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First Peace Corps Prep graduate enters the corps Andrea Ward ’16, was one of the first students to enroll in the VCU Globe Peace Corps Prep program when it launched in November of 2014. This fall, she becomes the first student to successfully complete the program and subsequently enter the Peace Corps immediately following graduation. Ward will be a community health advisor in the Republic of Benin in West Africa. At VCU, she was a sociology major and French minor, and plans to use her Peace Corps experience to further define her career goals. Ward attributes her interest in global service and citizenship to her experiences in VCU Globe and studying abroad. “In all of the traveling I’ve done, though, the service is what has really resonated with me,” she said. While at VCU, she studied abroad three times, travelling to the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa to conduct research on social challenges in rural areas; to Negril, Jamaica to plan and participate in community health fairs; and to Oaxaca, Mexico to teach English to adult learners in the village of Teotitlan del Valle. “Entering the Peace Corps feels like a natural extension of the global service that I’ve already done,” she said.

Fall brings students from around the world This fall, VCU welcomed 23 student scholars from Universidad Politecnica del Estado de Guerrero, Mexico. The group’s visit focused on completion of VCU’s English and Culture Plus program, as part of Mexico’s Proyecta 100,000 initiative which aims to send 100,000 Mexican students to the United States and to receive 50,000 U.S. students in Mexico by 2018. The students had a full schedule of activities, which included a combination of English instruction, cultural events and local excursions. Notably, while here, the group experienced the traditional American holiday of Thanksgiving with local Richmond families and witnessed the election of the 45th President of the United States.

Spring 2017

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Global Connections, issue1vol1  

A magazine created by the Global Education Office featuring stories of how VCU is connecting our students, faculty and staff to the world.

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