For SFS students, spring break often means something other than a vacation. This year, nearly 100 SFS graduate and undergraduate students went abroad as part of spring break programs taking them to Africa, South America, Europe, South Asia, and the Middle East to explore first-hand the issues they had been learning about in the classroom. These programs were both for credit and non-credit.
"As part of celebrating the School's Centennial, we are thrilled to be expanding the ways in which a Walsh School of Foreign Service education is truly global," says SFS Dean Joel Hellman. "The opportunity to learn internationally can be a transformative experience, which we want to be available to every SFS student. They take the theory from the classroom and see how it applies in the real world beyond our borders."
Below, take a look at what Hoyas were doing all over the world this past spring break.
Qatar | Kenya | Peru | Jordan | India | Cambodia | Poland and Moldova | Vatican City
"Politics and Sports," an innovative online course, traveled to Qatar to meet with students at SFS-Qatar, tour soccer stadiums, and learn about the international politics surrounding Qatar’s preparations for the 2022 World Cup.
The African Studies Program took students on their annual trip to Nairobi, Kenya, combining lessons in international development and historical analysis with site visits and outdoor adventures.
A group of undergraduates embarked on a week-long journey through the history, culture, and politics of Peru with Father Matthew Carnes, Director of the Center for Latin American Studies, gaining firsthand knowledge of contemporary Peruvian politics, economics, and culture.
SFS Centennial Lab “Development and Displacement in the Arab World” focuses on different types of development as solutions to displacements in the Arab world. The class traveled to Jordan over spring break to learn about community-based development projects and the impact of displacement on communities.
“India Innovation Lab,” now in its second year, took students to Mumbai, India where they presented their ideas on improving the quality of public health that they had developed in the classroom.
SFS students in India Innovation Studio learned human element behind public policy+delivery of public services through discussions on vicious linkages btwn caste+sanitation in India’s cities w/ public sanitation worker+government in Mumbai, India. pic.twitter.com/HE4JVeCjaZ
— Georgetown SFS (@georgetownsfs) March 6, 2018
Always happy to associate with students from @Georgetown who are visiting India to learn about the various schemes of the Govt & its implementation by elected representatives. Pleasure to be associated with the India Initiative from the very beginning. Thanks @irfannooruddin pic.twitter.com/fw3E7elaIZ
— Poonam Mahajan (@poonam_mahajan) March 4, 2018
Mr @irfannooruddin , Professor of Indian Politics, Director, Georgetown India Initiative, Georgetown University along with the students visited package-5 #MumbaiMetro3 site at Vidyanagari to understand the construction work of #MumbaiLifeLine3 @GlobalGtown @georgetownsfs pic.twitter.com/9VRwGwP7GG
— MumbaiMetro3 (@MumbaiMetro3) March 7, 2018
Mr @irfannooruddin and students of Georgetown University witnessed the tunnelling work of TBM Godavari 1 & 2 at Vidyanagari launching shaft & interacted with the Civil Engineers and officers of #MumbaiMetro3 @GlobalGtown @georgetownsfs @IndiaInnovLab pic.twitter.com/p2rJt5ovKv
— MumbaiMetro3 (@MumbaiMetro3) March 7, 2018
I had a wonderful time, interacting with the students of Georgetown University. I was intrigued by their keen interest in my topics of discussion free-wheeling from Project Management, Importance of Execution, strategic innovation and Data Driven governance. @irfannooruddin pic.twitter.com/d0FaF6PNAD
— Dr Dhairya R (@dhairyaroy) March 5, 2018
SFS Centennial Lab “Politics and Performance: Confronting the Past, Shaping the Future” traveled to Cambodia as guests of Cambodian Living Arts (CLA), visiting key sites of memory of the Cambodian genocide, meeting artists, and learning about their traditional and contemporary performing arts.
Very grateful to Amb #WilliamHeidt for great discussion w/@georgetownsfs #LabinCam students. We learned abt #softpower, challenges of repping #US in #Cambodia + z #foreignservice. glad our students got to hear from the best of the US dipcorps.@USEmbPhnomPenh @TheLabGU #inspiring pic.twitter.com/IPGmQnPmwF
— Cynthia Schneider (@schneidercp) March 10, 2018
Poland and Moldova
"Holocaust Forensics: Fieldwork," a course organized by the Center for Jewish Civilization, traveled to Poland and Moldova to conduct forensic fieldwork on Holocaust sites with Father Patrick Desbois.
SFS students Jake Glass (SFS ’20), Rushika Shekhar (GHD ’18), and Yanchen Wang (GHD ’19), along with Roisin McLoughlin (COL ’19) and Lucy Obus (COL ’11, CCT ’18), traveled to Vatican City as Georgetown's team for “Vatican Hacks", an international competition organized by the Vatican aimed at designing solutions to global challenges. The Georgetown team, "Hoya Haxa," placed first for their innovative project designed to help migrants and refugees get access to credit.