A Taste of Study Abroad: Around the world in 80 bites

After spending a quarter in Mérida, Mexico, sophomore Kathryn Mitchell never wants to eat a hamburger again.

“There are no sufficient words to describe the food in Mérida. Everything is made fresh, leftovers are rare and you may not believe it, but it’s possible to add black beans to every dish on the table,” she said. “I honestly did not eat one thing there that I did not enjoy or would not eat again.”

Experiencing the unique tastes of other countries is one of the most interesting and exciting parts of an international experience. This month, students, staff and community members will get the opportunity to experience the flavors of more than 25 international locations all in one place: “A Taste of Study Abroad.”

This international gathering hosted by the Office of Education Abroad will showcase opportunities to study, work, teach, intern or volunteer abroad through OHIO and its affiliate providers. Program directors and alumni will be available to answer questions about their programs. In addition, attendees will get to sample international food from Ghana to Hong Kong.

According to director of the Office of Education Abroad Catherine Marshall, food often helps travelers “get their foot in the door” of other cultures.

“Although wonderful international food is not the only reason a student should want to go abroad, food is such a great entry point into a culture,”Marshall said. “In many places, mealtime is the best opportunity individuals have to meet, talk and really connect with one another.”

The sixth annual event will take place Wednesday, May 18 from 5 – 7 p.m. in Grover Atrium as a part of International Week 2011. For a full list of events, click here.

TASTE is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Lori Lammert at 740-597-2730 or by email at lammert@ohio.edu

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-Written by Heather Farr, publicity assistant at the Office of Education Abroad


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