Giving Tuesday goal to give student a global experience

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Again this year, Penn State's College of Education is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and celebrate generosity worldwide. This event is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving as a way to give back during the holiday season and to help create impactful experiences for students.

This year, the College of Education is raising money to fully fund at least one student to participate in the Teaching ESL Certificate Program with an Ecuador Immersion Experience. It is a wonderful opportunity for students to travel abroad, learn a new language while also teaching English, and gain knowledge and experience about life in Ecuador.

The ESL program, which is completed during the spring semester and summer session, includes courses at Penn State University Park, online and at one of two universities in Ecuador — the Universidad de Loja and the Universidad de Cuenca — for a summer intensive study experience.

In late June, students travel to Ecuador’s Andean highlands for an intensive five-week culture and language immersion and practice teaching experience. Because 12 credits of this program occur over the summer, it is an added expense to overall tuition.

With the help of alumni and friends, we can reach our #GivingTuesday goal of $13,000, which will cover one student’s summer 2018 experience, including tuition, travel expenses, room and board, and any additional fees.

For more information about #GivingTuesday, the Ecuador Immersion Program, or other ways to help the College of Education and its students, email

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Last Updated November 07, 2017