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Matt Spalding

Matt Spalding

Matt Spalding is a Tourism & Hospitality Management major who will be graduating in Spring 2018. He is from Long Island, New York, and is actively involved in many JWU student organizations on the Providence Campus including the University Involvement Board. During his free time Matt enjoys outdoor adventure sports and photography.

Recent Posts by Matt Spalding:

Africa or Bust! My Fall FAM Tour Experience        

Matt Spalding and student Alexandra Edwards at The Boma in Zimbabwe

As a student enrolled in the Tourism & Hospitality Management program at JWU, I had an amazing opportunity to travel abroad as part of the Tour Management Operations course’s FAM (Familiarization) Tour. Every student enrolled in the Tourism & Hospitality Management program takes this course before they graduate, and every term, students travel to a different destination. Our destination was Africa — South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana to be exact. Besides brief stops during cruises, this was my first time leaving the United States. That in itself was a WOW factor; my first trip abroad was to Africa! I never thought my first trip outside of the US would be to Africa out of all of the places in the world, but I am glad it was. I am also fortunate I got to experience it with fellow peers who I grew so close to during the trip. It was truly an indescribable feeling of happiness and accomplishment.

Topics: Providence Johnson & Wales University Travel & Tourism