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…

Differences in Food and Education France vs The US

Hannah Vinande Major: French Program: Besancon School and Food, only the essential information here, folks. Two things that I have found to be completely different in France from in the United States is the education system and the food. Only the necessities here, people. Do you want to know the biggest difference between my classes…

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…

Making a Difference in Costa Rica

  Kelly Sabo Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica Although ticos are very shy, once you get to know them they are some of the most loving and caring people that you will ever encounter. The majority of our mamá ticas (Costa Rican moms) absolutely love cooking. Food is most definitely their…

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…

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…

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: Bring on the Bug Bites

Dana Schrader Major: Occupational Therapy Health & Permaculture in Guatemala The Journey Begins: As a graduate student, sometimes life tends to pile extra layers over the last layer of life. Sometimes, the next thing you know, you’ve planned a study abroad trip over spring break and all of a sudden you realize you’re only a…

Typical Foods in Costa Rica

Martha Tinker Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica, Spring I am studying abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica, and am blessed to live with a host family. My host mom, whom I call “Mama Tica” (Costa Ricans are called “Ticos”, so I refer to her as my Costa Rican mom) is an amazing…

Enjoy the Little Things

Barbara Davidek Major: Fashion Merchandising & Design Regent’s University London Hello! So, today marks exactly three weeks that I have been in London. It’s crazy to me that it has already been close to a month but at the same time I feel like I have done so much that it has been way longer….