The Modern Linguist
Study Abroad Spotlight

Eye on Alumni
A View from Abroad
Scripture of the Month

Study Abroad Spotlight
Attend the Study Abroad Fair in February 2015. Applications are available on the Off-Campus Studies website.

Central America Study & Service Program (CASP)
Jan Term and Spring Semester 2016

Central America Study & Service ProgramCASP is an interdisciplinary program that equips students to confront the multiple challenges faced by the people and nations of Central America. This region, our global neighbor, faces overwhelming challenges, including poverty, hunger, exclusion, underdevelopment, conflict, injustice, ecological disintegration, and major health concerns. At the same time, the region also possesses substantial human and Central America Study & Service Programnatural resources that offer hope for the future. Through academic and cultural immersion during Jan Term and spring semester, CASP combines classroom study with field-based service-learning internships in which students participate in transformational initiatives that enable people to live whole, secure and productive lives. CASP aims to promote in students a commitment to confronting human needs through their lifestyle, worldview and vocational decisions.

If you are looking for a rigorous, interdisciplinary experience in which you can learn about Central America and its people, hone your skills in your major field of study as you serve our southern neighbors, and discern your vocational interests and plans for potential work in Central America in the future, this program is for YOU!

For more information, contact Kim Hernández at


Jan Term 2016

Immerse yourself in the culture of Guatemala by living and interacting with Guatemalan host families, as well as by participating in other social and cultural activities such as group field trips, visits to museums and archeological sites, and service outreach projects in the area. For more information, contact Lindy Scott ( or Kim Hernández (

GuatemalaFrance Study Program
Spring Semester 2016

Join Whitworth students and faculty for a semester in France, learning the language and culture. You will explore Paris, Nice, Normandy beaches, the Riviera, Mont Saint Michel, Strasbourg, Toulouse, and more with Whitworth professors Jennifer Brown, Katie Creyts, Bendi Benson Schrambach and Corliss Slack. You will earn 16 credits and satisfy the WL, HU, GP and FA general education requirements. Contact Charles Tappa (, 777.4499) for more information.

Need more information about any of these study-abroad options? Email the faculty coordinator for each program listed above or visit the off-campus studies website or office:

GuatemalaWhitworth Off-Campus Studies Program, Hendrick Hall

Charles Tappa, Associate Director of Off-Campus Studies or 509.777.4499

Eye on Alumni

Andrew Lewis, '13, Spanish and Cross Cultural Studies Double Major

Andrew Lewis On Dec. 26, 2013, I headed off to live in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, for 10 months. Even though it meant leaving behind a beloved community in Spokane, I was compelled to go and be with these kids. I had no idea what I was in for.

I moved into a house with nine other Americans, across the street from an orphanage of 120 youth and children. Like me, most of my housemates were just out of college, and we had joined with More Than Compassion from all parts of the U.S. MTC is an exciting, fresh non-profit that was founded to sustain the orphanage after the tragic death of its director. Since MTC's start in 2012, it has provided the orphanage's funds, built a bilingual school, opened a shelter for young women, and has potential for much more with God's provision. We were there to teach English in the school that serves the orphanage's youth, but we were brought together by a common goal: to love these kids.

I taught music, P.E., and first-grade math. It's a good thing that Whitworth taught me about the education of the mind and heart, or I might have thought I was not even teaching. The kids are fun, goofy and wild. Their uniquely awesome personalities quickly won me over. I could tell you amazing things about each child.

By the middle of the year, I could no longer hold the kids' attention with One Direction's "Story of My Life" in music class, but almost everyone would still sing along to the Lumineers' chorus, "I belong with you, you belong with me, you're my sweetheart!" (Thanks to my musical predecessors the year before.)

Outside of class, it was so freeing to be like an older-brother figure. I was able to simply tell kids, "I love you" (in two languages) and not worry about strange connotations. Many of my favorite moments were singing songs of worship while the kids were in their beds, heading to sleep.

It is in these experiences that I learned much more about language than my Spanish degree (which is actually super useful) could ever teach me. No matter which language we choose, we are limited to a few short words to express love. I love you. Te quiero (Spanish). Nakupenda (Swahili…I think). We must try and convey this ultimate, infinite thing in little, often subtle ways. I now know that it does not matter so much what you say (or what language it is in) but how you say it.

Wherever I go next, I will take Mother Theresa's reminder with me: "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love."

For information about More Than Compassion, visit morethancompassion.orgor email Andrew at

A View from Abroad

Lizzie Williams, '16, Spanish and English Double Major

As part of the Central America Study & Service Program, Lizzie spent three months living in a Nicaraguan homestay and working at a vocation-tailored internship. Below is an adaptation from her portion of the CASP Reflections and Information Night presentation given in the Robinson Teaching Theatre on Nov. 3, 2014.

Lizzie Williams "I am starting to realize that this is, in fact, a life-changing experience, and that is something I will tell people. Very few events in my life feel true to that description, certainly no other eight-and-a-half month period I have lived before."

I wrote that on March 25 in the personal journal I kept throughout CASP. I decided to spend my sophomore year abroad kind of on accident, which resulted in me spending fall 2014 at the Whitworth University Costa Rica Center, followed by CASP during Jan Term and spring semester 2015. Now here I am, a junior back at Whitworth, trying to contextualize one of the most challenging years of my life within my present situation.

For three months, I lived in a small, semi-rural Nicaraguan community called La Curva. I worked three days a week as an assistant preschool teacher with a woman named Arellys, a woman who saw her community's need for a preschool and started one herself. For nine years, she has taught there without any official salary. The other two days of the week, I took an hour-long bus ride to Managua to teach art in an elementary school with Jairo, a man who saw his community's need for children's art and music classes. For 15 years, he has provided free classes to Nicaraguan youth, and he has never been paid for this work.

One night, as we often did, Arellys and I were sitting outside her house in blue plastic chairs, discussing the next day's lesson plan. We talked for hours about the hideous haircuts we had in elementary school, and we talked about how she met her husband. We talked about the construction jobs he has worked and we talked about all the times she has mended his on-the-job injuries. We talked about her dream to become a nurse, but instead she studied education at university because the more flexible schedule allowed her to simultaneously work and take care of her mother. After nine years, although nursing is still her dream, she told me, as long as she sees a need for a preschool teacher in La Curva and as long as she is able to fill that need, she will stay. In her words, she will do this because of amor que es la vocación,or love, which is vocation.

Love, which is vocation, is one of the most essential lessons I learned during my time abroad. Both Jairo and Arellys have university degrees and could find relatively lucrative positions elsewhere. However, they do not consider the trajectory of their lives – or the goal of their education – as aspiration to economic success and comfort. They looked to the needs of the surrounding community and tailored their vocations as a response to those needs.

Arellys, a devout Catholic, would describe this as her fulfillment of God's calling to love our neighbors. Jairo would say we are all given gifts, and we are obligated to use these gifts generously. After living in that context and witnessing such dedication, I can say: Nothing else makes sense to me but a life of love lived out through vocation, a life lived in service to others.

For more information about CASP 2016, please contact Kim Hernández ( or Lindy Scott ( If you've got questions for a real-life CASPañera, email Lizzy Williams at

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Class of 2015
Mark your calendars for the annual World Languages & Cultures Senior Breakfast on Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 9:30-11 a.m. This event is for you and your family to enjoy on graduation weekend. More information will be forthcoming, along with invitations to send to your family members.

Scholarship, Grant and Fellowship Information for Language Students – Due Dates Approaching
Check out information on scholarships, grants and fellowships posted on the WLC bulletin boards.

  • Studying Abroad too expensive? Compete for a Boren Award to study in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and more. Applications for 2015-16 are available at
  • DAAD scholarships for German language students
  • ISEP/STA Travel Scholarship Drawing for $500

Summer Job for French Students
Canoe Island French Camp, a non-profit summer camp in the San Juan Islands, is looking for summer- camp counselors who are proficient in French and who have a passion for working with children. They have started the interview process, so apply immediately!

Tutoring: All Levels – FREE; Walk-Ins Are Always Welcome!
Review grammar, check homework, review for tests, get help with proofreading and editing papers, and practice your conversational abilities.

  • French: Every Sunday and Thursday, 8-9 p.m. in Westminster 113
  • German: Monday afternoons, 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Library 208 (across from Composition Commons)
  • Spanish: Five nights a week, Sun/Tues/Thurs from 7-9 p.m.; Mon/Wed from 7-8 p.m., in Library 208 (across from Composition Commons)

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Scripture of the Month

English: 1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Arabic: 5:7 ﺑﻄﺮﺱ ﺍﻻﻭﺮ
ألقِ جميع همومك عليه, لأنه يهتم بك.

Chinese: 彼 得 前 書 5:7
你们要将一切的忧虑卸给神, 因为他顾念你们。

French: 1 Pierre 5 :7
Déchargez-vous sur lui de tous vos soucis, car il prend soin de vous.

German: 1 Petrus  5:7
Alle eure Sorge werft auf ihn; denn er sorgt für euch.

Greek: ΠΕΤΡΟΥ Α΄ 5:7
πᾶσαν τὴν μέριμναν ὑμῶν ἐπιρίψαντες ἐπʼ αὐτόν, ὅτι αὐτῷ μέλει περὶ ὑμῶν.

1 ピーター 5:7:あなたの不安を神の身元に置き去りなさい。なぜなら神はあなたを見守っておられます。

Spanish: 1 Pedro 5:7
Depositen en él toda ansiedad, porque él cuida de ustedes.

Swahili: 1 Petro 5:7
Mwekeeni matatizo yenu yote, maana yeye anawatunzeni.

Vol. 21 Issue 3 Dec. 2014

The Modern Linguist was birthed from the desire to unite those who study in the world languages discipline at Whitworth University. The newsletter features information, news and stories applicable to those involved in the program. Let it serve you well.

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