As Niagara College celebrates the end of another successful semester, students partaking in the International Field Studies are only just beginning their global learning adventure.
Through the Be World Ready program, two groups of students will have the opportunity during the first two weeks of May to explore destinations incorporating their chosen fields of expertise; one group focusing on tourism and hospitality in Ireland and another group working towards health community development in Ecuador.
Led by Brian Beccario and Mary Beccario, both professors in the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport, IFS students will travel to Ireland April 29 to May 6 and learn first-hand Irish culture and their history in the beverage industry. More than 20 students from the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sport will travel to iconic destinations in Dublin, Cork and Galway. Students will also get the opportunity to attend seminars at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology and Cork Institute of Technology, hosted by NC’s international academic partners and delivered by their professors.
The final IFS group to depart will be those traveling to Ecuador April 28 to May 6 under the leadership of Mark Grabner, professor in the School of Nursing and Personal Support Worker Studies, and Ruth McMulllan, professor in the School of Allied Health Studies. This trip is hosted in collaboration with Brock University and Solidarity Experiences Aboard (SEA), which is a social justice program organized by the Campus Ministries Department at Brock University. Ecuador SEA will focus on supporting the education of dental hygiene and healthcare in Ecuadorian communities and will involve more than 25 students from programs such as the Dental Hygiene, Practical Nursing, Personal Support Worker, and the Registered Nursing Post-Graduate Degree program.