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Michele Freire

Bio Summary
Cohort Year: 
2017
Home Institution: 
Arcadia University
Heinz Programming Area: 
Education
Study Abroad Country: 
Czech Republic
International Experience

As a Vira I. Heinz Scholarship recipient, Michele Freire completed a two month internship in Prague, Czech Republic. Michele interned at the Czech National Library of Technology (NTK) in the Educational Support Services sector of the library. Michele’s main internship responsibilities as an Instructional Development Curriculum Intern included working with specialized members of the NTK instructional team, help expand English writing curriculum modules, and help support students writing their International Baccalaureate Extended Essay. In addition, Michele completed research requests made by professors teaching at one on the four main technical and science-based universities in Prague. These completed research documents have been used as guiding aids for the students and professors at the technical universities in the Czech Republic and have been made available online for others who would benefit from the research. By volunteering her time at high schools with partnerships with NTK, Michele was able to assist with the reviewing and revising of the literacy materials being utilized in curriculum modules in both public and private Czech high schools. Michele worked with other NTK interns from across the globe, and she would converse daily with three interns from Turkey to help them improve their English conversational skills. Michele also participated in a Czech cultural immersion course in addition to her full time internship, allowing for her to fully immerse herself in the Czech culture while further challenging what is means to be an American living and working abroad. Michele was fortunate enough to travel to seven countries throughout Europe both during and after her program ended. A few of Michele’s highlights from her study abroad experience include walking over the Cliffs of Moher, visiting the Anne Frank House with a fellow Vira, and touring five castles in the Czech Republic.

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