Are you interested in learning the history of the Lower East Side with other international students? Want to try out different food from the Lower East Side, Little Italy, and Chinatown? If so, join International @ Columbia for this two-hour walking tour. During the course of our walking we will sample about 10 different items, representing the Dominican, Jewish, Italian and Chinese communities of the Lower East Side. Offerings will include vegetarian options.
General themes may include intercultural communication styless, intercultrual conflict styles, religious identity, race, gender, language, ethnic heritage, sexual orientation among others. In the meetings we will discuss common themes and issues and conduct activities around self-awareness and intercultural understanding. Themes will try to coincide with heritage and history months.
We hope to include both upperclass students and first-years in each ambassador group, because our fundamental goal is to connect people from different backgrounds, and this includes age and class year! However, we at GAP hope that this is a learning and sharing expereince for all members of the group - the premise of your ambassador group is an equal rather than mentor-mentee relationship.
This is not exclusively a language exchange program. However you can state that you would like to be partnered with someone who speaks the language on your application and you are free to practice a foreign language with your paired ambassador! GAP offers not only language exchange opportunities but also cultural exchange opportunities.
Ambassadors are expected to participate in the full-day GAP kick-off event on October 13 and complete the Intercultural Effectiveness Scale (takes 10-15 minutes). After that, we meet every other week (twice a month). These meetings will typically last for about 90 minutes, and dinner will be served in selective meetings. GAP offers at least one GAP-theme related excursion in New York City per semester. Excursions are free to all GAP participants.