Hull Experiences

The Global Experience: The Hull Fellowship Abroad

Support from the Cordell W. Hull International Fellows Fund has helped UD Honors students reach academic, career and personal goals across the globe. Trips to Liberia aimed at understanding the important role of women in international peacekeeping efforts, language immersion trips in Spain, and service learning trips to Africa and other developing regions meant to understand, address, and become involved in a variety of issues facing the world.

Below are some recent experiences students have had and their thoughts about them.

Anne Fitz, Germany

Anne studied in Berlin, Germany, with the Sustainability Studies Program. She took three classes which combined visiting environmentally important sites and traditional classroom learning. She especially enjoyed visiting the community gardens in Berlin and seeing how the public uses that space as a meeting place. Being in Berlin also gave Anne the opportunity to expand her knowledge of German history and culture. Her experience was the perfect opportunity to blend her academic passions for computer engineering and sustainability. She wants to apply what she has learned to her future academic pursuits. “I can only hope to pay it forward, and create that kind of positive impact in the lives of people who surround me.”

Ben Krajnak, Spain

Ben studied in Spain through a program in the School of Business. During his time there, Ben took classes on the history of Spain and business ethics in Madrid, Málaga and Barcelona. He also got an in-depth look at Spanish culture through sightseeing and a cooking class where he learned to make paella. As a result of his time abroad, Ben feels that he gained a better cultural understanding of Spain and built community among his fellow travelers. "I could not be more thankful to have chosen this program to experience."

Andrew Kramer, Chile

Andrew studied abroad in Chile with a cohort of students from the Department of Health and Sport Science. His time was spent taking classes at the Universidad de los Andes and volunteering. In his research methods class, Andrew had opportunities to meet the Chilean Futbol 7s Paralympic Soccer team and conduct his own study regarding the effect of studying abroad on students’ physical health. He also taught children at a Marianist grade school about the importance of exercise and nutrition. The impact of Andrew’s experience is something he will always hold with him. “I count the lessons I learned and the people I met among some of the most valuable of my life.”

Lisa Laurenzana, Trinidad and Tobago

Lisa served in Trinidad and Tobago with UD’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity. She spent a week building a retention wall for a home severely damaged by mudslides during the rainy season. While she spent most of her time moving concrete blocks and digging trenches for the wall, Lisa also had the opportunity to play with local schoolchildren for an afternoon. She says despite all the challenges her group faced during the trip, it was an amazing experience that helped her realize that even a small group can make a huge, positive impact. “It reminded me of the innate desire of many to help and learn about others, and it reminded me of the unlimited compassion displayed by others and felt within ourselves.”  

Joe Mauch, Nicaragua 

Joe traveled with Global Brigades to serve the people of La Corneta, a community in Nicaragua. During his time there, Joe learned about how cultural factors can affect healthcare and the general health of an individual and a community. He was also able to expand his medical knowledge and continue toward his goal of becoming a physician. His idea of service changed drastically after participating in this trip. "My trip to Nicaragua was an experience unlike any I have had before, and I feel blessed to have learned from such a unique and rewarding experience."

Ellie Rizzo, Zambia

Ellie participated in a six-week service immersion trip to Zambia. She spent time listening to stories, hanging out with the children and learning about the local culture. Being immersed in Zambian culture was a life-changing experience for Ellie. Her time talking to and playing with the children taught her so much about life. She gained a better appreciation of what it means to love, and she hopes to carry that with her into the future. "I want to return there, and I hope to get to know the community better someday."

Josh Romo, Iceland

Josh traveled to Iceland with the GREEN Program, an organization designed for students interested in sustainability. He spent eight days taking classes at the University of Reykjavik on energy usage, hydroelectric energy, geothermal energy and energy economics. Josh also hiked on glaciers and volcanoes, visited sites with environmental significance and experienced Icelandic culture. Studying abroad gave Josh the opportunity to apply his knowledge in a practical setting and further develop his passions for the environment and serving others. “Overall, the trip was an once-in-a-lifetime experience. It connected me with like-minded people, and it inspired me to continue pursuing a career in humanitarian engineering.”

Olivia Stanforth, Peru

Olivia went to Peru to study Spanish and culture in a new context. By living with a host family and taking small, discussion-based classes, she was able to truly immerse herself in the language. In addition, Olivia was able to see historic sites important to Peruvian and Incan culture, including Machu Picchu and Lake Titicaca. She learned from native Peruvians about art, history, dance and food. Through her experience, she gained a better appreciation and knowledge of the culture. “I feel we learned so much more by immersing ourselves into the landscape and by experiencing the Incan ruins hands-on, rather than just reading about them.”

Sam Windsor, India

Sam spent six weeks in India and lived with a community of Marianist sisters. She enjoyed living and connecting with the sisters and gained a new perspective on what it means to be a community. Sam also volunteered with the Missionaries of Charity, founded by Mother Teresa, and served the underprivileged in India. This was one of the most powerful and impactful aspects of the trip for Sam. She hopes to take the lessons of compassion she learned and apply them to her future career as a teacher. “I am thankful to be surrounded by a network of encouragement in a community that continually inspires me to work for better.”  


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