This week, more than 20 international students arrived at their new home in Bolles Hall. Part of the annual Summer ESL Program, the students have come to campus early to move in, take classes and begin getting acclimated to life in the United States.
Summer ESL Program Director Meredith Kendall said the students are from Albania, Brazil, China, France, Italy, Spain, Thailand and Vietnam.
The program is led by Kendall and supported by teacher Jennifer Gomez, transportation coordinator John Ganzel and dorm parent Mike Boswell. Students begin each day with breakfast in Verlander Hall followed by ESL classes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner and activities in the evening.
Their schedule also includes a fun array of off-campus events and visits to better familiarize the students with life, culture, outdoor settings and entertainment opportunities in Northeast Florida. Some of the activities include:
- Shopping at Target
- Trip to St. Johns Town Center
- A tour of Jacksonville
- Jumbo Shrimp Baseball Game
- St. Augustine visit
- Trip to the beach
- Catty Shack Ranch
- Improv Comedy Workshop with Beastwood
- Painting with Jim Smith
- Trip to Amelia Island