International Education Week – a melting pot of events in Mobile, AL

Spain, diff country flagsInternational Education Week is celebrated in over 100 countries worldwide and will be celebrated this year from November 16th – November 22nd. The significance of International Education Week is to celebrate and create awareness about international education and cultural exchanges worldwide. In the United States, the week is organized by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education in order to encourage involvement with abroad programs, while attracting leaders from other countries to get involved with our programs in the United States as well. Throughout this week, there are events put on by different countries, cities and organizations that highlight and celebrate different cultures and lifestyles. In order to promote more campus involvement and excitement about studying abroad, interning abroad, and volunteering abroad, the University of South Alabama Office of International Education is hosting an on campus event on Wednesday, November 19th!

Our International Education Team will be located at the Student Center on campus with games, giveaways, information tables for our faculty-led study abroad programs, live tweeting, and social media contest opportunities! While at the event, students will also have the chance to vote on our Study Abroad photo contest entries to determine who wins our awesome prize packages! More details about this event will be posted to our Facebook and Twitter as the date gets closer. This event will be leading up to our involvement at the annual Mobile International Festival!

The Mobile International Festival has been around since 1983 and was established to educate locals about the international cultures all over the city of Mobile. The event continues to raise awareness about our cities diverse population and plays a major role in educating children, teens and adults on world culture and diversity. This year’s theme is “Let The Games Begin,” and organizations and festival members from 70 countries will have representations of games that are native to their homes. The games will range anywhere from board games, yard games, or native sports, and all festival attendees will have the chance to try them out. Along with the games, there will be typical cuisine from over 30 different countries, entertainment put on by Matsuriza Japanese Traditional Drummers, Kenya Safari Acrobats, Irish and German bands, and many more!

The Festival will be open to the public on Saturday, November 22nd, from 10 am – 5 pm at the Mobile Civic Center and Expo Hall, with Thursday, November 20th, and Friday, November 21st, being Student Days. Tickets for adults are $11, seniors (65+) are $9, and kids (7-15) are $5; Children 6 years and under are free! Tickets are good for Saturday, November 22, 2014 only and cannot be used on Student Days.

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