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International @ Columbia Event: Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour on October 4, 2015

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. 

What are some of the themes of our monthly meeting? What will we do in those meetings?

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.

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What if me and my ambassador pair do not work out? Can I make a request to change an ambassador?

The GAP coordinators will be available throughout the year to help mediate any potential conflicts or disagreements. We hope that you and your ambassador pair will have a wonderful year, but it will be possible to change your ambassador.

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What if me and my ambassador pair do not work out? Can I make a request to change an ambassador?

The GAP coordinators will be available throughout the year to help mediate any potential conflicts or disagreements. We hope that you and your ambassador pair will have a wonderful year, but it will be possible to change your ambassador.

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Is this a mentorship program? I am a senior and am looking for an opportunity to mentor younger students and make new friends. How is this program different from the Columbia Mentoring Initiative (CMI)?

We hope to pair upperclassmen with first-years, because our fundamental goal is to connect people from different backgrounds, and this includes age and class year! However, we at GAP hope that you will learn as much from your ambassador pair as they will from you - the premise of your pair is an equal rather than mentor-mentee relationship.

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Is this a language exchange program? I am learning a foreign language now and would like to meet someone to practice the language.

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. 

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What is the commitment like if I were to be selected?

Ambassadors are expected to participate in the GAP kick-off event and complete the Intercultural Effectiveness Scale (takes 10-15 minutes). After that, one mandatory group meeting every month. These meetings will typically last for about an hour, and food will be served. In regards to meetings with your ambassador pair, the time commitment can vary and is really dependent on you and your ambassador pair. Ambassador pairs can meet over lunch or plan an excursion in the city.

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When will I know whether I am accepted?

You will be notified whether you are accepted to GAP and, if accepted, information about your paired ambassador by October 8, 2015.

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I am not an international student. Can I apply?

Yes! GAP is open to all CC and SEAS undergraduate students. You do not have to be an international student to apply to be a part of the program.

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