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Hands-on cultural experiences part of this semester's Global Focus Week

February 8, 2019 : Liberty University News Service

Starting on Monday, Feb. 11, Liberty University students, faculty, and staff will celebrate Liberty’s biannual Global Focus Week (GFW) with special speakers and interactive events.

Held every semester, GFW hosts a variety of guests and representatives from international organizations, as well as events that introduce students to different cultures.

“Global Focus Week is an incredible opportunity for Liberty students to experience a variety of cultures and learn more about international issues,” said Steven Gillum, LU Serve’s director for international engagement. “The experiences and events are centered around the student’s passions to serve the Lord as global citizens. We are also thrilled to be able to bring more than 50 global organizations and companies who have unique opportunities for students: service internships, academic internships, post-graduate opportunities, or even just go serve for a week or two. These world leaders are coming from places such as South Africa, the United Kingdom, China, and Spain.”

Some of the events will promote Liberty’s G5 initiative, in which students engage in a different country each year through service and travel opportunities; this year the country is Spain. (Several trips are planned for Spring Break that will give students a chance to experience the country firsthand.)

Schedule of Events

Refugee supply store, Feb. 11-15, Montview Student Union, 9 a.m.-7p.m. (until 5 p.m. on Feb. 15)

In this interactive store, students will see how G5 partners use certain items to serve refugees and immigrants that arrive daily in Spain. Items will be available for purchase that will be delivered to immigrants and refugees in need.

World Map Experience, Feb. 11, 12, 13, 14, & 15, Montview Student Union, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. (until 1 p.m. on Feb. 15)

Students will be able to express where they want to serve, or countries where they’ve served, by placing pins on an interactive map. The experience will help students learn more about service opportunities and study abroad programs.

Hunger Banquet, Feb. 11, Montview Student Union, Alumni Ballroom, 6-7:30 p.m.

Students will learn what they can do to combat global hunger.

"Beautifully Broken" film screening/Q & A with cast, Feb. 11, Center for Natural Sciences auditorium, Room 128,  8-10:30 p.m.

“Beautifully Broken” follows the true story of three families whose lives connected across the globe. Following the film, the cast will share their experiences working on the set.

The Compassion Experience, Feb. 11-15, New Furnace Lot, noon-8 p.m. (starts at 4 p.m. on Feb. 11)

During this immersive exhibit, participants will walk through a home in Kenya and school in the Philippines, as well as journey through the Brazilian slums. The exhibit is designed to give visitors a firsthand look at different cultures, the realities of global poverty, and how they can help a child in need.

Flamenco Music and Tapas, Feb. 12, Argo Tea Lounge, 3-5 p.m.

Hear the sounds of Spain through Flamenco music and have the chance to try Spanish tapas.

Experience G5 Spain, Feb. 12, Montview Student Union, Alumni Ballroom, 7:30-9 p.m.

Learn about G5 from Liberty students already involved in the initative, and hear the story of a former refugee. Students will hear from influencers in Spain and how they can engage by serving, studying, and interning with Christar International.

Taste of Nations, Feb. 12, LaHaye Event Space, 9-11 p.m.

Students can taste food from more than 20 nations prepared by Liberty’s international students during this annual GFW event.

Spanish Tapas and Mosaic Art, Feb. 13, Montview Student Union, 3-5 p.m.

Students can enjoy Spanish tapas while learning about the history of Spanish art and create their own mosaic art piece.

Lunch and Learn with Christar, Feb. 14, Montview Student Union, Alumni Ballroom, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Students will hear more about Christar International and how they can engage, serve, study, and intern with the organization.

"Mully" film screening /Q & A with the cast, Feb. 14, Montview Student Union, Alumni Ballroom, 8-10 p.m.

During this special documentary screening, students will learn about Charles Mully, a Kenyan entrepreneur who gave up his successful career to help orphaned children and the homeless in Kenya. Following the screening, Mully will share his story with students and talk about the film.

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