Dordt College News

Dordt students to participate in summer cross-cultural experiences

May 19, 2014

“Studying abroad truly changes the lives and shapes the minds of our students,” says Linda Schroedermeier, Dordt College coordinator of international students and off-campus programs. “Dordt’s summer cross-cultural courses are a wonderful opportunity for our students for whom a semester-long experience might not be possible.”

This summer, 33 students are embarking on a two- to three-week adventure, most of which will be in a foreign country. Students have chosen one of six summer international programs into Korea, the Netherlands, United Kingdom (Oxford University), Puerto Rico, Spain, and Zambia. Others are studying at Au Sable Institute in both the Great Lakes region and the Pacific Rim.

Students immerse themselves in the culture, learning about the country’s history and culture, discovering the beauty and diversity of God’s world, and exploring the region.

Three of the programs are led by Dordt College faculty. “Many of the faculty meet with their students a number of times before the course begins so that students can start learning about the history and context of the location they’re visiting,” said Schroedermeier. “This allows students to really engage in the place from the get-go.”

Participating students

Au Sable: Rachel Brown (O Fallon, Illinois), Lynelle De Bruin (Oskaloosa, Iowa), and Katie Tazelaar (Sioux Center, Iowa).

Korea: Sam Van Bruggen (Luverne, Minnesota)

Netherlands: Liz Boender (Sioux Center, Iowa), Danielle Brouwer (Escondido, California), Katrina Brouwer (Escondido, California), Courtney Koopsen (Portage, Michigan), Michelle Nagel (Three Rivers, Michigan), Bridget Rowe (Renton, Washington), Brittney Ryks (Sioux Center, Iowa), and Chelsea Wentz (Menno, South Dakota). Faculty advisor: Leendert van Beek, language studies.

Oxford: Paige Huizenga (Bartlett, Illinois)

Puerto Rico: Paul Greidanus (Granum, Alberta, Canada), Jacquelyn Jacobsma (Orange City, Iowa), Steven Kelly (Hartland, Wisconsin), Ben Korver (Maurice, Iowa), Maria Korver (Maurice, Iowa), Megan Knapper (Highland, Indiana), Kaira Krommendyk (Orange City, Iowa), Alex Terpstra (Highlands Ranch, Colorado), Loken Vande Vegt (Orange City, Iowa), Hannah Van Maanen (Doon, Iowa), and Erin Van Ravenswaay (Hull, Iowa). Faculty advisor: Rikki Heldt, language studies.

Spain: Abigael Olson (Atkinson, Nebraska)

Zambia: Andrea Borup (Saranac, Michigan), Skye Carter (Muskogee, Oklahoma), Keana Ehrich (Hudsonville, Michigan), Emily Holz (Tucson, Arizona), Emily Riihl (New Richland, Minnesota), Megan Slager (Quincy, Washington), Taylor Theel (Tucson, Arizona), and Gina VanLaan (Caledonia, Michigan). Faculty advisor: Ron Vos, agriculture.

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