Alyssa Lang

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Waynesburg University
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International Experience

Alyssa Lang traveled abroad in Novgorod, Russia this summer for six weeks. She took a Russian language and art/history class for the first four weeks. The last two weeks, she interned at a government-funded care home called Podrostok. Podrostok provides children from troubled families with breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the summer, and tutoring and counseling services during the school year. The goal of this organization is to provide these children with an opportunity to experience the world around them outside of their poor home life. Alyssa helped supervise excursions for the children around the city. Such excursions included touring St. Sophia’s Cathedral, boat rides around Novgorod, and visits to the Museum of Wooden Architecture.  In addition to helping the workers supervise various excursions, Alyssa had the opportunity to teach the English Alphabet to the children with the help of a fellow intern. Interning at Podrostok not only helped her build on previous knowledge but also taught her new skills such as managing a classroom which she can use in the future. Along with the internship at Podrostok, she also helped her Russian teacher teach an English Class of seven to thirteen year olds. Alyssa engaged in class discussions with the students to help improve their conversational skills. The four students she talked with worked for the United Party of Russia headed by prime minister Putin himself. She got an opportunity to engage in a lot of political conversations about the war and the situation in Iraq. Such conversations not only broadened her view of the world but also encouraged her to become even more of a global citizen. Alyssa plans to return to Russia as soon as she can and is finding ways to continue her learning experiences in Russia here in the United States.

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