Last week the First Lady of the United States of America visited Namibia. Two students, Taylor Gwynne from Oberlin College, and Ella Fontaine from Clark University, had the honor to personally meet Dr Jill Biden, while studying abroad on the Augsburg CGEE Program: Decolonizing the Mind: Racial and Environmental Justice.
Dr Jill Biden and the United States Embassy in Namibia hosted a life changing event on Youth Empowerment and Democracy in Namibia. Such powerful women including Namibia’s own First Lady, honorable Monica Geingos. The event was hosted by our students’ internship organization, Namibia Institute for Democracy (NID) and Dr Biden paid a visit to one of our students internship organization, Hope Initiatives of Southern Africa (HISA).
Ella Fontaine has graciously agreed to share her reflections after the visit and listening to Dr. Biden’s speech. Thank you, Ella, for your thoughtful reflections and words! Read below for more (photos courtesy of our Resident Assistant in Namibia, Wilikka Absalom): Continue reading “Student Reflection on Dr. Jill Biden’s Visit to Namibia” →
Congratulations to Fátima Mendoza, CGEE Mexico Site Program Coordinator & Global Faculty, for her upcoming presentation at The Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean (AAPLAC) annual conference.
Continue reading “Using an Ecopedagogy Approach to Achieve Praxis through Experiential Education” →
The following are excerpts and photos from the student blog “Living in Windhoek Through the Lens of History, Politics, International Development, and Religion By: Jack DeFraites, Tulane University ’24”. Jack studied abroad with us on the program, “Decolonizing the Mind: Racial and Environmental Justice” in fall of 2022. Shared with permission from Jack. Continue reading “A Snapshot of Life in the City of Windhoek” →
Are you looking to work abroad? CGEE is hiring in Cuernavaca! We are looking for our next International Resident Assistant (Fellow) for August 2023 through August 2024 (with the possibility of an extension). Applications are due April 15, 2023, and review will begin after that date.
The purpose of this one-year stipend fellowship is to promote a healthy living/learning environment for semester students and participants in short-term educational seminars at Augsburg CGEE in Mexico. In addition, the primary responsibilities of the fellow are to assist study abroad students (mostly coming from the U.S.A.) with medical and emotional issues and to help them develop intercultural and global competencies, as well as to assist in the operation of all educational programs. The IRA will also be expected to help produce social media that can help promote these programs.
Length and dates of this stipend fellowship position: August 15, 2023 – August 31, 2024. Strong knowledge of both Spanish and English is required.
Continue reading “Hiring Fellow for Academic Year 2023/24 in Mexico” →
NOVEMBER 14-18 IS INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK (IEW)!
What is IEW?
IEW is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education that celebrates the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. Augsburg University, the Center for Global Education and Experience, International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and the International Student Organization (ISO) will be celebrating the week with multiple activities and events!
Keep an eye out in the daily A-mail for events, as well as ISO’s Instagram account: @iso_auggie and the Study Abroad office Instagram account: @global_auggies
2022 Events and Activities
Monday, November 14:
Coffee and Donuts with the International Student Organization
11am to 2pm, Christensen Center lobby
Mix and Mingle with the international students of Augsburg, who represent 44 countries in total!
Tuesday, November 15:
Study Abroad Information Table, Christensen Lobby, 11:30 -1:30pm
Stop by the information table to learn about off-campus, global study opportunities for Augsburg students. Whether a program is 1 week long, or 1 year long, there is something for every Augsburg student!
- “Passport 101” (on zoom) With the Minneapolis Passport Agency – at 12:00 PM CST: how to apply for a passport and some tips and tricks (and things to avoid)
Wednesday, November 16:
WorldQuest International Trivia Night
6-8pm, Hagfors 150 B
Bring your friends and come show off your knowledge with topics including international culture and cuisine, flags, geography, international pop culture, and current events. Grab your globally-minded friends to form a team! Four-person teams are recommended. Don’t have a team? Don’t worry. We’ll pair you up with teammates right before the game!
Snacks provided, awesome prizes for top teams!
Thursday, November 17:
- “Passport 201” (on zoom) With the Minneapolis Passport Agency – at 1:00 PM CST: safe travel/enrolling in STEP
International Cultural Night from 7:30 to 10:30
Christensen Center East Commons
Celebrate with the International Student Organization – dance, food, fashion show, and talent! An exciting night for the whole student body, as we celebrate the global community. Want to share your talent, cultural fashion, or request a song for the playlist?
Friday, November 18:
We are so proud of our CGEE students! Current student, Aaron Buckley (Siena College), interning with Namibia Institute for Democracy (NID), is featured in local daily newspaper in Namibia calling on private sector and government to investment in NGO’s. Continue reading “Student Abroad Published in Local Newspaper” →
We are so proud of our CGEE staff & alumni presenting at upcoming “NAFSA” Regional Conferences! NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. We believe that sharing our unique mission and pedagogy can help create the change we wish to see in the field of international education. Continue reading “Mission-Oriented Study Abroad Presentation” →
We are so proud of our CGEE staff & alumni presenting at upcoming “NAFSA” Regional Conferences! NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. We believe that sharing our unique mission and pedagogy can help create the change we wish to see in the field of international education. Continue reading “Contributions to International Education Utilizing Freirean Pedagogy” →
This is a guest post by CGEE Social Media Ambassador, Vera Grace. Vera is studying abroad in South Africa and Namibia on our program, “Decolonizing the Mind: Racial and Environmental Justice” during the fall 2022 semester.
Since departing from our two-week seminar in South Africa in late August, I have officially been in Namibia for a month and 15 days now and have truly come to understand and appreciate the culture here! After adjusting to my initial culture shock, I have learned how to face challenges that have taught me about not only Namibian society, but about myself and my own values.
Continue reading “Student Ambassador: Vera in Southern Africa!” →
This is an event for all Augsburg University faculty, staff, and students, with CGEE’s New Site Director in Northern Ireland, Nigel Glenny. Continue reading “Growing in a Contested Society: Reflections from Northern Ireland” →