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Local student part of Bluffton University cross-cultural experience in Guatemala

BLUFFTON, Ohio–Hanna Brian of North Baltimore, Ohio, is participating in a Bluffton University cross-cultural experience in Guatemala during this fall semester.

Brian, along with other Bluffton students, will live with Guatemalan families in Guatemala City and take Spanish classes at CASAS (Central America Study and Service), a program affiliated with the Guatemalan Mennonite Church. In addition, students will have classes about Guatemalan history and culture and about peace-making efforts. During the second half of the semester-long experience, participants are placed in a volunteer field experience in a second Guatemalan community at an organization working to better the lives of residents. Students will also have the opportunity to spend a week exploring a location of their choice in Guatemala.

Brian, daughter of Rob and Shelley Brian, is a senior majoring in social work and criminal justice. She was a 2014 graduate of North Baltimore High School.

This experience will fulfill Bluffton’s undergraduate cross-cultural requirement that must be completed before graduation. Students can either complete a cross-cultural experience or take six credit hours in one foreign language.

A “Sending Service” was held at 6:30 p.m. at the Peace Thrones , on campus on Sunday, Aug. 27.


Hanna Brian, in pink
All of these students in the middle, are going to Guatemala and are encircled by students, faculty and staff during the “Sending Service” held at Bluffton University

Bluffton University is a liberal arts, residential campus with more than 90 undergraduate majors, minors and programs; and adult bachelor’s degree-completion programs in accounting, organizational management and RN to BSN. Bluffton also has MBA programs and offers master’s degrees in organizational management and education.

Founded in 1899 and affiliated with Mennonite Church USA, the university is located in Northwest Ohio. It has an enrollment of around 1,000 students and 16 NCAA Division III athletic teams. Bluffton’s 100-year legacy is expressed today in its enduring values of discovery, community, respect and service that are woven into the academic program and campus life. Bluffton students go into the world prepared for life as well as for their chosen vocations.


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