Strategic Focus Area: Travel / Study Abroad
The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
~ Saint Augustine
Wells International Foundation believes that literacy and travel are the two most powerful avenues to building well-rounded, open-minded, critically-thinking youth.
Through our Travel / Study Abroad SFA, we encourage university-level students in the U.S. to look openly and honestly at their homeland and their culture by experiencing different cultures and how those cultures view them.
We focus on the provision of opportunities for students of any discipline to:
- Travel / study abroad in Paris, France
- Explore the cultural impact of the African Diaspora in Paris
University of Arizona Augmented Reality Project
Six students from the University of Arizona traveled to Paris to create an Augmented Reality digital app for the Beauford Delaney: Resonance of Form and Vibration of Color exhibition. Five of them traveled abroad for the first time to participate in this project.
University of Arizona student Tripp Twyman explains what he learned about Parisians during the visit in the video below:
Abbigail Chaput expressed the following about her involvement in the project:
Working with the Delaney exhibition was a character-building experience for me; I learned not only about the life and works of a very intriguing artist, but I saw firsthand what can be accomplished when a passion comes together with dedication, collaboration, and the application of skills that an individual is uniquely gifted in.
Seeing Paris for the first time was an unforgettable element of this project. I was guided through the streets of Paris and learned about the history of those buildings and boulevards. I saw things that have been established in my mind as cornerstones of literature, art, and culture…
I saw so many beautiful fixtures in French history and learned things that contributed to both my personal and professional development. I hope to continue to seize opportunities like this in the future, and to carry on the inspiration that I’ve received.
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