Belhaven Students Take Advantage of Summer Study Abroad


Belhaven sees a number of undergraduates choose to “go international” during the summer, participating in overseas ministry and educational study abroad. The summer of 2008 was no exception, with Belhaven students all over the map, literally.

As part of the International Studies program, six students have either recently completed, or are in the midst of various study abroad programs.

Bethany Adkins, a Senior from Glenn Heights, TX, completed a semester abroad at the beginning of the summer, traveling to Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Cuba as part of the

Council of Christian Colleges and Universities’ Latin American Studies program. As Bethany looked back on her time abroad, she says, “It opened my eyes to see life from different perspectives, and helped challenge the way I have been taught to think about the people in the world as a whole.”

Francisco Equiguren agrees. A Junior from Piso Quioto, Ecuador, he recently completed a year of studies at the University of Brasilia in Brazil. Francisco had the opportunity to intern with an Inter-governmental organization, which enabled him to meet diplomats from all over the world. He says, “The experience I gained in Brazil is priceless and one of the best things that has ever happened to me.” 

Other students include junior, Monica York, of Jackson, who traveled with Salt and Light on a mission to Agua Azul, Honduras, Central America. Senior Stephen Shelt, of Jackson, completed a summer long ministry internship with missionary Mike Boyett, in Uganda. Carissa Hanson, a Colville, WA, Junior, just began a yearlong ministry at Lake Yohoja Bilingual School in Pena Blanca, Honduras, Central America. Sloan Toler, a Junior from Jackson, is beginning an intensive semester abroad study program in Madrid, Spain.

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