The Difficulties of Returning Back to the U.S.

Kara VanderKamp Program: Global Ambassadors in Portugal Major: Pre-Special Education: Elementary Finally, being back home is great, but I also miss Lisbon quite a bit. One thing I do not miss is the language barrier, it was always so awkward to try and figure out how to communicate. My language skills did not really improve…

How to Manage Being Sick While Abroad:

Barbara Davidek Major: Fashion and Design Merchandising Program: Semester at Regent’s University in London Hello Broncos! Today is Wednesday, which is a free day for me, meaning I don’t have classes so I usually catch up on homework or explore the city! This week is actually my last week of classes which means Friday at…

Maintaining Relationships Abroad

Barbara Davidek Major: Fashion Merchandising & Design Regent’s University London Hello Broncos! I’ve definitely had my moments of missing home and missing my friends and family. Back at home I have a boyfriend who I have been dating for about four years. It has definitely been difficult being away from him but we communicate everyday…

Oh, the Strangers You Will Meet!

Lauren Lalonde Major: Spanish University of Otago I’m sure most of you know by now, but if you don’t…surprise I’m in New Zealand!  I arrived on Friday (well, actually Thursday if you are in the U.S.), and will be here until the end of June studying at the University of Otago in Dunedin. So I…

Never Underestimate the Power of Body Language

Rachel Harvey Major: Communication Communication & Ethnography in the Dominican Republic, Spring Break Over this Spring Break, I had the most amazing opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic to study Intercultural Communication and Ethnography. There was so many things to be excited about, and one big fear: I cannot speak Spanish. I had taken…

Unpacking the Experience

Tennie Jackson Major: Human Resource Management Communication and Ethnography in the Dominican Republic – Spring Break My communication skills have improved immensely since my study abroad opportunity in the Dominican Republic. I have always been a very articulate person, but I saw myself using mu non-verbal more since there was a language barrier. If I…

Coffee & Cultural Comparison in Costa Rica

Austin Tilley Major: Nursing Pura Vida: Health & Healthcare in Costa Rica, Spring Break During my stay so far in Costa Rica, my host family has been amazing and had been making the most appetizing meals! Thus far, my favorite breakfast was with a sliced Papaya, which I had never tried before being in Costa…

Adapting to the Dominican Republic

Arika French Major: Communications Communication & Ethnography in the Dominican Republic, Spring Break The typical food that I believe Dominicans eat at any time of the day is red beans and rice, plantains, and some kind of meat that is most likely beef. My group and I ate breakfast around 7 a.m. every morning, lunch…

Maintaining a Relationship While Abroad

Martha Tinker Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica, Spring The one thing that made me question my decision to study abroad was Ben. I mean that honestly. My boyfriend Ben and I have been together since we met in the beginning of our freshman year at Western. We met through a mutual…

How I Chose The Dominican Republic

Arika French Major: Communication Studies Communication & Ethnography in the Dominican Republic I decided on my location by the information that my professor Dr. Orbe has given me. Once he told me about how cheap and all of the fun that students have on the trip, I knew that I wanted to sign up right…

The First Month: In and out of the Classroom

Hannah Vinande Major: French Besançon, France – Spring (Faculty-Led) It has been a month since I arrived in France. I can’t believe it, but I also can. Time has been moving slow most of the time, but not that I have a rhythm to my week, things are going smother. Having been a month, I…

On Our Way to the DR

Three students from the “Communication and Ethnography in the Dominican Republic – Spring Break” program express how they feel before taking of for their spring break program in the Dominican Republic. Image: Map of the Dominican Republic with flag. (c) Camel Travel   Alexis Frazier Major: Psychology Communication and Ethnography in the Dominican Republic –…