On December 28, a select group of 15 Texas A&M International University students will travel to Cambodia as part of the University’s “Reading the Globe Program.”
The students participated in the University's Common Read and through a competitive application, essay and interview, have been selected to participate in the "Reading the Globe" study travel opportunity. The selection of travel to Cambodia was framed by the setting of the Common Read book for Fall 2018, the acclaimed "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers" by Loung Ung. Ung visited with TAMIU students this semester and offered personal insight into her text and personal journey.
Students participating in the program include Jhoana Angeles, Marianna Canales, Fernanda Nunez Cazares, Brandon Cienfuegos, Andrea Flores, Nicholas Gabrillo, Yazmin Garcilazo, Agustin Gonzalez, Katya Guadiola, Carolina Herrera, Estefania Magallanes, Mariana Ponce, Lesdy Posadas, Astrid Veliz, and Chelsea Villarreal.
Their time in Cambodia is highly structured with academic classes, guest lectures, related tours and a service-learning opportunity.
Launched in 2008, the Reading the Globe program requires all First Year students to read a book focused on an international topic. This book is read and discussed as part of the UNIV1101 freshman seminar curriculum, Learning in a Global Environment I. The Common Read Program provides the opportunity for discourse about the issues relevant to students, and raises social awareness on a local and global scale. The program also shares the experience with the City of Laredo as the selected book is part of its "One City, One Book" program.
To date TAMIU Reading the Globe student groups have traveled to Russia, Bosnia, China, Chile, Croatia, Ghana, Hungary, India, Poland, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, and Turkey.
Their experience will be shared right here with regular blog entries being posted as they are on their travels.
To see more photos, follow the adventure on Instagram - @TAMIUreadingtheglobe