Group of international students.

International Warriors Program

The International Warriors Program plays an essential role in creating supportive and meaningful connections between international students and the campus community.

Developed by the International Student Program and built as an International Ambassadors program, the group's goal is to ensure that international student voices are heard and that their presence is integrated into campus life.

Meet the 2020-2021 International Warriors!

Name: Tai Van Bui
Major: Civil Engineering
Country:  Vietnam

"I love soccer, and I am currently the captain of a soccer team in the South Bay area. In the future, I want to be a coach when I have free time. I love animals, and I have two lovely sun conures."


Name: Melanie Lucas
Major: Film/Video
Country: Portugal

"I was born in Venezuela but my family moved to Portugal when I was only two years old. I lived in six cities in Portugal and I lived two years in Spain. I moved to the US in January 2020, to study my dream career, film. I like to cook, play the guitar, travel, draw, and my only two addictions are TV series and movies. I also love to learn new things and visit new places. I am a perfectionist, and I like a good challenge. I can spend hours trying to solve one problem or making things just the way I like it.  I like to help people and make them feel understood. My goal is to work on animation and special effects for films."

Name: Maga-Jui Marape 
Country: Papua New Guinea (PNG)
Major: Political Science

"Hello, my name is Maga-Jui Marape and I come from the diverse beautiful island nation of Papua New Guinea. I came to the United States when I was 16 years old and attended Rio Lindo Academy in Healdsburg, California. I am a huge 49ers fan as well as a Houston Rockets fan. During my free time I like to go to the beach or hang out with my friends or just be at home playing my ps4 and spending time with my girlfriend. I came to El Camino with the hope of getting my associates and transferring to a four-year university in California to get my Political Science degree so I could pursue my dreams of going to law school and becoming a lawyer. One of my first memories of El Camino was that it was warm and very receptive and that is the feeling that I want to reciprocate as an International Warrior to everyone I come in contact with, so they know how welcoming El Camino is."


Name: Nhu Nguyen
Major: Nursing
Country: Vietnam

"Hi! I’m Nhu, which sounds like “New.” I was born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. I love hanging out with friends and also love being at home and watching YouTube videos or listening to music. I especially prefer traveling around the world. My goal is to visit 20 countries before I turn 30, I have traveled to four countries so far which includes the US. When I turned 19 years old, I came to the US to continue my education and had several difficulties in the beginning. So, as an International Student Warrior, I am excited to meet and help our international students to know more about their countries’ cultures and make them feel like they are in their home country."

Name: Kush Patel
Major: Business
Country: India

"I’m Kush Patel, my major is business and I’m from India. Here is my “Hello!” I was born and raised in Gujarat, India, until I moved to the US for my further education. Gujarat is the western most state in India, which is famous for its rich cultural heritage, especially dance, food and also economically strong in India. I am currently a business major at El Camino College with an ambition of getting an associate's degree and will transfer to one of the UCs for my bachelor’s degree. My main goal is to be an honorable and successful businessman. I love playing cricket, listening to music, helping people and also traveling. I have traveled to more than seven states in the United States. I like to learn about the different cultures and their diversities, also their languages. I am very happy to be a part of the International Warriors Program, and I will be more happy to help the students at our ECC campus anytime they need us.”



Name: Xian Zhao
Major: Computer Science
Country: China

“I was born and raised in China but I lived in Germany for about five years before I moved here in America. I am a huge fan of the American television series “Criminal Minds.” The reason why I love this TV series is, I think it’s cool and valuable to be a person who can use his/her professional ability to help people and make the world a better place. That is also the reason why I came here and study computer science. Please feel free to reach out to me; I would love to support you as much as I can!”