Grace College Provides Short Term Cross-Cultural Opportunities for Students
Students in Dr. Darrell Johnson’s Sport in Culture class will travel to Atlanta to experience African-American culture in the south and the struggles of African-American athletes, while the international trips will take participants to Germany, India, Israel, and South Korea. These trips will allow students to gain broader cultural and biblical understandings and will, in many cases, include participation in work or service projects.
“In every trip there will be an educational component and a cultural discovery component,” said Carlos Tellez, Grace’s Director of Study Abroad Programs. “We want to get students to interact with people from different ethnic or national backgrounds.”
Grace’s Global Perspectives class requires that each student fulfill a one-week minimum cross-cultural experience.
“About 50 percent of our students come from the mid-west, and many of the students going on these J-Term trips have never been out of the country, or even on an airplane before,” said Tellez. “Our students will get to be involved in different service and educational experiences,” he said, mentioning that some of the opportunities students will be involved in will include teaching English to Korean students, celebrating in cultural festivals, and visiting historic sites.
Grace College is an evangelical Christian community of higher education which applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. The academic, residential, athletic, and social aspects of the college are designed to encourage intellectual and spiritual growth in a supportive campus community. The 180-acre campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Ind. It has historically been among the top schools of its size and listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges. The Princeton Review has regularly awarded it the title of a “Best Midwestern College.”