For Spring Break 2011, a group of 15 Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) students travelled over 9,300 miles to Cambodia as part of the third TAMIU “Reading the Globe: the TAMIU Freshman Experience,” the University’s campus-wide reading initiative. The experience as shared for the first time with students from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, TX.

They were selected for the study-travel opportunity based on an application, interview and personal essay they submitted for this year’s “Reading the Globe” text, “The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine” by Somaly Mam, who visited the TAMIU campus last Fall.

Their travel was made possible in part by the generosity of the Lupe and Lilia Martinez Foundation of Laredo.
 An essay documenting their experience is located here. See a photo gallery documenting their travels here. Read a story about the trip including a photo of the students, here.

Students traveling were Arturo James Crake, Marcos Roel Cruz, Karen Cristina De La Garza, Olinda Victoria Domínguez, Amanda Michelle Garza, Oscar Eduardo Leyva, María Andrea Martínez, Javier Mendoza, Vanessa M. Navarro, Phillipe Quach, Evelyn F. Richardson, Carolina Yvette Salazar, Erika Salazar, Reymundo Salinas and Luís Alberto Vela.

Other student groups have travelled to Poland and Ghana as part of their ‘Reading the Globe” experience Read more here.

To learn more about this year's Reading the Globe offering or to help support future initiatives, please contact Conchita Hickey, program director, by e-mail at chickey@tamiu.edu, visit University College offices in University Success Center 223J, room 206 or phone 956.326.2801.