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…

Returning From Pura Vida

Alexis Frazier Major: Psychology Communication and Ethnography in the Dominican Republic During my time with my host family, I was able to overcome many of my communication barriers. My host family said I became better to understand and have a nice fluent accent. When I arrived, I was still having to use google translate at…

What I Loved & What I Learned

Arika French Major: Communications Communication & Ethnography in the Dominican Republic, Spring Break I have not yet tried to make some of the wonderful and tasty dishes that I have gotten a chance to eat in the Dominican Republic but I will most definitely attempt to do so very soon. The name of my favorite…

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…

Knowledge, Growth, and Perspectives

Amanda Kuszak Major Work: Social Work Health & Permaculture in Guatemala, Spring Break The beauty of Guatemala had been surreal, to say the least. Geographically the country is breathtaking and culturally it is friendly and generous. I had been taken back by the warm welcome our group received in each city we visited. Every person…

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…

Getting Around in Costa Rica

Lindsay Warriner Major: Biomedical Science Dept of Spanish Program in Costa Rica Here in Costa Rica I live with a host family in the little neighborhood of La Esperanza, which literally translates to “hope” (how cute is that?!). I think it’s in the perfect location because it’s within walking distance to the university, downtown Heredia,…

Getting Comfortable with Japanese Cuisine

Amy Nguyen Major: Management Rikkyo University, AY 2018-2019 Now that I am living in a different country, the thing that I was most excited for was the cuisine. Japanese cuisine consists of a diversity of different foods. The most famous Japanese cuisine in the United States is Sushi, Ramen, and Tempura. However, that is only…

Guatellamas 2019: Communicating with the Locals

Dana Schrader Major: Occupational Therapy Health & Permaculture in Guatemala Thus far in the trip, we have had many opportunities to communicate with the locals. Just walking down the street, it is custom to greet any person you see with a “Buenos Días” (good morning), a smile, or a wave. While driving, people generally honk…

Top 10 Observations of Lisbon, Portugal

Kara VanderKamp Major: Pre-Special Education: Elementary Global Ambassadors in Portugal 2019 1. There are 3 things to smell: cigarette smoke, cologne, and pastries 2. Even if the bus or elevator is full, you can still fit 5 more people 3. The national bird of Portugal is the rooster, but should be a pigeon 4. Every…

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…

Guatellamas2019 Day 5: Puppets, Panajachel, and Pena Blanca

Brooke Doherty Major: Social Work: Clinical Social Work (MSW) Health & Permaculture in Guatemala Today was a great day for education in health and human services as well as in the area of permaculture. First, the class toured one of the schools for SLT scholars and learned more about what their education looks like, later…