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Shortly after the end of the Fall Semester 2009, a group of 15 Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) students travelled over 18 hours and 6600 miles to Ghana in Western Africa as part of the second TAMIU “Reading the Globe: the TAMIU Freshman Experience,” the University’s campus-wide reading initiative.

Students were selected for the study-travel opportunity based on application, interview and personal essays they submitted on this year’s selected text, Ishmael Beah’s “A Long Way Gone,” set in Sierra Leone, near Ghana. Their travel was made possible in part by the generosity of the Lupe and Lilia Martinez Foundation of Laredo.
 A blog documenting their experience is located here. See a photo gallery. Read a story about the trip including a photo of the students, here.

This is the second TAMIU group to travel as part of their University experience. In Spring 2009, 15 students went to Poland as part of the "Reading the Globe" experience for the campus read, “All But My Life,” by Gerda Weissmann Klein. In addition to their study tour, the group created a blog documenting their experience. Read more here: Reading the Globe - Poland

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, visit University College offices in Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall, room 206 or phone 956.326.2134.

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