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International Education Week 2020: Creating a Sustainable, Global Future

International Education Week (IEW) is a special week sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and State Department when schools and programs around the U.S. promote and celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange around the world. Marymount’s Center for Global Education and International Student Services team up with partners around campus to promote a global perspective and teach the community about the impact international exchange has. This year, we will be celebrating IEW early during November 9-13 with a preview week on Instagram from November 3-6th. 

The theme for IEW 2020 is Creating a Sustainable, Global Future. The week’s events will center around the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015 which call to protect the planet, ensure peace and prosperity, and to end poverty. They are based on the belief that the outcome of one area affects the others and that growth and development in social, economic, and environmental sustainability is key to achieve a truly prosperous future. The goals are listed in the image below:

This page will be where all the Zoom links and videos of the events for this year’s IEW will be housed in one location. See the daily events below:

Monday November 9th:

11AM at the Garden of Hope: Volunteer in MU’s Garden of Hope

2PM on Instagram Live: Expanding Access to Education Abroad through Virtual Global Internship Opportunities

7:30PM on Zoom: Real Talk, Real Change: Black and Brown Abroad with Dr. Devin Walker

 

Tuesday November 10th:

12PM on Zoom: Working with Students Abroad: An MU Alumna’s Perspective in Barcelona

3PM on Zoom: Expanding Educational Access in Uganda with Dr. Elizabeth Langran and Ms. Mary Gibson

 

Wednesday November 11th:

10AM on Instagram Video: Marymount Bogota Highlight

12PM on Zoom: Internship/CPT for International Students

2PM on Zoom: Building the Just City: Sustainability, Inclusion and the Social Urbanism of Medellín, Colombia with Dr. Delario Lindsey

5PM on Zoom: Kahoot with I-Club: Who Knows More About the World?

 

Thursday November 12th: 

11AM at the Garden of Hope: Volunteer in MU’s Garden of Hope

12:30PM on Zoom: Expanding Healthcare Access for All: The LatinX Patient and the Importance of Medical Spanish

6PM on Zoom: Marymount in Nicaragua: Building Sustainable Community Partnerships to Promote Global Health

 

Friday November 13th: 

2PM on Instagram Live: Why Does Sea Life Matter?: the Significance in Taking Care of Marine Biodiversity

3:30PM on Zoom: Service and Sustainability with Food for Thought

The Realities of Medellin

Ever since a young age, I knew I wanted to travel the world. Because of that, studying abroad had always been a dream of mine! Luckily, Marymount has a significant amount of countries one can visit to explore the world and develop cultural awareness which I took advantage of.

 Last semester, I traveled to Medellin, Colombia. When I arrived, it didn’t take too long for me to understand the fact that Colombians are sick of being associated with “Narcos” because Colombia has changed significantly since the Civil wars between Narcos, the government, and paramilitaries of the last few decades. Continue reading

A Rewarding End

Hi everyone! So, weeks five and six have honestly been quite a ride! To see all of my research, time spent behind the laptop, and my filming and editing come to life, there’s just been a whole mix of emotions! Personally, it’s always a weird feeling to see a project come to an end, especially when it’s one that you’ve truly relished and learned from. I’m not sure if I’m the only one who feels this, but in the midst and peak of completing any project, you may experience some stress and hardship, but to actually complete the task and present your work is such a rewarding sensation. Continue reading

Transitional Period

What a week! I guess you could say this is the week where all of my research and time behind the laptop is finally coming to life! After hours upon hours of research and navigating through various databases, I finally have the opportunity to unfold my creative side!…Which I don’t actually quite have…Bummer. Personally, I know I lack a creative outlook and have a stronger angle on logical thinking. So, this is where technology comes into play, and what better time to use this tool than now?! Continue reading

Trust the Process

Hello! My name is Judy Ortega and for the past few weeks, I have been virtually interning for a company based in San José, Costa Rica. I did not intend for my summer to play out like this but I’m sure along with everyone else’s agreement, the COVID-19 pandemic has pretty much shattered all of our plans. Am I right?

So, from the beginning of the Fall 2019 semester, I have endlessly planned with Jennifer Crystle from the CGE, on this huge intern abroad opportunity. I’ll also add in that I am currently studying Health Sciences with a concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy as well as minoring in Spanish. Traditionally, any individual aspiring to work in the medical field would need some sort of hands-on experience prior to actually working in their career, but through perseverance and continuous communication with the superiors of my department, I was able to gain approval for this unique experience during this unprecedented time. Continue reading

The Unthinkable

Kia Ora! Welcome back to my blog! It has been one crazy week! This week I had the lovely ladies of JCL visit me! JCL (Junior Class Learning) is the program that we are here student teaching with. Mary and Judy (the ladies who run the program) came by to see me and to make sure that everything was running smoothly. Always love a visit from them! Continue reading

Challenges While Abroad

Studying abroad has been one of the best opportunities that I have been able to experience in college! It was one of my goals for my college career. And I am grateful that Marymount has such an amazing study abroad office that helped me get here. Going to a new country to spend a semester learning is filled both opportunities and challenges. I get to learn about another place while fully immersed in the culture. I get an opportunity to further develop my understanding of a language. And I also get to meet new people and discover new adventures. However, studying abroad does not come without its own set of challenges. Continue reading

A Typical Day

Kia Ora ngā mihi. Hello, greeting. Hope everyone had a great week and is having a great weekend. Week 2 here is complete and it has been nothing shy of amazing. I have been doing lots of hands on teaching and really being able to work with these kids one on one to see where they are academically, and see how to improve their understanding of the actual material. Continue reading

Uncovering Catalonian History Through Architecture

Talia and Emma are senior interior design students who have been in the program together for the past 4 years. They had the exciting opportunity of going on a global classroom trip together to Barcelona to study historic preservation. The following blog post was a collaboration to describe a little bit about what made the trip so special to both of them, both visually and in writing.

Watch and read their blog and descriptions below

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The Beauty of Sunrise

Knowing that the sun rises every morning is something that I definitely have taken for granted. I realized that the sun rising is a start of something new. While it rises in the same place every morning, it represents something more than that. A new day is not like yesterday; whatever happened then is done and a whole new experience is about to begin. Continue reading

Adapting to Spanish Life

Walking down any street in Barcelona, there is bound to be a store for produce, a housewares store, a pharmacy, and most definitely a ham store. While this list of stores seems a little odd to non-Europeans, it says a lot about the Spanish culture. For one they LOVE ham. Iberian ham is a specialty of Spain and they eat it all the time and in nearly every way possible. Spaniards also walk everywhere so going from store to store to pick up items is just another fact of life. In the two weeks I have been here I have learned a lot about Spain and its people, as well as the culture. Continue reading

Best Way to Plan Trips

When studying abroad there is a great chance to explore things within or outside of your host country. In my case since studying in Italy and my permit of stay, a legal paper that lets me stay in Italy due to my Visa. Housing gives me the opportunity to explore any country within the European Union (EU). Of course, I’ve taken some trips to enjoy myself and get more familiar with different cultures outside the United States. I will share the sort of process that I have found to be very helpful when traveling for a weekend or during a break. Continue reading

Managing Time

One of the toughest things to manage while abroad, and in general, is time. Wanting to do various trips, homework for classes, and any responsibilities back at home in a completely new time zone: these have been some of my toughest challenges here so far. Because most of my classes only meet once a week, I feel like I got much time. Also, due to my internship, I am working three times a week while also writing journals. When it comes down to it, time is a very valuable resource that we tend to take for granted.

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Nothing Like a Weekend Trip

The great thing about studying abroad is to be able to explore places that you have never seen before. At the University of Lorenzo de Medici (LdM) the school offers day trips to explore parts of Italy and their culture. One trip I took was to Lake Como and Switzerland, which was very close to Lake Como. Both of the places were amazing sites to see which I cannot recommend any higher than I do now. Continue reading

Connections Reward Opportunities

A lot of opportunities are simply awarded by just asking. Don’t be afraid to go after something you want. “Closed mouths don’t get fed”.

Watch Brooke’s Vlog below!

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