Last spring, students enrolled in the WWC study abroad course, Ports of Entry: Language and Culture in Northern Brazil, were led by instructors Lorrie Jayne and Lyn O'Hare to explore language acquisition techniques as well as traditional Amazonian society. After on-campus coursework, they traveled to the Brazilian rainforest, visiting river-dwelling communities that have maintained their culture, traditions and homes in a sustainable fashion for hundreds of years. While in Brazil, the group worked closely with Terezhina de Jesus Soares Dos Santos, a researcher and educator who coordinates economic development projects with traditional and indigenous women. She is now coming to Warren Wilson College to share her expertise. In addition to her community development experience, Ms. Soares has a background in ethnopharmacology, public health and phytotherapy. She will be speaking on "Women in Amazonia Leading for Change" to commemorate International Women's Day on Monday, March 9.
The annual celebration of International Women's Day typically follows on the heels of the College's International Programs Week, March 2-8. During this week, students can learn about short-term programs and semester-length study abroad opportunities that will be offered next year. They may meet with study abroad course instructors who will be offering courses such as the one in Brazil last year, enjoy special international meals in the cafeteria, and attend presentations and informational sessions focused on international studies and cross-cultural issues.
Warren Wilson College encourages every qualified student the opportunity to study off-campus as part of a cross-cultural educational experience. This off-campus experience is integral to the College's mission of academics, work and service within our global community. Students have recently traveled to Chile, the United Kingdom, Costa Rica, China, Malta, Ireland and Brazil with Warren Wilson's study abroad courses. Students may also spend a semester studying in Spain, Thailand, France, South Korea, Ecuador, India, China, Germany or the United Kingdom through Warren Wilson's partner institutions. About 70% of students participate in study abroad during their time at Warren Wilson, reflecting the college's commitment to international learning. Visit the International Programs Office website at www.warren-wilson.edu/~studyabroad to learn more about International Programs Week and upcoming study abroad opportunities.