International students to visit Saranac Lake

SARANAC LAKE – Twenty international students from the Future Generations Graduate School will visit the Tri-Lakes area from Tuesday through Saturday

The students will stay with host families and will attend classes on issues in the Adirondack Park, including the Adirondack Club and Resort project and the development of the Community Store in Saranac Lake. They will also visit The Wild Center in Tupper?Lake and the Olympic facilities in Lake Placid.

The visit is part of an accredited master’s degree in applied community change and peacebuilding. There is also a degree program in applied community change and conservation.

Four of the visiting students will also give open-to-the-public presentations of their final projects.

On Wednesday, Sabina Carlson, from Haiti, will present “Positive Deviance in Haiti’s Environmental Struggle” at 10 a.m. at the Paul Smith’s College VIC auditorium, followed by Shondell France, from Guyana, presenting “Youth Violence in Sophia” at 11 a.m.

On Thursday, Paz Magat, from the United States, will present “The Role of Sports and the Arts in Developing Youth Peacebuilders” at 2 p.m. in the room C-13 lecture hall at North Country Community College in Saranac?Lake, followed by Santosh Dahal, from Nepal presenting “Human Trafficking of Young Girls in Nepal” at 3 p.m.

The visiting students come from such far-flung places as Afghanistan, Nepal, Guyana, Nigeria, Namibia, Uganda, Haiti and Burundi. As part of their program, they will also view local businesses Friday morning.