September 11, 2003 - Lawrence Journal World: Madagascar RPCV Beau Pritchett says 911 attacks are incentive to develop ties with the rest of the world

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Madagascar RPCV Beau Pritchett says 911 attacks are incentive to develop ties with the rest of the world

Read and comment on this story from the Lawrence Journal World that Madagascar RPCV Beau Pritchett says 911 attacks were an incentive to develop ties with the rest of the world. "Now, more than ever, it's important to develop ties with the rest of the world," said Pritchett, senior program coordinator for the KU study abroad office. Pritchett, who spent two years in France and was in Madagascar while in the Peace Corps, said one-on-one cultural exchanges contributed to better relations among nations. "I don't think this is the time to stay at home," he said. Read the story at:

9-11 tragedy gave study abroad added importance, students say*

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9-11 tragedy gave study abroad added importance, students say

By Tim Carpenter, Journal-World

Thursday, September 11, 2003

Beau Pritchett believes the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States were an incentive, rather than deterrent, for Kansas University students to study abroad.

"Now, more than ever, it's important to develop ties with the rest of the world," said Pritchett, senior program coordinator for the KU study abroad office.

Pritchett, who spent two years in France and was in Madagascar while in the Peace Corps, said one-on-one cultural exchanges contributed to better relations among nations.

"I don't think this is the time to stay at home," he said.

Nationally, statistics to be published in November are expected to show a slight increase in the number of U.S. college students studying abroad. More than 150,000 American students are expected to go overseas this year.

"September 11 convinced people there's a world out there that we need to understand better, and that has translated into increased interest in studying abroad," said Heykyung Koh of the Institute of International Education, a nonprofit educational and professional exchange organization based in New York City.

While the number of KU students going international has leveled off since the 2001 terrorist attacks, nearly 500 students at the university plan to go overseas during the 2003-2004 school year. They'll choose from more than 100 programs in about 50 countries.

Scott McClurg/Journal-World Photo

Abigail Randall, an Omaha, Neb., senior, right, talks to Tiffanie Chambers, a Manhattan freshman, about studying in Spain at a study abroad fair at the Kansas Union. About 500 Kansas University students plan to study overseas during the 2003-2004 school year.

Jessica Secrist, a KU student from Lenexa who is majoring in psychology, wants to take the plunge.

She'd like to spend next summer in a study abroad program. Spain, England, Australia and Germany are the most intriguing, she said, but her preferences don't have anything to do with Sept. 11.

"Not at all. I'd just understand the language better," said Secrist, who collected an armload of brochures Wednesday at a KU study abroad open house in the Kansas Union.

Recent study abroad participants at the open house echoed Secrist's perspective on Sept. 11.

"It's a reason to go abroad," said Abigail Randall, who studied in Spain during the spring semester. "I gave them (Spanish people she met) another perspective on American culture."

Randall, of Omaha, Neb., went to Mexico for a six-week language program in early 2001. The Sept. 11 attacks preceded her decision to spend the spring semester in Santiago, Spain.

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The U.S.-led invasion of Iraq was cause for concern for Randall, because she was in Spain when the fighting started. Spain's president supported President Bush regarding the war against Iraq, but many of Spain's citizens did not.

"There were protests against Americans," she said. "I never felt unsafe, but there was a lot of anti-Americanism."

Robert Wells, who is studying Spanish at KU, said the people he met during a six-month stay in Granada, Spain, changed his life.

"It's a good experience to have to extend beyond your comfort zone," he said.

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By Debbie Cerrito ( - on Tuesday, January 27, 2004 - 5:32 pm: Edit Post

I am looking for my friend. His name is Dave Smith and he is in Africa. He lives in California when he is not with the Peace Corp. He joined the Peace Corp in October 2003. Please help me get a message to him if you know him. I want him to know that it is important that he gets a message to me. All his friends are worried about him.

By Admin1 (admin) ( - on Tuesday, January 27, 2004 - 5:41 pm: Edit Post

How to contact the Peace Corps about a Family Emergency

Parents should call Peace Corps' Office of Special Services (OSS) at any time if they need to advise their Volunteer of a critical illness or death of a family member (telephone: 800-424-8580, ext. 1470; 24-hour duty officer: 202-638-2574). OSS, in coordination with the attending physician, will determine whether the situation is critical enough to grant the Volunteer special emergency leave, at government expense, for two weeks. Even if the situation does not fall under the guidelines for obtaining special emergency leave, OSS will inform the Country Director so that the information is passed on to the Volunteer as soon as possible.


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