Alexandre “Alex” Berard, an Appalachian State University student from Belgium, fields questions from students during a visit to Mabel School in March 2018 with the university’s Cultural Ambassadors program. Photo by Chase Reynolds

To say “I met someone from there” can be a start in demystifying foreign cultures.

Greater global understanding is the aim of the Cultural Ambassadors at Appalachian State University — a group of international students and scholars who visit K-12 schools, community organizations and Appalachian classrooms to talk about their native countries and the people who live there.

The Cultural Ambassadors program is one of many activities sponsored by Appalachian’s Office of International Education and Development designed to develop awareness, knowledge, appreciation and respect of cultural differences.

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Originally published March 29, 2018. Written by Linda Coutant. Photos by Chase Reynolds.


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