By Lori Bredemeyer, Copy Editor
Studying abroad often has a positive, uplifting effect on students who choose to travel toOxford or Montevideo, and this effect carries over to the on-site supervisors of the study abroad houses.
Dr. Ron and Janine Morgan live in one of the two houses used by ACU in Oxford. He teaches humanities, and she teaches Bible. As supervisor and resident of the house, Ron said he had some concerns before moving in.
“I was worried about it because of noise and no privacy, but it’s been fine,” he said. “We’re in close proximity, but we’ve enjoyed that so far.”
Janine said her concerns about living in the house have been quashed by the extra time she is able to spend with the students.
“I think my favorite memories have been life in the house and watching Willy Wonka at Halloween and eating candy out the wazoo,” she said.
Living with college students has also had an impact on the Morgans’ two children. Daniela, now a freshman at ACU, spent her first year of college in the Oxford house, and Janine said four of her five classes were taught by her parents. Their other daughter, Lara, is a sophomore in high school and is being home-schooled this year.
“She lives in the house, she hangs out with college kids she thinks she’s all that,” Ron said.
Living in a foreign country has also had a positive impact on the children of Montevideo’s program supervisors, Dr. Warren and Danna Roane. Their two kids, Adriana, 12, and Jonathan, 8, are fluent in English and Spanish and have studied Italian and Portuguese while living in Uruguay.
Ron Morgan said he finds satisfaction in his job when he sees the effects of the students’ service in the community and churches.
“Leaders in those churches have noticed them and by the end of the semester are saying, “How sad we are to see the ACU students leaving.’ It’s been great,” he said.
Janine said she is thankful that God has provided them a place to do what they love.
“It kind of combines our love of teaching and enjoyment of students with our international Christian ministry experience,” she said. “It brings together some of our passions. I love this…how the Lord has moved and allowed us to be here.”