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UMobile Intercultural Studies Students Serve in Czech Republic

Five University of Mobile student volunteers spent their spring break teaching English and building relationships with children, teenagers and adults of post-communist central Europe in Prague, Czech Republic.

The international service project included cultural and worldview training, free English clubs, conversational English classes at a local school, coffee and tea distribution and a home discussion group March 12-19. Students also had opportunity to learn about significant historical, theological and cultural issues related to Prague, Bohemia, and Moravia.

Brantley Ditto, a senior intercultural studies major from Fairhope, Ala., said, “I think we had a great opportunity to simply show love to those students and teachers through willingly spending part of our spring break teaching English to students in a suburb of Prague.”

Other students involved in the international service project are Jennifer Green, a sophomore theology major of Mobile, Ala.; Sarah Kebrdle, a senior theology major of Mobile, Ala.; Eric Smith, a senior theology major of Grove Hill, Ala.; and Matthew Whitacre, a sophomore marine science and history major of LaPorte, Indiana.

Dr. Doug Wilson, associate professor and advisor for the University of Mobile Intercultural Studies Program, led the international service project. The intercultural studies major draws students from several academic areas to prepare graduates for international and cross-cultural service.

For more information, contact the University of Mobile at 251.442.2222.

Brantley Ditto, left, teaches English to schoolchildren in a suburb of Prague.

Sarah Kebrdle, center, helps children in Prague learn English during an international
service project with the University of Mobile Intercultural Studies Program.

The UMobile group in Vienna. From left, Eric Smith, Matthew Whitacre, Sarah Kebrdle,
Dr. Doug Wilson, Brantley Ditto, Jennifer Green

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