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Lord Fairfax Community College offers first study abroad program

Tuesday, Feb. 25 | By Hannah Dellinger
Lord Fairfax students and community members on last year's trip to Toledo, Spain. From left to right: Shelby Eames, Robyn Cubbage, Cecelia Edwards, Tamela Guzman, Amanda Hilbrand, and Paula Bowen.
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This summer Lord Fairfax Community College will offer it’s first study abroad program.

Students and community members will be able to spend the entire month of June in Salamanca, Spain at the Mester Language School.

“The students will all be staying with families, because we want a total immersion, so it will be a wonderful opportunity for them,” said Paula Bowen, the Lord Fairfax Spanish professor that is organizing and leading the trip.

According to Bowen, the students will be able to see other parts of Spain on the weekends. They will have cultural activities available each day after class as well. There will be two classes offered, Spanish 101 and Spanish 195, which is geared towards medical professionals. The total cost of the study abroad program is $4,500, including classes, housing and air fair.

“We are also very excited because we have received a wonderful donation from Mark and Karen Ohrstom,” said Bowen. “They donated $4,500 towards a scholarship. With these funds, now some deserving student will have the opportunity to be able to study abroad.”

Bowen has lead student trips to Spain since 1999, and knows her way around the country very well. She works with a tour guide who leads the groups to safe, historical, beautiful places that are off the beaten path of most tourist destinations.

Bowen started taking Lord Fairfax students to Spain for two-week enrichment programs four years ago. Each year Bowen switches up the trip’s stops. She said that this year the group will go to Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Seville, Cordoba and Madrid in May.

“It’s really a program to get our students out into the world,” said Bowen. “It’s a very historical and cultural tour. It’s a good opportunity for them to leave the country, because many of them have never even left the state.”

The enrichment program is open to the entire community and costs $4,000 for everything including air travel, the tour, hotel rooms and travel insurance.

Bowen said that each year she takes about five to 15 students, and 10 are already set to go this year. There is still room for more interested participants.

Robyn Cubbage, a student at Lord Fairfax, has gone on the enrichment program trip twice before and is signed up for this year as well.

“I always wanted to go to Europe,” said Cubbage. “The program has really broadened my appreciation of other cultures.”

Cubbage said that she continues to go on the trip each year, because of the historical sights that the group is exposed to.

“My interest is history,” said Cubbage. “We went places that were just amazing that I never thought that I’d get to see. Last year we went to the La Capia Real and saw the graves of Ferdinand and Isabella. We also saw Christopher Columbus’ grave in Savelle.”

For more information on Lord Fairfax’s study abroad and enrichment programs, visit http://www.lfcc.edu/?promoid=10297 or email Paula Bowen at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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