Brown University junior Kenya Wright won't be home for the holidays. The JRF/Joseph Plumeri Scholar has been traveling the globe studying climate change. Kenya is part of a new International Honors Program sponsored by SIT Study Abroad. The program offers undergraduates and graduate students academic programs in nearly 40 countries in Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. Before this business major returns home, she will have studied in countries as far east as Vietnam and as far south as Bolivia.
Kenya writes in her blog describing her recent stay in the Vietnam city of Can Tho:
In Hoa An, we played soccer and volleyball but in Can Tho, the only exercise we get are bike rides. It’s too hot to do much else and we are always busy. It’s great to get our blood pumping in the morning and the breeze from the bikes is refreshing. We are essentially the only Western people here so it’s easy to spot us tall Americans when we are around. We arrive at the same time as the Vietnamese students. It feels good to be a part of the mob of students heading to the parking lot!
In 2012-2013, only 5% of all African American college students studied abroad, the lowest number of any ethnic group. Since 2007, the Jackie Robinson Foundation has sponsored the Rachel Robinson International Fellowship Program (RRIF) which was established to promote and support international and study abroad opportunities for JRF Scholars. Through RRIF and other programs, over 11% of JRF Scholars have studied abroad.
Kenya will spend her Thanksgiving in Rabat, Morocco, and then it's on to Bolivia where she and a group of 30 students will continue their studies.