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van felt the same way because that is when they all stopped praying,” Greisberger recalls. “We took a number of road trips: east through the Hindu Kush to Bamiyan to see the tallest standing Buddha in the world; north through the Salang Pass to Mazar-i-Sharif; south through the desert to Kandahar; and from Kandahar, we went west and then north to Herat near the border with Iran.” While in Mehterlam, the couple spent many Fridays drinking tea with Afghan friends. “The Afghan people are the most hospitable people I ever met,” Greisberger says. “They may not have had much, but what they had they shared with us. When we were invited into Afghan homes, I would sit, talk, and eat with the men, and my wife would be in another room doing the same with the women. We wouldn’t see each other until hours later when it was time to leave. We saw normal Afghan life through the eyes of Afghans.” When he returned from Afghanistan, Greisberger earned his PhD in higher education from Iowa State University, and then taught English as a second language in New York and Alabama. Later, he was an international student adviser and programmer at Iowa State University, deputy director of Harvard University’s International Office, and director of the Office of International Education at Ohio State University. Greisberger served as president of NAFSA: Association of International Educators in 2004, as well as executive director of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars from 1991–1996. “My Peace Corps experience has definitely influenced how I do my job,” Greisberger says. “Having crossed cultures, I know what students and scholars experienced when they came to the U.S. I experienced culture shock, the adjustment process, the need to understand my new surroundings, and the joy of feeling at home in the new culture. I could empathize with students as they struggled in the classroom, in the residence halls, and in the community. I could share my experiences and assure them that they would succeed, but that it would take time, patience, and hard work. My experience abroad gave me the credibility needed to be successful as an international student adviser. “ When John F. Kennedy created the Peace Corps in March of 1961, he said that the “life of a volunteer will not be easy, but it will be rich and satisfying.” Greisberger holds fast to these words, because although he experienced challenging moments while abroad, “the Peace Corps changed the way I saw and thought about things. It gave me a perspective on life and work that influences me every day as a person and as an international educator.”

director, new Program development Globalinks learning abroad

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ona Miller has lived in Gabon, Burundi, and Togo; worked in Chad, Benin, and Rwanda; and studied language and culture in Spain and Guatemala. Her international travels have challenged her biases about polygamy and allowed her to play foster mother to an infant gorilla who hung on Miller’s back for two solid weeks. Today Miller is director of EuroLearn Partnerships and Development, a division of Colorado-based GlobalLinks Learning Abroad that manages European host university partnerships in nine countries. Miller often reaches back to her international experiences to encourage students studying abroad to step outside their comfort zones, to make friends from other nations, and to share about those interactions when they return home. “In my interactions with university administrators from around the world, I strive to be sensitive to their cultural filters and approach situations in different ways dependent on the cultural norms,” says Miller, who built the EuroLearn division of GlobaLinks from four students in 2009 to 250 students today. “I also strive to impart to students the value of in-depth observation and learning about the cultures they visit, rather than judging through stereotypes or based on touristic encounters.” Miller was raised by parents who often hosted international students at their home, and she was the niece of a couple who enthralled her with tales of their adventures as agricultural missionaries. So it seemed a given that the Oklahoma-reared Miller would herself venture abroad. Her first overseas trip was in 1972, when she spent a semester at India’s Woodstock International School shortly after finishing her sophomore year at Jefferson City High School in Missouri. Afterwards, while visiting her aunt and uncle in central India’s Vikarabad, she experienced what she calls “a classic case of culture shock” as unfa-

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International Educator - September/October 2011
Contents
From the Editors
In Brief
Building a Literate World
In Sync:  The Peace Corps and International Education
Expanding Cooperative Education Across the Globe
Education Abroad
Foreign Student Affairs
Partnering
A View From Out Here
Forum
In Focus
Supplement: A 360º View
Supplement: Making the Numbers Work
Supplement: International Recruitment and Enrollment Listings
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - Contents
International Educator - September/October 2011 - From the Editors
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - In Brief
International Educator - September/October 2011 - 5
International Educator - September/October 2011 - 6
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - Foreign Student Affairs
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - Partnering
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - A View From Out Here
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - Forum
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - In Focus
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - Supplement: A 360º View
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - S10
International Educator - September/October 2011 - Supplement: Making the Numbers Work
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - S13
International Educator - September/October 2011 - S14
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International Educator - September/October 2011 - Supplement: International Recruitment and Enrollment Listings
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