A Global Summer

“The weather is hot, the bugs are everywhere, but we are having a good time, and God is opening our eyes to the realities of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.”

So said Emily Cole ’13, who along with Anna Larson ’12 and Johanna De Haven ’13 spent the summer in the Dominican Republic, teaching elementary school children and helping out at orphanages through Student Ministry Partners (SMP).

Emily, Anna, and Johanna are among the 253 Wheaton students who traveled internationally this summer to take part in Wheaton’s Global and Experiential Learning programs. 

For some students, “global and experiential learning” meant spending time in China, examining the implications of China’s growing economic and military strength. For others, it meant visiting child-headed homes in Zambia.

All in all, students spent time in more than 30 countries through the following programs:

Academic Programs (170 Students)

  • Arts in London
  • Excavation in Israel
  • Iron Sharpens Iron (South Korea, Hong Kong, and China)
  • La Voz de Esperanza (Guatemala)
  • Wheaton in China
  • Wheaton in England
  • Wheaton in Germany
  • Wheaton in Spain
  • Wheaton in the Holy Lands (Italy, Israel, Greece, and Turkey)
  • Internships, Research, or Independent Academic Travel (Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, South Korea, Nepal, Philippines, Oman, South Africa, Kosovo, Mexico, Dominican Republic, and Bosnia)

Service and Missions Programs (83 students)

  • Global Urban Perspectives
  • Student Missionary Project (Zambia, Bolivia, South Africa, Hong Kong , Ukraine, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Guatemala, and Indonesia)
  • Youth Hostel Ministry (throughout Europe)
  • Wheaton Football Ministry Partnership (Senegal)

Wheaton students who participated in a GPS program, you are invited to add your picture to this story! Please send your photo, a caption to describe it, and the names and class years of the students pictured, to images@wheaton.edu.