The Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) reports that from their survey of study abroad alumni, "97 percent said studying abroad served as a catalyst for increased maturity, 96 percent reported increased self-confidence, 89 percent said that it enabled them to tolerate ambiguity, and 95 percent stated that it has had a lasting impact on their world view." (source: The Benefits of Study Abroad)
In Kaleidoscope, a community-outreach program, University of Missouri international students and scholars visit area elementary schools to teach children about their home countries.
Launched during MU's International Education Week celebration in 2004, Kaleidoscope has expanded to serve schools in and around Columbia throughout the school year. Elementary students benefit from interacting with visitors from diverse backgrounds and cultures, and presenters gain valuable experience from communicating with American schoolchildren.
Presenters are available from a wide variety of countries. If you are interested in participating in the Kaleidoscope program as a presenting scholar or a host school, please contact the International Center at 573-882-6007. Please notify us four to six weeks in advance to allow proper preparation time.
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