Thursday, May 30, 2013
In last academic year’s Common Book, “Where Am I Wearing?” author Kelsey Timmerman travels the world to discover where his clothes are made and to meet the people who made it possible.
Through a partnership with The Village Experience, seven Winthrop University students and study abroad coordinator Jennifer Sandler followed in Timmerman’s footsteps earlier this month, accompanying him to Guatemala. The students blogged about their interesting experiences on Timmerman’s website.
One of the students who participated in the trip was Lauren Miller, a sophomore biology major from Summerville. Others were Marie Rose Tumaniec from Fort Mill, Amita Harris from Lancaster, Fatima Castro, from Charlotte, NC, Brianna Williams from Easley, Alexandra Lee Jensen from Des Moines, Iowa, Callan Gaines from York.
During the seven-day trip, the students met with garment workers and coffee farmers, visited fair trade cooperatives and toured Antigua and Lake Atitlan.
Sandler said they were excellent ambassadors for the trip’s motto, “Bringing the world to Winthrop, and Winthrop to the world.”
“The students were exposed to so many new experiences, ideas, situations and people, and they were nothing but engaged and enthusiastic the entire program,” she said. “We were all sad to leave Guatemala, but I firmly believe that the students’ fire for travel and international experiences has been stoked, hopefully never to be extinguished.”