IFG (Intercultural Focus Groups)




Getting Started

What is IFG all about?

IFG is a space to share, discuss, and reflect on the study abroad experience. We will meet for one hour each week, and we want to help you streamline the process of beginning to understand, engage with, and experience Spain as a local. In our meetings, we will also work to mindfully examine each of our identities as “multi-local” individuals, as well as look at our roles as community members here in Madrid and Alcalá.

What does IFG ask of you?

Come with questions, concerns, and observations about life abroad. Engage with Spain from a place of interest, curiosity, and kindness—assume positive intent from others; realize that things here do make sense even though they may not yet make sense to you. The opposite of your assumptions may also be true. Practice acknowledging and being at ease with the unfamiliar, and avoid harboring unnecessary expectations. Describe and inquire—be a cultural detective and resist jumping to conclusions and making judgments.

Please come prepared to share, discuss and reflect on questions, concerns and observations about life abroad throughout your time in Spain.

Group Options

(Reminder: Students who identify as students of color are free to attend either of the following IFGs.)

All Student IFG

A space for all Tufts-Skidmore students to work together to meet the challenges and anxieties encountered while abroad, as well as recognize and let go of unmet expectations that we may hold about being here. Attendance and participation at these meetings will streamline the transition to being abroad and give everyone the opportunity to cultivate mindful approaches to establishing, developing, and maintaining the rituals and relationships that will allow each individual to begin to understand, engage with, and experience Spain as a local.

Student of Color IFG

This focus group is intended to be a space of support where students of Color can discuss questions, concerns, and personal experiences throughout their semester here in Madrid. Understanding that students of Color undoubtedly have unique experiences abroad, our meetings aim to acknowledge obstacles that students of Color may encounter, while also working towards developing valuable habits and relationships in the face of those obstacles.

Intercultural Adaptation Facilitators

IFG Madrid

Genesis García

Genesis graduated from Tufts in 2015 with a major in American Studies and a concentration in Issues in U.S. Education. An aspiring high school history teacher, she is currently working as a Secondary Social Science professor at a charter school in Madrid. Genesis spent spring semester of her junior year studying in Madrid with Tufts-Skidmore Spain.

IFG Alcalá

Chris Amicucci

Chris graduated from Tufts in 2015 with a B.A. in Spanish and International Relations, concentrating in European Studies. He currently teaches English classes to primary and pre-school students at CEM Hipatia in Rivas-Vaciamadrid. In his free time he enjoys traveling, reading, and learning languages. Chris spent his junior year in Madrid studying with Tufts-Skidmore Spain and interning at the Club de Madrid.

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