By: Christian Buonpastore
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD- Soufiane Ellamte is the president of the International club at Camden County College.
Ellamte along with vice president Christina Poiata, meet twice a month with their crew of between 20 and 30 people in the Community Center room 201.
The International Club has one important goal, “make a connection with international students and Americans” said Ellamte. The club consists of students from Africa, North and South America, Mexico, Europe, India, China, Philippines, and Morocco is where Ellamte is from.
Poiata, who is from Moldova, a small country in Eastern Europe between Romania and Ukraine said “We want to morph cultures, bridge the gap between American and other cultures around the world”.
Many activities are organized each month. Events include salsa dancing, soccer games, haunted house trips and video game night.
April 18 is the biggest day of the year for the international club.
It is International Day, and the entire CCC campus recognizes it.
“We have traditional dances, plenty of food from different cultures, a band, magician and a display of each country set on tables”, said Ellamte, who was elated talking about International Day.
Former member Cedrick Darbouze said “The International Club is one of the best activities that Camden County has to offer”. A fundraiser for the victims of hurricane sandy was held on Tuesday the 13th of November.
Each international member speaks fluent English as well as their native languages.
“A lot can be learned by joining”, said Darbouze, who now attends Seton Hall University after two years at CCC.
To join the International Club, go to Room 100 in the community center. Also The International Club has a Facebook page which anyone wanting to participate can join.