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Students celebrate international education week

International Education Week
Students sample tea and coffee from the home countries of international students on Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, during International Education Week. PHOTO BY DAOUDA COULIBALY

To take Kirkwood Community College students for a trip around the world on a snowy week, the office of Global Learning hosted a week-long series celebrating international students. 

International Education Week is comprised of five days of activities including Coffee and Tea, an International Showcase, a Study Abroad Session, musician Rocky Peter and a World Food Celebration. 

On Monday, Nov. 14, international students were invited to prepare and demonstrate their country’s beverages at the Tea and Coffee event hosted on the second floor of Iowa Hall. Countries represented were South Africa with an indigenous Rooibos tea, Cote d’Ivoire with Café Baule, India with Indian Chai Tea and Japan with Japanese Tea. 

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, international students came out to showcase their countries through colorful tables and booths. More than 15 countries were represented, including Togo, Ghana, South Africa, India, Brazil, Indonesia, Egypt, Germany and France. The café also featured dishes from India and South Africa.   

Shannon Ingleby, international student advisor said, “The event is hosted once every year and for the first time is being held in Iowa Hall.” 

Elizabeth O’Brien, program coordinator, said, “This event was organized to allow international students to showcase their cultures and their countries and also to create a social space to meet new people while learning about different cultures from different parts of the world.”  

Emmanuel from Ghana mentioned that it was an honor to be one of the students who partook in the event. He enjoyed being given an opportunity to teach attendees about his country and culture. 

Sidy Kane, an attendee, said, “I really enjoyed the event because it helped me to learn more about other cultures and different countries around the world.”

Image courtesy of Daouda Coulibaly | Kirkwood Communiqué

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