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World Link Volunteer Program

QUIC’s World Link Program is intended to support the intercultural experiences of Queen’s students, to create opportunities to highlight the varied international experiences of Queen’s students and to facilitate international and domestic student engagement in meaningful ways.

The program provides international students and domestic students with opportunities to share their enthusiasm for international education, experience abroad, culture and languages with other students and the Queen's community. World Link volunteers with the guidance of the International Education Intern and the QUIC Volunteer coordinator will organize events and activities to facilitate international engagement at Queen's.

Meet the World Link 2016-2017 Volunteer team

 

 

Nadia Arghash

 

Country/countries I call home:

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Nadia – QUIC World Link Volunteer, 2016-2017

Home is where I feel safe, loved and respected. Coming from Iran, Canada has certainly embraced me with open arms and kept me warm and safe ,and so I am proud to say she has been my home for the past year. I would like to proudly represent all Queen's members who have bravely taken the journey of 'coming to an unknown land', just like me.

Languages spoken: Farsi/Persian (Mother's tongue), English, Arabic 

Program of study: Master's of Education, Faculty of Education

International Education involvement so far:

I have been a Queen’s International student for a little over a year now. As I study Education, I have been closely involved with education in general. I hope to expand on my experiences with International Education in the future and being a World Link volunteer will undoubtedly help me with that.

Favorite Food (or interesting food):

I have to say that I am a huge fan of vegetables. I am not a vegetarian per se but enjoy my veggies of all kinds, cooked or raw.

I am also what you can call a 'sweet tooth'; cakes, pies, candy, you name it.

Favourite Movie/TV show:

My favorite movie is Annie Hall (MOST Woody Allen movies really) and favorite TV show by far is ,the one and only, Friends

My greatest accomplishment is:

What I have learned through all my accomplishments so far, be it academics, work or personal is that they are all  pieces of a bigger puzzle and are only meaningful when put together.

The best advice someone gave to me is:

Enjoy life as it comes. This advice is extremely meaningful for me because it takes away the responsibility of constantly trying to make everything perfect when the truth is that nothing is perfect and life, people, and situations are malleable. So, I should accept and enjoy what life has to offer, the good and the bad, and the in-betweens.

Favorite Quote:

"Time and space will pass us by and by

When we don’t see eye to eye.

I would have done anything

For happiness to bring" -Annie Lennox, 'Pavement Cracks'

If I could change one thing in the world, it will be:

I wish people could see the good in each other and respect each other's differences. I think much of the conflicts we are facing in our modern world today stems from our intolerance and ignorance of each other's differences.

What I would say to encourage students to seek international experience(s) is: 

There is no experience quite like the international experience. Living in a different country has rewarded me with the gift of truly knowing myself in ways I could have never imagined. The hardships, joys and rise and fall of life are quite different when you 'literally' step outside of your comfort zone. The process of adaptation needs you to reflect deeply on yourself, it gives you the critical lens through which you assess everything carefully. I guess what the international experience gives you is a true notion of self and others. I encourage everyone to take on this journey at one point in life, and I truly believe it to be transformative.

 

Roy Zheng

 

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Roy – QUIC World Link Volunteer, 2016-2017

Country/Countries I call home: 

I'm originally from China but I'd rather regard myself as an international person

Languages spoken:  English, Mandarin, Intermediate Spanish

Program of Study: Film and Media

International Education involvement so far:

Bader International Study Center (2015-2016), Hong Kong University (2016 Summer), and of course my status as an international student, Queen’s University (2015-?)

Favorite food:

Shrimps, always shrimps, grill shrimps, fried shrimps, salad with shrimp sided. I used to eat up 5 plates of shrimps at a buffet.

Favorite Movie:

I’m into any types of musical adaption movies, like Chicago, Sweeny Todd, Billy Elliot, Phantom of the Opera, Rent, maybe Frozen if you count that as a musical lol. But the favorite goes to Les Misérables, a fabulous work in which Huge Jackman and Russel Crowe sings.

Something I'm most proud of:

Is that my parents are proud of me, for any reasons possible. It sounds like a tedious accomplishment but every time my parents are pleased by my achievement, I’m proud of myself than any other moments.

The best advice someone gave to me is:

Always remember who you are and be that person.

Favorite Quote:

The real world is wide, and that a varied field of hopes and fears, of sensations and excitements, awaited those who had courage to go forth into its expanse, to seek real knowledge of life amidst its perils.  –Jane Eyre 

Inspired by which, I set my life goal as “traveling, experiencing and seeking”.  

If I could change one thing in the world, it will be:

To have visa restrictions abandoned, then I'm capable of traveling without border limitations

 

Sarah Sinaga

 

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Sarah- QUIC World Link Volunteer, 2016-2017

Country/Countries I call home: 

Indonesia

Languages spoken: 

Indonesian, English, some Spanish and Italian

Program of Study: 

Arts & Science majoring in History

International Education involvement so far:

I’ve done about two-month long exchanges to places all around the world every year from year 5 to year 12. Places I’ve done exchange in include; US, Denmark, Korea, Germany, France, Argentina, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria, Armenia, Canada, Taiwan, and Switzerland

Favorite food:

Gado gado! It’s an Indonesian street food with ingredients mainly from assorted veggies such as cabbage, spinach, bean sprouts, kangkung, green bean, and lontong or ketupat. My mum was very health-conscious so this was the perfect middle ground; healthy, amazingly delicious, and most importantly, spicy!

Favorite Movie:

Everything within the period genre! My current favorites would be BBC’s Victoria, BBC’ War & Peace, and Peaky Blinders

My claim to fame:

I have performed in hundreds of choir competitions around the world, having performed in major places such as; the Opera House in Copenhagen, Carnegie Hall in New York, and Konzerthaus in Vienna

The best advice someone gave to me is:

“Forgive yourself each night. It wasn’t meant to be. You’re not missing out. Your life has different plans for you.” – my mama

Favorite Quote:

I'm not jealous or envious of any other woman, other than the woman I'm trying to become. she has everything I desire and I can’t wait to be her.” —mr

If I could change one thing in the world, it will be:

Ignorance & Terrorism

What I would say to encourage students to seek international experience(s) is:

Everyone should strive to be is to be more cultured and open-minded, and what better way to becoming so than to seek international experience? Meeting and talking to people from so many different cultures and backgrounds is so eye-opening, and sure it might be awkward or you might not know what else to say, but by overcoming that, you’ll grow as a person and become a global citizen yourself!

It is a big leap, but imagine all the places you’ll get to see when you visit your new friends!

Jenna Bozanis

 

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Jenna – QUIC World Link Volunteer, 2016-2017

Country/Countries I call home: 

I was born and raised in Canada.

Languages spoken: 

English, basic French, (very) basic Mandarin

Program of Study: 

Biochemical Engineering

International Education involvement so far:

I had the invaluable opportunity of spending a semester abroad in Singapore, being taught by professors from all around the world. I hope to expand my international knowledge by being a part of World Link this year

Favorite food:

Zelnik. A Macedonian delicacy – cheese filled pastries. Having grandparents from Macedonia, this is always a staple dish at family gatherings.

Favorite Movie:

Hunger Games. Katniss is my hero.

Something I'm most proud of:

At the end of my semester abroad I decided to book a solo trip to New Zealand. Months before, the idea of traveling alone terrified me. Despite my irrational fear, I went anyway- developing my personal skills, organizational skills and even pushed myself to go skydiving! This trip allowed me to step outside my comfort zone in so many ways and was definitely a milestone in personal growth.

The best advice someone gave to me is:

You can’t get a shutout every game.” Inspirational words from my dad, because ultimately life is just like a hockey game. Keep your head up, and don’t let the small losses along the way stop you from winning the cup

Favorite Quote:

“If we wait until we are ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.”

What I want to be remembered for is:

For always being honest, trustworthy and genuine.

What I would say to encourage students to seek international experience(s) is

I promise it will work out! Don’t let the cumbersome process of visas and flight bookings stop you from this amazing opportunity. There is so much to explore, so many people to meet and so many experiences to have. As a busy university student, it is easy to get caught up in a routine.

It is so important to step out of your comfort zone and try something new, and going abroad is a great way to do that.

Jing Wang 

 

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Jing – QUIC World Link Volunteer, 2016-2017

Country/Countries I call home: 

China and Canada are my two homes.

Languages spoken: 

English, Mandarin, German

Program of Study: 

Global Development/History and Concurrent Education

International Education involvement so far:

I lived in Canada and China. I moved to Canada when I was 5 and then moved back to Shanghai for high school. Since starting at Queen’s I have spent two summers in Germany, the first doing an internship in Kaiserslautern, and then going on exchange in Tübingen. I have also attended a philosophy summer school in Beijing in 2015 with Queen’s department of Language, Literature, and Cultures (LLCU).

Favorite food:

Döner kebabs and sushi.

Favorite Movie:

My favorite movie is Remember the Titans. My favorite shows are Law and Order: SVU and Game of Thrones.

My claim to fame:

Making the newspaper three times: once in China and twice in Germany!

The best advice someone gave to me is:

Don’t live life being scared of risk. Take opportunities and try to see as much as you can! 

Favorite Quote:

“Alles hat eine Ende nur die Wurst hat zwei”: Everything has an end, only the sausage has two.

What I want to be remembered for is:

For showing someone something that they didn’t know before. I want to change perspectives just like how going abroad has changed mine.

What I would say to encourage students to seek international experience(s) is

What are you waiting for? The world is full of endless possibilities! You won’t regret it.

 

Josh Zhang

 

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Josh – QUIC World Link Volunteer, 2016-2017

Country/Countries I call home: 

I was born in Beijing, China

Languages spoken: 

Mandarin, English and a little Spanish

Program of Study: 

Major in Health studies, minor in Geography

International Education involvement so far:

I have both Chinese and Canadian high school diploma and this is my second year studying in Kingston. I also took courses in Beijing and Hong Kong during the summer.

Favorite food:

Chinese food, Sushi, Steaks, Thai food, Ice Cream, Cheese Cakes.

Favorite Movie:

Suits

Something I'm most proud of:

Getting into Queen’s! smiley

The best advice someone gave to me is:

Be yourself

Favorite Quote:

Besides ice cream, you’re my favorite

If I could change one thing in the world, it will be:

I wish there are no countries so we can all be united and peaceful.

What I would say to encourage students to seek international experience(s) is:

I would say “Don't be afraid and keep exploring”.

There are lots of wonderful things happening in this world. Don’t be afraid to explore the world because you will learn new things and meet new people from various places. Having international experiences make you more adaptable to different environments. The memories you gain will last forever. Start your adventure until you find a place where you would like to call home for the rest of your life. 

 

Find the 2015-2016 World Link Volunteer team here