Rotarian Mitchell Fagler introduced Dr. Carmine Palumbo as the guest speaker for the March 24, 2014 Rotary meeting in Swainsboro. Dr. Palumbo is a Professor of English and Chair of the Humanities Division at East Georgia State College. He has a bachelor’s degree from Greensboro College, a master’s degree from Virginia Tech, and a Ph.D. from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, all in English. Palumbo will lead his fourth study abroad trip for EGSC students in May.
Dr. Palumbo informed the group that the University of Georgia owns a campus in Costa Rica, The Ecolodge San Luis. As a Unit of the University System, East Georgia State College can provide its students with a safe, affordable and unique educational experience abroad. The lodge serves as a campus for students studying abroad. The Ecolodge is located in the Monteverde region of Costa Rica, near the town of Alto San Luis, and sits below the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve in the Tilaran mountain range.
Students are provided exploration in the diversity of wildlife in the cloud forest as well as the exploration of a new language, history and culture. Students are captivated by the hot springs of the Arenal Volcano and pristine beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park. A passport and program orientation session is provided for students and focuses on international travel requirements, how to obtain a passport, program costs and courses as well as Costa Rican Culture. Program courses are taught in state-of-the art classrooms and through “living” classroom excursions.
Dr. Palumbo introduced EGSC sophomore, Tyler Wilson, who will graduate this summer with an Associate in Arts business degree. Wilson serves as a representative on the Student Government Association, an EGSC Ambassador, a member of the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) club, and attended the Costa Rica study abroad trip last summer. He lives in Adrian and is a 2012 Swainsboro High School graduate. Wilson described how his own study abroad experience was life changing. He encouraged Rotarians to spread the word that scholarships are available for this unique educational experience for EGSC students.
Swainsboro Rotary fosters the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service. “Making the world a classroom” also fosters the advancement of international understanding and goodwill.