide participants a live walking tour of Paris on Monday, February 22, 2021. At the beginning, tour guide Herbert Faust requested that participants go into their closets to find a bit of clothing that reflects France and wear it during the tour. Then, Herbert led a lively tour through Paris stopping at the Eiffel Tower, open air markets, museums and a train station. Throughout the one-hour tour, he discussed stereotypes, the Parisian work-life balance, business and healthcare. He also left the participants with a great tip — the best time to visit France is in mid-May.

On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, Melissa Schreiber, professor, biology, welcomed World Health Organization (WHO) representatives in a virtual discussion regarding an overview of the organization and its response to global health issues and COVID-19. The representatives also discussed global challenges such as polio, Ebola and antimicrobial resistance.

If you’re interested in booking a virtual walking tour or a global guest speaker for students, contact Lindi at lkourtellis@valenciacollege.edu or 407-299-5000, extension 1344.

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