If I was the Study Abroad Director
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Letâ€™s pretend that my name is Dr. Kirk Bowman and I need to plan a schedule for next yearâ€™s study abroad trip to
Well first of all, I would try and get Dr. Felipe Arocena to come back and teach the students. As a student, I have learned a lot from Felipe and he has made class very interesting for the students. I would also bring back Jeff Casey as well. The guest speakers, for the most part, have been on point and very informative. In my opinion as a student, I have learned more from the guest speakers than I have from the reading packets, so guest speakers and professors like Felipe are necessary to make next yearâ€™s program a success.
Secondly, I would try and visit more places instead of staying in one place like
Thirdly, I would do away with reading entire books on the histories of
I would keep the venues that have been sponsored by Coca Cola on this trip. As a student, I thoroughly enjoyed attending soccer matches, tango and flamenco shows and even the opera. They were rather enjoyable and if I were the director I would have more programs like that next year.
Lastly, if the schedule wasnâ€™t so prone to change, it would be more beneficial for the students. I would try and set a schedule that I could stick to and make arrangements beforehand to ensure that schedule was met. Of course, the World Cup being this year threw everything off, so no blame is to be cast on anyone.
Overall, this program has been run rather well once everything is taken into account. It is extremely hard to coordinate a study abroad program in two countries whose very existence revolves around the sport of soccer during a World Cup. I commend Kirk Bowman for all the efforts heâ€™s made to make our stay in these countries as enjoyable as possible. He has been extremely helpful and lenient with me as well and for that I thank him. The aforementioned suggestions are just a few things that, in my opinion, Kirk might want to look at for future reference. This trip has been a lot of fun and an experience that I will never forget!