Temples, Mountains, and Motorcycles Oh My!

Makayla Bennett Major: Early Childhood Elementary Education Program: Education, Service, and International Development in Nepal My experience in Nepal thus far has been extremely informative. Each day I am learning something new regarding the culture. The things that have impacted me the most have been the temples, mountains and means of transportation. When we arrived…

“More Empanadas, Please.”

Dana Waddell Major: Behavioral Science Program: Spanish in Quito, Ecuador I have officially been living in Ecuador for two weeks today and I can proudly say I have made many improvements in my Spanish language skills. I am able to confidently order food without ‘surprise ingredients’ and hold brief conversations with people rather than responding…

Differences in the Classroom

Kelly Sabo Major: Spanish Department of Spanish Program in Costa Rica While studying here in Costa Rica I am attending Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. The classes that I am taking abroad are Advanced Spanish 1, Advances Spanish 2, Latin American Literature and Latin American Civilization and Culture. All of the classes are with other…

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…

Day in, Day Out

Kelsey Dovico Fulbright U.S. Student Program: Teaching Assistant Madrid, Spain, 2018-2019 Morning: Greeting the day with dance The primary reason I applied to Fulbright is because I work in the field of intercultural education and lacked the experience of living, working, and learning in another society. But I had already experienced some of the world…

Testimonial: Mijn Tijd in de Nederlands

Alexis Flicek Hogeschool of Utrecht, Spring 2018 Study Abroad Testimonial Intro Hello, my name is Alexis Flicek and this will be a quick testimonial about my time abroad in the Netherlands during the spring semester of 2018. I am currently going into my senior year at WMU, and studying Integrated Supply Management and minoring in…

Small Victories And Compiling Frustrations

Robert Van Aartsen Japenese Major Ritsumeikan University, Japan Academic Year 2017-2018 Be it the extra exercise, the changed diet, the stress of living in a new country, or the early hour I’m waking up, every day by the time dinner time, or often even just after lunch, I find myself extremely tired. Today was another…

Classes, Exercising, Laundry, and Grocery Shopping in Cape Town

Marshall Lewis Advertising Major University of Cape Town, South Africa Spring Semester 2017 The love for this country continues to grow everyday and now that I have been in South Africa for three months and I feel very much at home, I take notice to some things that may have been different when I first…

Things I’ll Miss the Most about Brazil

Katie LaBelle Major: Geography Amazonia: Culture and Environment, Brazil Summer I, 2017 Brazil has been an adventure! As I prepare to leave this wonderful place I can’t help but to look back on my trip and reflect on the things I’ve done, the things I wish I had done, and the things I believe I’ll…