ELKINS - Eighth-graders at Elkins Middle School were treated to virtual trips outside of the United States as Davis & Elkins College international students gave presentations on their home countries and cultural diversity.
Classes were divided into groups and the younger students were given time to ask questions, which ranged from political to leisure activities.
“This inspired the younger students in this community to learn about other countries and maybe think about where they would like to travel,” said D&E Director of International Student Services Lowe Del Aviles. “Learning about other cultures make a difference in being able to interact with people from other countries.”
D&E students making presentations were Vitoria Issaho dos Santos of Brazil, Mads Kaiser of Germany, Issa Kengne Mouafo of Cameroon, Vladimir Milosevic of Serbia, Lydia Nelson of Northern Ireland, Javier Sanchez of Venezuela, Dominic Scott-Robinson of England, Lucas Ternqvist of Sweden, Petar Vesic of Serbia and Guillaume Zbinden of Switzerland.
The students plan to return to EMS to speak with sixth- and seventh-graders in March.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.
Photo Caption: Participating in Davis & Elkins College international students visit to Elkins Middle School are, from left, front row, students Lydia Nelson, Vitoria Issaho dos Santos, Petar Vesic and Vladimir Milosevic and EMS counselor Roohi Khan; back row, D&E Director of International Student Services Lowe Del Aviles and students Javier Sanchez, Issa Kengne Mouafo, Lucas Ternqvist, Mads Kaiser, Dominic Scott-Robinson and Guillaume Zbinden.