Georgia Southern University hosted the seventh annual International Festival on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Mill Creek Regional Park. As the brainchild of GSU's Center for International Studies, the community event is intended to serve as a positive, interactive environment in which to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding through educational, cultural and international games and activities. It also aims to increase the community members' awareness of different educational and cultural programs available to them through the university and other resources.
The free event featured cuisine, music, dance and art from around the world, as well as the Global Village, a collection of booths that contained educational information about a variety of countries around the globe. Local middle and high school classes and homeschool groups from Bulloch, Emanuel, Jenkins and Screven counties partnered with GSU's Global Ambassadors Program to create the booths, where a number of GSU’s international students, who attend the university from more than 100 countries around the world, were on hand to help enrich the cultural learning experience.