Every year many of our undergraduate majors and minors study, live and work abroad as part of their K-State Experience. Read about the experiences of three students: Craighton Carey, Ashley Bailey and Myriah Smith!
Craighton Carey and Ashley Bailey (pictured above) both spent the 2013-2014 academic year in Spain. Ashley worked at an elementary school in Segovia and Craighton worked at a school in Badajoz. Both students worked with children ages 6-12 for 12 hours a week on a 4-day schedule. The program began in October 2013 and ended in June 2014.
Neither Craighton nor Ashley had previous experience teaching, but found they were quickly able to assist in the classroom, working with students on their pronunciation and helping with classroom activities. For their work they receive a stipend to cover their living expenses. In their free time Ashley and Craighton traveled throughout Spain and explored their host cities. In an email home to K-State, both students commented on how much their Spanish had improved since arriving in Spain:“We’ve already gotten comments from people saying that in 3 months time they can already tell a difference in our Spanish.” Regarding their future plans, Ashley has decided to renew her placement in the program for another year and will also be applying to grad school in Madrid. Craighton plans to pursue a career as a physical therapist. Both students encourage others to consider this program. “We can only say one thing about this program: AMAZING!”
Myriah Smith (pictured below), was the recipient of the 2013 Rotary International Global Grant, a national competition in its first year. The goal of the Global Grant is to fund two students with service-learning projects abroad. Myriah earned this award for a project proposal she developed to teach English in Panama. Last February Myriah traveled to Panama where she attended TESOL courses at the Universidad Latinella Panama while also volunteering as an English teacher at the Jonathan Bilingual School. Myriah’s project contributed to the Rotary Club’s commitment to increase literacy and promote economic development.
Did you study abroad while at K-State? Leave us a message below and tell us about it!