Walla Wallans Josh Ness, Kaelen Park and Katie O'Brien are among 43 Linfield College students participating this spring in a study abroad program.Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 526-8313.
Josh, a sophomore majoring in mathematics, is studying at Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Quito, Ecuador, and living with a host family. He has the opportunity to explore the city of Riobamba, study the country's history and colonial architecture, and take part in local community service projects.
He is the son of Lonnie and Claudia Ness of Walla Walla and is a member of the Linfield football team.
Kaelen, a junior majoring in international business, is studying at Hong Kong Baptist University in Hong Kong, China, and living in student residence halls.
In Hong Kong, students can take advantage of the international trading, powerful manufacturing bases and one of the world's largest financial centers while learning about Hong Kong and the Chinese culture.
Kaelen is the daughter of Dan and Tana Park of Walla Walla. She participates in cheer, both for football and basketball, and is a volunteer at St. Barnabas Church.
Katie, a sophomore majoring in mathematics and applied physics, is studying at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
She will experience the culture of Ireland while studying with 15,000 Irish, American and international students.
She is the daughter of Cathy O'Brien of Walla Walla and Dan O'Brien of Portland. Katie is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, SPURS honor society and Alpha Lamda Delta honor society.
Each student is able to choose his or her own courses, so students become more integrated in the school and Irish culture.
In addition to classes, students are required to complete 40 hours of community service in a program of their choice. Galway is the third largest city in the Republic of Ireland and is regarded as the cultural capitol of the country because of its music and arts.
The Linfield College study abroad programs are designed for students who have completed one or two years of study in the appropriate foreign language (Japanese, Spanish, French, Chinese or German) at Linfield and who will return to the college to share their international experiences with others in the campus community.
Linfield also offers study abroad opportunities in locations where foreign language is not required, such as Hong Kong, Ireland, England, Korea, Norway, Australia and New Zealand, where students may choose courses taught in English.
The curriculum includes language instruction as well as studies in the culture, politics, economics, history and art of the country.
The program is open to sophomores, juniors and seniors, and selection is made on a competitive basis.