FOFAC Cultural Ambassadors

The FOFAC Cultural Ambassador Committee (CAC) is comprised of Cultural Ambassadors (CAs), a Marketing Coordinator (MC), a Volunteer Coordinator (VC), and Recruitment Coordinators (RC).  Members of the CAC are enthusiastic FOFAC or Exchange students who plan and support events for the FOFAC & Exchange community throughout the spring semester to further their own international experiences and encourage community members to share stories from their respective study abroad experiences.  Members of the CAC develop skills in event planning, budgeting, and marketing.  Assuming a leadership role within the community, they have opportunities to interact closely with the Office for Study Abroad staff and other professionals. The CAC builds FOFAC through creative programming, student leadership, and community engagement.

CAC Application Deadlines &  Important Dates

  • Mid October: Cultural Ambassador Applications open.  All applications must be submitted online through GW Passport.
  • Mid November: Cultural Ambassador Applications close.
  • January: Cultural Ambassador Orientation held.

Meet the Spring 2018 FOFAC Cultural Ambassadors!

 

Alex Turley

Position: Lead Cultural Ambassador
Study Abroad site: Rabat, Morocco and Amman, Jordan

Hello FOFAC-ers! My name is Alex Turley, and I am the Lead Cultural Ambassador for FOFAC for the 2017-2018 school year.  I am a senior in the Elliott School, majoring in International Affairs and minoring in Arabic and Sociocultural Anthropology. I studied abroad in Amman, Jordan with CIEE’s Diplomacy and Policy Studies Program in the fall of 2016. I had an amazing time studying abroad in the Middle East and I miss it everyday! I won’t lie- arriving back to GW in the spring was a rough transition back to the “real world.” But that’s why being a part of the Cultural Ambassador Committee was one of best decisions I made that year!
 
As a the Cultural Ambassador Committee’s Volunteer Coordinator, I was able to make new friends with other people who were going through the same struggles as me after arriving back. I gained great experience by planning events and managing a budget, all while having a great time with fellow FOFAC-ers! 
 

Alex Turley

 

Samuel Capparelli


Samuel Capparelli

Position: Marketing Coordinator
Study Abroad site: Singapore

I'm Sam Capparelli, and I am a junior from Florida majoring in Economics and Statistics with a minor in Mathematics. I studied abroad at the National University of Singapore as an exchange student at the university. My semester was filled with amazing travel opportunities and some of the best food I have ever had. A particularly good trip was to Hanoi, Vietnam. I hiked through the valleys of Sa Pa, swam in Ha Long Bay, navigated the lawless roads of Hanoi, and enjoyed some home made Pho on more than one occasion. I look forward to exchanging some stories and representing you as the Cultural Ambassador for Asia!​

Paige Bradford

Position: Volunteer Coordinator
Study Abroad site: Reims, France

My name is Paige Bradford. I am a junior majoring in international affairs with a concentration in international economics and minoring in statistics. During the fall, I studied abroad at Sciences Po’s regional campus in Reims, France. One of my favourite parts about my time abroad was being able to live with a French host family and experience French culture on a more intimate level. From having sit down meals with my host family to celebrating my host sibling’s birthdays, I feel like I found a piece of home in Reims. I am excited to return to DC and hear about everyone’s unique experiences abroad and serve as FOFAC’s volunteer coordinator!

 

Paige Bradford

Jessica Hyland

Jessica Hyland

Position: Recruitment Coordinator
Study Abroad site:  London, England

Hi everyone! My name is Jess and I am a junior studying International Affairs and Business Administration. This past fall I had the opportunity to study in London through GW England. I am also in the Global Bachelor's Program, so I studied in Shanghai last spring. While abroad, I met new people, traveled to interesting places, and experienced the world through another culture. I urge everyone who can study abroad to do it because it honestly changes your life!

Hannah Sprung

Position: Recruitment Coordinator
Study Abroad site: Vienna, Austria

Grüß Gott!  My name's Hannah Sprung and I'm currently a junior studying International Affairs with a concentration in Economics and double minoring in Business Administration and Statistics!  I spent Fall 2017 in Vienna, Austria with IES Abroad's European Society & Culture program!  I have loved my abroad experience and how every day brings a new adventure.  You never know what new cultural experience you'll have, what you might walk into in your own city or what food you will try!  One day I was at one of my favorite museums in Vienna, in part because of its view over the inner city, and had the chance to watch a movie being filmed set around the beginning of World War II.  That moment I realized that Vienna is an amazing cultural city because you see and live part of the tradition, and can almost picture yourself in the past.  Studying abroad you also immerse yourself and get the chance to interact with so many people, even Americans, that you learn even more about yourself.  I love studying in Europe and having the opportunity to spontaneously travel to a new city or country and experience an entire new culture within a few short hours with new friends.  You may never have this experience, the time or the flexibility to do travel like this again! I can't wait to get back to D.C. and share and compare my experiences! 

Hannah Sprung

Chloe Chang

Chloe Chang

Position: Cultural Ambassador for Asia
Study Abroad site: Shanghai, China

你好大家!Hey! I'm Chloe Chang and I am a Junior in the Elliott School of International Affairs. I am double majoring in International Affairs and Peace Studies. I have been studying with CET Shanghai where I have been studying Chinese for the first time in school and also interning at a nonprofit. I have loved studying abroad in Shanghai, and being Taiwanese-American has given me some unique perspectives on Chinese society and life. My favorite highlights from my semester abroad are always with our local Chinese roommates. Specifically, I love playing the Chinese version of Mafia that incorporates much more strategy and backstabbing. But the best part of it was how I played with them all in Chinese. I can't wait to bridge cultures and share more about my experiences in the Spring! Fun fact: I love photography, but I am rarely ever in front of the camera, so I took this photo at my university 10 minutes before I wrote this bio. 

Ellis Guzewich

Position: Cultural Ambassador for Australia and New Zealand
Study Abroad site: Christchurch, New Zealand

Hi, my name is Ellis Guzewich and I am a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering. I studied abroad in Christchurch, New Zealand in the IES program. Everything was so much fun but some of my biggest highlights were meeting new friends and exploring the beautiful country. The hiking (or tramping as they say in NZ) was amazing and definitely one of my favorite parts. I am really excited to go back to DC and hear about everyone's fun experiences!

Ellis Guzewich

Hyunji Kim

Hyunji Kim

Position: Cultural Ambassador for Europe
Study Abroad site: Dublin, Ireland

Dia dhuit! My name is Hyunji Kim, and I am a junior, majoring in Biomedical Engineering with pre-medicine track. During this fall semester, I studied at University College Dublin in Ireland through GW exchange program. While I was abroad,  I traveled different places in Europe learning about different cultures and languages. One of my favorite memories was visiting Cork city, Ireland. It was a beautiful city and fall in love with Blarney Castle and gardens!  As a Cultural Ambassador for Europe, I can not wait to share my stories and meet everyone! Cheers~
Fun Fact: Irish people use "cheers" for good-bye and thank you.

Alanna Van Nostrand

Position: Cultural Ambassador for Europe
Study Abroad site: Prague, Czech Republic

Hey y’all! My name is Alanna Van Nostrand and I’m a cultural ambassador for Europe! I am a junior from Houston, Texas studying Political Communications in SMPA with a minor in History. I studied abroad in Prague with CIEE on their Communication, New Media, and Journalism program this past fall. This program includes a semester long internship and I worked at a leading Central European public affairs consulting firm doing research and media monitoring for their clients. I’ve made so many amazing memories while abroad but one of my favorites was a day trip to Kuntá Hora, a tiny medieval town in the Czech Republic. For such small town there’s an abundance of beautiful cathedrals, including one decorated in the bones of Hussite warriors. There was even a chandelier of bone that was made to include every bone in the human body. The best part of the trip was watching the sunset over a hill with a gothic cathedral before enjoying some of the best Czech food I had abroad. I’m so excited to meet everyone else who studied abroad and hear about your experiences and favorite trips!

Alanna Van Nostrand

Arianna Kohan

Philip Przybyszewski

Position: Cultural Ambassador for Latin America
Study Abroad site: Santiago, Chile

"Hey! I'm a junior studying International Affairs and Geography and I'm just wrapping up my time with GW Chile in Santiago at Pontificia Universidad Católica. As the semester wraps up and I'm finally feeling comfortable with my Spanish (shout out to Chileans for speaking so rapidly), I'm getting ready to do a bunch of traveling, easily my favorite part of the study abroad experience. A couple of weeks ago, I made it down to Torres del Paine in Chilean Patagonia where my standards for natural beauty were completely blown out of the water. It really helped with my internship at The Nature Conservancy's Southern Andes office where I got to write and publish short stories about conservation areas in exactly that part of the world! To all the Latin America FOFACers, we've got to trade recipes for all of the insanely good foods from our countries (looking at you, Peru) when we get back to DC :)

Nadia Wiggins

Position: Cultural Ambassador for the Middle East & North Africa
Study Abroad site: Jordan and the UAE

Ahlan ya shabab! Like many of you, I am a junior in the Elliott School studying International Affairs with a concentration in Conflict Resolution, and I am also pursuing a Religion minor. This fall, I was privileged to study in Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, living for the most part with a family in Amman. To everyone who has studied in the MENA region, congratulations on your desire to leave your comfort zone, experience non-Western cultural norms, and truly push yourself to study abroad. For those of you pursuing Arabic, I’ll be joining you in that challenge, and I admire your ambition to learn such a difficult language; perhaps we could be study partners? Every day this semester has been an adventure for me, but one of my favorite moments abroad would have to be snorkeling in the Red Sea. I can’t wait to hear all your adventures soon and connect with you at FOFAC events. Shukran!


Nadia Wiggins

Arianna Kohan

Arianna Kohan

Position: Cultural Ambassador for Sub-Saharan Africa
Study Abroad site: Cape Town, South Africa

My name is Arianna Kohan, and I am a junior from Long Island, New York studying International Security Policy and French, with a minor in History. I studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa with CIEE's Arts and Sciences program this past fall! My time abroad has definitely been filled with incredible moments, but I think my favorite may have been jumping off the world's tallest bridge bungee in Tsitsikamma National Park. The jump was 708 feet! It was hands-down the craziest, wildest, adrenaline-producing thing I have ever done! I definitely gave my mom a heart attack when I showed her the video, though. I want to talk about Cape Town and South Africa forever and ever, so I look forward to meeting other people who have also studied abroad here or in the region and planning super cool events together!

 

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