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Volunteer Opportunity @ QUIC Photo Contest

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The QUIC International Photo Contest is a juried contest. We have a volunteer opportunity for a student with interest and skills in photography. If you are a highly experienced photographer, or a Film & Media student, interested in becoming a member of the Judging Panel to select this year’s winning photos, please email quic@queensu.ca by February 4, 2016 with your resume. Expected project time commitment is 6 hours. Successful candidate must be available on Tuesday, February 9th from 9 am – 1 pm. For more details about the Contest please click here....

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International Photo Contest: Submit your photos!

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“We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.” ~John Dewey Students, this is your opportunity to share your photos from abroad, or your time in Canada. The Contest is open to those currently enrolled at Queen’s University. Students who have returned from an exchange or a work-abroad experience, and international students are encouraged to participate. Categories are: People and Culture Landscape (including nature and wildlife) Home away from Home Critical Global Issues 1 or 2 photos per person please.  CLICK HERE TO PARTICIPATE. Submission deadline: Thursday, January 28, 2016 (11:59 PM ET) Questions? Email QUIC@queensu.ca. This annual Contest has been running at the QUIC since 2009.  We thank our sponsors who contributed to winners’ prizes, namely the Campus Book Store, Kingston Henry’s and Camera Kingston. Last year, winning photos from Contest were featured at a public exhibit in downtown Kingston at the Steam Museum, in collaboration with City of Kingston Cultural...

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5 Ways to Connect with Friends & Family while Abroad

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By: Candy Tse, QUIC World Link Volunteer, 2015-2016   When I went to on exchange to Grenoble, France, I made a promise to myself that I would stay connected with friends and family, call home at least every other day and set-up Skype dates with close friends every week. That promise was long-lived. As usual, life happens and work consumes most of your time. Sometimes, all the good intentions are there but it is just an unrealistic reality. My name is Candy Tse, a fourth year Concurrent Education student in Biochemistry and French. Being a relatively chill university student who tries to save as much money and use as minimal effort as possible, here are 5 quick and easy ways to stay connected with loved ones back home and now, friends I met on exchange: Thank Goodness For Social Media! Having just landed in a new place, the first thing I usually do is take a photo. I’m quite the photo addict if you ask anyone who knows me. But photos are one of the best ways to stay connected with little effort required. And with the help of social media nowadays: Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and the list goes on, a picture snapped 2 seconds ago can be almost instantaneously shared by loved one thousands of miles away. As the saying goes, a photo is worth a thousand words so just a simple photo or Facebook album shows that you are thinking of friends and family and gives them the opportunity to still be apart of your life despite the distance.   Lets Hangout over the Internet. Everyone gets moments of loneliness while abroad. For those nights, it is comforting to know that you have the option to do a video call. Whether it is through Skpe or Google Hangout, video calls can range from low key, maybe you just want to have some company while you’re doing homework or more organized. For example planning a hangout session with 7 people from several different countries (I did this! Its totally possible!). Its always fascinating to see how different or similar things are in different countries.   Pay A Trip To The Post Office. Want to change things up and go a little old school? Postcards, letters and care packages are a great way to stay in touch with friends abroad while making it fun and exciting. I love the feeling of receiving a personalized postcard message from friends who are traveling or on exchange because you know they took the time to think about and write to you. It’s also a lot of fun looking at and buying funky personalized postcards to send to different friends. Therefore, in my opinion, it is a win-win situation for both sides. Yes, it may require you to spend a little more time but its totally worth it to know that they’ll be smiling on the other side.   Too Lazy To Read/Write? There were two very useful phone applications that I used during my year abroad. The first was WeChat, which I knew about before because my parents used it a lot with my relatives in China. WeChat was my main form of communication with my parents because it offered a very unique feature, voice-recordings, or as I like to call it,...

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QUIC Welcomes New Director

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The QUIC team is excited to welcome a new Director of the International Centre, Jyoti Kotecha, as of January 11, 2016. Jyoti completed her Bachelor of Science Honours degree at the University of Greenwich, in London, UK and her Master of Public Administration at Queen’s University. Since 2007, Jyoti has held the position of Assistant Director, Centre for Studies in Primary Care within the Queen’s Department of Family Medicine. In this role, Jyoti has amassed a tremendous amount of experience and demonstrated effectiveness in strategic visioning, human resource management, budget development, organizational leadership and work with both domestic and international students and scholars. Her work in this role required her to interact and collaborate with diverse staff and stakeholders in local, national and international contexts. Jyoti has developed intercultural knowledge and skills from both personal, professional and community engagements and experiences. The new Director at QUIC looks forward to welcoming and supporting all international students, so please feel free to drop by and say...

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Winter Tips from Student Volunteer

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By: Megan Siddall, QUIC World Link Volunteer, 2014-2015 Please note: The ‘Learning to Love Winter’ Session for new international students (and other members of Queen’s international community such as spouses, post-doctoral fellows, researchers) is taking place on Wed. January 6th, 12:00 noon at the QUIC. All are welcome. The tantalizing feeling of snowflakes on your tongue, the light squish you hear beneath your first step into the seemingly sparkly white blanket, the excitement of seeing your breath rise slowly up into the air and disappear, the rosy cheeks you pass by on your morning commute to class – all these wonderful sensations only exist for a few months a year. But boy oh boy can those months seem to go on forever, and ever, and ever, and ever… you get my point. My name is Megan and I’m a Global Development student and World Link volunteer at QUIC. I spent last December along the coast of the Mediterranean on exchange, so I know adjusting to a Canadian winter will take some effort. For those of you who are experiencing your first ‘Canadian winter’, you may have all sorts of feelings: fear, wonder, happiness, dread. These feelings are to be expected for anyone hoping to cope with what can be the longest season in this beautiful country. I’ve always had a love – hate relationship with winter. Tobogganing in my humble opinion is the greatest sport ever invented. Skating can be the most elegant, competitive or feet freezing activity ever, yet lacing up skates to make your way down Alfred St. for class may not have been the snowy fantasy you envisioned.   Here is my Winter Wonderland Tip List to not let the winter winds get you down and to get the most out of whatever Kingston blows our way: Layering is key. Are you thinking about putting on long johns, 3 pairs of socks, and the warmest turtleneck you can find? Go for it, but also remember the steamy radiators blasting in Kingston Hall during your 3-hour class. Footwear – investing in anti-slip shoes is essential. All your body parts will thank you for this one – including your non-helmet wearing head. Kingston streets become skating rinks after melting/defrosting and as much as the University does a good job clearing the sidewalks on campus, the ones just around the corner of Stauffer are work of “Elsa” Go for a walk to City Hall and even strap on some skates to take advantage of the skating ring. We are extremely fortunate to have a beautiful town square where there always seems to be some ‘magic in the air’. Build a snowman on a study break. It can be at 3 in the morning when you see thick flakes falling to the ground on a sleepless night or after your 8:30 class that you barely made it to. It’s a great bonding activity not only with the snow but friends/housemates/strangers. So – you can no longer bike (safely) outdoors or go for a run without catching more than a drift… time to hit up the ARC. Definitely take advantage of the awesome facility we have for exercising. There are also great yoga studios like Studio 330 where you can drop in – only dependent on whether you can open your icy front...

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Beyond Comfort

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Beyond Comfort – by Christina Strater (QUIC World Link Volunteer, 2015-2016) The International Education Week (IEW) is coming up from November 16-20th and the QUIC is planning several exciting events to host for the Queen’s community.  With IEW in mind, I would like to share some insight on my own educational experience abroad.  Eight months ago, I moved to Germany for what would become an adventure.  I lived near Frankfurt and took classes at the University of Heidelberg.  At the beginning, adjusting wasn’t easy, but the more I pushed myself to discover where I was living, the more comfortable I became.  I bought a bike and found my way around the city, the school’s various campuses, and to and  from rowing practice at a club on the Neckar, the river running through the Altstadt or Old City.  I knew some German before I arrived, but nothing could compare to my immersion once there.  I heard German everywhere; among students in the cafeteria and in line for the post office.  While the experience of trying to find my place and ease into a completely new environment was intimidating at first, I soon realized how much I thrived here. Many of us have had experiences which push us to live differently.  Sometimes we love these experiences and find we take away insight that we might never have thought possible.  Other times, these experiences can be stifling and also difficult.  Most of the time however, we go through a range that starts with culture shock.  It is not easy; I had a hard time adjusting at first but trying only builds our confidence and strength. My name is Tina and I’m interested in stepping outside of comfort.  We’ve been told to take the leap from an early age, but how?  I have a passion to see the world and experience what it has to offer.  My passion has taken me to some beautiful places, from Tunisia to Uganda, Lithuania to Serbia, but it has also made me think more about what we can do to get the most out of these places, cultures and what we do once we are there.  To me it boils down to experience.  Experience lies in the memories we create, like learning to play an instrument and going to watch a hockey game.  The more we expose ourselves to other cultures, the more we learn to be respectful and accepting because we realize that the world is a diverse, multi-cultural place.  We can absorb information in class, but I would argue we also learn through the experiences we undertake.  These experiences force us to surpass our boundaries by stepping past the levels of comfort we know so well. Moving beyond comfort and experiencing something different or unknown is one of my biggest takeaways from my time abroad.  Back at Queen’s, I realize this is something which I can apply every day to my life here; it’s something we can each apply.  Challenging ourselves to learn a new language and think differently, to try something unusual and to meet new people is both exhilarating and so important.  At Queen’s we are diverse in our stories and ideas and we each come from a different background so let’s embrace these differences.  I will always want to promote international events and experiences,...

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OceanPath Fellowship Program – for Graduating Students

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Do you have an innovative idea to strengthen a community you are connected with, either here in Canada or abroad?  An idea, which you think will make a difference in that community? Ocean Path Fellowship provides year-long experiential learning opportunities for graduating students (either from an undergraduate or graduate program) and offers up to $25, 000 in funding*[1]to support successful candidates to implement their idea for a project that would foster sustainable and positive social change in communities in Canada and around the world. Come to the information session to learn more about the program and funding! Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 10:30am – 11:30am   QUIC Hall (in JDUC) Visit QUIC OceanPath for more information or  email  CL4@queensu.ca *funding available for Canadian citizens and permanent residents only!...

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International Education Week

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  Events and Activities Schedule (printable pdf)   QUIC Events: The annual International Education Week #IEW2015 will be celebrated at the QUIC International Community Lunch, on Monday, Nov. 16, 12 – 1:30 pm.  QUIC will be serving Bangladeshi lentil soup.  Students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend. We encourage you to drop in to meet other members of our international community on campus. The ‘Where in the World Contest‘ starts on Facebook on November 16. Students are invited to share their knowledge of the world on social media. QUIC and the OceanPath Fellowship Program organized an information session for graduating students, on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 10:30 am at the QUIC. Student volunteers in the QUIC World Link program will present a World Trivia Night at QUIC on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 7 – 8:30 pm. QUIC is inviting everyone to a custom Tour of the Queen’s AEAC for international students, staff and their families, on Thursday, Nov. 19, 5:30 – 7 pm. Campus Community Events: Queen’s AIESEC Just Dance, Monday, Nov. 16, 6 – 10 pm, at the QUIC. QIAA (Queen’s International Affairs Association): International Foods Night, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 6 – 8 pm, at Wallace Hall in the JDUC. LLCU (Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures): Movie Night ‘The Other Son’ by Lorraine Lévy, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 7:30 – 9 pm, at the QUIC. Queen’s S.A.L.S.A. (Spanish & Latin American Students’ Association) Conversation and Dance classes throughout the week. Cha Gheill Luncheon with guests from the Queen’s University International Centre, Queen’s Alumni Kingston Branch, Thursday, Nov. 19, 11:30 am, Donald Gordon Centre. Demystifying Chinese English language education, Thursday, Nov. 19, 1 pm, at Duncan McArthur Hall, B245. Queen’s Cuban Studies Showcase: Films and Curation on Cuban Topics, Thursday, Nov. 19, 7:30 pm, at The Isabel, Rm 222. Global Development Studies Internships info. session, Friday, Nov. 20, 1 – 2:30 pm, at MacCorry Hall, A416. QSAA (Queen’s South Asian Association): Diwali Celebration, Friday, Nov. 20, 6 – 11 pm, at Grant Hall. Local Fundraiser for ‘Save a Family from Syria’: Sarah Harmer Concert, Friday, Nov. 20, 7:30 pm, at The Isabel....

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Home Away from Home

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Home Away from Home – by Ross Dutkiewicz (QUIC World Link Volunteer, 2015-2016) Is there somewhere that you feel completely at home?  The saying goes “home is where the heart is,” or “home is where the Wifi connects automatically,” which, if you’re like me, covers about fifty different place from campus to friend’s houses to random hostels and coffee shops.  Perhaps this best reflects what home actually is: wherever you’re most comfortable. My name is Ross Dutkiewicz; I’m a 4th year computer engineering student.   I recently returned from a year-long internship in Munich, Germany, a city I can now call home.  Getting to the point where I could call it home took a long time: the entire first six months were challenging, sometimes frightening, and not always exciting, but once I found good friends, learned the lay of the land, and got used to the cultural shift I found “home” now encompassed this new environment. Of course comfort level varies from place to place, from day to day, but I think that after a certain amount of time anyplace it becomes home.   After this adjustment period, the tension and discomfort is gone from the location.  A subconscious relaxation of the shoulders, a slowing of the pulse and breath, and a feeling of confidence emerges from the initial quagmire of emotions.  These changes are unlikely to be noticed immediately, and the shift is gradual, but these are the symptoms of familiarity. I know, personally, that when I visit a new place I cannot relax as well as I can in a familiar location.  I’m constantly aware of where I’m going, noting the landmarks I pass: making sure to map out my route so I know I can get home if I need to.  I prefer to always have a paper map, and check it frequently, relying on my wits rather than my smartphone.  I look at everyone else around and feel like they’re locals, like they know so much more than I do. Then, over time, the feeling shifts.  Instead of sitting on the bus or train and feeling on edge, I sit back and surrender to the trip in peaceful acceptance.  I know where I’m going, I know how long it will take to get there: I’ve trod this path several times over.  I know that when I return later I will still feel this familiarity.  This city is mine, now and forever. Consider your hometown.  You can picture all of the paths you usually walk, the old haunts, and the house you lived in.  As much as these might change over time, you will never lose that familiarity; return and it will feel the same as it always has. Now, though, it may be tinged with nostalgia.  Nostalgia is caused by a change in yourself that is not echoed by the surroundings: you’re not the same person you were when you last walked these familiar streets, but they have not changed. Now look back on your first few days in a new city: feeling lost, alone, even scared.  Compare that to how you feel today.  Do you now feel as comfortable as in your hometown?  Probably not, and perhaps you never will, but surely you’re more comfortable than in the initial adjustment period.  Can you pinpoint the transition,...

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Intercultural Competence Training @ QUIC

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It takes a lifetime to become interculturally competent.  QUIC understand this, and has developed various training activities that are meant to engage all members of the Queen’s community in the journey to intercultural competence. Students please note the next Series of the Intercultural Competence Certificate Training starts on November 7th.  Any student may register at quic.training@queensu.ca. (QUIC student volunteers are encouraged to participate!) Are you curious what QUIC brings to the picture? For students, we offer an intercultural competence certificate program that guides participants through the discovery of their own cultures, provides some basic skills and knowledge to navigate intercultural interactions, and helps them to understand their own orientations toward difference and commonality. We have workshops for those who have recently arrived and are eager to find some ways to succeed in Canadian culture.  We train volunteers to work more effectively with students in various programs from English Language Support to Income Tax Assistance and more. The university community can access a set of online modules that offer a basic introduction to intercultural learning, one that provides a good foundation for understanding and appreciating the intercultural interactions that fill our days. QUIC also works with Queen’s Human Resources to provide various training workshops to university staff who want to understand the complexities and richness of international activities on our campus. It has developed the nationally recognized International Educators Training Program (IETP) that provides practical competency-based training to professionals working in the broad field of international education. QUIC training team is busy throughout the year – discover the training opportunities that will fit your needs at...

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