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A young boy waits bored while his parents purchase sacred articles worth hundreds of dollars from Japan's most sacred Shinto shrine, Naiku, but to the boy it seems like just another stop in a day's journey. The boy is an example of children's naivety towards religion in that he could easily been just as unimpressed at the Kabbah in Mecca or St. Peter's in Rome. As travelers, we are like this boy in that we are often unaware of the significance the "stops" in our journeys have to a country's culture. As we spend more time in a place, we come to learn and appreciate its cultural significance in the same way that this boy will one day learn to appreciate his visit to Naiku.
I took this picture on the Reach Out Spring Break Trip to the Dominican Republic. We were staying in a little village called Batey Libertad, which is surrounded by vast rice fields. Right before I took the picture, the child in the picture was taking a bath in the irrigation canals of the rice fields.
Betty Meng Li
Branford College, 2010
2007 Yale College Dean's Research Fellowship in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Llangollen, Wales, UK
This picture was taken when three women, who had come from China, Australia and the United States on their own and had just met on the trip, reveled together in the imagination of flying. The breathtaking view of the gentle flow of the Welsh grassland stretching endlessly afar connected them together. They did not expect that reaching out towards each other could be so easy, but now they realized that things like beauty and sincerity belong to the whole world. Traveling is an adventure, education and exchange of ideas all rolled into one - it leads one to see that a true education extends far beyond classrooms, and that it is an exhilarating journey across the world and the whole realm of human imagination.
SELECT PHOTO CONTEST SUBMISSIONS
Silliman College, 2008
Auerbach Grayson/Leitner International Internship
Location: Atlas Mountains, Morocco
"Soura! Soura!" a small voice cried. I looked around, holding up my camera. "Sabri!" he instructed, demanding that I wait. A few seconds later, a second boy appeared. I snapped a few shots as the boys struck their proudest poses. In Arabic, I managed to tell the boys to come see the photographs that I had just taken. They peered closely at the digital screen, giggling with delight.
I have been studying Arabic for four years. But it is moments like these that remind me of the importance of what I do. In an age where so much is misunderstood, this small boy and I were able to understand each other with perfect clarity. Three years of language study had finally found meaning.
Berkeley College, 2009
Kingsley Trust Association Summer Travel Fellowship
Location: Galway, Ireland
On this bright evening in Galway, locals and foreigners gather in a small neighborhood pub to learn ceol -- the Irish traditional music. Each player brings their instrument and a unique perspective on the Gaelic tradition-- a nightly session, a fine mastery of flute and fiddlery. Together they are able to introduce each other and their intimate audience to this rich part of Irish history, a national personality communicated by melody. The musicians and the audience are diverse in their origins and nationalities, yet become intimately entwined in the harmony lines that form. The great ease and appreciation of culture found in Ireland celebrates the vibrancy of international education and exchange.
Rachel Grace Newman
In the highlands of Chiapas, I met Lucía, a married mother of two small children, who invited me to attend her daughter Magalí's baptism. 40 babies, all from indigenous communities, were baptized in a frenetic ceremony in a crowded cathedral. Despite the chaos, for a second, Lucía and Magalí seemed unaware of everyone else. The moment turned profound when I discovered that, like me, Lucía is 20 years old. She was married when I was starting high school. Free as I am to explore, the way she smiled at Magalí was part of journey I did not know. Lucía and I never conversed like peers, but we respected our disparate experiences. She let me play with her daughter, and I took pictures for the family.
Jenika Rochelle Beck
Davenport College, 2008
Arcadia Program for Study Abroad at the University of Edinburgh, Spring 2007
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
View from Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland. This was the city I felt I got to know better than any place in America, even my own home town. When I took this picture at the end of the year, I realized I could name almost every building and object in sight and give its history. There is something about studying abroad that encourages you to explore your surroundings ceaselessly.
You may never be considered a local, but you are much more than just a simple tourist. You scoff when people mispronounce Edinburgh, hit up the Grassmarket at least once a week, and automatically despise a Weegie (anyone from Glasgow). You become one of the privileged, proud few who know what it's like to be from Edinburgh.
Matthew Charles Klein
Richard U. Light Fellowship, Korea Summer 2007
Location: Jindo Island, off the southwest coast of the Republic of Korea
This particular Korean game is called "mounting the horse". One team, the men with red shirts, forms the "horse", while the other team tries to break the "horse" by causing as much agony as possible to those they are sitting on. This game is one example of how men interact with each other differently in Korea than in America. For all that I can study a language, visit ancient monuments, or read historical works, there is nothing that can take the place of genuine international education and exchange, namely, interacting with foreigners my own age, when it comes to achieving real understanding of an alien culture. Also noteworthy is the fascination shared by the other Koreans who, like me, are taking pictures of the spectacle.
Title: Call on Me
Date Picture was taken: 16 August 2007
Location: KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa
My photo was taken in the classroom of Gladness Simamane at Zubane J.P. Primary School in a rural area of South Africa. I received a MacMillan Center fellowship to evaluate a South African NGO that does radio broadcast English education and in the process transforms the educational system and teaching methods.
The picture captures the response of third graders when their teacher asked them a question. In many of the classrooms I observed, children would energetically and dramatically try to get their teacher to call on them whenever she or he asked a question.