GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 28, 2018) Several Bob Jones University students participated in the Spanish Study Abroad Program hosted by BJU May 21–June 21.
As a part of the program, students participated in a homestay experience with local families in Elda and Petrer, Spain. Students also toured towns and cities throughout Spain including Elda, Petrer, Monovar, Alicante, Valencia, Madrid, Toledo and El Escorial.
During their four weeks in Spain, the students took two classes, one in Spanish culture and one in advanced Spanish communication. They participated in local festivals such as Elda’s Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians), a festival commemorating the Reconquest of Spain from the Moors, allowing the students to see firsthand the importance of history in the Spanish culture. They were also actively involved in a local church ministry throughout their time in the country.
“The BJU Study Abroad to Spain is an excellent opportunity for students to learn more about the Spanish language and culture, grow in their love for God and other people, and gain valuable intercultural competence which will make them more effective leaders,” says Dr. Amos Kasperek, Program Coordinator for the Spanish and Spanish education programs at BJU.
The BJU students who attended the trip include Spanish and Spanish education majors Westin Hardesty, Rose Kain, Jennifer Townsend, Evy Beach, Haley Brammer, Taryn Flower and Aaron Randolph. Other students, some of whom are Spanish minors, include Andrew Bond, Abigail Black, Anna Grace Casillas, Jessica Keck, Cassidy Vine, Timothy Wiggins, Michael Goldfuss and Jonathan Woetzel. During the program, Kenneth Driscoll, a graduate student, conducted his master’s thesis research on how students experience and adjust to cultural differences on study abroad trips.