Danya Carithers is an official CAPA blogger for spring 2017, sharing her story in weekly posts on CAPA World. A marketing major at the University of Pittsburgh, she is studying abroad in Florence this semester.
In this week's post, Danya interviews her roommate Eileen on CAPA's GANZO program.
Integrating oneself in a host country’s culture is something every student abroad strives and plans to do. But once we get here, we find it difficult with language barriers, time restrictions, and just pushing ourselves even further out of our comfort zones. However CAPA has a new program called GANZO that they just began last year, which has helped a handful of students learn about real Italian culture in a fun, interactive way. This program teams a student up with an Italian family with whom they can eat dinner and spend time. I decided to ask my roommate, Eileen, about her experience so far with her GANZO family and what she has gained from it.