Take in the sights, sounds and tastes from around the world during this year’s University of Idaho Cruise the World event on Saturday, March 2 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Student Union Building Ballroom.
With booths from nearly 30 countries, Cruise the World, hosted by the University of Idaho Enrichment Program, allows students from different countries to teach other students faculty, staff and community members about their culture and traditions.
“Students get to act as ambassadors for their countries at Cruise the World,” said Glen Kauffman, coordinator for International Enrichment Programs. “They get to teach about cultural customs, festivals and what life is like where they grew up.”
In addition to the cultural opportunities offered by students, much like world travelers, visitors will begin their journey by trading in their tickets in for passports, which will be marked in unique ways at every country booth.
Beyond meeting ambassadors, the event helps highlight how diverse and connected the University of Idaho is.
“This event is an important component of international education at the University of Idaho. Cruise the World gives our community a better understanding of the cultures represented on campus, and it offers international students the opportunity to look deeply at their own cultures, before sharing them with the campus and community,” said Kauffman.
Traditional and contemporary cultural items will be displayed in booths, and interactive, educational activities will be offered, while live performances take place every half hour on the ballroom stage.
“Dancers from Guatemala, a special surprise by students from South Korea, and a cooking demonstration from Italy are just a few of the performances visitors can expect,” said Kauffman.
Some of the countries represented this year include Mexico, Indonesia, Canada, Puerto Rico and Bangladesh. In addition to performances and educational opportunities, students from half of the participating countries will be selling delicious and exotic foods.
Tickets are available for purchase at the Student Union Building Information Desk on the day of the event. Tickets cost $5 for youth and students, $7 for adults, and $20 for families of up to two adults and up to three children. Children under the age of 5 are admitted for free.
For more information visit www.uidaho.edu.