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Alumni Update: Elisabeth Tissell

DSCN1597-2Recently 2014 graduate Elisabeth Tissell shared with us details about her new position with AmeriCorps. A politics major, she will lean heavily on her Spanish minor serving as a case manager for bilingual families. Here are more details from Elisabeth:

“I recently accepted an AmeriCorps position in Alamosa, Colorado! I will be working as a case manager with four or five families as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency. Many of the families are bilingual, so I will be using Spanish regularly. I will also have the chance to teach life skill classes, attend relevant court hearings, conduct home visits and plan numerous projects. The position starts August 1, and is a two-year commitment.

I am nervous, but excited. This job will stretch me emotionally as I confront difficult situations and problems. Fortunately, the position comes with housing; I will be sharing a house with other AmeriCorps participants, and each house includes a shared vehicle. God is good – I don’t have to find a car, an apartment or ready companions!

I want to thank Spanish professors Debbie Berho and Viki Defferding for their guidance and support throughout my last few years. Thanks to them, I feel prepared for this job and the challenges I will face.”

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My Study Abroad Experience: India

By Kelly Uchiumi (’14)

Vannakam! That means ‘hello’ in Tamil, the main language spoken in the state Tamil Nadu in India. Last fall I had the opportunity through George Fox to study for a semester in India and it has forever changed my life. When I first came to campus as a freshman I knew that I wanted to study abroad. I met with my enrollment counselor to look over my classes to make sure I would still graduate on time and picked India because it would allow me to take a global business class and have a rich cultural experience.

For three and a half months I took classes at a local university. Some of my favorite classes were Indian cuisine, where we learned how to cook with various spices and make regional dishes, and my weekly business internship at an outsourced accounting firm in the city. One of my favorite dishes to make and eat is coconut chutney with dosa, a very thin crepe made out of rice. I ate with my right hand everyday (because utensils are not used in India!) and learned how to bargain with a rickshaw driver to drive me to my internship every week. (more…)

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Mikaela Alexander’s Semester Abroad Experience in Rwanda

By Heather DeRosa (’14)

Mikaela Alexander is a senior Christian ministries major with an emphasis in missions. Mikaela is one of those people who constantly bring joy and love to those around her; her contagious laughter and energetic personality make her someone worth getting to know. She spent time studying abroad this spring in Rwanda, and recently shared about her time abroad and how it has impacted and changed her.
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My Juniors Abroad Experience: Israel, Turkey and Greece

By Tracy Berg

I’ve been giving tours of the campus at George Fox University since my freshman year, and I’ve talked about our study abroad programs so many times that I can practically tell you about our May Serve program in my sleep. My junior year I got a little more excited to talk about traveling abroad through Fox because I was signed up for the Israel/Turkey/Greece Juniors Abroad trip in June. And then, this past Tuesday, the tour I had been waiting for arrived. I was able to tell the group of prospective students and their parents that I had just returned from a study abroad trip, and that all the preparation and planning and waiting had been more than worth it.
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My June Serve Experience: Romania and Moldova

The whole team with the gift that the center made us. It is a picture of the Word Made Flesh symbol with ‘WMF Romania’ underneath it. (Haley: back row, third from right.)

By Haley Bellows

After being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the beginning of April, I was told that I would no longer be able to join my team of nine other students and two leaders on the June Serve trip to Romania and Moldova. After six weeks of very hard treatments of chemotherapy and radiation, God performed a miracle that I still have yet to fully grasp. Most of the cancer had disappeared, leaving me in remission. Even after the doctors cleared me to go I had much fear about my weakened immune system, but I could not be more thankful that I got this experience.
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My Juniors Abroad Experience: Amsterdam to Paris

By Lauran Woodruff

Pictured above: Lauran (left) and Anne Holiday explore Bayeux

Sometimes in life you undergo experiences that seem so unreal, or surreal, or just too good to be true, that you’re not entirely sure they happened. I’ve heard them called out-of-body experiences, or a “dream within a dream.” For me, they often feel like another life entirely, so distinctly separate from my day to day life, still real, but maybe the memories of someone else’s life.
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My May Serve Experience: Swaziland

By Sarah Cadd (’12)

Wow, what an adventure my time at George Fox University has been, and little did I know that it would not end after graduation. I was selected along with 14 other students and two alumni leaders as part of a May Serve team that would spend three weeks in Swaziland, Africa.
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Destination Costa Rica

Junior Bailey Dekker blogs about her adventures studying abroad

As a double major in Spanish and Communications with a minor in International Studies, a part-time worker and an active member in numerous activities around campus, I usually have my hands full and my weekly planner booked. However, I was blessed with the opportunity to spend this semester in the Pura Vida of Costa Rica.
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International Photo Contest Results

George Fox students are are given many opportunities to study and serve abroad, so it only makes sense to have a contest that celebrates the people they meet and places they visit. Over 300 submissions were received for the 2012 International Photo Contest, which were then pared down to 30 student and 15 employee entries. Winning submissions from both students and employees were announced in several categories: culture, landscape, people and best of show. Scroll down to see some spectacular photos.

Student Submissions

Best of Show: Anticipation – Shekinah F. Davis

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Destination Australia

Junior Aaron Swor misses everything about his experience in Australia – even the commute

Alarm goes off, I snooze it. Alarm goes off, I snooze it. Alarm goes off, I look at the time and realize I only have two hours until my first class. Now, normally two hours is more than enough time to get ready for the day and get to class. However, when you are living in Sydney, Australia, and you have to take public transportation to school everyday, two hours is hardly enough.
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