Traveling abroad is a great experience for everyone. EDP student, Nicole King, a junior theatre arts major from East Meadow, NY, traveled to Israel this past summer on a community service trip. In addition to assisting people in need of help, Nicole and her group visited historic and holy sites. Sponsored by Yeshiva University, the group was called July in Jerusalem, and they spent four weeks traveling throughout the country. During the trip she went to many important places and worked for different organizations. One program called Lechet, which in English means “table to table”, sent groups of volunteers to fields to pick fruits and vegetables which were distributed to families in need and to soup kitchens. Nicole’s group literally picked one ton of onions. Another place she visited was the Shalva Center, an association dedicated to helping mentally and physically challenged children in Jerusalem, Israel. Nicole found this experience very meaningful. Her group also visited Bet Elazrak, a children’s orphanage in Natanya, Israel. This center provides a safe and healthy place for abused children. "I feel that I have grown and learned so much from this program which has touched my life and the lives of many other people in Israel," said Nicole. "It has made me feel like a better person." “I can now take this experience and the energy I derived from my trip and put it toward my studies here at Fredonia. After I graduate, I would like to pursue theatre education. I want to continue giving back and making a contribution to society and hope to be able to travel to other countries.” For the fall semester Nicole will be on the deck crew for Macbeth in Bartlett Theatre.
Students who would like to study abroad through SUNY may contact Fredonia's International Education Center, 7 LoGrasso Hall. The Study Abroad advising staff provides assistance and advice to students who are planning to study abroad, or who are currently enrolled in a study abroad program.