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International Neighbor Know-How Program (INK Program)
Study Abroad and Exchange (SAE) has teamed up with Guilford Middle School (GMS) to present a new five-week program called International Neighbor Know-How (INK). The program’s aim is to link international students (sixth, seventh, and eighth grade ESL students) at GMS with adult international students at UNCG. The program has both academic and community service objectives, but the primary purpose is to show the GMS students that going to college is an attainable goal, especially as an international student. The sessions took place at GMS on February 13, 20, 27, and March 6 and 27. Each week, the focus of the sessions varied. Topics covered included preparing and applying for college, adjusting to college life and culture, choosing an area of study and career path, and planning for post-graduation life. The fifth and final session was a celebration event with food, games, and a tour of the GMS campus for the UNCG international students.
In the future, we hope this initiative can become sustainable for our international students to become active in the greater Greensboro community.
IPC would like to thank everyone who participated in this program. The program coordinators were Tessa Pendley (Residency Teacher, Guilford Middle School), Angie Kapely (Study Abroad Coordinator, IPC), Seniye Vural (Visiting Fulbright Scholar in ESL Education from Turkey), Noura Abothneen (PhD student in Education at UNCG, originally from Saudi Arabia), and Juan Sun (Masters in ESL at UNCG, originally from China).
Participating international students from UNCG were Mutsumi Yoshida (Japan), Huda Al Zurfi (Iraq), Sol Panos (Spain), Kate Kam (Hong Kong), Delanie Merchant (Australia), Jung Eun Han (South Korea), Jonatan Tello Gonzalez (Mexico), Camille Huchard (France), Sophie Woelfel (Germany), and Hannah Curtis (Australia). Thank you for all your cooperation, time, and support!
Calling all international students! Are you interested in participating in a future INK program? If so, please contact Angie Kapely at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.