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…

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…

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…

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…

Slang in Costa Rica

Martha Tinker Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica, Spring One of my favorite aspects of studying abroad is learning coloquial terms, idioms, and slang in Spanish, especially those specific to Costa Rica. Most of these I find funny and charming, and I was very confused the first time I heard them, as…

Comfort Zone

Elizabeth Riegler Major: Psychology and Japanese Doshisha University, AY 18-19 Studying abroad in and of itself involves stepping out of your comfort zone. What could be less comfortable than leaving your familiar daily life, friends, and culture to travel literally across the world? But even in a foreign country, you surround yourself with the familiar….

Tech Trouble in Japan

Pamela Gudobba Major: Japanese and Global and International Studies Ritsumeikan University, Academic Year 2018-2019 Upon arriving to Japan, I had the unfortunate experience of having to replace both my cell phone and my laptop back-to-back. My phone screen short circuited for whatever reason, and my laptop was accidentally pushed off my desk and the screen…

Why Broncos Abroad?

Martha Tinker Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica, Spring My name is Martha Tinker, and I am studying abroad in Heredia, Costa Rica during the Spring 2019 semester! I am in my second year at WMU and am a Spanish major and a double minor in International Business and Marketing. I have…

Culture, Self, and Community

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Body Talk Given my less-than-sparkling Spanish, I am sometimes left to fit a missing puzzle piece (or two) together by reading hand gestures, body language, and facial expressions. I’ve become more sensitive to reading micro-expressions, noticing in greater detail the way faces participate in…