GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 27, 2019) – Several Bob Jones University students participated in the University’s study abroad program to Spain May 8–June 11. Dr. Amos and Sarah Kasperek served as leaders of the annual academic course.
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As part of the program, students participated in a homestay experience with local families in Elda-Petrer, Spain, and visited towns and cities throughout the country including Alcalá de Henares, Alicante, Aranjuez, Campello, Chinchilla, Cartagena, Elda-Petrer, Madrid, Murcia and Toledo.
The course primarily focused on living with a Spanish family and taking classes in Spanish culture and language. Students learned to navigate everyday activities such as shopping. Cultural immersion offered insight into the political system and pressures that Spaniards currently face.
Culture classes focused on explaining the way Spaniards think and analyzing how those perspectives affected key events of the 20th century leading to the civil war and throughout the dictatorship of Francisco Franco. Students learned first-hand from people who lived through that significant time period and gained a greater understanding of the long-term impact.
The group partnered with Iglesia Cristiana Bautista del Valle and veteran missionary and University of Alicante professor Dr. David Bell and his family. He and his wife, Dr. Maribel Bell, assisted with the homestay, planning of excursions and the courses.
“Study abroad with a homestay is a life-changing experience that will stretch you and grow you in ways you can’t imagine,” says Dr. Amos Kasperek, program coordinator for the Spanish and Spanish education programs at BJU. “Students not only grow in their language proficiency, leadership skills, and intercultural competence, they gain a bigger picture about what God is doing in the world and what their brothers and sisters in Christ face as they seek to live as lights in the culture in which God has placed them.”
The BJU students who participated in the program for academic credit include Nathan Abdo of Simpsonville, South Carolina; Jonathan Art of Columbus, Ohio; Ana Fraley of Greer, South Carolina; Seth Johnson of Muncie, Indiana; Macy McArthur of Timmonsville, South Carolina; Ciera Miller of Taylors, South Carolina, Ellie Myers of Greenville, South Carolina; Marisol Torres of Simpsonville, South Carolina; and Elise Snow of Taylors, South Carolina.