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Dordt students participate in summer cross-cultural experiences

August 3, 2012

Instead of taking a semester-long class on Dordt’s campus during the academic year, several students choose to fulfill their cross-cultural requirement by participating in a two- to three-week class in a foreign country.

This summer, 19 students chose one of the four summer international programs to The Netherlands, and Costa Rica, Northrise University in Zambia, the Nehemiah Center in Nicaragua. These summer off-campus programs are filled with learning about the country’s history and culture, discovering the beauty and diversity of God’s world, and exploring the region.

Allison Kraayenbrink of Sioux City, Iowa, went to the Netherlands where she and her classmates immersed themselves in the study and exploration of Dutch history. “One of the best parts of this trip was traveling every day. I learned so much about how the Netherlands developed as a country,” said Kraayenbrink. “The parts of the trip I’ll remember most are visiting Normandy, the Anne Frank house and the Corrie ten Boom house, and Camp Vught Concentration Camp. The whole experience was unforgettable.”

During the school year, there are many off-campus programs, but the summer programs are unique because they are typically led by a Dordt College faculty member. “During the summer, when our own faculty members can be involved, the significant potential for growth and development and cross-cultural learning is amplified because our students are taught and mentored by our own faculty members,” said Curtis Taylor, Dordt College director of international student and off-campus programs.

The 19 students are: Zambia: Aaron Crocker (Washta, Iowa), Krista Bosman (Everson, Washington), Laura Dykstra (Edmonton, Alberta), Derek Grace (Mount Vernon, South Dakota), Parker Merritt (Mason City, Iowa), and Ben Olthoff (Sioux Center, Iowa). Nicaragua: Rachel Brown (O Fallon, Illinois), Brittany Clausen (Schleswig, Iowa), Drew De Vries (Maurice, Iowa), John Luetchens (Mudock, Nebraska), and Cody Bremser (Denison, Iowa). The Netherlands: Jared Goedhart (Rochester, Minnesota), Matthew Kamp (Manhattan, Montana), Allison Kraayenbrink (Sioux City, Iowa), Katy Landwier (Newton, Iowa), Amy van Rijn (Mesa, Arizona), and Molly van Rijn (Mesa, Arizona). Costa Rica: Jenny Slagter (Prinsburg, Minnesota), Derek Brumfield (Kent, Washington), and Michaelah Swier (Albany, Oregon).

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