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The World Is Your Campus:
Study Abroad Options for 2013-14

Central American Study Program (CASP) – Spanish

CASP 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 natural resources that offer hope for the future. Through academic and cultural preparation at Whitworth's Costa Rica Center, followed by five months in other locations in Central America, 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 where 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

Santiago, Chile – Spanish

Immerse yourself in the Spanish language and Chilean culture and history through this Jan Term program in Santiago, Chile! You will take level-appropriate language courses and participate in homestays, service-learning, and cultural excursions, such as visits to the homes of Nobel-prize winning poet Pablo Neruda. Santiago offers a historically rich environment in which to improve your Spanish and to experience life within another culture.

For more information, contact Katherine Karr-Cornejo at

Quebec – French

Come learn French in beautiful, historic Québec City! Québec's motto is Je me souviens – "I remember" – and here you will form your own wonderful memories. You will have the opportunity to learn the French language at any level in an immersion environment; stay with Québecois families; learn about French-Canadian culture, history and politics; explore the only North American fortified city north of Mexico; ice skate, ski, go to museums and winter festivals, and experience French culture outside of the Hexagon. It's all waiting for you in Québec, in January 2014!

For more information, contact Jenny Brown at

Tanzania – Swahili

This semester-long program includes a three-week orientation in Arusha; a month of Swahili language study in Zanzibar; a month-long internship in Arusha; and classes and field trips in Dar es Salaam. The courses include Core 350, Swahili, theology, history and political science, and are taught by Whitworth professors and Tanzanian professors from the University of Dar es Salaam. The trip includes an overnight stay in a Maasai village, a safari to Ngoro Ngoro and Olduvai Gorge, a weekend in Bagamoyo, a weekend retreat in Lushoto, and numerous fieldtrips on Zanzibar Island. Studentslive with host families during the entire semester experience.

For more information, contact Megan Hershey at  or John Yoder at

Costa Rica Center – Spanish

Live, learn and serve in Latin America, one of the world's most unique ecosystems!

Globalization is a powerful force in the world today; cross-cultural interactions influence every academic area and career path. A recent national study identifies study abroad as a high-impact learning activity that boosts student performance and contributes to the optimal college experience. At Whitworth, we want to make study abroad a viable and enriching part of every student's academic plan.

The Costa Rica Center offers a variety of interdisciplinary courses designed to meet general education requirements for students in any major – taught in English by Whitworth and Costa Rican professors.

Curriculum courses:
Intensive Spanish (multiple levels); history & culture of Central America; ecology/environmental science; Core 350 with a regional emphasis; internships in a variety of majors; rotating courses in art, business, English, music, politics, and more!

Co-curricular programs:
Family home-stays; service-learning; travel to cloud forests, volcanoes and other regional sites; cultural activities in the region.

Applications for summer 2013, fall 2013 and spring 2014 are available online at the Costa Rica Center website.

For more information, contact Kristina Kielbon, CRC student recruiter, at, Kim Hernández, faculty liaison, at, or Olivia Godt, program TA, at

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

Whitworth Off-Campus Studies Program, Hendrick Hall

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


Eye on Alumni
Katrina Wheeler, '08, French and Theology Double Major

Graduating from Whitworth in 2008 with a double major in French and theology, plus a minor in music, left me a little uncertain as to what I wanted to do in the coming years. But that uncertainty didn't last very long; working outside of academia for a few years gave me an opportunity to discern my vocational calling to get back into it as soon as possible. So I set about applying for graduate programs, pursuing the training I would need to become a professor of the history of Christianity.
Receiving acceptance letters and choosing the right school was extra exciting, since I was in France at the time, surrounded by Whitworth students as the TA for the France study program, in 2010. I completed my master's degree last May at Wheaton College, located in the suburbs near Chicago, Ill. Now it's back to the drawing board with a new round of applications to Ph.D. programs.

God has taken me to exciting places, and my language skills acquired at Whitworth have played an integral part as I study the history of France during the Revolution. One of my favorite quotes that sums up my path from language student to student of history is from Ernest Lavisse, a late 19th-/early 20th- century French historian and member of l'Académie française: On ne connait pas un pays dont on ne sait pas l'histoire, et comment aimer un pays qu''on ne connaît pas? "We can't know a country whose history is to us unfamiliar, and how would we love a country we don't know?"

A View from Abroad

Arely Garza, '14, Spanish and Nursing Double Major

A summer abroad can leave you with new memories, friends and lessons you never could have imagined. Only six weeks in beautiful Valparaiso, Chile, was enough to leave me with a hunger to see even more of the world and experience different cultures.

From the moment the plane landed I was anxious and ready to begin my journey. Everything felt right and in place beginning with my amazing host family. Classes and professors were wonderful, helping me submerge myself even deeper in the language. Other students, both from the U.S. and Chile, were warm and welcoming, and forming bonds with each other didn't take long at all. However, there was more to learn than just the language; traveling through the city, figuring out the bus system, and living on my own gave me a new perspective on all that I am capable of. As cliché as it may sound, this was my opportunity to grow and learn about who I am.

It wasn't a surprise to me how much I loved experiencing new things. Whether it is surfing in the ocean for the first time, watching the sunset on the beach with friends, or seeing the beautiful art of the city, it all fascinated me. I was able to go north and see the beautiful red and purple mountains as well as the Andes Mountains. Galloping on the beach and sand dunes on horseback was an experience like no other. Trying new foods, drinks and dance only added to the experience. I hope to go back one day and absorb even more of what Chile has to offer. This wonderful, poetic country hasn't seen the last of me!

Announcements and Upcoming Events

Fifty-five letters from El Salvador translated this fall!

This fall some of our upper-level Spanish students served a local church and had a chance to practice their Spanish skills, to boot! Covenant United Methodist Church asked if we could help them by translating letters from children and other congregation members of their sister church in El Salvador. We finished within a month – what an accomplishment! We hope we can serve Covenant United Methodist Church in this way next year.

Scripture of the Month

Colossians 3:23  
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.

Colosenses 3:23 
Hagan lo que hagan, trabajen de buena gana, como para el Señor y no como para nadie en este mundo.

Colossiens 3:23
Et quelque chose que vous fassiez, faites tout de bon cœur, comme le faisant pour le Seigneur, et non pas pour les hommes.

Kolosser 3:23
Was ihr auch immer tut, wirkt von der Seele als dem Herrn und nicht den Menshen.

Wakolosai 3:23
Lo lote mfanyalo, lifanyeni kwa moyo, kama kwa Bwana, wala si kwa wanadamu.    

歌罗西书  3:23 
无论作什么, 都要从心里作;象是给神作的,不是给人做的。

コロサイの信徒への手紙 / 3章 23節

Vol. 16 Issue 1 Dec. 2012

The Modern Linguist was birthed from the desire to unite those who study in the modern 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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