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Babson 2010 Alumnus Wins Grant To Be Cultural Ambassador In Spain

Justin Rogiers, a 2010 undergrad alum, is living in Spain, teaching and learning, preparing for a career in global business - all while expanding his Spanish fluency.

Justin Rogiers, a 2010 graduate of Babson College, won a grant through the Spanish Embassy’s Cultural Ambassadors program to live in Madrid, teach English and North American culture, and immerse himself in the Spanish culture.

The view in Rogier’s Madrid neighborhood Rogiers is learning the language…He is enjoying himself!

The grant provides Rogiers a monthly stipend of 1000 euro (about $1300 monthly) and he is required to work 12 to 16 hours a week as a teaching assistant. It includes medical insurance, participation in an orientation program, and support for ongoing professional development. Grant recipients also receive a certificate issued by the regional education authorities.

During his senior year, Rogiers was in the Advanced Spanish class taught by Virginia Rademacher, Hispanic Literature & Cultural Studies professor and Director of Languages & Global Cultures at Babson. “When I announced this program last year to my Advanced Spanish students, Justin was particularly interested,” according to Rademacher. “His roommate was from Spain, and had helped to foster Justin's interest in Spanish culture. Moreover, he was motivated to learn more directly about Spain's culture and to experience it first-hand. As a student interested in global business, he saw this as an opportunity to expand his understanding of living and working in another country, while enhancing his proficiency in Spanish - a key asset in many business contexts,” she concluded.

Rogiers, who works closer to 25 hours a week, says: “One thing I’ve learned is that getting out of my comfort zone has allowed me to become more comfortable with myself and what my goals are for the future. It’s been an incredible opportunity!”

The program provides Spanish students and teachers of English an opportunity to broaden and increase their knowledge of the English Language and American Culture through interaction with native speakers.

The Assistants – or Ambassadors – have the opportunity to learn about Spanish language and culture and use their experience upon their return to the United States, thus helping to develop cultural understanding between the citizens of Spain and the United States. The program begins in mid-September and ends in mid-June.

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By Nancy Sullivan, 781-239-4623,  | 1/27/2011 12:00 AM