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Travel Tales: Martha Amaya

by Marla Elsea | Feb 13, 2019
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Phi Kappa Phi’s Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduate students as they gain experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Seventy-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year. For students like Martha Amaya at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, it can be a life-changing opportunity to reach their future goals.

Amaya first became interested in French after noticing the similarities between American Sign Language and French Sign Language. The initial curiosity led to a triple major in French, political science, and criminal justice with the hope of one day serving as a Foreign Service Officer for the State Department.

As a 2018 Study Abroad Grant recipient, she noted, “One of my goals will be to spread awareness about the importance of signed languages and understanding sign languages will prepare me for advocacy.”

Amaya spent a semester studying at Université de Pau in Pau, France, focusing on French and politics alongside other international students.

“I was able to go rafting in the Pyrenees. We took a field trip to Spain. I participated in a language exchange program with French students learning English,” shared Amaya. “I also traveled to Germany and England while abroad!”

The lessons learned and connections made while abroad extend far beyond the classroom. “I lived with a wonderful host mom who made me authentic French pizza and croissants, and I made so many French friends who I will continue to keep in touch with.”

Interested in applying for a Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant? Click here to learn more and apply by March 15.

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